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The Doors Tell the Story of ‘L.A. Woman’ on New Documentary

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Forty years after the release of their final masterpiece, and the death of Jim Morrison, the Doors are about to release a new DVD and Blu-ray entitled ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’: the Story of L.A. Woman.’

The legendary group is way past icon status, and are now simply part of the fabric of American music. To celebrate these big anniversaries, the band has declared 2012 as ‘The Year Of The Doors.’ To kick off the year long celebration Eagle Rock is releasing this in-depth documentary on the making of their final album with Morrison on Jan. 24.

The behind the scenes story is told via interviews with surviving band members Ray Manzerek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, along with producer Bruce Botnik, Elektra Records head honcho Jac Holzman and band manager Bill Siddons. The ‘rock doc’ also includes rare live and studio footage of the band, as well as lots of photos from the archives. It promises to be a fascinating look back at the final statement from the original, legendary band.

Rhino will also release a two-CD re-mastered special edition of the classic album, featuring alternate takes of ‘L.A. Woman’, ‘Love Her Madly’ and ‘Riders On The Storm’ as well as previously unheard studio chatter.

Of special interest is a segment where you hear Morrison suggest the use of storm sounds as the intro to ‘Riders’. Another treat is a previously unreleased song called ‘She Smells So Nice’. This unheard track, recently discovered by producer Bruce Botnick, morphs into the blues standard ‘Rock Me’, during which Morrison dishes out the famous ‘Mr Mojo Risin’ refrain which ultimately ended up as part of the title track.

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