By the end of the sixties, The Doors had found themselves at the forefront of a movement that consisted of a generation of discontents. Operating against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and of social unrest and change in the USA, The Doors were hip, dangerous and anti-establishment. Jim Morrison and the band were on the radar of 'authority' who seemed to be just waiting for transgressions upon which they could pounce. This was to come to fruition at an explosive gig in Miami that has subsequently passed into folklore. Pushing the audience and the police to their limits, Jim was eventually arrested on various charges including incitement and indecent exposure. Unable to tour following the Miami incident, The Doors went into the studio to start recording what would be the last album to feature Jim Morrison: L.A. Woman.
They assembled in the fall of 1970 at Sunset Sound Studio in L.A. with engineer Bruce Botnick and producer Paul Rothschild to run through the songs for the album. Rothschild, who has produced all five previous Doors albums, could hear nothing he wanted to produce, announced that he was quitting and walked out. The band was stunned, but they decided to continue without Rothschild and co-produce the album with Botnick. Botnick adopted a more spontaneous and live approach, including leaving Sunset Sound and recording the album in The Doors' rehearsal and office space on Santa Monica Boulevard. The band responded to this new-found freedom and produced some of their best work - quickly - rarely exceeding more than two full takes on each song. It took four days to record the album.
Soon after they started the mix sessions Jim Morrison announced that he was leaving to go to Paris to meet up with his girlfriend Pam Courson and to take a break. On July 3rd, within 6 months of moving to Paris, Jim Morrison died. Cause: Unknown.
"L.A. Woman" reached number 9 on the Billboard Chart. The song "L.A. Woman", the centerpiece to the album, is a masterpiece. There were two hit singles: "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm". L.A. Women is considered by many as one of The Doors' finest achievements.
Featuring exclusive interviews with band members Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, plus Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, their manager at the time Bill Siddons, and their closest colleagues and collaborators - along with exclusive performances, archival footage and examination of the original multi-track recording tapes with Producer Bruce Botnick - this film tells the amazing story of this landmark album by one of the most influential bands on the planet.
- Cast: The Doors
- Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: Eagle Rock
- Release Date: 01/24/2012
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Catalogue #: 333939
- An additional 35 mins of material previously unseen on TV
- Previously unreleased track "She Smells So Nice" accompanied by newly created picture montage