What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

LA Woman

Late in their career, The Doors were at a bit of a crossroads.  They were coming off a slump from The Soft Parade.  After filling in the gaps with the lackluster live album Absolutely Live, they returned to their roots with Morrison Hotel, a pretty solid release.  

Jim Morrison had been convicted of indecent exposure stemming from an incident in Miami that may or may not have happened.  Nevertheless, a court appearance was looming.   Bookings dried up and many radio stations wouldn't play their records.

In 1971 they went deeper into the blues with LA Woman.   Augmented by a bass player and a second guitarist, the result is raw and immediate.  Recording took place in a makeshift studio in their rehearsal space.  There they wouldn't have to pay valuable studio time waiting for Jim Morrison to show up, even though he lived a few steps away.   Longtime producer Paul Rothschild bailed on the session leaving the production duties to fall on Bruce Botnick and The Doors.

The Doors - LA Woman (Elektra 1971)

The original packaging came with a see through panel - subsequently replaced by an opaque yellow one.

The inner sleeve shows your basic crucifixion on a telephone pole.   This sleeve was missing from later pressings.

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