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on 30 July 2008
An absolutely essential purchase for any psych fan, purely for the reason that it represents the 1st time in over 40 years that the original MONO mix has been officially released!! As many will know, the mono mix is far superior to the stereo: more upfront, less reverb, a much better balance of sound. Short of $helling out for an original copy, here's an AFFORDABLE chance to hear this seminal album the way it was intended! Just like the mono 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', 'Velvet Underground & Nico' and many others, there really IS that much difference! Dig it immediately!
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on 10 October 2006
The ideas and theories that this band seemed to be deeply engaged in are some that many have an interest in but few seem to be able to translate. Their lyrics talk of mans spritual and philosophical progression and advancement in a beutifully poetic way, they were obviously well read and attempted to takle some exciting and interesting ideas within their intense and exciting sounThe whole album is incredible, highlights being Kingdom of heaven, Splash 1, Fire Engine, but they really are all great.

Eriksons haunting vioce seems drift across this album in an eerie and compeling manner, urging you to delve deeper in their world.

Easter everywhere is also an extremely good album and if tyour interested in them look out for the film 'Your gonna miss me' documenting the sad dissintigration of Erikson.
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on 10 December 2010
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators are one of the great cult bands; shared around by generations of knowing music fans without ever taking a place in the limelight. If you've reached this page you probably already know that, so what more is there to say? Well, after years of having their (admittedly slim) musical archive asset-stripped by poor quality reissues, this is the proper, and properly remastered, edition of the album we have been waiting for. As far as I can tell this is the restored version of the album from last year's wilfully exclusive 'Sign of the 3 eyed men' box-set, now made available at a reasonable price for us regular punters who couldn't afford that luxury. For the first time, we can hear the dynamics of the band through the gloom and reverb of the original production. That was always part of their sound, to be sure, but now it sounds like a deliberate quality of shade and menace to the album rather than the mere murk of poor recording. The guitar lines are spikier, the bass runs are much clearer and Tommy Hall's jug still sounds like nothing else in rock. When all the psychedelic philosophy of the sleeve-notes was said and done, the Elevators were a strange meeting of pretty, Buddy Holly-style song structures with urgent modal riffing and, above it all, Roky Erickson's spectral vocals. Completists will appreciate the original stereo mix and some early, sharper studio mixes on the bonus disc ('Roller Coaster' being especially interesting) but it's the chance to hear the original album afresh that will make this most desirable for listeners.
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One of the great 60's punk wreckords dosed and spiked with some crushed orangeaid kool krush lysergia. Rocky Erikson warps his mind around the lyrical delivery like a crazed man hanging onto a door handle as the rough hands of the state are trying to pry him off to for a "rest" in the local hospital. A problem that beset Rocky as he was arrested for the possession of one Cannabis cigarette led to 3 years of intensive psychiatric experimentation at the hands of the state who aimed to destroy his brain with their own forms of chemical and electrical intervention.

A travesty of attempted correction and coercion as they altered his mind for the worse. They down't laark long haaaairrrsss in Tix asss

This album was recorded pre confinement and catches the man in his prime psychedelicious primeval glory. The guitars fuzz, the harmonica burns a hole in the mouth and the lyrical delivery is demented whilst a strange warping sound appears in every track. 3 chord fuzz punkers that when it hit San Fran Cisco changed the it from laid back acoustic folk strummers into turned on blues plank bashers.

This was the true sound of the 60's.
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With the recent release of Lightning Hopkins' Free Form Patterns U.K.'s Charly Records have completed their Limited Edition Deluxe Digi-book series of the International Artists album catalog. All have been remastered and housed in hardcover digi-books, some containing two or three CDs if enough bonus or rare material was available, and generous booklets featuring photos and memorabilia. Some of the bonus tracks throughout the releases can also be found on the Epitaph for a Legend compilation as well. There have been grumbles in some circles about the remastering, but for the time being these are the best bet out there. Besides this release, which was IA-1, the rest of the series includes RED CRAYOLA 'Parable of Arable Land' (IA-2), LOST AND FOUND 'Everybody's Here' (IA-3), THE GOLDEN DAWN 'Power Plant' (IA-4), 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS 'Easter Everywhere' (IA-5), Lightning Hopkins 'Free Form Patterns' (IA-6), RED KRAYOLA 'God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It' (IA-7), 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS 'Live' (the only reissue not released as a digi-book, a remastered version can be found on 'The Albums Collection' set (IA-8), 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS 'Bull of the Woods' (IA-9), BUBBLE PUPPY 'A Gathering Of Promises' (IA-10), Dave Allen 'Color Blind' (IA-11) and ENDLE St. CLOUD 'Thank You All Very Much' (IA-12). I plan to cover each release in this series, use the link to the next entry to follow the reviews.......

