L.A. Woman [Bonus Tracks]

by: The Doors

The final album with {$Jim Morrison} in the lineup is by far their most {\blues}-oriented, and the singer's poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers. Actually, some of the straight {\blues} items sound kind of turgid, but that's more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work. The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy {&"Riders on the Storm,"} was the group at its most melodic and ominous. It and the far bouncier {&"Love Her Madly"} were hit singles, and {&"The Changeling"} and {&"L'America"} count as some of their better little-heeded album tracks. An uneven but worthy finale from the original quartet. [The CD was also released with two bonus tracks.] ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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