Re-release of the sixth full-length studio album by legendary American Psychedelic/Blues Rock band.
The last album to feature the band's lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album's release. It was also recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.
The album saw the band continue to integrate elements of Blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, "Morrison Hotel". Actually, some of the straight Blues items sound kind of turgid, but that's more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work. The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, Jazzy "Riders on the Storm", was the band at its most melodic and ominous. It and the far bouncier "Love Her Madly" were hit singles, and "The Changeling" and "L'America" count as some of their better little-heeded album tracks. An uneven but worthy finale from the original quartet... Three months after release, on July 3, Morrison was found dead.
"Love Her Madly" was released as a single in March 1971, preceding the album's release, and it reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100 for a stay of 11 weeks, but failed to chart in the UK. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, remaining on the charts for 36 weeks, and reached number 28 on the UK, spending four weeks on the UK Albums Charts. An additional single in support of the album, "Riders on the Storm", also achieved chart success on Billboard and in the UK.
An additional single, "Riders on the Storm", was released in June, and reached number 14 on the Billboard chart, while managing to peak at number 22 in the UK chart.
In 2003, "L.A. Woman" was ranked at 362 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. When the list was revised in 2012, to accommodate a number of albums released since 2003, the album was repositioned at number 364.
Elektra Records, 1971/2003 (ELK 42 090 (EKS 75011)). Made in Germany.
Side One (24:17)
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 (24:08)
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
Total playing time: 48:25 min.