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Release date: 29 April 1971
Style: Progressive rock

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8.4 | 71 votes

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01. The Changeling
02. Love Her Madly
03. Been Down So Long
04. Cars Hiss By My Window
05. L.A. Woman
06. L'America
07. Hyacinth House
08. Crawling King Snake
09. The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
10. Riders On The Storm
11. Orange County Suite [40th Anniversary Mixes bonus]
12. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further [Willie Dixon cover] [40th Anniversary Mixes bonus]

40th Anniversary Edition (2012)
Disc I [Original recording remastered]

Disc II [Extra tracks]
01. The Changeling [Alternate version]
02. Love Her Madly [Alternate version]
03. Cars Hiss By My Window [Alternate version]
04. L.A. Woman [Alternate version]
05. The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) [Alternate version]
06. Been Down So Long [Alternate version]
07. Riders On The Storm [Alternate version]
08. She Smells So Nice
09. Rock Me
+ L.A. Woman (Take 1) [iTunes bonus]
+ Crawling King Snake (Run Through And Studio Chatter) [iTunes bonus]
+ Love Her Madly (Take 1) [Amazon bonus]
+ The Changeling (Take 9) [Amazon bonus]
+ The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) [Instrumental version] [Spotify bonus]

Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Jim Morrison - vocals
Ray Manzarek - organ, piano, keyboards, keyboard bass
Robby Krieger - guitars
John Densmore - drums, percussion

Session musicians
Marc Benno - guitars
Jerry Scheff - bass


Additional info
Recorded: December 1970-January 1971

Producers: The Doors, Bruce Botnick
Mastering: Bruce Botnick, Paul Rothchild
Master Tape Preparation: Bruce Botnick
Design: Carl Cossick
Concept: Carl Cossick
Photography: Wendell Hamick

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Nosurper - 27.12.2009 at 07:07  
  A bit overrated I think. Many of the bluesy numbers are a bit stale to me. By Crawling King Snake, the appeal of the blues rock has worn off. I love Morrison's lyrics though. He doesn't ever give away much, but he drops each little bit of creativity very effectively. Highlights for me were The Changeling, Love Her Madly, L.A. Woman, and Riders on the Storm. It's just a really laid back and enjoyable album; you can tell that they were just having a good time recording this.
JohnDoe - 27.12.2009 at 20:55  
  ^ Crawling King Snake is not a Doors song, it's a John Lee Hooker cover version. It's well done by the Doors. I agree with the highlights you mentioned, another song i like is The Hyacinth House. L'America is pretty good too. Texas Radio and the Big Beat is pointless for me at least, these days.
Nosurper - 27.12.2009 at 22:10  
  Oh, yes I knew that John Doe. Still though, it's not like these blues songs have the same punishing quality, that say, Led Zeppelin's first album does. I also like Hyacinth House as well, really good lyrics on that song. Texas Radio is horrible.
musicalkaratekid - 13.06.2014 at 17:23  
Rating: 8 I think it's a slight step down from "Morrison Hotel" as far as consistency goes, but there's still a lot of memorable moments here. 'L'America' is a cracking song, so quirky. The bluesier numbers here for me are the weaker songs, but not by much.
RavenEffect - 14.06.2014 at 02:34  
Rating: 8 Love the "progressive rock" label on this one when its clearly the most "Blues Rock" album of psychadelic band that was never that prog in the first place.
deadone - 16.06.2014 at 04:51  
 
Written by RavenEffect on 14.06.2014 at 02:34

Love the "progressive rock" label on this one when its clearly the most "Blues Rock" album of psychadelic band that was never that prog in the first place.



The one thing that Metalstorm does badly is label Progressive anything that doesn't fit into established metal genres. E.g. Casualties of Cool. It's myopic in many ways.

I suspect even Kylie Minogue or Beyonce would be Progressive if they somehow got placed on Metalstorm.

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