'The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS' is arguably the first true psychedelic album. While the 1960's had it's share of "turned on" poseurs, the 13th FLOOR ELEVATOR's not only walked the walk, they ran the marathon. The band was actually a merging of two bands, THE LINGSMEN and THE SPADES, who had a regional hit with leader Roky Erickson's "We Sell Soul" and "You're Gonna Miss Me," re-recorded for this album. The now legendary Erickson became the band's front man, and the band at this juncture included unsung lead guitarist Stacy Sutherland, Ronnie Leatherman on bass, John Ike Walton on drums, and messianic LSD advocate and main lyricist Tommy Hall on amplified jug. Signed to Houston, Texas' independent record label International Artists, their "You're Gonna Miss Me" single was successful and the band toured throughout Texas, even appearing on local TV. It was also a hit in other major markets throughout the U.S. which encouraged the band to undertake a tour of the West Coast, where they were welcomed with opened ears, successfully playing the legendary Filmore and Avalon venues sharing bills with other soon-to-be legends like QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE and MOBY GRAPE. They even appeared on Dick Clark's teen TV programs "American Bandstand" and "Where The Action Is." During an interview on the latter, their drug references visibly annoyed Clark, who ended the interview and probably the chance of any future television appearances......

'THE PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF' was released in August 1966, and to say it sounded like nothing released before or since is not far off the mark. The combination of Roky's ethereal guitar and vocals, Sutherland's sinewy leads and Hall's incessantly rising and falling electric jug are the perfect compliment to Hall and Powell St. John's mystic diatribes. Starting off strong with Roky's re-booted "You're Gonna Miss Me" we take a ride on the adeptly named "Roller Coaster." Hall's wife Clementine duets with Roky on the fragile co-written "Splash 1" (later covered by THE CLIQUE) followed by the throbbing "Reverberation (Doubt)" and the "We Sell Soul" re-write "Don't Fall Down." The original Side Two begins with reverb-laden "Fire Engine" often covered during TELEVISION's heyday. The band then takes us "Thru The Rhythm" before a triptych of fellow Texas scenester and legend Powell St. John's (MOTHER EARTH) compositions, a jug-tastic "You Don't Know," the folk-doom of "Kingdom Of Heaven" and a Dylan-esque "Monkey Island." Our eleven track trip ends with "Tried To Hide," a true ELEVATORS classic......

Since many of the original International Artists masters are long gone, the set features the album in mono, remastered from an original vinyl pressing on CD#1 and a "first-ever release of the 1966 stereo mix in the band's intended running order" from the original 2-track master on CD#2. As a bonus, five of the album's songs are included from an initial "cold" mix by original engineer Bob Sullivan without any added reverb or echo. The hardcover digi-book packaging is beautiful and the discs resemble two different IA label variations. The bound-in booklet is made of heavy stock and has six pages of liner notes by Paul Drummond, author of the excellent band biography Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound, copious discographical minutiae and reproductions of the original album art, posters, rare photos, charts, etc. 'THE PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS' is a rare example of a classic album that actually lives up to it's hype and reputation, and should be the cornerstone to any nascent psychedelic rock collection......

CD#1 Original Mono Album:
1. You're Gonna Miss Me
2. Roller Coaster
3. Splash
4. Reverberation
5. Don't Fall Down
6. Fire Engine
7. Thru The Rhythm
8. You Don't Know
9. Kingdom Of Heaven
10. Don't Fall Down
11. Tried To Hide
CD#2 Original 1966 Stereo Mix:
1. You Don't Know (How Young You Are)
2. Through The Rhythm
3. Monkey Island
4. Roller Coaster
5. Fire Engine
6. Reverberation
7. Tried To Hide
8. You're Gonna Miss Me
9. Splash 1
10. Don't Fall Down
11. Kingdom Of Heaven
Bob Sullivan's Original Stereo Desk Mix:
12. Fire Engine
13. Monkey Island
14. Roller Coaster
15. Thru The Rhythm
16. Tried To Hide

