Monday, October 5, 2009

The Doors - L.A. Woman

10/10

The Doors actually managed to take blues-rock here and combine it with their more typical sound to make their magnum opus. Manzarek's organ tones are wonderfully soulful, and even the session bassists add a lot. My personal favorite song on here is "L'America"- I love the gloomy bassline, the wonderful martial drums, the incongruity between the dark and bluesy parts, and the masterful lyrical fakeout- "Change the weather, change of luck/and then he'll teach you how to... FIND yourself". I'm assuming the song didn't get much radio play due to that bit, because it really deserves to be one of the most famous songs the Doors ever did. The title track is best known for the "Mr. Mojo Risin'" bit at the end, and then there's Riders on the Storm, which is an awesome song but probably sounds more weighty than it really is since it's the last song on Jim Morrison's final album. L.A. Woman is the only Doors album which I feel doesn't have a single lame moment on it, and I give it my highest recommendation.

1 comment:

  1. Good solid reviews of The Doors, but I think U've missed summa Jim Morrison's comedy aspects & I think he might benefit from yr William Shatner approach. Here's a guy whose Serious Drinkin hadda major impact on his "poetry" & his per4mances -- consider the way he croons like Perry Como on "Touch Me" (& the use of the advertising phrase "Stronger than dirt" at the very Nd of that song), the whole "Mr. Mojo Risin" routine, the off-kilter "People Are Strange," etc. MayB when the Doors started having trouble creating enuf material they just Dcided the whole thing was a joke? & remember what Mark Prindle 1nce wrote: "In every Doors song, the shortest distance between two points ... includes a cheesy organ solo!"
    Nice work here on Doors, Queen, Van der Graaf, Roxy -- more please? -- TAD.

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