The Doors – She Smells So Nice

This week saw the release of the Doors’ L.A. Woman: 40th Anniversary Edition. The two-disc set features eight previously unreleased alternate versions of “L.A. Woman,” “Love Her Madly,” “Riders On The Storm” and more. The most notable addition to this re-release is the previously unheard song, “She Smells So Nice.” According to an issued press release, the recording was discovered by producer Bruce Botnick while reviewing session tapes for L.A. Woman.

The new edition will also be available as a double LP titled L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions. With the nine tracks comprising the first three sides of the vinyl, the fourth side features a laser etching of the original “Electric Woman” art included with the L.A Woman album. If that’s not enough, the band has announced the release of a behind-the-scenes documentary, titled Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman. The film includes new interviews with band members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, as well as footage of live and studio performances.

It’s nice to see this final Doors album with Jim Morrison get the deluxe treatment. It seems hard to believe “She Smells So Nice” remained hidden for forty years, but it’s quite the gem. Jim’s voice is worn and craggy, which adds to the mix.

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