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The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” Turns 40

the doors la woman album cover The Doors L.A. Woman Turns 40

Forty years ago this month, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm] released their final studio album before [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jim Morrison[/lastfm]’s untimely death. L.A. Woman was an instant success and has aged its way to “classic” status.

Rhino Records is releasing 2,500 special vinyl copies of the “L.A. Woman” single in select music stores around the country to celebrate Record Store Day April 16. Check out the Record Store Day website to see if “L.A. Woman” can be found near you.

Morrison left the world with a bang, and so did The Doors with L.A. Woman. Knowing how hard and fast Morrison lived his life, the album’s title track is almost a fitting conclusion to the band’s catalog. They recorded just about the entire song in a live take, which encapsulated the band’s furious live energy perfectly.

Perhaps the most distinctive section of the song is the coda, where Morrison belts “Mr. Mojo Risin'” over and over again building up to the outro. “Mr. Mojo Risin” is actually an anagram of “Jim Morrison,” a fitting title to find scrambled within the name of one of classic rock’s wildest stars.

Unfortunately for Morrison and the band, the mojo didn’t last much longer…


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