Vid Vues Dec 27

This is the contents of the 50th anniversary edition of The Doors’ “L.A. Woman.”

The Doors: L.A. Woman — 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra/Rhino, 3 CDs + LP). This sixth Doors studio album was also the last with vocalist/lyricist Jim Morrison. It was recorded in six days and released in April 1971. Morrison would die in Paris three months later. Famously, Paul A. Rothschild stepped away as producer after recording an early version of “Riders on the Storm,” which is included here for the first time. Engineer-mixer Bruce Botnick then stepped in to produce the album and he supervises the remastered original stereo mix here, which makes up the first CD and the vinyl LP. The other two CDs include nearly two hours of newly remixed audio from the multitrack session tapes, only portions of which have been previously released.

To record the album, Botnick recruited bass guitarist Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley’s TCB band) to help beef up the bottom end, and rhythm guitarist Marc Benno was brought in so less overdubbing would be needed. At times, the album is very complex, so much so that the title track, in which Morrison describes the city of Los Angeles as a woman, had to be worked out and recorded in three different sections.

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