L.A. Woman, the quintessential Doors record, not only highlights the band’s initial quest for jazz, but it stands as the last album the band made with frontman Jim Morrison. In Mr. Mojo Risin’, the Doors’ journey, up until its last breath, is displayed in all of its facets, and then some.
Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek smile in front of the camera and relive the glory days of a once deep blue dream they shared with Mr. Mojo Risin’. Commentary includes L.A. Woman’s engineer and producer providing insight as to why the album, recorded at the Doors’ Santa Monica Boulevard rehearsal space, allowed the band to travel beyond the doors of perception, compared to their previous Sunset Sound sessions. Each track is dissected by those who know the subjects best, including Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke.
Gems from the vault, like an unreleased “She Smells So Nice” and never-before-seen video footage, provide something for even the most veteran fan. Although Morrison bade farewell to the city and people he loved, especially on the title track, the Doors did not burn out nor did they fade away. They are still on fire and Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman confirms it.
– Melissa Caruso