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L.A. WOMAN – April 19, 1971
The Doors’ historic self-titled debut album was released in January 1967 – four years and five studio albums later their sixth album, L.A. Woman would go down in Rock History as the last album with Jim Morrison, and also as a fulfillment of the band’s legacy by getting back to the Big Beat and mystical Rockin’ Blues.
00individual has always been a big fan of The Doors and is grateful for their timing and highly unique music that was perfect for the Strange Days that he and the Counter-Culture were experiencing. And strangely enough while reveling in the times, for all of its free-form psychedelic Hippie high-jinx and trippy adventures, 1971 was at once the climax and the very beginning of the end, as it was for The Doors.
Their karmic parallel of those specific times in History and in Rock History is yet another mystical aspect of The Doors. They came in at the beginning and left premature – but actually right on time.
If you listen closely you can hear Jim’s Dionysian soul at twenty seven trying to make the transition into the man he saw for himself. These tracks are mature, real, gritty, strong but always shrouded in mystery. L.A. Woman is a perfect swan song album for The Doors.
THE DOORS – L.A. WOMAN
1. “The Changeling” Jim Morrison 4:21, 2. “Love Her Madly” Robby Krieger 3:20,
3.”Been Down So Long” Jim Morrison 4:41, 4. “Cars Hiss by My Window” Jim Morrison 4:12,
5. “L.A. Woman” Jim Morrison 7:49
6. “L’America” Jim Morrison 4:37, 7. “Hyacinth House” Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison 3:11,
8. “Crawling King Snake” Anon, arr John Lee Hooker 5:00,
9. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” Jim Morrison 4:16,
10. “Riders on the Storm” Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore 7:09
If Jim Morrison’s death was not so mysterious, the focus would have shifted; but like with Hendrix, when there are too many unanswered questions and strange circumstances then people focus on it. As with any mystery; Morrison’e “death” was a who, what, and why? With an extra added if?
For those who think they know, know they cannot, however the following factoids themselves are well-known.
00individual connected the obvious, as have others, but the bottom line is that the only two people who “saw” Jim’s dead body are themselves dead and that leaves only one way to solve the mystery; verify who is in Jim Morrison’s grave. And that’s not going to happen. And even if it ever did, DNA from dental pulp would be all that would be left of a skeleton body and dental records can be altered.
So, the mystery will never be solved, but there is one fact that will always remain.
Something strange and “not right” happened that night.
Apparently, Jim was sick of the Rock Star life, declared that he would never perform live on stage again and wanted to start over anonymously so he could just write his poetry; his common-law wife Pamela Courson wholeheartedly agreed so they moved to Paris.
On July 3, 1971, less than three months after the release of L.A. Woman Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment by Pamela.
The Doors road manager Bill Siddons was met at the Paris apartment with an already-sealed coffin and a death certificate signed by a medical examiner named Dr. Max Vasille stating the cause of death was “heart failure”.
As far as can be determined no one else but Pamela and Dr. Max Vasille ever saw Jim’s dead body.
Biographers Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman published the rumors that Pamela, Jim and possibly several friends (or family?) faked Jim’s death.
There was no police report or autopsy normally de rigueur in France, and the burial was conducted in secrecy.
The death certificate stated no living relatives even though back in Arlington, VA his immediate family was alive and well.
There are apparent facts that the gravesite was hand-selected by Morrison and that he visited it three days before his “death”.
When Doors drummer John Densmore was finally able to visit the gravesite he supposedly blurted-out that, “the gravesite is too short!”
Not weird enough?
Read on, and remember; nothing is as it seems, and truth is stranger than fiction . . .
For two years after his “death” Morrison was said to be seen by many in Paris.
In 1973 a man that resembled Jim Morrison with short hair and wearing a business suit named James Douglas Morrison, who claimed to be the Rock Star, began making transactions at a Bank of America in San Francisco, supposedly his photo ID is still on file at the bank.
The only people who knew what really happened were Pamela Courson – she died from a Heroin overdose in 1974 and Dr. Max Vasille – who avoided the issue and has since passed.
George Stephen Morrison, Jim’s father, was a bigwig Admiral in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War with intelligence and counter-intelligence clearance.
According to writer Thomas Lyttle, there are hundreds maybe thousands of files both classified and declassified concerning James Douglas Morrison’s involvement with various American Intelligences and Interpol – and Lyttle further claims to have seen court documents of F.B.I. and C.I.A. cover-ups regarding James Douglas Morrison’s covert actions.
Had Jim quit Rock ‘n’ Roll and cut a deal with his father to follow in his father’s “business” if he would provide him an out with his “death”?
We will never know.
And none of the above includes any of the detailed in-depth Occult theories regarding his “death”.
He was a mysterious man indeed – who “died” mysteriously.
The previous are condensed factoids from The Big Book Of Conspiracies.
“It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end.”
– Jim Morrison
. . . we’re not over yet, what if something much more plausible took place?
Jim was healthy prior to Paris, and he not only didn’t do Heroin, but was against most all drugs – alcohol was his weapon of choice.
Yet he dies of heart failure from natural causes/Heroin overdose?
Jim’s father, Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison was a U.S. Navy intelligence / counterintelligence chief and caused a lot of animosity with the Israeli’s over the USS Liberty flap.
For retribution to what the Israelis saw as a staged incident to call for an economic and military attack on Israel was countered by threatening, then assassinating Admiral Morrison’s son.
There are a lot of facts that tend to back up this theory regarding Jim’s death; by the typical cover-up techniques used and how everything was handled, as with the news blackouts, his initially unmarked grave and procedural inconsistencies that point to the fact that requests to French authorities by an influential U.S. Admiral would certainly be honored.
In the end, the Admiral could say nothing, the Doctor would say nothing, until her death by overdose/suicide/murder Pamela possibly threatened with her and her families’ lives said nothing, and the Lizard King was dead. Or was he?
00individual got to thinking and took the plausible one more step, and maybe others have thought about this theory, but what if the Admiral took the Israeli threat seriously and master-minded his son’s “death” to literally preempt any deadly Israeli action? And in so doing saved his son’s life and gave him the new life he wanted, or maybe the life he owed, as part of his father’s “intelligence business”?
00individual was fortunate to have seen the historic concert
The Doors live at the Hollywood Bowl July 5, 1968.
The last track on L.A. Woman side two, “Riders On The Storm”, was a transcendent stone groove instant classic and a “Farewell” from The Doors.
Morrison’s maturity, control and talent as well displayed by Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, gifted Rockers with a vibe they could relate to, as the turmoil of the Vietnam War, the Draft and the general unrest against injustice made us all feel like riders on the storm of life.
Unfortunately as mysterious and elegant that Riders On The Storm was, it sadly served as if a preview of things not to come.
Here are three “Riders” to saddle-up and send you on your way:
Riders On The Storm – Original Driving With Jim
Riders On The Storm – Ahn Trio
Riders On The Storm – Yonderboi
Open up two or three, cue them up, and see what happens!
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