Out Now: The Doors ‘L.A. Woman’ 50th Anniversary Edition – Watch New “Riders on the Storm” Video

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Today, Dec. 3, The Doors’ classic 1970 album L.A. Woman has been revisited for a lavish Deluxe Edition commemorating its 50th anniversary.

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In celebration of the release, a new music video for “Riders on the Storm” was premiered, directed by Brendo Garcia and Adriano Gonfiantini and featuring visuals pulling from the song’s lyrical themes and the band’s history:

Some more about the details in the video, per a news release:

Garcia and Gonfiantini filmed the video in Brazil on a soundstage using the same cutting-edge technology that’s being used to make the The Mandalorian television series, mixing live-action footage and computer graphics in real-time to achieve a look that’s evocative of the song’s haunting, dreamlike vibe.

Plenty of Doors easter eggs are hidden throughout the video, including a sign for Barney’s Beanery (one of Jim Morrison’s favorite West Hollywood bars); a woman tied to a streetlight recalling the image found inside the original L.A. Woman gatefold sleeve; plus, a glimpse of the Alta Cienega Motel where Morrison lived in Room 32 from 1968 to 1970.

And some more about the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and the extra features it boasts in addition to the remastered album:

Among the unreleased gems is the original demo for “Riders On The Storm,” which was captured during an early recording session for the album at Sunset Sound studios. The demo was recently discovered on an unmarked tape reel in the band’s vault after being assumed lost for decades. The recording was done with producer Paul A. Rothchild, who famously referred to the song as “cocktail music.” This led to Rothchild departing the project, with the band opting to co-produce the album with Botnick.

The additional outtakes feature Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek working in the studio with two additional musicians. The first was rhythm guitarist Marc Benno, who worked with Leon Russell in The Asylum Choir. The other was bassist Jerry Scheff, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s TCB band.

In the studio, Botnick says the band took a more organic approach to recording instead of starting and stopping repeatedly to achieve technical perfection. “The previously unreleased reels here – serial takes of ‘The Changeling,’ ‘Love Her Madly,’ ‘Riders On The Storm,’ and ‘L.A. Woman’ – depict a band obsessed with groove while executing turns and flourishes with the precision of a well-drilled soul combo…The idea was to go from song to song, to let it flow.”

Among the outtakes of album tracks, you can also hear the band joyously ripping through the kinds of classic blues songs that Morrison once described as “original blues.” There are great takes of Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train,” John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake,” Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and “Get Out Of My Life Woman,” Lee Dorsey’s funky 1966 classic, written by his producer Allen Toussaint.

Additionally, here’s a new interview between guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore from the legendary Los Angeles band with Jenn from Rock Classics Radio on Apple Music Hits, discussing the album and its legacy:

Stream the L.A. Woman 50th Anniversary Edition below. 

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