L.A Woman, the last album the band recorded with the late, great Jim Morrison, was The Doors’ sixth and most consistent since their self-titled debut.
‘See me change’ barks Morrison on the title track, ‘The Changeling’, something he had done with his persona throughout the band’s career and complete with awful beard, this might have been his finest transformation (apart from said facial hair).
‘Love Her Madly’ has the band in its most infectious, blues infused mood; and ‘Been Down So Long’ is a gritty, jazz stomp (awfully sampled by Chase and Status), and with ‘LA Woman’ and ‘Riders on the Storm’ the band created two songs that encapsulate the spirit of their enigmatic front man.
This is an album that demonstrated everything that was so great about The Doors. Original, classic, sometimes overblown rock and roll songs that gave Jim Morrison a platform for his wide ranging vocals and powerful lyrics.
It is quite fitting that it was to be the last album they made and the band, or more to the point, Morrison, certainly went out on a high.