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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COLL
  • ASIN: B000000864
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If you like '60s psychedelic music, you will like this. It's an accomplished album for this band and full of all the things that made the psychedelic scene wonderful. If you are not sure, if you are feeling a bit tentative, if you aren't ready to commit to the trip, listen to their best known single, You're Gonna Miss Me, which is on their first album and on some '60s compilations. If you like that sound, invest in this. I did and no regrets. I think that track is probably a bit more rock/pop orientated than the tracks on this album, but a good intro to the band.
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And posibly one of the best of the 60's
As I have mentioned before.. there are alot of albums that are such great efforts that seem to end up only in the pail shadows of other big rock n roll artist of the 60's
or perhaps.. also correct in this records matter, its genuinly put aside beacuse of crusual fans that miss the direct rawness of their first recordings like shall we say "your gonna miss me"
this is nevertheless and good effort.. oh sorry.. correction its a great record..
Its doubtless the most swingin record of theirs and its got great guitars great feedback effects great riffin great movin and great grovin, its got great echo effects that hymn gostly in the air on rose and the thorn for instance.. which perhaps starts off slow but later on gets to some real swing.. and some great riffin.
I have a theory that this albums exprimental features on the echo that I mentioned that are featured on tracks such as the above mentioned.. and the finishing track May the circle remain unbroken..
And the clever use of just enough brass orchestra backing up with a rich and filling feel on such tracks as the opening riffer.. living on , never another and the marvalous dr doom.
seems to be sadly unapriciated beacuse of them missing the hype when.. beatles were all on the same track a bit earlier.
(as you know the same thing happened to other overlooked albums from the same era, for example byrds noutorius byrd bros, the doors soft parade)
But I find this an unfair way of judging since really its used more cleverly here.. its not over done.. its not naive or just too much Its placed cleverly and done with some great feeling.
this album is also.. frankly overlooked beacuse of the fact thar roky erikson was not as dominant..
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Format: Vinyl
Lloyd Sepulveda designed the cover to this. It has been written elsewhere, 'Beauty & the Beast' was to be the LPs original title. Either way taken, Sepulveda's sleeve art rises to the occasion. A bull's head peers out from wood, presaging its destiny as a bull head's trophy. The simple hessian sack does not appear out-of-place with the branded typeface, roughly stencilled-on, spelling Bull of the Woods. The backside, not given over to the Texas sunlight, puts us in the shade of the wood and the beast of the "savage" bull. But enough.
Taken as the follow-up LP to Easter Everywhere, the Elevators' approach quasi-religious transcendence by the thin limit of sound that defines the call of their sound.
Sound is heard according to air pressure. I guess that the high air pressure of a sun-scorched Texas landscape unfolds in the attenuated, echoey production of sound engineers, Poole, Duff & Carroll. At times there are nods to the highly mixed, un-live recording of dub music: the brass over-dubs & number 11 volume bass.
Church bells ring out on Never Another inflicting scenes from 'The Waltons' & that scene in 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' where Bowie encounters American pioneers in some uncanny time split.
Stacy Sutherland is accredited with most of the songs and his Germanic philosophical/theological lyrics are reflected in acidic, spiritual verse only to be lost in the manic vortex of thought-popping hallucingens.
Bull of the Woods is full of the great peaks & troughs that make the mind-altering experience endure. Here you shall find no commercial hooks nor radio-friendly sentiment: this is the purest, most austere contradiction of something that occurred around 68. It lives-on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A band with a good bench 23 May 2006
By Rahm Gharde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My appreciation of this band contiunes to grow by leaps and bounds. This is the Elevator's swan song, recorded under incredibly difficult circumstances. Their second album failed to land a hit single, as the first one did.PSychedlia was perhaps, on the wane, which this band with irretrievably tied to, which is fair.

Of course, the obvious circumstance of Roky Erickson's breakdown and hospitalization were the primary reason for the band's demise, but the chemistry had been upset for some time. Electric Jug-ist Tommy Hall had been the main lyricist and LSD as revolutionary tool advocate. The rest of the band were becoming more into hard escapist drugs and grew tired of Hall's philosophy.

