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Charted: May 8, 1971

Rating: 4.209 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Changeling
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Been Down So Long
  4. Cars Hiss by My Window
  5. L.A. Woman
  6. L’America
  7. Hyacinth House
  8. Crawling King Snake
  9. The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
  10. Riders on the Storm


sales in U.S. only 2.7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 28

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Love Her Madly (4/10/71) #11 US, #29 AC
  • Riders on the Storm (7/3/71) #14 US, #22 UK, #11 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

L.A. Woman
The Doors
“The final album with Jim Morrison in the lineup is by far their most blues-oriented, and the singer’s poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers. Actually, some of the straight blues items sound kind of turgid, but that’s more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work” (Unterberger).

“The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy Riders on the Storm, was the group at its most melodic and ominous” (Unterberger).

“It and the far bouncier Love Her Madly were hit singles, and The Changeling and L’America count as some of their better little-heeded album tracks. An uneven but worthy finale from the original quartet” (Unterberger).

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previous album: Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café (1970)

Last updated March 31, 2008.