Here's a fun look at the final album of the legendary Doors from the folks at Eagle Rock. Released in 1970, L.A. Woman remains to this day one of the strongest efforts from the band, but sadly shortly after it was released charismatic & controversial frontman was found dead in Paris. This Blu-ray release is a documentary that takes a deep look into the creation of the album, breaking down the track list by surviving members of the band Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and album co-producer Bruce Botnick, who stepped in after longtime producer Paul Rothschild quit after claiming the sessions were going nowhere. Well, we all know how that ended up don't we?
Featuring many live clips and studio footage that further cement the 'Morrison mystique', you can plainly see how the late singer was well on his way to destroying himself, sporting a full beard and overweight from the alcohol excess, but there's no denying that he gave one of his better vocal performances on L.A. Woman. Tunes like "Love Her Madly", "The Changeling", "Riders on the Storm" and the title track remain classics to this day, and the bluesy feel of "Been Down So Long", "Cars Hiss By My Window", "Hyacinth House" and of course "Crawling King Snake" saw the band going back to their blues roots even more so than on the previous album Morrison Hotel. As has been an Eagle Rock staple on these album breakdown documentaries, co-producer Botnick dissects the mix for us so you can hear some of the single tracks on their own apart from the songs, which is great for those interested in production and mixing and wanting to hear these parts separate from the rest of the songs.
Hard to believe L.A. Woman is now over 40 years old, but this is a perfect way to celebrate its greatness.