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March 05, 2012
Warner Music
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Proto-Punk, Album Rock, AM Pop

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Changeling [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  2. Love Her Madly [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  3. Cars Hiss by My Window [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  4. L.A. Woman [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  5. The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take
  6. Been Down So Long [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  7. Riders on the Storm [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take][#]
  8. She Smells So Nice/Rock Me [#]