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The cover of the 1971 Doors album L.A. Woman. - Provided courtesy of Rhino

'She Smells So Nice,' new Doors song, released more than 40 years after Jim Morrison's death - listen

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01/10/2012 by Corinne Heller

A previously unreleased song by The Doors, "She Smells So Nice," has been posted online, more than 40 years after the death of frontman Jim Morrison.

The track, which features vocals by the late singer, is included in the 2-CD 40th anniversary edition of the iconic rock band's album "L.A. Woman," which hits stores on January 24.

The original record was the last album the group recorded with Morrison. He died at age 27 from a suspected heroin overdose in July 1971, more than two months after the release of "L.A. Woman," the band's sixth studio album, which also contains the hit single "Riders on the Storm."

One of the group's producers discovered "She Smells So Nice" while reviewing "L.A. Woman" session tapes ahead of the album's re-release.

"It was a surprise to all of us," Ray Manzarek, the group's co-founder and keyboardist, 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."

The 40th anniversary edition of "L.A. Woman" includes remastered tracks and previously unreleased alternate versions of several others, as well as studio chatter by band members from the record's recording sessions.

"The studio chatter between the songs is a revelation, transporting listeners to The Doors Workshop: the West Hollywood rehearsal space where they recorded the album with Botnick," the group said in a statement. "One segment in particular captures a fascinating moment of inspiration when Morrison suggests they add the now-iconic thunderstorm sound effects to the beginning of 'Riders On The Storm.'"

The group, which formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, is known for hits such as "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange." After Morrison's death, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger took over lead vocals for the group, which disbanded in 1973.

They and drummer John Densmore reunited to record the eighth and last "Doors" studio album, "An American Prayer," in 1978. The record consists of their music set to recordings of Morrison reciting his poetry.

The three remaining band members performed and toured together several times over the next few years, but have also concentrated on solo projects. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2007, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

At the 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival last August, Krieger and Manzarek performed at the Los Angeles club the Whiskey A Go Go, which featured The Doors as its house band in the 1960s. Krieger also played with Alice Cooper at the venue in September.

Check out a track listing for the 40th anniversary edition of "L.A. Woman" below.

Disc One

"The Changeling"
"Love Her Madly"
"Been Down So Long"
"Cars Hiss By My Window"
"L.A. Woman"
"L'America"
"Hyacinth House"
"Crawling King Snake"
"The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)"
"Riders On The Storm"

Disc Two: All Selections Previously Unissued

"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"
"Rock Me"

Listen to the previously unreleased Doors song "She Smells So Nice."

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