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L.A. Woman

The Doors

1971

L.A. Woman

Album Summary

L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, by Elektra Records. It is the last to feature lead singer Jim Morrison during his lifetime due to his death three months after the album's release, though he would posthumously appear on the 1978 album An American Prayer. Even more so than its predecessors, the album is heavily influenced by blues. It was 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 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. The track "Riders on the Storm" also achieved chart success. Critics including Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have called L.A. Woman one of the Doors' best albums, citing Morrison's vocal performance and the band's stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

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Rating

3.74

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6137

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

So many great songs on this one. All timers. This is a legendary album. Hyacinth House and L'america are weird, underrated gems

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

who doesn't just love to listen to the Doors? I sure do, and fuck anybody that doesn't.

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Fri Oct 23 2020
5

Classic album, classic singles, defines an era of rock and roll, ends with riders on the storm, what's not to like?

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

GREAT album. Probably my favorite Doors album. Highlights: -Love Her Madly -LA Woman -Riders on the Storm

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die day 19, and boy, I have a doozy of an album for you today! The Doors released their sixth, and final studio album, L.A. Woman in 1971. The Doors is a band that probably doesn’t need an introduction, but being that this album is now fifty years old, I will preface with a brief bit of their history. The Doors were the epitome of the sixties counter culture, wild, free and controversial. Vocalist Jim Morrison had a persona larger than life, yet was a very mysterious person. Morrison was a supremely intelligent man and used the mystique that surrounded The Doors to great advantage. While being a magnificent showman, Morrison would often show up to recording sessions and performances drunk and wild, and would sometimes incite riots in the crowd. The Doors frontman would face many criminal charges stemming from his risky antics, including indecency, public obscenity, lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, public profanity and public drunkenness. Morrison remains the first and only musician to be arrested on stage during a performance. It’s an understatement to say that Jim Morrison had a disdain for authority and was not one to conform to anyones laws, rules or social standards other than his own. The Lizard King joined the 27 Club in 1971, when he died in Paris, France at the age of 27, Joining other icons such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, and was quoted by some as saying he would be number 3 in this tragic “club”. His death remains surrounded in mystery fifty years later. Morrison never shied away from the idea of death in his music either. Is being subconsciously suicidal a thing? I can’t help but to feel like doom was in the playbook for this artistically genius/madman. Now, onto the music. The Doors is a band that cannot be confined to any type of genre. While L.A. Woman is widely considered a Rock album, its more Rhythm & Blues than anything. There is some serious tickling of the ivory going down on this record. Keyboardist and co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek shines on every track.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

A few bangers on this one, but Weird Al did it better.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

Ummmm... This sounds like they just stole a bunch of black music.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
5

✌️

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

A very very good album, I liked it a lot

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Amazing album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

LA Woman og Riders on the storm - elsk

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Love it. Never listened to the whole thing before. Hyacinth House is a new fav. Makes me want to watch the movie.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Pretty excellent

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Great

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

superb

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Smooootthhh vibeeee

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Bomb

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Stripped of any lingering psychedelic pretense or lounge act crooner aspirations, L.A. Woman captures a rock band embracing their roots and delivers. This is a blues album, no way around it. The band is hitting on all cylinders and Jim's voice has matured, either through whiskey and cigarettes, or age, into a convincingly legitimate bluesman. The song writing is tip top. The performances are inspired. The production is warm and accessible. L.A. Woman hints at the band's evolutionary direction that could have been. I fucking love this album.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Loved it, already loved it.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Fav album. Ever. I LOOOOVE THE DOORS

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Goddamn Val Kilmer can sing (kidding). His voice sounds pretty different to later albums, loved how bluesy it is and how Riders on the Storm reminds me of Need For Speed Underground 2.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

You can classify Doors tunes into 3 categories; the hits, average blues tunes and drug addled drek.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
3

