Don’t ya love them madly?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

THE moody, mys­ti­cal forces that drove The Doors to­wards great­ness can be heard in full flight on this new an­niver­sary re­lease.

Yes, the orig­i­nal al­bum on disc one is a must; sim­ply bril­liant mu­sic that gets un­der your skin.

It’s been taste­fully re­mas­tered too. But a clean, re­mas­tered ver­sion of L. A. Woman was re­leased in 2007, so this new ver­sion isn’t an ex­cit­ing draw­card.

Disc two, how­ever, is worth the price on the cover by it­self.

Of­ten this type of bonus disc is full of dusty outtakes, B- sides and for­got­ten sketches that re­ally only ap­peal to the most hard­core fan.

Not so here, these al­ter­na­tive ver­sions are like a live al­bum – min­i­mal over­dubs and a great vibe.

These un­heard, al­ter­na­tive ver­sions of the al­bum’s clas­sic, tripped- out blues songs sound free- flow­ing and pure.

It’s like be­ing a fly on the wall of a Doors re­hearsal on a day when the band was in per­fect har­mony.

The stu­dio chat­ter by band mem­bers be­tween songs is price­less.

Fans can now hear the ex­act mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion when singer Jim Mor­ri­son sug­gested the iconic thun­der­storm sound ef­fects for Riders on the Storm. Geek out, mu­sic nerds!

An­other high­light comes at the disc’s end with a ‘‘ new’’ song, She Smells So Nice, which was dis­cov­ered by co­pro­ducer Bruce Bot­nick.

It’s an abra­sive, ag­gres­sive blues jam with chug­ging chords and yelp­ing vo­cals.

En­er­getic and rough around the edges, it’s a glo­ri­ously care­free im­pro­vi­sa­tion. And just for fun, the song tran­si­tions into blues stan­dard Rock Me as its cli­max.

L. A. Woman was Mor­ri­son’s last Doors al­bum be­fore his un­timely death. On disc two here there is no hint of what was to come, he sounds in­de­struc­tible.

As his ode to Los An­ge­les be­fore flee­ing for France, the al­bum is still a wild thrill ride all these years later.

It is mad, un­hinged, deeply af­fect­ing and pow­er­ful.

From the gruff, stomp­ing, bar- room blues of Been So Long to the joy­ous Love Her Madly, this al­bum is the sound of a band fir­ing on all cylin­ders.

The sprawl­ing, jazzy ti­tle track is a plea­sure, full of en­tic­ing nightlife sleazi­ness.

This is a mid- al­bum high­light that ev­ery other song flows to and from.

And let’s not for­get Riders on the Storm, mind- blow­ing but also po­etic, hon­est, tor­tured and darkly beau­ti­ful.

Mor­ri­son whis­per­ing the lyrics over/ un­der his singing al­ways sounds creepy.

A chill­ing seven- min­utes that fades to si­lence on a stel­lar ca­reer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.