L.A. Woman (song)
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|Song by the Doors|
|from the album L.A. Woman|
|Recorded||December 1970 – January 1971|
|Genre||Rock, blues rock|
|Length||7:49 (original version)|
7:59 (40th anniversary edit)
The phrase "city of night" that Morrison repeats several times throughout the song is the title of a novel by John Rechy, originally published in 1963. Morrison was a fan of the novel and had a track record of incorporating novel titles, fragments and lines from the poetry of others into his lyrics, such as Journey to the End of the Night, Not to Touch the Earth, and Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me.
The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room's natural reverb. Marc Benno was a second guitarist on the session; Jerry Scheff played electric bass guitar.
LA Weekly named it No. 1 on their list of the 20 best songs about the city of Los Angeles . The 40th Anniversary edition of the album version begins with a guitar riff of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."
- Jim Morrison – vocals
- Ray Manzarek – Rhodes piano, tack piano
- Robby Krieger – lead guitar
- John Densmore – drums
- The Leningrad Cowboys covered the song on their 1988 release 1917–1987.
- Billy Idol covered this song on his 1990 album Charmed Life.
- A Paul Oakenfold remix of "L.A. Woman" featured in episode #1.02 of Californication.
- Jane's Addiction covered the song as part of the "L.A. Medley" which also contained the songs "Nausea" by the L.A. based punk rock band X and "Lexicon Devil" from Germs.
- Particle covered this song with Robby Krieger, the guitarist from the Doors, on their Transformations Live album.
- World-music, rock band Days of the New covered the song for the Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic covered a short segment of the song on his first polka medley, "Polkas on 45", on his second studio album, "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D.
- "Mr Mojo Risin'". BBC Radio 2. British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A." LA Weekly. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
- "Jim Morrison's lyrics open The Doors at auction for $200,700". Paulfrasercollectibles.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
- Johnny Loftus. "Charmed Life - Billy Idol | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09.