Wednesday 12pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

May 22, 2019
Editor In Chief

We start our feature of the Top 100 Albums of the 70s.

#100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature the group’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album’s release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. 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.

“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. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 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. Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors’ best albums, citing Morrison’s unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band’s stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

1. “The Changeling” 4:21
2. “Love Her Madly” 3:20
3. “Been Down So Long” 4:41
4. “Cars Hiss by My Window” 4:12
5. “L.A. Woman” 7:49

1. “L’America” 4:37
2. “Hyacinth House” 3:11
3. “Crawling King Snake” 5:00
4. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” 4:16
5. “Riders on the Storm” 7:09

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DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.” They were among the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

They were signed to Elektra Records in 1966. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the US, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 32.5 million certified units in the US. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs. In 1993, the Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Touch Me 
2 Riders on the Storm
3 Light My Fire
4 Hello, I Love You
5 Love Her Madly
6 The Mosquito
7 People Are Strange 
8 The Unknown Soldier
9 Break on Through (To the Other Side)
10 Roadhouse Blues
11 Tightrope Ride 
12 Love Me Two Times
13 Get Up and Dance 
14 You Make Me Real
15 Wishful Sinful
16 Tell All the People
17 Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
18 The End
19 Waiting for the Sun
20 Ships with Sails
21 Ghost Song
22 Runnin’ Blue
23 Gloria
24 The Piano Bird
25 Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor (The Severed Garden)
26 Not to Touch the Earth
27 L.A. Woman
28 Orange County Suite
29 Five To One
30 Crawling King Snake
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