The wheels are falling off the Morrison Express and the Doors are trying their damndest to keep it on the tracks - they’re playing tighter than ever before on this record. The result is a dichotomy of a hyper-focused, tight band playing around a guy who is clearly inebriated, incoherent and often shouting. Shout out to Tom Scharpling (The Best Show) for pointing out how distant Morrison’s vocals sound in Love Her Madly, as though he was feet away from the mic when it was recorded. I will never be able to listen to this song again without the image of Jim Morrison laying down the vocals while on toilet. We all know the hits, and they’re very good, even if you include Jim Morrison singing Love Her Madly on the toilet - I actually think it’s one of the Door’s best songs. LA Woman and Riders on the Storm are fantastic and deserve their status as classic rock staples. Unfortunately, a lot of this record just isn’t very memorable. If you enjoy blues/boogie-rock you’ll probably enjoy it, but for me, that gets boring fast. L’America halts any momentum and goodwill the band had from LA Woman. If the intent of that song is to mimic the descent into madness… well, congratulations, it made feel me feel like I was losing my mind. Hyacinth House is middling, but slightly redeems itself with some fan service in the form of a reference to The End. Apparently, this was actually the song with the bathroom recorded vocals - “I see the bathroom is clear”. Forgive my ignorance of Jim Morrison’s toilet singing habits. Earlier this week, I was given Nirvana’s In Utero to listen to by this fine website and my feelings on that album are similar to this one. If this wasn’t the final release from a beloved musician, would it be remembered as fondly as it is now? My guess in both cases is…probably not. They’re both solid albums, but neither reach the level of “all time greats”.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
2

"The Changeling" is Funky Town. Bluesy, chill record, sometimes adding some tempo. Not the biggest fan, but of course "Riders on the Storm" is great. The most of it bores me to death though. 2

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Tue Apr 12 2022
1

This band really doesn't do it for me. Can't for the life of me figure it out.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Muy bueno para ciertos gustos musicales

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

4.7 + “L.A Woman” alone makes this a classic. Throw in “Love Her Madly”, “Riders on the Storm” and “Hyacinth House”...damn.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Pierwsze doorsy na liscie, jesli nie bedzie co najmniej jeszcze dwoch, to bede poteznie zaskoczony w negatywny sposob, bo jako fangejowi drzwiowego, czy nawet bardziej morisonowego, bo to jedna z tych band gdzie front men i jego wokal byl punktem centralnym w okol ktorego grawitowala grupa, od tego jak grac, kiedy grac, co grac, po co grac, no i z jego odejsciem zakonczyla sie kariera banderska, jesli istnieje jakas definicja doorsowego brzmienia, nie liczac energii jaka na wokalu wnosil morison, to bedzie to zaglowanie stylami muzycznymi, prawie kazdy zklasyfikuje te plyte jako klasyke rocka, a mamy tu przeprawy od funku, do blusa, nie pomijaja takze popowych trakow, wiec mocne spectrum klimatow, a i tak wszystko brzmi na swoim miejscu, obok popowego love her madly kriegera stoi chocby been down so long, ktory jest najbardziej niebieskim trakiem plyty w moim odczuciu, ale chyba najpopularniejszym trakiem albumu, a moze i calych dorsow jest zdecydowanie zamykajacy riders on the storm, ostatni trak nagrany przez morisona, co w nim takiego niezlwyklego poza tym, ze jest 7 minutowa kompozyucja, co jak na dorsowy styl, jest juz poteznym kawalkiem, sam kawalek jest dorsowa interpretacja ghost riders in the sky jonesa, swoja kultowosc zawdziecza on pewnie przez ten niesamowity dzwiek imitujacy deszcz stworzony na elektrykowym pianiniaku przez manzareka, no i wokale morisonowe w pierwszej czesci traku tez zrobily swoje, zwlaszcza te szeptane overduby, ktore dodaja bardzo sinisterowego efektu calemu traku, co do kontentu lirycznego jakim jest napakowana plyta, to glownym podzialem jest to kto pisal kawalek, morisonowe traki sa bardziej poetycko liryckie, natomiast kriegerowe prostsze przez co bardziej popowe, no i jeszcze pozostaja covery jak snejk kingu, ale jednak lirycznie czuc z plyty smutek i ogladanie voida, jak na otwierajacym changelingu czy hiacyntowym domku, czy juz wspomniany been down so long, jednoczesnie sa traki o wiele bardziej energiczne ktore jakos balansuja poziom przygnebienia po odsluchu, ktory pomino 48 minut orginalnej wersji wydaje sie byc instantowy, dawno nie odgrzewalem doorsow, a przy takim przesluchu jaki poleca czasami lista, jeszcze bardziej doceniam jak swietne jest to granie

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Classic album. The drums on the 1st track are huge and iconic.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

The Doors have always been a favorite of mine! Love this album

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Again just one of those albums I listen to regularly.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Instantly made it to the top of my want list. Shame I didn't listen earlier, especially since I knew the album by name

