L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by The Doors, released in 1971. It is their final studio album with Jim Morrison, who died shortly after release - at least during his lifetime. Their final studio album - An American Prayer - was released in 1978 and it uses archive recordings of Morrison. Like Morrison Hotel, this album saw the band shifting away from Psychedelic Rock and moving towards Blues Rock.
L.A. Woman would end up becoming one of the band's most popular and acclaimed albums. Hits and fan favorites include the title track, "Love Her Madly" and "Riders on the Storm".
- "The Changeling" (4:21)
- "Love Her Madly" (3:20)
- "Been Down So Long" (4:41)
- "Cars Hiss by My Window" (4:12)
- "L.A. Woman" (7:49)
- "L'America" (4:37)
- "Hyacinth House" (3:11)
- "Crawling King Snake" (5:00)
- "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" (4:16)
- "Riders on the Storm" (7:09)
Bonus Tracks (40th Anniversary Edition):
- "Orange County Suite"
- "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further"
Bonus Disc (40th Anniversary Edition):
- "The Changeling (Alternate Version)"
- "Love Her Madly (Alternate Version)"
- "Cars Hiss by My Window (Alternate Version)"
- "L.A. Woman (Alternate Version)"
- "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) (Alternate Version)"
- "Been Down So Long (Alternate Version)"
- "Riders on the Storm (Alternate Version)"
- "She Smells So Nice"
- "Rock Me"
- John Densmore - drums
- Robby Krieger - guitar
- Ray Manzarek - keyboard, organ, piano, tack piano, guitar, lead vocals note
- Jim Morrison - lead vocals, piano, percussion, tambourine
"Tropers on the Storm":
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "L.A. Woman".Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light?(...)Motel, money, murder, madness
- Album Title Drop: "L.A. Woman"L.A. Woman, you're my woman
- Alliterative Title: "Hyacinth House".
- Badass Boast: "Crawling King Snake"Because I'm a crawlin' king snake, baby, and I rule my den
- Blasphemous Boast: "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)"No Eternal Reward Will FORGIVE US NOW for WASTING the Dawn.
- Break-Up Song: "Love Her Madly"Don't ya love her as she's walking out the door?Like she did one thousand times before
- Car Song: "Cars Hiss By My Window"
- Cover Version: "Crawling King Snake" and the bonus track "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further".
- Cradle of Loneliness: "L.A. Woman"Never saw a woman... so alone, so alone, so alone
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: "Riders on the Storm"Into this house we're bornInto this world we're thrownLike a dog without a boneAn actor out on loanRiders on the storm
- Drinking on Duty: Jim Morrison required some heroic sobering-up to get him to provide vocals. The title track was apparently performed while he was near-completely drunk. The funny thing is, it still works.
- Driving Song: "L.A. Woman".
- Epic Rocking: "L.A. Woman", "Riders on the Storm".
- Face on the Cover: The band is framed inside a picture central on the cover image.
- Heavy Meta: "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" has several references to locations The Doors used to perform.
- Last-Second Word Swap: In "L'America":Come on people, don't ya look so downYou know the rain man's comin' ta townChange the weather, change your luckAnd then he'll teach ya how to... find yourselfL'America
- Made Myself Sad: "Been Down So Long" where the protagonist has felt down so long that it "feels like up to me".
- Metal Scream: Jim lets a few out in "The Changeling".
- Mondegreen: Supporters of St Mirren Football Club in Paisley, Scotland, have maintained that in "Hyacinth House" Jim sings the line "The Paisley Lions disdain". Lyrics listings list the line as "To please the lions this day" but Morrison's voice is shot from drink and smoke by this time and it's sometimes hard to make out what he's singing on this album. The same St Mirren fans sometimes claim that Jim Morrison was a secret Saints fan himself: an earlier Doors album Waiting for the Sun has a song called "Love Street", which was until 2009 the name of St Mirren's stadium. For a while in the 1960s they shared the ground with a Speedway team called the Paisley Lions and this wasn't popular with the football fans. The St Mirren fanzine was called "Where the Beasties Meet", from a line in that song.
- Murder Ballad: "Riders on the Storm", where a "killer on the road" is described.
- One-Woman Song: "L.A. Woman".
- Perpetual Poverty: "The Changeling"I had money, and I had noneBut I never been so broke that I couldn't leave town
- The Power of Love: "L.A. Woman" and "Love Her Madly" are love songs, though in the latter the loved one has already left.
- Properly Paranoid: "Hyacinth House"I think that somebody's nearI'm sure that someone is following me, oh yeah
- Scatting: Jim imitates a harmonica with his voice in "Cars Hiss By My Window".
- Self-Backing Vocalist: In "Riders on the Storm", there are two Jim Morrison vocal tracks throughout: One has him singing the melody, but the other has him just whispering the lyrics through a reverb effect.
- Serial Killer: "Riders on the Storm".There's a killer on the roadHis brain is squirming like a toadTake a long holidayLet your children playIf you give this man a rideSweet family will dieKiller on the road, yeah
- "Been Down So Long" takes its title and refrain ("Well, I've been down so [goddamn/very damn] long / That it looks like up to me") from Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, an autobiographical novel by folk singer Richard Fariña.
- "Love Her Madly" was used in Forrest Gump in the scene where Jenny leaves the apartment of some hippie she met.
- Significant Anagram: "Mr. Mojo Risin'", sung during "L.A. Woman" is an anagram of Jim Morrison's name.
- Vocal Evolution: Heavy smoking and drinking took a toll on Morrison's voice towards the end. His voice is noticeably rougher on this album.