The DOORS – ” L.A. Woman ” Box Set

Posted: September 25, 2021 in MUSIC

The Doors are continuing their campaign to expand their studio output with the September 1st, 2021 announcement that their 1971 album, “L.A. Woman“, will receive a deluxe edition for its 50th Anniversary. The new 3-CD/1-LP collection, coming December 3rd via Rhino, will include more than two hours of previously unreleased session outtakes.

While the album is best known for its two singles, “Love Her Madly” and “Riders on the Storm,” it also includes such classic rock favourites as the title track and “The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat).”

L.A. Woman: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes the original album newly remastered by The Doors’ long time engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

For this new collection, the original album has been expanded with more than two hours of unreleased recordings taken from the sessions for “L.A. Woman“, allowing the listener to experience the progression of each song as it developed in the studio. An early demo for “Hyacinth House” recorded at Robbie Krieger’s home studio in 1969 is also included.

The outtakes feature Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Krieger, and Ray Manzarek working in the studio with two additional musicians. The first was rhythm guitarist Marc Benno, who worked with Leon Russell in the Asylum Choir. The other was bassist Jerry Scheff, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s TCB band.

The Doors’ 1971 album “L.A. Woman” turned 50 years old in April. The outtakes in the collection include covers of classic blues songs like John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake” and Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train,” Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and “Get Out Of My Life Woman,” Lee Dorsey’s funky 1966 classic, written by his producer Allen Toussaint.

“The previously unreleased reels here — serial takes of ‘The Changeling,’ ‘Love Her Madly,’ ‘Riders On The Storm,’ and ‘L.A. Woman’ — depict a band obsessed with groove while executing turns and flourishes with the precision of a well-drilled soul combo,” Botnick explains. “The idea was to go from song to song, to let it flow.”

The original demo of “Riders On The Storm,” possibly one of the Doors’ best song’s, which was recently discovered on an unmarked tape reel in the band’s vault. The recording was made with producer Paul A. Rothchild during the early recording sessions for the album at Sunset Sound studios.

The Doors’ long time producer Paul Rothchild famously quit on the band during the recording of L.A. Woman referring to the new songs as “cocktail” music, which created an opportunity for the band to relocate to their rehearsal studio to record the album themselves with long time engineer Bruce Botnick. This is the earliest known recording of “Riders on The Storm,” recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in those early days available for the first time on The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Version of The Doors’ iconic L.A. Woman, will be available December 3rd, 2021.

In the collection’s extensive liner notes, rock journalist David Fricke explores the whirlwind making of the album, which would be the last with Morrison, who died in Paris a few months after its release. “Morrison may never have come back to The Doors,” he writes. “But with his death, L.A. Woman became rebirth, achievement, and finale, all at once. It’s the blues too – original blues, as Morrison promised. Fifty years later, there is still nothing like it.”

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