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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • ASIN: B000063IUC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)
  2. I Think of Demons
  3. Creature With the Atom Brain
  4. The Wind and More
  5. Don't Shake Me Lucifer
  6. Bloody Hammer
  7. Stand for the Fire Demon
  8. Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play
  9. If You Have Ghosts
  10. I Walked With a Zombie
  11. Night of the Vampire
  12. It's a Cold Night for Alligators
  13. Mine Mine Mine
  14. Sputnik
  15. White Faces

Disc: 2

  1. Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play
  2. Modern Humans Show
  3. It's a Cold Night for Alligators
  4. Modern Humans Show
  5. Creature With the Atom Brain
  6. Modern Humans Show
  7. Night of the Vampire
  8. Modern Humans Show
  9. White Faces
  10. Bloody Hammer
  11. Modern Humans Show
  12. Sputnik
  13. Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)
  14. Modern Humans Show
  15. Modern Humans Show
  16. Modern Humans Show
  17. Modern Humans Show
  18. Mine Mine Mine
  19. Modern Humans Show
  20. I Walked With a Zombie

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moz on 22 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is still the album Roky promotes when on Tour (at least the London gig in August 09)and is basically a tribute to those horror B movies of the early sixties, as the track listing should tell you. Unlike the Elevator's stuff and a lot of other Roky it has a good sound quality, not that it loses any of that Raw energy. It's well crafted, some great songs and tunes. Probably too many and the alternate versions don't add a lot.
If I only got one Roky album this would be it. I know the other reviewer talks about his state of mind being unhinged and you can sorta see that but this is very tongue in cheek perspective of the horror genre. It's high energy and rocks along nicely. Definitely a little alternative and more edgy than say Alice Cooper or Iggy Pop these days but isn't that what you want out of Rock 'n' Roll? To me this is a kinda Texan Syd Barrett but a little more sinister. What more do you need?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E=MC5 on 4 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This collection of songs from Roky's horror movie phase is packed full of great tunes but it's Roky's vocal performances that make it truly special. He's one of rock's great vocalists with a great emotional range - White Faces on the extra disc is thrillingly demented while just repeating the phrase "I walked with a zombie last night" builds up a feeling of elegaic melancholy in me. Mine Mine Mind is pop genius and is one of several tracks that put me in mind of REM. For a different quieter side to his songwriting I also recommend his All That May Do My Rhyme album.

Unlike the product description, the copy I received was split into 2 CDs, the first being the original album and the second a late-70's recording of an American radio show called The Modern Humans where Roky is interviewed between previews of many of the as yet unreleased album tracks. Most of these cuts are more raw and urgent than the actual album tracks, which is a mighty compliment, and so I've found myself listening to this bonus disk over and over again. White Faces, Sputnik and Bloody Hammer really rock on this disk and Creature with the Atom Brain sounds like Michael Stipe singing over a Fall track to me.

Finally, I need to mention the great between tracks interview with Roky and a very entertaining on-the-air phone-in session. He comes across as a nice guy with a passion for rock'n'roll and B-movies - nothing like how he comes across in Nick Kent's book The Black Stuff. We all know he's had some difficult mental health episodes but, as another reviewer has noted, the assumption that these songs are directly addressing his personal demons is a bit overdone. After returning from his turn of the 70's hiatus the whole 60's psychedelic thing was over and so he needed something new to write songs about... so he took inspiration from the B-movies that he grew up loving.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stiv G on 29 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Roky Erickson spent time in a mental institute and it is obvious from hearing this is top quality rock, a work of pure genius on so many levels but listening to the lyrics you can tell that he is not a man of sound mind, as songs such as 'Bloody Hammer', 'White Faces' and 'I Think of Demons' quite rightly suggest. If you're a fan of good old rock n roll go out and buy this album straight away and listen to a document of what goes on in the mind of a man who claims to have had a brain hernia!!! Buy now or face the wrath of the creature with the atom brain!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul D. Maher on 10 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
At the time of writing this Evil One does not seem to be in print let alone Evil One Plus One, which is the original album plus an album of demos and a highly entertaining collection of excerpts of Roky on a radio show. I simply don't understand this.

