Legendary American group The Doors' previously unreleased song She Smells So Nice has now been posted online by Warner Music, more than 40 years after the death of frontman Jim Morrison under mysterious circumstances and a few days after Morrison's Laurel Canyon home was torched.
The previously unreleased track features Morrison's vocals and will also be included in a forthcoming 2-CD 40th anniversary edition of the band's sixth and last studio album, L.A. Woman, recorded while Morrison was alive. The anniversary edition will be made available from Jan. 24.
Along with this, a documentary, Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman, is also expected to hit the stores. The second disc on the double CD features as many as seven alternate versions of songs from the album, in addition to She Smells So Nice and Rock Me. However, the likes of Orange County Suite and (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further, included the last time the album got a deluxe reissue, are not on the new version, according to the Montreal Gazette.
One of the group's producers discovered She Smells So Nice while he was reviewing L.A. Woman session tapes ahead of the album's forthcoming re-release.
It was a surprise to all of us, The Doors' co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, told Complex magazine. Our producer/engineer Bruce Botnick was digging through all the out-takes and said, 'Hey! There's a new song here.' 'She Smells So Nice.' And you know which part that is, he added.
What's great in music is that each new generation comes along and draws from the past, Manzarek said while discussing the album. Robby was listening to a lot of country blues and Morrison loved the blues.... I grew up in Chicago so I was influenced by Muddy Waters and jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. I first heard the Bo Diddley beat on the radio in Chicago and said 'Holy Christ! What tribe is this?' It's a tribe called 'American black man,' or 'Negro,' as they used to say. The American Negro right here in Chicago playing that incredible beat. I heard that and just was hooked. That's all I wanted to do. And then I heard Howlin' Wolf and I heard Muddy Waters doing Hoochie Coochie Man. That beat. That ba-bum-ba-bum-bum. Bass bass. Ba-bum-ba-bum-bum. And the singer sings in the space. It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant, he added, rolling back the years.
Previously, at the 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival last August, Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger performed Whiskey A Go Go at the Los Angeles club, which featured The Doors as its house band in the 1960s. Krieger, later, also played with Alice Cooper at the venue in September, according to an Onthecarpet.com report.
By the time the album was released, in April 1971, Morrison had already moved to Paris, France, where he died three months later, on July 3, 1971. Later, in 2003, the album was ranked number 362 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Here is the list of songs that will arrive with the 40th anniversary edition:
Love Her Madly
Been Down So Long
Cars Hiss By My Window
Crawling King Snake
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
Riders On The Storm
Disc Two (Unissued tracks)
The Changeling - Alternate Version
Love Her Madly - Alternate Version
Cars Hiss By My Window - Alternate Version
L.A. Woman - Alternate Version
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) - Alternate Version
Been Down So Long - Alternate Version
Riders On The Storm - Alternate Version
She Smells So Nice