<When it came to Chopin, however, she did not use the flowery ornamentation or the endless trills and insipid floribunda of so many of her day. Her playing was of the utmost sincerity. And Chopin, played simply, devastates the heart.> I'm surprised 2828 didn't pick up on this.Have you seen the DVD marking the 40th anniversary of the Doors L.A. Woman album? It is a good watch for the overall insight into how the material was produced and the work that went into it. One of the bits shows keyboardest Ray Manzarek talking about the song Hyacinth House. He mentions that one of the keyboard pieces he plays during the song is directly borrowed from fellow countryman Chopin. Listening to it more closely, you realize how the sum of the parts again exceeded the very good individual pieces. Each musician was at the top of their game and the lyrics were spot on. Morrison lamented that he needed a brand new friend, "I need someone...who doesn't need me". The musical arrangements really brought out the best on all of the cuts. Morrisons voice was not in top form, yet his bandmates (plus Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff) added a much fuller dimension to each song. The bass lines really speak to you on LA Woman and Riders on the Storm. I like the idea of revisiting a classic LP when it is done intelligently with people who were directly involved in the process. Anyway, would you agree that Chopin devastates the heart?B
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