Jim Morrison’s Isolated Vocals For The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” and “Crystal Ship”

The Doors iconic ”L.A. Woman” was released as a single and appeared on the L.A. Woman album in Spring 1971. The album rose to #9 on the Billboard Album chart and the album has sold over 3 million copies. The track and album were produced by The Doors and Bruce Botnick and recorded at The Doors Workshop in Los Angeles. Purportedly, Jim Morrison’s vocal tracks were recorded in the bathroom at the studio to get a more lively, fuller sound.

“The Crystal Ship” from their 1967 debut album The Doors was the B-side of the number-one hit single “Light My Fire”. According to Doors drummer John Densmore it was a love song to Jim Morrison’s former girlfriend, Mary Werbelow.

It has been suggested that the inspiration for the “crystal ship” image refers to Platform Holly, an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, which glitters like a crystal ship when lit up at night and Jim Morrison was inspired by it one night on the beach.