L.A. Woman

~ Release group by The Doors

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
L.A. Woman 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKS-75011 [none]
L.A. Woman 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) K42090 [none]
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 242 090, EKS-75011-2 [none]
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 2-042090, EKS-75011-2 [none]
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 20P2-2347, D-404 4988014723473
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) CD 75011 075596067720
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKS-75011-2 075596067720
L.A. Woman (French cat# "EW 835" (and NOT "WE 835")) CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-75011-2 07559750112
L.A. Woman (French cat# "WE 835" (and NOT "EW 835")) CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-75011-2 07559750112
L.A. Woman CD 10 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1034 010963103427
L.A. Woman Vinyl 10 DCC Compact Classics LPZ-2050
L.A. Woman (1999 remaster) CD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) 7559-75011-2, EW835 075597501124
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-62553-2 075596255325
L.A. Woman (DVD-Audio - Stereo Tracks) DVD-Audio 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) LC00192 075596261296
L.A. Woman HDCD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) WPCR-75078 4943674057917
L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Mixes) CD 12 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) [none], R2 101155 081227999865
L.A. Woman (Expanded 40th Anniversary Mixes) CD 12 Rhino (reissue label)
L.A. Woman CD 12
L.A. Woman (40th anniversary mixes) CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79998-6 081227999865
L.A. Woman CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) WPCR-12721 4943674073641
L.A. Woman 2×CD 10 + 9 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 8122797551 9340650011164
L.A. Woman 2×CD 10 + 9 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79755-1 081227975517
L.A. Woman (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 10 + 9 Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79755-1 081227975517
L.A. Woman (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 10 + 9 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) R2 528784 081227975517
L.A. Woman (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 10 + 9 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) R2 528784 081227975517
L.A. Woman 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 5 Analogue Productions APP 75011-45 [none]
L.A. Woman Digital Media 10 Rhino (reissue label) [none]
L.A. Woman (The Complete Doors Studio Albums) Digital Media 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 603497927913
L.A. Woman (AP remaster) Hybrid SACD 10 Analogue Productions CAPP 75011 SA 753088501166
L.A. Woman 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) ELK 42090
L.A. Woman CD 10 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) D 100215, EKS-75011-2 [none]
L.A. Woman CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-75011-2 075597501124

Relationships

included in: Vinyl Box
Waiting for the Sun / L.A. Woman
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 364)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000391383 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45432 [info]
Wikidata: Q212846 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Doors:L.A._Woman_(1971) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_doors/l_a__woman/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8hq4 [info]

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The Doors' career was a peculiar one. Beginning as a fairly standard Los Angeles RnB and blues band - their cover of Them's Gloria was always a live highpoint - they entered the national consciousness as a pop group, thanks to the catchiness of singles like Hello, I Love You and the raw brooding unbridled shagnastiness of singer Jim Morrison.

As time went by - which it did in LSD-slowed rapidity in those days - The Doors evolved into something far stranger, all baroque and creepy with lyrics about lizard kings and oedipal murder. Morrison's behaviour became more extreme and/or irritating (depending on your point of view), and he was well on the path to becoming either a rock legend or an idiot, exposing himself to audiences, being arrested, and finally, just before the release of this album, retiring from live performance and moving to Paris. There he died, in the summer of 1971, just weeks after this album's release. His grave has been a flame to Morrison-obsessed moths ever since.

L.A. Woman, the album he left behind - the last record by The Doors with their original singer (since then they've worked with everyone from Ian McCulloch to Ian Astbury; and they even, according to Astbury, tried out Iggy Pop) - is, perhaps surprisingly, one of their best. Of its 10 tracks, six are regularly featured on compilations and three or four are certifiable classics. The title-track is a rocker so brilliant it forms the chassis of Billy Idol's White Wedding, and is the speediest epic The Doors ever put on vinyl; elsewhere, there's the gorgeous, tumbling Love Her Madly, and the grungey The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat). And, of course, this set houses that favourite of backpacking European students everywhere, Riders on the Storm, which dominated American FM radio in the 1970s and continues to do so.

Perhaps this album's quality shouldn't be a shock, though: with a stripped-down yet full sound, a developed mysticism tied tightly to the band's brand of rock, and confidence born of having been a functioning unit for several years, all the ingredients were in place for a brilliant end product. And, with its harder edge, its hindsight-laden sense of imminent loss and its sheer dirtiness, L.A. Woman comprises a brilliant bridge between the floral madness of the 1960s and the tougher decade to come.

This 40th Anniversary Edition features the first official release of She Smells So Nice, a fast blues in the style of Got My Mojo Working, plus never-before-released alternate versions of songs familiar from the original album. So, if you don't own it already…