The opening line, “Well I did a little downer ’bout an hour ago,” is a reference to barbiturates, the same type of pill that contributed to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm]‘s tragic death, and a drug which Morrison took in large amounts during recording sessions and over much of his career leading up to his own demise.
They would only perform the song live once, in their second-to-last concert in Dallas in April 1971 soon after the album was released, before Morrison broke down and moved to France, where he died that same July. The Doors were gone before anyone knew how to judge them.
The album L.A. Woman also featured Doors staples “Love Her Madly” and “Riders on the Storm,” but it’s the furious fun of the title track that best exemplifies Morrison’s fiery presence, and the remarkable synergy of the instrumentation of Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.
Now that the album is nearing its 40th anniversary, it’s great that Rhino Records realized the recognition it deserved. Fans of The Doors will have to live with L.A. Woman as the band’s final work…But what an amazing work it is.
Listen to “L.A. Woman” below: