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The Doors, ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’ – The Story of L.A. Woman’ – DVD Review

The Doors Mojo Risin' The Story Of L.A. Woman
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The inside story of ‘L.A. Woman,’ the final album from the original lineup of the Doors, is told by the surviving band members in the just-released documentary ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’ – The Story of L.A. Woman.’

Although the film doesn’t feature a ton in the way of studio or live footage from the era — the band had pretty much retired from the road by this stage — it does feature Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore perched at their respective instruments, telling their story both with words and music.

You’ll see how the band, aware that frontman Jim Morrison wasn’t fit to perform on the road, decided to retreat to the studio, only to find longtime producer Paul A. Rothchild “not getting off” on the band’s newest batch of songs.

Still undaunted, they chose to self-produce what would become ‘L.A. Woman,’ bringing in a rhythm guitarist and even Elvis Presley’s bass player to allow them to explore new, more direct sounds. The DVD (or Blu-ray) shares secrets of the lyrical and musical inspirations that shaped famous songs like ‘Riders on the Storm.’

Manzarek then recalls how, before the album was even fully mixed, Morrison departed for Paris and died soon after. Footage from the site of his grave, and the band’s fond last memories of their time together, bring this documentary (and for the large part, the band’s career) to a sad end, so soon after they had “broken on through” with perhaps their most accomplished record to date.

Watch the Trailer for ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’ – The Story of L.A. Woman’ from the Doors

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