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Live Evolution Lost [VINYL] Live, Box set


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  • Vinyl (8 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live, Box set
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B00K3BH45U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 13th Floor Elevators - Live Evolution Lost - 3LP coloured vinyl box set recorded on 18th February 1967

Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band's legendary show from 18th February 1967 due for release by Charly Records on 16th June 2014. The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first "psychedelic" rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. Formed in late 1965 in a small town in Texas by Electric Jug playing Tommy Hall, guitarist & vocalist Roky Erickson, guitarist Stacy Sutherland they were joined by bass player Benny Thurman, and drummer John Ike Walton; at a time where Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population's spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars on a Saturday night. Out of these conflicting extremes, the Elevators were born and began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning music scene in Austin, Texas.

A three album edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, which for the first time features the whole of the Elevators' historic gig on 18th February 1967 at the Houston Music Theatre. It catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of 'Easter Everywhere' and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators' gig, and the latest to survive. Mastered by Sonic Boom and put together by band expert Paul Drummond, it includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.G.A on 10 July 2014
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Taped on February 18th 1967, 'Live Evolution Lost' is one of the few surviving recordings (and the latest known to exist) of a complete Elevators performance, recorded at the Houston Music Theatre, which was attended by over 2500 people - the Elevators' largest ever audience.
The concert was taped by the Elevators' record label (International Artists) with a view to releasing the end product as the band's second album, the label feeling this was the best way to present the band's psychedelic manifesto to a wider audience.
Disc 1 captures the Elevators' set which was culled almost exclusively from their 1966 debut LP 'The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators' with the exception of 'She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)' - a new track which would subsequently be issued as a single.
Owing to the band's pre-gig ritual of ingesting copious amounts of LSD, the Elevators are not quite 'in the groove' to begin with, guitarist Stacey Sutherland in particular having to play his way through the effects of a bad trip before finding his range.
The sound is rough, the performances occasionally sloppy, but that alchemical mixture of primal garage punk and psychedelia is there for all to hear as the Elevators help build the touchstone on which psychedelic rock would be based.
The performances, by and large, stay faithful to the originals, lending the recordings a certain timelessness as the band shy away from the excesses which would characterise much psychedelic music with their lean, concise approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Plant on 26 July 2014
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There's been plenty written about the mastering of this and the state of the band when it was recorded so i'll concentrate on the vinyl boxset - thick vinyl, brilliant, informative booklet and massive poster - a lovely, well made package. I've bought box sets in the past that were thrown together and felt ripped off. Thankfully this isn't the case here
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Klausk on 12 July 2014
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Well the audio fidelity of this recording is very good, considering when it was recorded. However having said that some Elevators fans think that there are superior mixes to those here. that aside, what have we?. Well Roky Erickson forgets words all over the place [ apparently he did this live and in the studio often, so we shouldn't consider it too much of a novelty ] the band struggle through many songs, and, for reasons explained elsewhere here, they sound hesitant and unsure of themselves. Erickson drifts off forgetting whole verses on occasion which doesn't help matters. I would suggest buying this if only for the recording values. The Elevators have played much, much better shows than this and they are mostly exemplified on the definitive "Sign of the Three Eyed Men" box set [ of which I am lucky enough to hold a copy of ] The live jam side is of curiosity value only - I certainly wouldn't play that again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Preston on 9 Aug 2014
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it is good to have a live recording of the 13th floor elevators
this is a nice book pack which looks expensive
charley seem to be using the out of date copyright control system
the cds will not play on my pc or laptop drives
I wasn't intending to make illegal copies I just wanted to listen
to this on my phone with mp3 sound for convenience
fine if they want to generate bad feedback
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ambrose on 3 Aug 2014
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Very influential band!
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