The Doors: the album “LA Woman” reissued on the occasion of its 50th anniversary!

The group’s mythical album The Doors, LA Woman, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Indeed, on December 3, a 3-CD/1-LP box set will be released that enriches the Doors’ sixth studio album with more than two hours of unreleased takes. Among them: the legendary original demo of Riders On The Storm recently discovered on an untitled tape in the archives of the Doors available for the first time. The producer Paul Rothchild called the demo Riders of “cocktail music” before leaving the project.
This box set features the original album remastered by the longtime sound engineer of the Doors Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of previously unreleased alternate takes and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram vinyl. This content will also be available the same day on download and streaming platforms, as well as a new mix in Dolby Atmos of the original album produced by Bruce Botnick.

The Doors regained their mojo in November 1970 by recording LA Woman in six days workshop, the band’s rehearsal studio located on Santa Monica Boulevard. A critical and commercial success, the album was certified double platinum and contains some of the band’s most famous songs, including the Top 20 hits Love Her Madly, Riders On The Storm and its title track.

In this new box, the original album has been augmented with more than two hours of unreleased recordings made during the LA Woman, allowing the listener to discover the evolution of each song in the studio. An initial model of Hyacinth Houserecorded in 1969 in the home studio of Robby Krieger, is also included. In addition to alternate takes of the album’s tracks, the listener will also discover enthusiastic covers of blues classics, “the original blues”, as Jim Morrison nicknamed them, with superb rereadings of Junior Parker (Mystery Train), John Lee Hooker (Crawling King Snake), Big Joe Williams (Baby Please Don’t Go) and of Get Out Of My Life Womanthe must-have funky hit by Lee Dorsey released in 1966 and composed by its producer Allen Toussaint.
In the detailed booklet accompanying this box, the journalist David Fricke explores the turbulent making-of of the Doors’ latest album with Jim Morrison, who died in Paris a few months after its release. “Morrison might never have returned to the Doors”, he writes, “but in the aftermath of her death, LA Woman marks at the same time a rebirth, a success and an end. It’s also about the blues – the original blues, as Morrison promised. Fifty years later, nothing comes closer.”

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