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L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The last work from the Doors before their frontman’s fatal overdose in the summer of 1971 in Paris, L.A. Woman, recorded at the end of 1970 over six days at the Doors’ rehearsal spot in the Santa Monica Boulevard Workshop, shows a band at the top of their game. Jim Morrison, whose voice had thickened, was singing like a god and Ray Manzarek was setting his keyboards on fire. The title track L.A. Woman itself is another stunning tour de force, a blues cavalcade that verges on trance... Once again, it's the blues that sets the tone here (a magnificent cover of John Lee Hooker's Crawling King Snake). It’s a blues that is so clearly unique to the Doors: atmospheric, poisonous. The legendary Riders on the Storm closes out this final record, with its organic rhythm that’s in step with nature—you can hear the rain falling and the storm rumbling. This song remains the most beautiful ballad: an oddity whose power reverberates across the history of rock, across fashions and across eras. To celebrate its half-century, the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of L.A. Woman is out in a new remaster, done by their favourite sound engineer, Bruce Botnick. It also sports numerous bonus features. These include alternative takes and demos, such as one for Riders on the Storm, which specialists had believed to be lost forever. Also included in this orgy of unreleased material is a demo of Hyacinth House recorded in Robby Krieger's home studio in 1969, and alternative versions of covers by Junior Parker (Mystery Train), John Lee Hooker (Crawling King Snake), Big Joe Williams (Baby Please Don't Go) and Lee Dorsey (Get Out of My Life Woman). © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
The Changeling (2021 Remaster)
00:04:22

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

2
Love Her Madly (2021 Remaster)
00:03:21

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar, Writer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

3
Been Down So Long (2021 Remaster)
00:04:42

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

4
Cars Hiss By My Window (2021 Remaster)
00:04:13

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

5
L.A. Woman (2021 Remaster)
00:07:49

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

6
L'America (2021 Remaster)
00:04:36

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

7
Hyacinth House (2021 Remaster)
00:03:10

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

8
Crawling King Snake (2021 Remaster)
00:05:00

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Adapter - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Tony Hollins, Composer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

9
The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (2021 Remaster)
00:04:15

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

10
Riders On The Storm (2021 Remaster)
00:07:16

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano, Writer - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar, Writer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971, 2021 Elektra Records., a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

11
Hyacinth House (Demo) (2021 Remaster)
00:02:36

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Elektra Records.

12
Riders On The Storm (Sunset Sound Demo)
00:04:46

JOHN DENSMORE, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Organ, Piano, Writer - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

DISC 2

1
The Changeling (Pt. 1) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:26:49

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

2
Love Her Madly (Pt. 1) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:20:57

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar, Writer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

3
Riders On The Storm (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:18:09

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano, Writer - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar, Writer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

4
L.A. Woman (Pt. 1) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:11:03

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

DISC 3

1
L.A. Woman, Pt. 2 (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:08:41

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

2
She Smells So Nice (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:03:20

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano, Writer - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar, Writer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

3
Rock Me Baby (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:04:39

Bruce Botnick, Producer - B.B. King, Writer - Joe Josea, Writer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

4
Mr. Mojo Risin' (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:01:13

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

5
Baby Please Don't Go (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:00:07

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Sam Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist - Hopkins, Composer, Writer - Joe Lee Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Joe William, Composer, Lyricist - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

6
L.A. Woman (Pt. 2) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:13:24

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

7
Been Down So Long (Pt. 1) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:04:57

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

8
Get Out Of My Life Woman (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:03:59

Arif Mardin, Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Allen Toussaint, Writer - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

9
Crawling King Snake (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:04:14

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Adapter - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Tony Hollins, Composer - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

10
The Bastard Son Of Jimmy & Mama Reed (Cars Hiss By My Window) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:06:16

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

11
Been Down So Long (Pt. 2) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:23:00

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

12
Mystery Train (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:00:24

Sam Phillips, Composer - Herman Parker, Jr., Composer - Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

13
The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (L.A. Woman Sessions)
00:01:26

Bruce Botnick, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, Producer, Drums - Jim Morrison, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Producer, Organ, Piano - Jerry Scheff, Bass - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Producer, Guitar - Mar Benno, Rhythm Guitar

© 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2021 Elektra Records.

Album review

The last work from the Doors before their frontman’s fatal overdose in the summer of 1971 in Paris, L.A. Woman, recorded at the end of 1970 over six days at the Doors’ rehearsal spot in the Santa Monica Boulevard Workshop, shows a band at the top of their game. Jim Morrison, whose voice had thickened, was singing like a god and Ray Manzarek was setting his keyboards on fire. The title track L.A. Woman itself is another stunning tour de force, a blues cavalcade that verges on trance... Once again, it's the blues that sets the tone here (a magnificent cover of John Lee Hooker's Crawling King Snake). It’s a blues that is so clearly unique to the Doors: atmospheric, poisonous. The legendary Riders on the Storm closes out this final record, with its organic rhythm that’s in step with nature—you can hear the rain falling and the storm rumbling. This song remains the most beautiful ballad: an oddity whose power reverberates across the history of rock, across fashions and across eras. To celebrate its half-century, the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of L.A. Woman is out in a new remaster, done by their favourite sound engineer, Bruce Botnick. It also sports numerous bonus features. These include alternative takes and demos, such as one for Riders on the Storm, which specialists had believed to be lost forever. Also included in this orgy of unreleased material is a demo of Hyacinth House recorded in Robby Krieger's home studio in 1969, and alternative versions of covers by Junior Parker (Mystery Train), John Lee Hooker (Crawling King Snake), Big Joe Williams (Baby Please Don't Go) and Lee Dorsey (Get Out of My Life Woman). © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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