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The Doors' Los Angeles Masterpiece "LA Woman" to Be Reissued with Rare Studio Outtakes

Jim Morrison at the "La Woman" sessions
Jim Morrison at the "La Woman" sessions

The Doors' very concise catalog has to be one of the most recycled set of the recordings in the history of rock. After original issues, reissues, compilations, early-era CDs, remasters, remixes, box sets (yes, plural), etc. it's almost miraculous that the 3 living Doors and the small cottage industry (The Factory that Jim Built) around them can manage to find anything else to keep the never dwindling fans interested.

But manage they do.

We, like the suckers we are, are ridiculously excited at today's announcement by Rhino Records that later this year they will be releasing "a special 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of L.A. Woman. This two-disc collection contains the original album along with a selection of rare and previously unreleased session outtakes and studio dialogue."

Here are more details about the release:

Recorded mostly live in their rehearsal space, the 10-song album was produced by the band with longtime engineer Bruce Botnick, who created a comfortable vibe in the studio. In an interview with Modern Drummer, Densmore recalled the L.A. Woman sessions. "We just did a couple takes, on everything. There were some mistakes, and I would say, 'Ray, remember on Miles Davis Live At Carnegie Hall, on the intro of 'So What' there's this horrible trumpet error? Miles said he didn't care, because of the feeling.' That's what L.A. Woman is. Just passion -- in our rehearsal room, not in a fancy studio. It was the first punk album! It was made cheap, in a couple weeks."

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