The appeal to me of Roky Erickson, especially from this period in his life, post institutions and preoccupied with horror movies is that like Daniel Johnston (the number of similarities between these artists is astounding)Roky sings about supernatural characters and settings as though they are real. I don't mean that he thinks that they real but that he isn't winking knowingly at the showbusiness of it all like most terrible metal.

He is able to completely immerse himself in the cartoon worlds of those songs so that when he's singing 'Night of the Vampire' he's as committed as a good actor in a horror film to the reality of that situation and the performances are so exciting because of it. Creature with the atom brain and especially the demo version has Roky riffing on the film's script as though he is in that movie. It's all supernatural situations but Roky is a truly poetic performer, listeing to 'If you have Ghosts, you have everything' makes complete sense when he sings it, it's as though he manages to squeeze emotional juice out of the most superficial cultural settings.

I'm not really sure how you listen to Alice Cooper camping it up after hearing Roky tearing into Night of the Vampire, Stand for the Fire Demon, Creature with the Atom Brain and especially Bloody Hammer a truly chilling song that is explained in the interview on disc 2 and is my number one Halloween song.

Rocky's voice and guitar playing are explosive.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great, great, did I mention great? 2 Aug. 2006
By Ron Heck - Published on
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This album is absolutely fantastic. I don't know why this isn't more popular than it already is. Every song is memorable, even from the first listen. From the unnerving opening riff of "Two Headed Dog" to the loud pleas of "Mine Mine Mind", this disc never bores (with the possible exception of the slightly long "Stand for the Fire Demon"). The guitar playing and backing band are superb and fit the material like a glove. The lyrics cover everything from Satan to zombies and are delivered with the best vocal performance I've ever heard on a rock album. All of these elements gel to make an album somewhere between punk, metal, and novelty '50's songs. However, never do any of these songs come off as gimmicky because Roky sounds like he believes every word he sings. As great as this all is, it's not short either, finishing at over fifty minutes.

The first disc by itself is a must have, but the second disc is a great little bonus. It's a radio show from 1979. While it seems some parts of it may have been edited out, the material that's there is quite good. The show intersperses interview segments with early versions of songs from the record. The interview parts are interesting as Roky talks about the chilling inspirations for some of the songs, while weirdos call in and ask odd questions. Roky handles the calls with tact seeming to know exactly what to say to his audience.

The alternate versions of the songs follow a pattern in which the stronger songs from the album sound weaker and the weaker songs sound better. Plus, the sound quality is nearly as good as what was on the first disc. I'm tired of typing, so just buy this.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Biggest Casualty of Rock and Roll 9 Oct. 2008
By A. Woodley - Published on
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It's hard to quantify someone like Roky Erickson and an album like this. To me, this is his best album, even better than his stuff with the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Janis Joplin admitted to sealing his yelp and Billy Gibbons was amazed by his ability when they were in competing bands in Texas (The Moving Sidewalks and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators). Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has cited him as an influence on the disenfranchised noise that would become the brilliance of Sonic Youth. What I'm getting at is that Roky Erickson holds the genuine credentials of a lost musical genius. His sound is much harder to define. Maybe if Ozzy had fronted Sabbath all the way into the 80's when the art of metal was being fined tuned or Captain Beefheart had been interested in proto-metal (it's important to note that I am not comparing their voices).