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

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Wed May 19 2021
5

O primeiro do projeto a ganhar nota 5.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

The Lizard King

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Not a ton to dislike about The Doors. Except maybe for some Jim Morrison silliness. Sort of a link between classic southern country blues and glam/new wave pop rock. Clearly California. I love this album.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

10/10 classic

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Fucking classic. Every song. One of the best albums of all time. Prolly listened to this 100 times. Hyacinth House, one of my all time favs.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

berry good

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Was surprised by how much it reminded me of psychedelic rock. Pleasantly surprised.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Really good psychedelic 60s vibes. Surprised to hear some disco sounding baselines. Some dodgy lyrics by modern standards I think. Will definitely be back for another listen.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Super bluesy. JM is unbelievable. So far yet super controlled. Great band lockin. They are so tight together to allow Morrison to do what he do. The opening (Changeling) is great and contrasts well A side close with LA Woman B side close with Riders on the Storm.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

🔥

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Hermoso álbum, poderoso

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Just brilliant from start to finish. The band just sound so tight throughout and you can hear how Morrison’s voice had changed. It’s fair to say that maybe five or six of these songs are up there among the best of their kind but that it also contains two or three absolute bonafide classics, namely LA Woman and Riders. The final track is up there as one of my favorite songs ever… to think that Morrison whispering the song title at the end was the last thing he ever put on record before he died. I won’t leave it so long next time before listening to this album again ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Legendary album. Legendary band.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

One of the albums I keep returning to. Mostly thanks to Joe Watson.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Loved every second of it…which I was expecting

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

The Doors were my go-to band in late HS/early college. I had a big poster of Jim Morrison on the wall and secretly wanted to be a rock star. Some of the poetry rings as a bit hokey to me now, but I still love their songs, vocals, and unique sound. LA Woman is top to bottom probably their best , with competition from their first album. Such a shame that Morrison died 3 months after this album was released, when they were seemingly at their peak.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

-Absolute banger album -Jim Morrison's vocals are great, and Ray Manzarek shreds the keyboard -"The Changeling," "Love Her Madly," "Been down so Long," "L.A. Woman," "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)," and "Riders on the Storm" are all classics -Personally my favorite is "Been down so Long," Morrison's vocals are super powerful

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Great album. Very bluesy.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Out of the 6 Doors studio albums (not counting those without Morrison) this is my 3rd favorite behind their debut album and Morrison Hotel, but it’s still a 5 star album.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Some classic tunes

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Excellent Blues & Rock album. Thought I knew the Doors better than I really did but learned a lot listening to this in full. Love the blues instrumentals and the vocal repetitions/build ups. Plenty of energy and emotion. The changeling, been down so long, LA women 4.5

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Such an amazing album front to back

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

That's the doors. Pretty good

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Rock-blues de The Doors. Dos megahits.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Possibly the Doors finest and most coherent album. LA Woman is very blues driven and features some of Ray Manzarek’s best work on keys. The band as a whole plays very well on this album and Jim Morrison’s vocal delivery is energetic as always.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Favourite album so far! Although started good, middle/end it became rambling, but finished well 😁

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

5 stars guaranteed. The Doors, first band I was mad about at 15. Ty had a tape with The Doors and Soft Parade on it. Loved it.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

that was a pretty great album no complaints, I just love this kind of music 10/10, planning on listening to their other albums

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Amazing

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

A classic

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Love Riders on the Storm which i first heard on the Top 100 aller tijden in 1978

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Fav songs: - The Changeling - Love Her Madly - Riders on the Storm

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

Frankly, I was not really in the mood for some Doors beforehand, but certainly on the second listen I quite enjoyed this album. Like Morrison Hotel, it sounds very bluesy, but the songs on this album were a lot more interesting, and the closing track Riders on the Storm is one of my favourite Doors songs.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

The previous Doors album from this list: Morrison Hotel is more of a favourite but this album is also very, very good, immediately from the opening song.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Violador de cerebros...

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Love the doors and love this album, great blues album, riders on the storm such a great song. I should listen to this album more as always usually go for the doors debut.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Great catchy atmospheric songs, tight musicianship, stands up well to repeated listening even after listening to it a lot 30 years ago

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Aww man. What a band. What an album. And the best of them. Jim Morrison's last. Stripped back rock blues, with just an amazing set of songs. I just listen to Riders on the Storm and visualise great things. This album transports me away somewhere special

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Rock-blues de The Doors. Dos megahits.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Un dels millors comiats de la història del rock. Venint del poderós 'Morrison Hotel', es treuen de la màniga un altre tractat de blues rock, encara més musculós i potent. Morrison ja no era la figura mesiànica dels primers discos, sinó un barbut borratxo igualment carismàtic, però molt més madur i amb una veu que t'arrastra sense pietat. Uns quants himnes de la banda, i dels començaments dels '70 s'apleguen aquí. Els que no ho són, son gairebé igualment formidables

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

The Doors at their absolute best, making fantastic music one last time.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

ten out of ten.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

One of my top 10 albums. Loved revisiting it!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

excellent

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Iako mi ovo više nije najdraži album Doorsa - zato mi je najdraži blues rock album ikada, jer na ovom albumu imaju najviše naglašen blues od prijašnjih albuma. Stvarno ga dugo nisam slušao, možda čak od fakulteta, dakle neke 2018., ovo će mi dobro doći da se podsjetim koliko je ovaj album odličan i važan za glazbu. /// Inače, L.A. Woman mi je bio vrh, njihov najdraži, gotovo, ne može bolje, ali evo slušajući nakon dugo godina ovaj album, a samim time sam prijašnjih godina više prašio po "Strange Days" i "The Doors", pokazuje ipak da ima nekih sitnih stvari koje fale ili pak ima viška da bi album bila čista desetka. No, znači mi puno, i to je ono što je bitno.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

work of art

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Incredible

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Fri May 20 2022
5

From the first to the last note, this is the Doors operating at their very best. Very heavy into the blues, the atmosphere here just feels like you're sitting in some smoky dive bar drinking scotch with the band playing right beside you. I especially love the use of the organ throughout, and the guitar tones are just incredible. This album is packed so tightly with great songs I find it hard to believe this is not a compilation, there is not a single piece of filler here. To me this really cements the Doors as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Fav tracks: Been Down So Long, Cars Hiss By My Window, Hyacinth House, Riders On The Storm

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Love The Doors, and Jim Morrison. Their entire catalogue is excellent. This one, the last studio record featuring Jim's vocals, is extra bluesy and isn't afraid to break out into extended groove sessions. Jim's lyrics are pure poetry, as usual. The guitar, bass, keyboard and drums all combine to provide a perfect blues stage to compliment the vocals. Not too much else to say on this one, it's just excellent. One of my favourite Doors albums, definitely a classic. Fave tracks: Been Down so Long, L.A. Woman, Riders on the Storm

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

I really like this album. It was tight.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Love it, but maybe more of a 4.5

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Fantastic album with Jim Morrison at, arguably, his best

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

This was a solid, solid blues rock album by the doors, but 'Riders on the Storm,' which I'd heard before and loved, put it over the edge. It's just the perfect ending to the album. The rain falling and the thunder overlaid gives a sense of finality that I don't think I've experienced from another album.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

I love the mood of this record. It feels loose but also builds some really compelling atmospheres and structures. Very cinematic, especially with the sound effects on LA Woman and Riders on the Storm. Some real nice production touches to smooth out the jams and make it punch in all the right places. Channeled their raw energy into something really well crafted. A personal favorite of mine has always been "Hyacinth House," where I feel you can hear the weight of Jim and the band living a lifetime's worth within their 5 short years together. He sounds world-weary and grizzled throughout most of the record, and he was only 27! Wish they could have kept going with him, but at least they went out on top here.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Don't listen to my review on this one, I give all of their albums 5 stars pretty much. Even bad Doors (Soft Parade) is good for me...but this, and their first album basically kicks off and ends the history of the band perfectly. So many great tracks and several oddities that has made this one I listen to over and over.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Fucking slaps.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Hace como 12 años me cagaba The Doors. Pero ya crecí y pues obvio que son de las mejores bandas de la historia. De lo que sea. Pinche discazo caón.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Ive heard Riders on the Storm many times but I didn't realize how diverse the album was as a whole. Great fundamental blues riffing that's shaken up by some unique psychedelic rock sections and melded together by Morrison's voice and Manzarek's on his Vox Continental.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

It’s the Doors. I hadn’t listened to this full album in years. It was awesome.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

I loveeee

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

10/5..one of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands…awesome.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Alcoholic Jim Morrison >>>> Druggie burnout Jim Morrison

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

really liked LA woman and the jazz/blues

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

I'll tell you this No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

My favorite Doors album. Great mix of blues and rock.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Connu

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

doors at it finest

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