Taking the needle and the mantle was the late lead guitarist Stacy Sutherland, truly an unsung guitar hero if I ever heard one. His playing is just enough country and Syd, not sounding overly slick,and a bit of laid-back Jerry Garcia. His lyrics a more accessable bridge abutting conventional songwriting and Hall's metaphors for the psychedelic journey to self-enlightenment. Sutherland is more grounded, down to earth, dirty and dead-end. Despite his dark nature, band members regard him affectionately.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Spalax edition, superior sound!! 16 Jun. 2006
By Walter Five - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're trying to figure out which Bull of the Woods out of the many editions of the 13th Floor Elevators CDs to choose from, THIS ONE has the BEST sound of them all. The U.S. Collectables lable sounds excrebal, and the UK Charly release is little better. This one *still* doesn't sound as good as the versions trading in fan circles, which are either remixed needle-drops of original mint vinyl from 1968 or taken from 8-track tapes just two generations away from the masters, but it sounds a WHOLE lot better than anything else out there from the U.S. or the U.K.

The material speaks for itself. While it's true that this doesn't have the cohesion that "Easter Everywhere" does, there are some good reasons: the Elevators were descending when this LP was made, Roky was in Rusk State Mental Hospital, and so it consists of outtakes from the Easter Everywhere LP (with only 2 or 3 cuts with Roky Erikson) and the rest being outtakes from an unrealized project to be titled "Beauty and the Beast." It *still* beats just about anything that was happening in Frisco those days, except maybe for Skip Spence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spangling Gulfward; the Elevators' Ocean of Sound 13 Dec. 1999
By Ian Hough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first track, 'Livin' On', comes at you like psychedelic rollin' thunder, with a heavy, well-timed drum and a spanglingly proficient guitar backdrop. It's all up, up and away from there on. True, classic hallucinogenic tunes, played like you dreamed about long before you ever knew what you were gonna be when you grew up. This band's Texan roots are reflected in the 'Gulf' sound, the immaculate guitars and dark but spiritual vocals of singer Roky Erikson. One aural glimpse into this CD, and visions of Mexican and Aztec civilizations rise in the mind's eye. The songs are all of a mythical quality, each one embroidering a rich vein of human and Godlike enchantment on the eardrum. If there were ever to be a Great Pyramid of music, then 'Bull of the Woods' is it. It's bluesy, spiritual, heavy, psychedelia. Not for amateurs, but definitely for anyone with a real appreciation for good music, whatever the genre. One of the best albums I have ever listened to. For me, this one says it all. Everyone else eat your hearts out.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Remaster 12 May 2011
By Adam Bosman - Published on Amazon.com
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After the release of the 10 disk box set, International Artist is releasing the 3 13th Floor Elevator albums as stand alone sets. For Psychedelic Sounds and Easter Everywhere, the addition of alternate bonus tracks from the box set irritated fans, who felt they were being ripped off and forced to buy the same albums multiple times. For Bull of the Woods, you get just the album and a Mono set of songs making up a theoretical 'lost' third album. Many of the songs later appeared on Bull of the Woods. There are no bonus tracks on this set, so it is the exact same album as 'Sign of the 3 Eyed Men' (Boxset) version.

The sound quality is truly fantastic, and as a hardcore fan, I consider this the definitive version. Bull of the Woods has always been polarizing to fans, due to the lack of input from Roky. When judged next to the previous Elevators albums, it is indeed inferior. That said, as a stand alone psych album it is really great. Stacy Sutherland in conjunction with Roky and Tommy defined the Elevators sound. This set is no different, sans the lack of Roky vocals on more than half of it. It should be noted that the Mono bonus disk 'A Love that's Sound' is all Roky vocals. The typical disclaimer is this; if you're new to the 13th Floor Elevators start with 'Psychedelic Sounds.' After that album sucks you in, leave no doubt that you'll devour Easter Everywhere and Bull of the Woods quickly. Don't let this under appreciated psych album pass you buy. 5 stars for the great packaging, in depth liner notes, (for fans) no extra gimmicky bonus tracks, updated sound quality, full mono 'alternate' album and really great songs.

Final note: it's rumored that all of the Elevators albums will be appearing on 180gram vinyl in the near future. Wait on this package, if you prefer wax.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psoftly Psychedelic, the last album by the Elevators rocks! 29 Jun. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
I wouldn't call the Elevators the *first* psychedelic band (I'd say that the Merry Pranksters probably fill that spot), but they were definitely different from everything else going on at that point in time. The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were Blues and Folk influenced, the Mothers and Cream had too many inside-jokey things on their albums, and the Beatles were influenced by Elvis and Indian Music. The Elevators were waving the banner in front of everyone, saying (in a Texian drawl) "come with us and freak out!" Most of the world listened, and this cd shows why. I'd say that Scarlet and Gold is one of their best songs, and the guitar intro to Rose and the Thorn has no doubt influenced many other bands, like the Meat Puppets and so on. While not my favorite Elevator album (to hard to choose...), it's without a doubt excellent by any standards.
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