Please note: Individual Doors titles are not numbered. Only the Infinite 45 RPM LP and SACD box sets are numbered, and limited to 2,500 copies.
Mastered by Doug Sax and overseen by Bruce Botnick, The Doors producer/engineer.
Two 45 rpm LPs pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings/Also on Hybrid Multichannel SACD
Deluxe gatefold jacket
Part of The Doors reissue series proudly presented by Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings!
The title track from this, the last Doors album recorded with Jim Morrison, who died shortly after it was released, has, said one reviewer, “maybe the best Chuck Berry riffs since the Stones.” And that’s not even mentioning “Love Her Madly,” which became one of the highest charting hits for The Doors.
“Love Her Madly,” was written by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, who is said to have penned the song about the numerous times his girlfriend threatened to leave him. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached No. 3 in Canada.
L.A. Woman was still high on the charts when, like in the lyric “actor out on loan” of its closing track — the celebrated “Riders on the Storm,” Jim Morrison died in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971.
Via such tracks as “The Changeling,” “Crawling King Snake,” and the frothy, rollicking title track, the collection leaned heavily toward the Blues — in particular, Morrison’s boastful “Lizard King” brand of it. All-in-all, Rolling Stone proclaimed L.A. Woman, “The Doors’ greatest album, including their first,” and “A landmark worthy of dancing in the streets.”
Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings are proud to announce that six studio LP titles — The Doors,Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman — are featured on 180-gram vinyl, pressed at 45 rpm. All six are also available on Multichannel SACD! All were cut from the original analog masters by Doug Sax, with the exception of The Doors, which was made from the best analog tape copy.
This is no time to wallow in the mire. The Doors are on Analogue Productions!
Originally released in 1971
Ray Manzarek, keyboards
Jim Morrison, vocals
John Densmore, drums
Robby Krieger, guitar
Technical notes about the recording process by Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick:
"Throughout the record history of the Doors, the goal between Paul Rothchild and myself was to be invisible, as the Doors were the songwriters and performers. Our duty was to capture them in the recorded medium without bringing attention to ourselves. Of course, the Doors were very successful, and Paul and I did receive some acclaim, which we did appreciate.
"If you listen to all the Doors albums, no attempt was made to create sounds that weren't generated by the Doors, except for the Moog Synthesizer on Strange Days, although that was played live in the mix by Jim, but that's another story. The equipment used was very basic, mostly tube consoles and microphones. Telefunken U47, Sony C37A, Shure 56. The echo used was from real acoustic echo chambers and EMT plate reverb units. In those days, we didn't have plug-ins or anything beyond an analogue eight-track machine. All the studios that we used, except for Elektra West, had three Altec Lansing 604E loudspeakers, as that was the standard in the industry, three-track. On EKS-74007, The Doors, we used four-track Ampex recorders and on the subsequent albums, 3M 56 eight-tracks. Dolby noise reduction units were used on two albums, Waiting For The Sun and The Soft Parade. Everything was analogue, digital was just a word. We didn't use fuzz tone or other units like that but created the sounds organically, i.e. the massive dual guitar solo on "When The Music's Over," which was created by feeding the output of one microphone preamp into another and adjusting the level to create the distortion. The tubes were glowing and lit up the control room.
"When mastering for the 45-RPM vinyl release, we were successfully able to bake the original master tapes and play them to cut the lacquer masters."
- Bruce Botnick, July 2012
"I received test pressings today for both Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman. I have to tell you that these are the very best pressings I've heard in many, many moons. Great plating and your compound is so quiet that I clearly heard every fade out to its conclusion with no problem. Doug (Sax) and company did a lovely job, the tapes sound pretty damn good for being almost 50 years old and his system is clearly the best...You should be very proud of what you and your troops are doing." - Bruce Botnick, The Doors producer/engineer
Click here to read a 1997 interview in The Tracking Angle with Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick
As soon as I held Analogue Productions' new pressing of L.A. Woman, I knew this LP was something truly special. The quality of the gatefold cover is astonishing, the colors pop and the weight of the materials are top-notch, it really is a beauty to behold. Upfront, I had some concerns of owning a 45 RPM LP (the shorter playing time per side, and the resulting record flips) but I found this was a short-lived issue. At 45 RPM the needle is reading more information than 33 RPM, so ideally this is the speed you want your vinyl to spin to achieve the absolute best sound quality. The two LPs are housed in high quality QRP inner sleeves, nearly identical to the MFSL sleeves - another firm statement of quality control. These are also great looking records with the classic Electra 'butterfly' labels and heavy-weight 180-gram vinyl. As soon as the needle dropped, real time stopped and the music flowed effortlessly from a deep blackness filled with vast dynamic contrasts and rich glowing tones. I read this album was remastered from the original analog tapes using an all-tube system - I just know the sound is awesome, with seemingly limitless analog resolution. Much of L.A. Woman is also deeply steeped in the Blues; hard-edged and often gritty performances exemplified by the Doors vicious cover of John Lee Hooker's 'Crawling King Snake'. On L.A. Woman, The Doors abandon the dated West Coast psychedelic flourishes of earlier albums for the more mature pop sensibility of 'Love Her Madly'. Outside of the prime songs, deep album cuts like 'The Wasp' illustrate Jim's often surreal poetic creativity. Sadly, this would be The Doors final album with Jim just before the darkness would envelop him in Paris. Significantly, L.A. Woman contains The Doors most mature and developed compositions and some of Jim's most ominous lyrics. A more cynical view of America and Los Angeles are vividly revealed by the famous title track - the blistering Hollywood noir 'L.A. Woman'. Their epic song 'Riders on the Storm' has the power to evoke spine-chilling emotions - this is cinematic music presented in full panoramic widescreen; the jazzy tempo, understated melody and poignant lyrics underscore the power and clarity of this stunning Analogue Productions pressing. I'm very happy to finally have the definitive audiophile vinyl edition of The Doors L.A. Woman in my growing vinyl LP collection. If you are a Classic Rock fan and/or a Doors fan spinning vinyl, or if you just want to be blown away by the sonic possibilities of audiophile vinyl, the Analogue Productions' edition of L.A. Woman is essential listening. - Paul Powell Jr, Acoustic Sounds Customer
Customer Reviews(4.86 Stars) 29 person(s) rated this product.
