Director: Martin R. Smith
Runtime: 59 min
Kako je i u kojim uslovima sniman poslednji album legendarnih Dorsa - L.A. Woman. Dokumentarac je skroz odlično urađen pa mogu najopuštenije da ga pogledaju čak i oni koji nisu neki preterani fanovi ovog doista jedinstvenog benda.
"The Doors – Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman is an hour-long documentary about the making of the final studio album by The Doors. After a brief recap of some of the band’s history leading up to the recording of L.A. Woman, the program combines new interviews with the surviving Doors as well as additional key personnel and commentators. These participants include engineer Bruce Botnick, who assumed production duties after original producer Paul Rothschild walked out, The Doors’ manager Bill Siddons, and Elektra records founder Jac Holzman. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke chimes in with reflections on the album, as does famed rock DJ Jim Ladd. The documentary takes the form, more or less, of the popular Classic Albums series. The L.A. Woman album is placed into the context not only of The Doors career but also the music and pop culture scene at the time of its 1971 release. The very best parts of the piece are when the surviving band members share stories about the recording sessions and creation of the songs. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek (who just passed away on May 20) comes across, predictably, as a pretentious tool, but his recollections are still interesting. Guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore are much more down to earth in their segments. They speak about the old days with pride, but also a noticeable tinge of bitter regret over the way the band ended, particularly Densmore. Manzarek, on the other hand, seems overly rehearsed. Each band member has been interviewed separately, which each offering solo demonstrations of their parts from various tunes from the album. Basically each song from the album is discussed one by one, introduced by cool mock billboards “advertising” each track. Strangely, while it plays in the background during an early segment, “L’America” is not discussed. What’s great about these discussions it that they really serve as a reminder of what a great rock record L.A. Woman is, especially if you haven’t heard it in a while. The Doors went out with their best album since their 1967 self-titled debut. There’s so much more to the album than the trio of classic rock staples of the title track, “Riders on the Storm,” and “Love Her Madly.” In fact, the program saves my personal favorite for last, the sad, paranoid “Hyacinth House.” Speaking of sad, the program appropriately closes with the various participants thoughts on the untimely demise of Jim Morrison."