Doors / LA Woman

Among the great rock bass records, though hardly cited as such. Had Mojo lived, regained his health, and hit the road and/or continued waxing sides with Elvis’ TCB (Taking Care of Business) band bassist Jerry Sheff following LA Woman (1971), methinks the Doors would have flourished in the 70s akin to the Stones, Who, and possibly Led Zeppelin. Brilliant in its simplicity and execution, Sheff plied monster grooves (“The Changeling,” “LA Woman”) and riveting melodic passages (“Love Her Madly,” “Hyacinth House”) with a pure fat Fender tone that afforded the lads a fresh veneer even though Jim was fading fast.