I don't expect too many HUKD users to be too familiar with the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, but this is a great price for a very hard to track down, let alone at this price Greatest Hits album.
Led by the inimitable Roky Erickson, the 13th Floor Elevators not only defined the acid-tinged sound of 1960s American garage music, they established a precedent for wild, unhinged Texas rock as well. Erickson's powerful vocals and trippy lyrics mixed perfectly with the band's blend of gritty R&B and psychedelic swirls. Add to that what is perhaps rock & roll's only electric jug player and you have the ingredients for a truly legendary band. Sadly, Erickson was placed in a mental institution after a 1969 drug bust. His exposure to electroshock therapy there ended both the band and Erikson's chances for a normal existence. Roky soldiered on, though, and released a string of albums during the '70, '80s, and '90s that were simultaneously beautiful and terrifying.
13th Floor Elevators includes: Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland.
Recorded at Summit Sound Studio, Dallas, Texas. Includes original release liner notes by Lelan Rogers.
The 13th Floor Elevators might have been remembered simply as one-hit wonder of the '60s--the Texas equivalent of the Count 5, for example--had it not been for two things. First, they were the only rock band in history to feature a guy playing a continuous obligato on electric jug, which added a deeply weird element to even their most straightforward three-chord rockers. Second, and perhaps more importantly, they were fronted by a genuine howling weirdo and cult figure-to-be, the incomparable Roky Erickson.
Roky, who took more acid trips than Jerry Garcia had hot meals, was nonetheless a gifted songwriter who sang every word (however bizarre) as if his life depended on it.
You're Gonna Miss Me
Slip Inside This House
She Lives In A Time Of Her Own
Tried To Hidde
Scarlet & Gold
Nobody To Love
You Don't Know
I Don't Ever To Come Down
I Had To Tell You
The Rose And Thorn
May The Circle Remian Unbroken