Classic Rock Review: L.A. Woman -- Gone is the image of a half naked Jim Morrison out in front of his “backing band”. On the cover of this album, an off-center, bearded [and overweight] Morrison is slouched down to appear smaller below the rest of the band.
"Riders on the Storm" is a unique song in the history of rock n roll. With several influences. . . . Often considered a Morrison masterpiece . . . the song is really a showcase for the other three band members . . . who use the song as a preview of the group’s new direction.
[T]he band had already quietly agreed to a break from Morrison, as he planned to move to Paris* following its completion, and continue as a trio. . . . A common misconception is that Other Voices was made in reaction to Morrison's death**, when it was actually started prior to his passing, some songs worked on during the L.A. Woman sessions.
[T]wo addition musicians [were] involved with the making of L.A. Woman, bassist Jerry Scheff who played on every track and blues guitarist Mark Benno, who played rhythm guitar on four. Scheff, who was Elvis Presley's regular bass player at the time, was as much a part of the music on L.A. Woman as any of the "regular" Doors (a defacto "fifth Door") . . .
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