Foreboding

'L.A.Woman' it was, in 1971, that fully revealed to me the last major band of the golden sixties.  It was the last album with the legendary Jim Morrison and it was a shock due to the songs and to Morrison's unique voice.  A dark and foreboding album it was -and still is- and the majestic closing of a brilliant decade in the history of pop music.  

Till this day it's hard to escape the spell of the title song, 'L'America', or the enchanting 'Riders On The Storm'.  That last song (7'14") is to me the equivalent in pop music of Ravel's Bolero.  As dark and as threatening is this mirror of an age that came to an end the moment the album was released.  And a comparable masterpiece. 

When I think of it, I can't help but see it also as a musical counterpoint to Procul Harem's magnificent 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', released four years earlier, in the full heydays of pop music.  The 'Riders' is equally unusual and inspired.   

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Mar 2, 2010