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  • Audio CD (30 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decal
  • ASIN: B00002608Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glynne Callaghan on 20 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I would love to give this more stars but as an album consisting of studio outtakes b sides etc thrown together as a cash in to a band that wasn't quite making it, it will always be the the old lady in the Elevators attic.
Thirty or so years ago a certain John Peel played She Lives in a Time of Her Own on his show I have been addicted ever since just slightly to side of what was normal this album shows that Elevators where a great R&B bands with Covers of Bo Diddley Solomon Burke etc and their own homespun magic.
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators opened the doors of perception so wide they fell right through into the void,however without them their would be no Led Zep and so forth Robert Plant copied the Erickson vocal style almost verbatim.
Who where they, Singer and Guitarist Roky Erickson was the Van Morrison Of Austin, Stacy Sutherland was the mecurial Lead Guitarist Tommy Hall was their Visonary and spiritual leader he give them their signature amplified jug sound which sounds like a synth (in 66 these where massive machines and not available to gigging bands in Texas) this Album would aslo feature former Violinst Benny Thurman on Bass and probably Ronnie Leatherman His replacement on Others John Ike Walton was the First drummer it is not clear what Line up is on what tracks here at all.
The Rhythm section was overhauled in 1967/8 again with drummer Danny Thomas and Dan Galindo on Bass Joining He was then replaced by Duke Davis in 68 and Ronnie Leatherman rejoined at some point later still then the band went into meltdown literally check out their recent Biog Eye Mind By Paul Drummond(you couldn't make their story up!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
misunderstood album 30 Dec. 2002
By Merle Rickard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While the first two studio albums are definitely of better sound quality, this album highlights the Elevators' ability to rock out in a live setting. What makes this album truly interesting, however, is the fact that it is actually a studio recording with crowd noise overdubbed onto it. Thus, this is almost like listening to a rehearsal of the group in the studio, albeit with crowd sounds. Don't let this album scare you away from further exploration of the 13th Floor Elevators. Definitely get the first two - they will make this one that much more enjoyable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thirteenth Floor Elevators - 'Live' (Collectables) 20 Sept. 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's one other 13th Floor 'live' reissue I've heard that is worse that this one. 'Live' is actually somewhat tolerable, that is ~if~ you're an open-minded music fan. From the sound of it, I'm about 98% sure that 'Live' is a fake live recording. Either that or their sound man is three-quarters deaf. Now, if you would like to check out some really great sounding all American psychedelia, get yourself a copy of the three 'actual / legit' Elevator's reissues, on the Collectables label. Which are 'Psychedelic Sounds Of The...' ('66), 'Easter Everywhere' ('67) and 'Bull Of The Woods' ('68). But, there is a really good live 13th Floor Elevators disc - 'Levitation' on the Thunderbolt UK label - now that CD sounds like a true live recording (see my review). Keep in mind that most of their other releases are either alternative takes, re-edits or cheesy compilations.
Elevators (as if they were) Live: GREAT but the best was yet to come 10 April 2013
By Freidun Taravosh - Published on Amazon.com
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There has been some discussion about this album being a throw away album and a `mock' live album at that.

I had been a fan of this group since my teens, and it is true that 'Bull of The Woods' is a world of it's own but this album still plays like a breeze and even if it's not literally live the repertoire still answers back to a regular live set for this group. other than that I like the easy listening easily groovy approach, much more than I think about Psychedelic Sounds of which while beyond an impressive debut for that energy is not an album I listen to that often, it is heavier to digest if you ask me

People have badmouthed `LIVE' for not being "the genuine article" but to be serious the aforementioned debut album is hailed as a garage rock classic, but was it 'really' recorded in a Garage? Should we refer to another release by another popular band from the same decade - was 'Party' by the Beach boys 'really' recorded at an actual party?. Dr Byrds and Mr Hyde is considered a high point for those who like the space rock phase of the Byrds, but was it really recorded in space? I could stress this point even further but it serves no legit purpose. No matter what the songs included on Live with or without the extra tracks present on this edition I own really speak to us in a way, that it is plausible indeed to suggest, that all these tracks would've been part of a live set, if this was taped at a real concert,

This can be said even if we as avid fans of the elevator know according to history the album was actually a studio LP and not a live LP. Considering the fact that the group was on the verge of breaking up, at time, considering the demise of Erickssons mental healh et al. Point is all things considered it's dynamite in it's own right.
'Actual Review'

'Live' doesn't have to be compared to the other albums, but to be honest I haven't listened to the debut album for years despite how cool it is considered to be.

