The Doors – L.A. Woman

The end of the 1960’s marked a dark period for The Doors, personal struggles and heightened emotions in the studio made their sixth album efforts difficult to produce as emotions were running high. The album was ultimately recorded in their own rehearsal space – The Doors Workshop – and once the band was able to take back some control of their work, L.A. Woman was born. 

Through the recording process, their sound shifted to a blues influenced, almost jazz-like sound that you can hear in ‘Riders on the Storm’ – Jim himself was more punctual and passionate about the work with poignant lyrics like ‘L.A. Woman’ and stunning instrumental performances from the band. 

The album was a landmark of achievement for The Doors and much like the American South West that it was inspired by, the album itself represents that same spirit – it’s alive, free, young and it’s wild.

But it would be the last studio album recorded with Jim Morrison. 

Just months after the release of L.A. Woman, Morrison would pass away on July 3, bringing one of rock’s most tumultuous careers to an end and effectively ending The Doors as well. 

On Tuesday, April 19 @ 6 p.m. join Robin LaRose as he takes you back to 1971 with The Doors and L.A. Woman – only on Q107 – Calgary’s Classic Rock. 

L.A. Woman Track List

Side one

  1. “The Changeling”                                                             4:20
  2. “Love Her Madly”                                                             3:18
  3. “Been Down So Long”                                                    4:40
  4. “Cars Hiss by My Window”                                           4:10
  5. “L.A. Woman”                                                                    7:49

Side two

  1. “L’America”                                                                       4:35
  2. “Hyacinth House”                                                           3:10
  3. “Crawling King Snake”                                                    4:57
  4. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)”          4:12
  5. “Riders on the Storm”                                                   7:14