Bass, Violin – Benny Thurman
Drums – John Ike Walton
Guitar & Vocals – Stacy Sutherland
Amplified Jug – Tommy Hall
Vocals & Guitar – Roky Erickson
Vocals - Clementine Hall ("Splash 1")
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on 10 November 2001
I first heard this album at a friends house around 1978/79. In those dim distant days I was a bit of a lost soul when it came to music but the opening track "You're Gonna Miss Me" stayed in my head for ages. It's the same track as opens "High Fidelity" and there's a good chance you have seen the film if you like music and you'll know what it sounds like.
Very strident chords, probably ranking with Pretty Vacant as a really memorable opening...
The next song is in a similar vein...however, the band show that they can play slow stuff as well..Splash 1 (Now I'm Home) is a cool ballad, which follows...
These are the highlights, there isnt a duff track on the album.
It'll be worth waiting till Charly release it on CD... I have a copy on Vinyl of course, but the record player is broken....
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on 2 June 2012
Brilliant first album from the Elevators. Is sounds almost unhinged at times. If this kind of sixties music is your thing - pyschedelic garage rock with a bit of punk thrown in - then this is a must buy.
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on 18 November 2010
Fabulous Elevator music.Forget the Dead or the Airplane,these guys were several Light Years ahead of the competition. Rare stereo mix,blah blah,the irony is that these tracks must sound better than anything you could have bought by the band in the Sixties.
So don't delay;buy today!
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on 17 October 2011
I don't mean to write this review to knock the 13th Floor Elevators, but to prevent any newbies to psych music from making a disappointing purchase. What you should know is that what was called psychedelic in 1966 is what we today call garage rock. Many disappointed buyers of The Deep's 'Psychedelic Moods' can vouch for this, or of the Blues Magoos' 'Psychedelic Lollipop'. It all changed after Sergeant Pepper - then psych came to mean swirling organs, maybe some sitar, echoey vocals, backwards guitars, and maybe some other studio special effects or exotic instruments. Important too, is that melody came to be important again, while it is secondary in garage rock, which is more about attitude. When I think of classic psych (as opposed to classic garage), in the USA I think of bands like Kaleidoscope, The Tea Company, The Flat Earth Society, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Ultimate Spinach, Moving Sidewalks, Freeborne, Zodiac/Cosmic Sounds, CA Quintet, Gandalf, the Music Emporium, H.P. Lovecraft, The Freak Scene, United States of America, Silver Apples, etc, in the UK and the Continent I think of Twink, Tomorrow, Group 1850, The Outsiders, July, Second Hand, Arthur Brown, Blossom Toes, Eric Burdon, Gary Walker etc. Those are psych bands. The Elevators have nothing in common with any of those, but a lot in common with the typical garage music on the Pebbles collections. They do a kind of non-blues based early hard rock, which I guess is what garage really is. They use regular rock instruments and the 'jug' is the only 'exotic' instrument. However, they overuse the jug. While it would have been OK to use on a couple of tracks, it soon becomes annoying as what is played is exactly the same for each song - the jug keeps on relentlessly, without changing the rhythm or 'notes' it's playing.
To any newbies, don't forget the golden rule of reading reviews of old albums - ALWAYS disregard reviews written by people who were there. That always guarantees that they cannot be objective about the quality of the music. The music has a nostalgic connection then which prevents such people from making an honest judgment about it. It's best to read reviews from people who got into all those bands later, and don't give some band an unfair advantage because of all the warm memories which come flooding back just at the mention of the name. Another factor that makes it hard to comment honestly on this band is that Roky Erikson has long since been a cult figure. Once someone has reached that status, it becomes almost impossible to criticize their work.
I'm not writing this review to annoy old fans of the band, or on the other hand collect brownie points. While I anticipate many negative comments and votes, I'm doing this just to make clear to anyone deciding whether they want to get this album that they must listen closely to those samples before buying. A further point to consider is that International Artists must have had the oldest, most primitive recording technology of the psych era, and their trademark sound is a muddy, mono mess, as can be checked out on the compilation Never Ever Land. The best band they had was Bubble Puppy, with Golden Dawn a close second. The Elevators are classic, a cult band, and pioneers of garage rock, and cleaned up they sound better than ever, but they have nothing in common with the bands listed above, and are a long way from the headswirling psych of the post-Sergeant Pepper era.
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on 20 October 2014
just great
stacey sutherlands guitar and rokees vocals... perfect !!!
although bull of the woods is my personal fave
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