A Live Performance in My Living Room?
posted on 12/11/2022 5 Stars Reviewer: John F. in MD
This album is very high quality and well worth the price of admission. It has a clean, rich, warm, spacious, and full analog sound. I find myself singing along with Jim! Also, see my review of Morrison Hotel 45 RPM. I wish I could go back in time and see them perform at the Whisky a Go Go. I saw the Doors of the 21st Century perform at the 930 Club in Washington, DC back in 2005. They were excellent. I still have my ticket stub and the flyer announcing the show.
Best of the best
posted on 06/10/2022 5 Stars Reviewer: Preston
Out of all the pressing I own or have heard, this one takes the cake. All the Doors QRP’s are top notch, L.A. might possibly be the best of them all. Strange Days has always been my favorite Doors album, but hearing this, my opinion might differ.
posted on 02/02/2022 5 Stars Reviewer: Chiefsfans
Absolutely best sounding LA Woman album I have played. Worth every penny. Keep up the great work
Great music but a little bass shy.
posted on 12/20/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Brian
I am rating a 5 because I suspect that this is a reflection of the original recording. The music is great and the sound is flawless.
posted on 10/13/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Fred. Brunetti
This album sounds Beautiful from start to finish dead quiet no noise I've never heard an album sounds good as this one I will continue to buy the collection everyone who comes.over to my house comments on the sound of this album as well .
Amazing and surreal!
posted on 09/01/2021 5 Stars
Incredible pressing of LA Woman. Sounds like The Doors are playing a private concert in my home. Go get this pressing now.
posted on 08/12/2021 5 Stars
So clean and clear I swear it's digital!
posted on 04/25/2021 5 Stars
There is such clarity here in the music. I am hearing things in the mixes I have never heard before. Probably hearing Jim (or someone) take a breath at the beginning of L`America over those crunchy guitars or some bongos in the background of Riders On the Storm. This is the clearest version of this album I own. It sounds very "open" and "wide". I think that the 33-1/3 of this LP sounds a bit "darker" to my ears than the 45rpm version. The 45rpm version really brings out the separation in the instruments. Though, on Riders On the Storm, Jim's background whispers don't sound as so obvious as they do on the 33- 1/3; sounds like they are more in the mix. It's the way I remember hearing them for so long where I didn't notice that they were there; on the radio. Recent CD and vinyl release really allow you to hear Jim`s whisper; it's hard to unhear it once you do.
posted on 12/09/2020 4 Stars Reviewer: Cliff Rockefeller
I am a big fan of 45 r.p.m. reissues. They always sound fantastic and pressed using analog masters. This is no exception. Being true analog, the record is very dynamic with both wings spread. Digital will clip those wings. The extra data picked up by using 45 instead of 33 is very noticeable. The best example of this is the 45 version of Patsy Clines Greatest Hits. However, as with a lot of records lately, the first disc was dirty with a lot of surface noise in the dead wax. Did not seem to affect the music at all. The second disc was clean and dead silent. Buying records 40 years ago, they all came clean. Now, you have to wet wash most before first play. Acoustic Sounds is better than any others for selling clean, quiet and flat records. I just wish they wouldn't go out of stock quite so fast. Missed the 45 release of The Doors first album. Have the 180 gram copy but really hoping to get another shot at the 45 r.p.m. GREAT JOB!!
Rivals a good pressing of Dark Side of the Moon
posted on 09/22/2020 5 Stars Reviewer: Curt
This AP pressing of L. A. Woman is one of the best things I've heard on vinyl. I thought Dark Side was the best thing, but this pressing is even (dare I say it) better. Great soundstage, base, high end, vocals, everything. Nice job, guys!
