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L.A. Woman (1971)
The Doors

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User Rating: 4 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]


Name:  Juergen Martens <dj.martens@t-online.de>
Rating:  3 / 5
Comments:  This Doors record to me overall is ho-hum, but "Riders on the Storm" is
pure Rhodes heaven and deserves credit for putting that elctric piano sound on the map for a more Rock/Pop oriented audience (for jazzers
it wasn't too much news any more since Miles...)


Name:  Gatarz
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  I would agree with a 3 star rating, but for an experience I had. Years ago, I was in an ultra-high end stereo store in NYC. The salesman sat me down in front of a $100,000+ stereo system with a giant pair of top-of-the-like B&W Nautilus Speakers, and put on Riders on the Storm. I wet myself.


Name:  Juergen Martens
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  The Doors have been one of the very few bands that never used a bass player
(admits me, being one myself). But unlike many educated old school Hammond
wrestlers out of the Jimmy Smith School who are used to do the bass part on the
pedal, Doors keyboarder Ray Manzarek always used the Rhodes Piano Bass, which
he played with his left hand while working the Vox organ or the Rhodes with his right.
On stage as well as in the studio. And the Doors didn't cheat, as you can hear on
"Riders On The Storm": Ray plays the Piano Bass with his left, lays down chords on
the - beautiful sounding - Rhodes with the right. When it comes to his piano solo, guitarist
Robbie Krieger supplies the harmonic backing for him while Ray single-handedly cranks out a
classic, classy solo - and all along keeps the bass groove in the pocket. No overdubs here
except for the thunder-and-lightning sounds. It won't get much better than this.



Name:  William Hutchison
Rating:  3 / 5
Comments:  Ray Manzarek finally had a reason to live if only for a few short moments on this album. He finally broke away from his cheesy combo organs to play some beautiful soulful haunting Rhodes piano on 'Riders On The Storm'. Otherwise i could care less about the rest of the tunes. I'm not a Doors fan and therefore cannot stand listening to the endless warbling from egomaniac Jim Morrison.