L.A. Woman is the sixth and last studio album that The Doors recorded with lead singer Jim Morrison, who died in July 1971. The album's style is arguably the most blues rock-oriented of the band's catalog.
Following the departure of their record producer Paul A. Rothchild (who, contrary to popular myth, loved "Riders on the Storm" but dismissed the group's differing style on "Love Her Madly" as "cocktail music") around November 1970, the Doors and engineer Bruce Botnick began production on the album at The Doors Workshop in Los Angeles. Most of the tracks were recorded live, except for a few overdubbed keyboard parts by Ray Manzarek. Jim Morrison recorded his singing in the studios' bathroom to get a fuller sound. Elvis Presley's bass player Jerry Scheff was brought in to play bass on the album.
Botnick later produced and mixed a new 5.1 Surround version of the album, which was released on DVD-Audio, December 19, 2000. It was produced from the original eight-track analog 1" master tapes.
Early LP editions of the album were uniquely packaged: the album's cover was die-cut to remove a near-rectangular piece of it, with a sheet of transparent plastic on which the cover photo of the