The Doors; Original "Riders on the Storm" Demo (on the 50th Anniversary)

The Doors will release a deluxe 50th anniversary edition of 1971'sL.A. Woman, their last album with Jim Morrison, on December 3rd.

It will available as a three-CD, one-LP set that includes the original album newly remastered by the band's longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of two hours of unreleased studio outtakes, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

It will also be available digitally and via streaming services the same day, along with a new Dolby Atmos mix of the original album.

Alongside today's announcement, the previously unheard original demo of “Riders on the Storm” is available digitally. The demo was recently discovered on an unmarked tape reel in the band’s vault after being assumed lost for decades. The recording was done with producer Paul Rothchild, who famously referred to the demo as “cocktail music.” This led to Rothchild's departure, with the band opting to co-produce the album with Botnick.

The outtakes feature Morrison, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek working with two additional musicians. The first was rhythm guitarist Marc Benno, who worked with Leon Russell in The Asylum Choir. The other was bassist Jerry Scheff, a member of Elvis Presley’s TCB band.

Among the outtakes of album tracks are "The Changeling," "Love Her Madly" and "L.A. Woman," along with covers of Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train,” John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake,” Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and “Get Out of My Life Woman,” written by Allen Toussaint and recorded by Lee Dorsey.

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