“L.A. Woman” is a song by American rock band the Doors. The song is the title track on their 1971 album L.A. Woman, the final album to feature Jim Morrison before his death on 3 July 1971.
L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature the group’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album’s release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. It was also recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.
“Love Her Madly” was released as a single in March 1971, preceding the album’s release, and it reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 on the UK Albums Charts. An additional single in support of the album, “Riders on the Storm”, also achieved chart success on Billboard and in the UK. Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors’ best albums, citing Morrison’s unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band’s stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.
In the song’s bridge, Morrison repeats the phrase “Mr. Mojo Risin’,” which is an anagram of “Jim Morrison”.
The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room’s natural reverb. Marc Benno was a second guitarist on the session; Jerry Scheff played electric bass guitar.
The 40th Anniversary edition of the album version begins with a guitar riff of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”.
In 1985, 14 years after Morrison’s death, Ray Manzarek directed and Rick Schmidlin produced a music video for the song. It was aired on MTV and included in the Doors film Dance on Fire.
A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of “L.A. Woman” written by Jim Morrison, was auctioned in Berkshire, UK for £13,000 on Aug 4, 2009.