The classic album at midnight – LA femme des Doors
Tonight (January 3) on the famous midnight classic album on Radio Nova, we play LA Woman from The Doors.
The album is presented in its entirety, without advertising or interruption.
The late 1960s were a tumultuous time for The Doors. They had achieved critical and commercial success only to see their work disrupted by frontman Jim Morrison’s accusation of indecent exposure and swearing at a concert in Miami in 1969. In September 1970, Morrison was sentenced to death. after a 16-day trial. He was sentenced to six months in prison but was able to remain free on a $ 50,000 bond.
After the trial was over, Morrison joined the band and entered Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles to begin work on a new album in November 1970.
The Doors decided to go back to the simplified and straightforward sound of their previous records. This angered their longtime producer Paul A. Rothchild, who compared Love Her Madly to “cocktails music”And felt that the group was artistically regressing. Combined with Morrison’s refusal to show up for rehearsals, Rothchild stepped down, replaced by engineer Bruce Botnick.
With Botnick, the group reunited at The Doors’ Workshop, a makeshift studio they had set up at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard. It was so improvised that Morrison recorded his voice in a bathroom doorway.
The group was joined for the sessions by rhythm guitarist Marc Benno and Jerry Scheff, a bassist who had impressed Morrison with his work in Elvis Presley’s backing band.
Most of LA Woman’s songs would be composed on location during jam sessions. Most of the album sees the band lean heavily on the blues, including a cover of John Lee Hooker’s Crawling King Snake. As the title suggests, LA Woman is inspired by lyrics from life in the Californian metropolis.
In its original version, LA Woman offers 10 titles. On the A side is The Changeling; Love her madly; Been down so long; Cars whistle from my window; and THE Woman. On the B side are L’America; Maison Jacinthe; Crawling King Serpent; The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat); and the Storm Horsemen.
LA Woman was released on April 19, 1971. It peaked at number nine in the US where it spent 36 weeks on the Billboard 200, and reached number 28 in the UK. Released as a single, Love Her Madly and Riders on the Storm would become the Top 20 hits in the United States.
Critics reacted positively, Rolling Stone wearing the LA Woman brand “The best Doors album.”This magazine currently ranks it at number 364 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Sadly, just three months after the release of LA Woman, Jim Morrison would be found dead in Paris. He would appear posthumously in 1978’s An American Prayer, but LA Woman featured Morrison’s last album with The Doors during his lifetime.
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