The Doors - L.A. Woman The Workshop Sessions (2012)

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The Doors - L.A. Woman The Workshop Sessions (2012)

01 – The Changeling
02 – Love Her Madly
03 – Cars Hiss By My Window
04 – L.A. Woman
05 – The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
06 – Been Down So Long
07 – Riders On The Storm
08 – Rock Me

Jim Morrison – lead vocals, maracas, tambourine, piano
Robby Krieger – guitar
John Densmore – drums
Ray Manzarek – Hammond C-3, piano,rhythm guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano,
 Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, lead vocals 
Jerry Scheff – bass
Marc Benno – rhythm guitar on tracks 3, 4, 5, 8


Rhino's double-disc 40th Anniversary Edition of the Doors' final album, L.A. Woman, may not have the two bonus cuts from the 2007 reissue of the record -- "Orange County Suite" and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" -- but it does have a full disc of bonus material, including alternate takes of every one of the album's ten songs, plus the unreleased original "She Smells So Nice" and a cover of Muddy Waters' "Rock Me." (This bonus material was released separately as The Workshop Sessions.) Neither of the new discoveries feels finished -- there's little polish on the cover, while "She Smells So Nice" seems invented as the Doors play -- but the charm of this edition is that the unreleased material is considerably looser than the finished album. Given that there are no great differences in either arrangements or lyrics -- almost none on the former, nothing notable on the latter -- it is the general vibe of these rough run-throughs that counts, as each alternate take amplifies the comfortably assured virility that is L.A. Woman's calling card. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine,

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