L.A. WomanCountless classic rockers could be accused of remastering, repackaging, and re-releasing their albums as deluxe reissues just to make another buck off their bygone works, but no band has squeezed the wallets of their diehard fans more than the Doors. For the second time, Jim Morrison's old band mates are releasing a 40th anniversary of their last "real" album, 'L.A. Woman'. (The Amp, rightly, doesn't count the Doors' post-Morrison albums.) In 2007, the band put out their first 40th anniversary edition of the 1971 album, even though 'L.A. Woman' was only 36 years old at that point. Now, on the LP's actual 40th birthday, the Doors are back with another reissue of 'L.A. Woman', except this time, it's offering something its many repackaged predecessors lacked: an unreleased song.
While compiling tracks and the original masters for this new reissue, the Doors' producer Bruce Botnick discovered a never-before-heard studio blues jam called "She Smells So Nice," Rolling Stone reports. This unearthed song is now the centerpiece of the 'L.A. Woman' second 40th anniversary edition, along with alternate takes of all the album's tracks. The surviving members will also release a new DVD called 'Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman' that documents the making of the album. This whole campaign will set the stage for even more reissues to come in 2012, which the band is calling "The Year of the Doors." Get the full details at Consequence of Sound.
It's great that "She Smells So Nice" has been found, but these reissues are getting to the point of overkill. Check out the Rate Your Music page for 'L.A. Woman': No less than six reissues of the 1971 album have been released in the U.S. in the past 35 years. That's a lot of "Mr. Mojo Risin'." Once in a while, these re-released Doors albums will offer something unique, but for the most part, it's just the same 10 songs over and over again.