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1. Night of the Vampire
2. The Interpreter
3. Song to Abe Lincoln
4. John Lawman
5. Anthem (I Promise)
6. Warning (Social & Political Injustices)
7. Sweet Honey Pie
8. Cold Night for Alligators
9. I Am
10. Heroin
11. I Have Always Been Here Before
12. Before in the Beginning
13. Bermuda
14. Burn the Flames
15. I'm a Demon
16. The Beast

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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This is one of three albums reissued of some of Erickson's best music. This set combines live, studio, electric and acoustic performances from (mostly) the 1970's with a couple of tunes from the 1980's. Erickson is backed by the Explosives, The Aliens, and Blieb Alien--Blieb being the word bible jumbled up. Like the other albums from Light In The Attic the CD comes housed in a slightly over-sized thick cardboard wallet-style holder. The disc slips inside a paper sleeve, which slides into a pocket, and the 30 page booklet fits inside another pocket of the holder. The booklet has an essay on Erickson's life after his release from the hospital for the criminally insane and the music on this CD, along with several photos of Erickson from the period. The sound varies some from track to track, but overall (with "Warning" and "Sweet Honey Pie" being sonically flat for example) is very acceptable (if a bit rough at times) if you're an Erickson fan. The 4 "stars" are for the performances--not the recording quality--so you've been warned.

This set has tracks from his first live performance after incarceration up to "Don't Slander Me". These include tracks not used for the albums "The Evil One" and "Don't Slander Me", plus more archival music--all of which Erickson approved for this release. One listen to the blistering "John Lawman" and the next track, an acoustic "Anthem (I Promise)" will tell you what you need to know about the range of music on this album. Even in acoustic mode there's something different about this music that's instantly apparent. Erickson's voice grabs your ears, and you find yourself paying more attention to the lyrics with an acoustic backing. Listen to "Sweet Honey Pie" with it's relatively (for Erickson) laid back arrangement, and then listen to "Cold Night For Alligators" which shifts gears into something more intense. And then listen to the next track, the slide guitar driven "I Am" with (an over-dubbed) Jack Johnson and Erickson on guitars.

"Heroin" by The Velvet Underground is another intense Erickson performance, recorded in 1981 at The Whiskey A Go-Go, and is a pretty good cover of this tune--short and to the point. And again the feel shifts with an acoustic "I Have Always Been Here Before", again with Erickson and Jack Johnson (over-dubbed) on guitars. This is (especially for Erickson) a sensitive reading of this song. And then things shift into "Before The Beginning" with The Aliens backing Erickson for some typical tough r'n'r. "Bermuda" is even harder rocking--one of Erickson's best vocals and some great guitar from Duane Aslaksen.

For an overview of different styles of Erickson's music from this period (all approved by Erickson) this set can't be beat. Is this for everyone? No. If you're not an Erickson fan some of these tracks won't do much for you--if anything. I've been a fan since I happened to hear "The Evil One" album on CBS Records back in the vinyl days, and bought it as an expensive "import" album. So the chance to hear Erickson in both acoustic and electric settings is too good for me to pass up. Suffice to say, if you're an Erickson fan you should check this set out.

One more thing--if you're an Erickson/rock'n'roll fan, you need--need-- Erickson's album "Halloween". Its full of blazing, elemental live r'n'r from the years 1979-81, and some of Erickson's best vocals. Not to toot my own horn--but check out my review of this full-tilt rock'n'roll album.
Great remastering, but different version of "Heroin" 2 July 2014
By raw power - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I always thought that this was the best collection of Roky material when it came out in '86. This remastering is excellent and the bonus tracks are mildly interesting. Be aware that this contains a shorter inferior version of the rare live track "Heroin". It does not have the seven minute version from the original LP with the "She is my heroine" refrain. I am subtracting a star for that reason. Otherwise, it is a recommended upgrade.

Also, as another reviewer noted, the live compilation "Halloween" is excellent. The best live Roky with the Explosives.
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Roky the great 11 Feb. 2014
By Lovblad - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Roky is noe of the lost great ones and it is great that they have put out his records again. Buy them before they get out of print again, which will happen.
Five Stars 26 Feb. 2015
By Christopher L Levengood - Published on
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