Released in April 1971, the Doors’ sixth studio album L.A. Woman is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Roughly three months after its release, Jim Morrison sadly passed away in Paris aged 27, making it the last Doors long-player unveiled during his lifetime.
The album’s closer, Riders on the Storm, was released as a single in June 1971 after being edited down from over seven to around four-and-a-half minutes. Along with Ray Manzarek's cascading Fender Rhodes, Robbie Krieger’s guitar tone is unforgettable – a wash of tremolo and splash of spring reverb adding to the song’s dark atmosphere.
In this rare clip filmed in 2013 during a screening event of the 2012 documentary Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman, Robby Krieger and John Densmore perform a stripped-back version of the album’s haunting end track.
Here, Krieger can be seen playing his 1967 Gibson SG Standard plugged into a small silverface Fender combo, although his electric guitar parts on the album were tracked using a Fender Twin Reverb while making exemplary use of the amp’s onboard effects.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of L.A. Woman, Rhino are releasing the L.A. Woman: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on December 3. This 3CD/1-LP set includes Bruce Botnick’s newly remastered version of the original album, two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram vinyl.
Additionally, the music will be available from digital and streaming services, with Botnick’s Dolby Atmos mix providing an ultra-immersive listening experience.
Fans will be excited to know an unmarked reel was recently unearthed from the Doors’ vault containing the original demo of “Riders on the Storm (opens in new tab).”
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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