Roky Erickson was mentally unstable. He was in and out of clinics, experimented with drugs, and received shock treatment as a form of therapy. The man has run the gauntlet and it's amazing that he's still around today to share his music. This album however was cut in 1981. It is the best representation of his work. He sounds like a man trying to hold his fragile world together even though it is ripping at the seams. The album is haunted by vampires, demons, and the devil but that's because Roky himself was haunted by them. I can't say enough about the absolute genius of this album. Buy it and do it now before it is unavailable like many of his other works. Also, do yourself a favor and get the documentary on Roky You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone. It's fascinating with some amazing musical clips.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Roky rocks... 10 Jan. 2001
By Kim M Hainze - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My uncle used to be his manager, so that's how I learned about him. Of course, I just blew it off initially as some garage band he was hanging around with, but Roky has some rockin' good music! My faves on this album are: Creature with the Atom Brain: I crack up when he talks with the creature ("...but you're not Buchanan!"). Also my favorite Roky tune. Don't Shake Me Lucifer: Old fashioned loud rock 'n roll. I Walked with a Zombie: How many folks could write a song (covered by REM) with lyrics consisting solely of "I walked with a zombie/I walked with a zombie/I walked with a zombie last night." over and over and make it sound good? Night of the Vampire: Good Halloween music. Play this and the cover of Burn the Flame on the tribute CD. He has a lot of great tunes, however he also has plenty of less memorable ones. This album has many of his better songs.
I Walked With A Zombie...last night! 9 Oct. 2012
By Bloodbath_and_Beyond - Published on
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Roky Erickson was the leading force behind late 60s Texas psychedelic rock band the 13th Floor Elevators, with their one hit "You're Gonna Miss Me" and 2 albums that pioneered the acid rock movement of the time who knows what they could've accomplished had Erickson not been arrested for possession and subsequently plead insanity to avoid jail time. This of course lead to apparent bouts of shock treatment which really fried his brains, pretty sad. Throughout the 70s and onward he lived as a recluse with his family but not without making a few albums here and there. One of them being 1980's The Evil One. What sets this album apart is it's subject matter. It's basically a love letter to Satan and all things Halloween oriented. But it's also jam packed of awesome rock/punk songs, a fine band backs him up here, nothing complex, just down and dirty rock n roll. Kicking off with Two Headed Dog, it makes for a great opener, setting the tone and style for everything. The record features some great gems like I Think Of Demons (one of the most catchiest rock songs about evil), Creature With The Atom Brain, Bloody Hammer, the slow doomy epic Stand For The Fire Demon, the anthemic If You Have Ghosts, and the heavily atmospheric Night of the Vampire. Although the best song has to be I Walked With A Zombie, a slow but extremely melodic and catchy sing-along strummer that repeats the same line over and over again. The music has a nice trance like feel containing some great slinky guitar work. There's a slight comedic nature to it though, the monotony is apparent but isn't a bad thing at all.

Which is another thing that stands out, the guitar work, while nothing here is overly complicated musically, you feel the band plays very inspired and the guitar work is a key component here, combined with great fluid bass lines and the enthusiastic Erickson spouting lines about the devil, monsters, and ghosts it's really a truly great underground rock album. If you compare it to the 1000's of other Satanic black metal bands who have been delivering messages of evil for years now, this album outdoes them. It's really the idea of melodic almost pop like rock songs singing about Lucifer himself that seems way more convincing and authentic then a bunch of long haired guys with corpse paint blaring blast beats that works so well here. But even if you don't care about the lyrical content this record rocks so well it doesn't matter. It's an anomaly album indeed considering Erickson never did anything like this before or since and his in and out of it mental state makes you wonder why he'd write about monsters. Regardless if you want a great Halloween soundtrack item or just a great under the radar rock album in general, this is an essential
no-frills early metal/rock with eerie subject matter 15 May 2010
By T. VANBRONKHORST - Published on
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I'm surprised that this wasn't a huge hit -- or at least a huge cult hit -- upon it's original release in 1981. At first glance, song titles like "I Walked With A Zombie" and "It's A Cold Night For Alligators" might lead one to assume this is some sort of novelty/Halloween album. Uh-uh. This is serious stuff. A great sounding band with songs about aliens, demons, and vampires delivered with complete sincerity. The music is catchy, totally rocking, and you'll be singing along within minutes. I especially like the melodic hooks of "The Wind And More" and "Mine Mine Mind". Some of the songs get a bit repetitive -- in fact the lyrics for "Creature With The Atom Brain" consist of nothing but those four words (but what marvelous words they are). The second ("plus one") disc has some great live performances (at times better than their studio counterparts), although I would prefer listening to them uninterrupted by the interview segments (wish those had all been placed at front or end of the disc). Another reviewer has already compared this band's sound to early Black Sabbath. Agreed, anyone who likes the song "Iron Man" (and who doesn't?) will probably love this album.
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