The hype is real
posted on 10/16/2019 5 Stars Reviewer: Anthony
Analogue Productions did a smoking job with these, and this record in particular. Simply magic to listen to "Riders on the Storm"--you get goosebumps! I wish they would remaster everything:)
posted on 08/19/2019 5 Stars Reviewer: Mike
The doors Morrison Hotel sublime pressing
posted on 12/08/2016 4 Stars Reviewer: Frank
Great pressing of a classic album. Ultimately didn't Blow Me Away like the dcc 24k gold disc gives me bit more but very close. You will not find better pressing on vinyl of this album treat you self... one problem with the vinyl I had a label misprint on side 1. So I'll give 4 stars
My fave Doors on 45
posted on 09/21/2015 5 Stars
I must admit I am not a Doors fanatic, but I have always loved this album and have owned many copies over the years. It goes without saying this is by far the best pressing I have ever heard. It just comes alive. A must have for any lover of classic rock
Another Fantastic Quality Record Pressing
posted on 10/12/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: Tim
Man, I have never heard The Changeling like this before. The opening track sets the tone for what you are about to experience. This album reissue is jaw dropping. The instruments sound like they are in the room with you. Loud is the way to hear this recording. The 45 rpm reissues are great. Man, if we could have Chad an Quality Records put out The Beatles reissues the right way, instead of how EMI handled their reissues. Oh we'll, we can dream, can't we.
Great sound but didn't blow me away
posted on 07/09/2013 4 Stars
I own all of the 45rpm Doors pressings, and for some reason this one didn't knock my head back like "Strange Days" (probably the best of the bunch). Don't misunderstand - this is still likely the best this album has ever sounded, but it wasn't a revelation. I'd say this one and the s/t album are perhaps the weakest of the bunch, but they're still better than whatever else is out there.
Love This Madly
posted on 04/28/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: email@example.com
these doors albums are the most beautiful works of art that a record buying collector can purchase, the sound of this album is better than any previous editions of L.A. woman that I have ever owned and the record jacket is just so beautiful that I can not stop calling it beautiful, quality is beyond first class! I cannot stop gazing at my record collection with these jewels among them!
Better fidelity at 45 rpm
posted on 03/03/2013 4 Stars Reviewer: TD160
...and a quiet pressing on heavy vinyl. If there is one criticism I can offer regarding the recent Quality Records pressings I've bought, it is that there seems to be some problem with label centering. From slightly off to grossly obviously off center. But the good news is that these have all been quiet flat pressings that sounded very, very good.
And this copy is no different. L.A. Woman, for many, is The Doors best studio recording. In a lot of ways I agree. But I do have a sentimental preference for Strange Days and the memory of that time.
Never mind the digression. This is a hard driven bluesy,rocking good album. And this particular mastering captures all the raw energy and drive while rendering purer tone than the original.
My only (other) complaint is that you have to get up and change sides twice as often. But the listening is great.
One final note. For those who listen to the "sound" as much as the music. This is a must have. Because the sound is now better.
posted on 12/17/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: rolf getz
best vinyl sound ever
posted on 11/17/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: david mc
just got this Lp[ awesome sound, with the snap of the first drum beat i reaslised this was someting special I have a modest set up linn LP12 and this sounded amazing. Would highly recomend, i just hope they comtinue to re-release past classics in this formate Packaging awesome also
Superior Quality Transfer to Vinyl!
posted on 11/06/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Frank
May just be the best copy I've heard. Tested it to the DVD box. and hands down the new vinyl is clearer, cleaner, sharper. less reverb. Great job guy's.
Quality all the way
posted on 10/10/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Jeff C - Australia
Extremely pleased with this purchase. Jacket is a heavy gate fold with lyrics on the inside. Very carefully reproduced with DOORS embossed on the front cover. Beautiful! Record sleeves are poly bags with rice paper encased. Nice. Sound quality… I’ll admit the only comparison I have is a standard CD & these LPs kill it dead. I appreciate non digital with good dynamics like Speakers Corner have done on Doobies – The Captain & Me. The 1st thing that really stands out to me is the drums. Close your eyes & you can see, hear & feel them right in the room with you. The vinyl is flat & extremely quiet. Sound is natural with not a hint of digital fiddling. Crank the volume & the music comes to life with natural transparency & punch. This is a good sign that the dynamics are natural & have not been compressed. The sound is tight & precise without any hint of it being over cooked. Conclusion – if you like The Doors then IMHO you should get this version. Highly recommend!
The Doors at their best.
posted on 09/24/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Scott
The best that I've heard L.A. Woman sound and I've been a Doors fan since the release of their first album. The first record of the set had a hole that was slightly off center but not enough to affect the play or alter the sound. I own all six Doors 45 rpm reissues and commend Chad and all the crew involved in making theses available to Doors fans.