However I will be more than happy to let `Live' spin on the turn table, time and time again when I'm in a swinging 60's mood The material here is presented in a more effortless manner, and even if I am a fan of the more delicate laidback, and to me somewhat otherworldly nature of `Bull OF The Woods' I must say it's just to get used to Ericksons wailing, and all because this really isint a bad album.

That's right, you heard me! `Live' is not a bad album, in fact it's great. There is Bo Diddely material, Buddy Holly material and for us who have this edition with tracks unlisted on RYM, there is Chuck Berry and even Ray Davies and van Morrison material included. Truth be told I bought this album to complete the collection and to finally get to hear the full version of their take on `Everybody Needs Somebody to Love' which by no means is a track unique to their rep. Pete Best Combo also recorded a version (mid 60's) and I don't think I have to inform you about the Blues Brothers cut from early 80's. among others. Those of you who always suspected a very telling influence of the same Ray Davies on the Elevators from early on, especially if you have heard the Kinks/Beatles Mash up with distinctive Elevator edge
that is ` I've Got levitation' then you will be pleased if you get a hold of the pressing with this track ` You Really Got Me' ending the set as for Roll Over Beethoven,

Byrdmaniacs know it was a part of Byrds rep around this time (Live in Stockholm 1967) but it is still a wonderful track, and Elevators really make it their own.

Speaking of which Elevators had a lot of the same approach to music as did Byrds, i.e. a well rounded structure, and a nice set of jangle and twang. The garage edge, they put into the mix was however all theirs. While the Byrds had the sense of refinement and delicacy in their sound, Elevators took such influences and made the sound their own. If you are willing see to it to compare a track like `I See You' from 5D (1966) with say the version of `Tried to Hide' included here. The wholesomeness may be the significant trademark of anything Byrd.

This sense of edge the Elevators brought in to the mix, was something unique only to them. However clear it still may be that they probably were under a Byrds influence at the time, they cannot be considered copycats.. If now you are still insisting the `Bonus tracks' are not to be considered because they weren't there to begin with then I must tell you something. Even if you take away the actual tracks of Van Morrison, Ray Davies and Chuck Berry tracks out of this set list, the influence of these said greats - along with that of the Byrds aforementioned is still there,

You just can't take that away in trying to get the whole idea of what this album was about, if not `the genuine article' it still works as a concept album named 13th Floor Elevators (as if they were) Live!

Now when I finally have it and on vinyl turning back to the 60's cataloge in my collection I will probably listen to this more than Easter Everywhere or Psychedelic sound. See it like this, if Bull of the Woods their best LP, (got it on vinyl together with this one) Live! Is quite unlike it, but it is still right on Elevators and is a definite easy listening release, you don't have to be initiated in the inner cirle of elevator fans to 'get it' as may be the case with easter everywhere or Bull of The Woods (an aquired taste)!

' To Round Things up'

If you like Hamburg scene sound-era Beatles (songs like My Bonnie or Cry for a Shadow) 5d era byrds (songs like 2-4-2 foxtrot, I See You or Hey Joe) or Head era Monkees( songs like Circle sky or Long Title: Do I Have To Do This Over Again) then you will be no stranger to the sound you hear on Elevators (as if they were) Live! Why keep on the argument, it's swinging 60's all the way, giving the rockabilly and Buddy Holly and the crickets influence a front row seat come unexpected to some and take away the fascination of Elevators as an Underground band. frankly I like it, it's one of the main attrations to seek out and find this release, they never did another one like it.

'The Final Say'

Aye it may be controversial to state that 'Live' is my favourite album of theirs, but I do not see anything wrong in more people actually having the courage to say they like it, for what it is, Don't expect a sonic revolution. I think this album is lo-fi for a certain reason.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A rollercoaster ride back to the past 22 Dec. 1999
By Schlabach0@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having attended many live performances of the 13th Floor Elevators in the Austin and San Marcos,Tx. area during the 60's, I can say without a doubt that the 13th Floor Elevators live cd with it's pshchedelic sound and loud crowd noise will defitely take you back to the past. A time when live performances were breaking new ground and setting the standards for the future. Fantastic light shows and chemically altered realities were very often the setting for fantastic stage shows.
This cd is a collection of songs from the groups earlier albums. The song "You Gotta Take That Girl" shows the groups versitility with a softer sound. While "I've Got Levitation", "Roller Coaster" and "your Gonna Miss Me" which are the best cuts of the collection show exactly why the 13th Floor Elevators were the top Pshchedelic group of the 60's.
This cd is totally awesome!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
not the best sampler 29 May 2006
By Douglas A. Gwyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first two albums (The Psychedelic Sounds of.. and Easter Everywhere) are by far the best. If you don't yet know this music and want to pick one album to sample, try Easter Everywhere.
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