The Doors’ L.A. Woman Turns 50

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The Doors’ L.A. Woman Turns 50

Posted 19 Apr 2021
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Jim Morrison of the Doors. Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

We’re remembering The Door’s sixth studio album, L.A. Woman which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. It was the biggest album of the band’s career on the strength of the singles, “Riders On The Storm,”  “LA Woman” and “Love Her Madly.” 

 

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L.A. Woman was the Doors’ last album to feature their iconic lead singer, Jim Morrison who died at the age of 27 just three months after the album’s release. It was recorded without producer, Paul A. Rothchild at the helm after a falling out with the band over the quality of their studio performances. Instead, the band co-produced the album themselves with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick and would ultimately become their best-seller. 

Botnick set the band up with a makeshift recording studio at their private rehearsal space in L.A. to record the album. Morrison famously recorded his vocals in the studio bathroom to compensate for the lack of a vocal isolation booth. The songs were completed in a few takes and the album finished in six days. In contrast to the lush orchestration of 1969’s Soft Parade, the Doors continued the blues-rock trajectory of 1970’s Morrison Hotel, and the band's stripped-back arrangements were celebrated by critics who lauded the band’s return to their blues roots. Despite the troubles in Morrison's personal life at the time, his stunning vocal delivery on the record is remembered as one of his best, making for a fitting final bow. 

The album release was proceeded by the single “Love Her Madly” followed by “Riders on the Storm” which remains one of the Doors’ most iconic tracks of all time. 

The Doors | “Riders on the Storm”

“Our last record turned out like our first album: raw and simple,” drummer John Densmore wrote in his autobiography. “It was as if we had come full circle. Once again we were a garage band, which is where rock & roll started.”

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