The Doors
L.A. Woman


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Review

by Slider66 USER (2 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2006 | 127 replies | 18,969 views


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist


3 of 5 thought this review was well written

"LA Woman" is the Doors' blues-rock swan song (at least, for old Jim), and what an album. This is the Lizard King at his bluesman stage, where he gains a certain newfound mystique with possibly, wisdom? While "LA Woman" may not be as perfect as their first two albums, but "Woman" is definitely the album for people who like that hard-hitting blues-rock sound.
Being a Doors album, it is bound to have a song or two everyone knows, coming in the form of three songs actually. First, is the quick and good "Love Her Madly", but that's only a minor hit compared to the eight minute monsters of the title song and the ghostly finale "Riders on the Storm". With "LA Woman" being the centerpiece song of the album, it highlights the fact that the album as a whole is just a great, plain old driving album. There is nothing greater in the wolrd than driving at night to the album. Not only does Morrison still hold his own, but Robby Krieger's guitar and John Densmore's drums are definite ingredients to the song's greatness. I like "Riders" less than most people, but it is a fitting end to the album (and to Morrison) with it's quiet piano and the ambient sounds of the falling rain.
The opener "The Changeling" is catchy and tough, showing that band could still play like the young band of old, but with a touch a grittiness that a less-experienced band could not have pulled off. "Cars Hiss By My Windows" still has that old jazz/beatnick club-like jam which ends in a wah-wah impersonation by Jim (I'm not kidding). I find the song somewhat boring, but the last bit makes it at least memorable. "L' America" builds up in an eerie way, definitely being the "scary song" that seems to be on every Doors album. "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" is a favorite for a lot of people, and it's very interesting and quite unique amongst the rest of the songs. Morrison's vocals are distorted a bit to give that classic radio sound, and it's catchy, that's for sure.
Overall, this is one of the bands' finest efforts, and it's amazing Morrison could still pull off all of the stops for his final performance. Still a testament to his greatness, too. Basically, this is the full blossoming of what "Morrison Hotel" started in transforming the Doors from a weird psychedelic band to a weird blues-rock band. One of the best albums from the 70's.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
March 23rd 2006



2647 Comments


I've seen this lying around my house, therefore it's probably my dads. I'm not much of a Doors fan but I suppose I'll give it a listen.
Your review wasn't bad but you should get some paragraphs and expand on some of the tracks that you pointed out.

Two-Headed Boy
March 23rd 2006



4527 Comments


Yeah, I've heard this album and now I hate anything 60's.
Good review, if a tad short.

temporary
March 24th 2006



207 Comments


Your review was alright, although I liked your one of their self titled more. More
paragraphs, more song detail, and maybe a bit more history of the album (you
barely mentioned this being Morrison's last album.) Still though, nice job. I love
this album.This Message Edited On 03.24.06

MrKite
January 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anyone see the video for the title track. It's very sexy.

MrKite
February 10th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Change the weather, change your luck
And then hell teach ya how ta...find yourself

zeroman089
April 4th 2007



76 Comments


I had no clue l.a. woman was by the doors... MOJO RISIN! -.-

FriendofTheDevil70
June 30th 2007



384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My 2nd favorite Doors album next to their debut. Good review.

kygermo
August 24th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I live Uptowwwwn". Damn good album, and review. Short and to the point. Well done.

ConorMichaelJoseph
February 19th 2009



1870 Comments


Who would have believed that the album that sounded the least like their debut would be the only one that even came close in greatness to it?

shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Riders On The Storm.....

Ire
December 23rd 2009



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Into This House We're Born...

shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Into This World We're Thrown....

Ire
December 23rd 2009



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like a dog without a bone

DoubtGin
May 18th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THE BLUES

KILL
May 21st 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rulesĀ¬!

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

mark7477
June 18th 2011



392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I must say I like this alot better than Morrison Hotel alot of songs to chose one from as greatness is concern.Once again I don't have a wide catalog of their albums but this is one of their best although i don't think the title track is all that impressive enough it's OK to say the least.

13themount
February 2nd 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

another timeless album - for the strong songs anyway.

MoosechriS
April 17th 2012



4798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mr mojo risin

Ire
April 17th 2012



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's ok

BigBlob
September 5th 2012



1617 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I wish they did more songs like Riders of the Storm.



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