what a bizarre and most interesting album this is... the texan folk genius Mayo Thompson and his avant garde group the Red Crayola terrorised the ears of purists and blew the minds of the acid heads with this, their debut LP, in 1967... label mates and friends with the 13th Floor Elevators, this album features some classic 'wobbly' psych tunes intwined between random free form jams (apparently featuring members of the 'Elevators and texas musicians!)... classic tracks such as 'Transparent Radiation' (a huge influence on Spacemen3/Spiritualized/Space rock bands), 'Hurricane Fighter Plane' (just hearing it makes you feel drugged up!) and the self explanatory rant of 'War Sucks' make this a really worthy buy... ps. the cover art is superb too! removed 1 star from the review rating simply because the free form jams can be a little tedious at times
Ok this is where the big guns come in, this album sorts the men out from the boys I can tell you!!. If you have imbibed in any chemicals of the hallucinatory type and this is on the turntable for the first time, man are you in for a white knuckle ride. Hardcore psychedelia at the far edges of time itself. Lable mates of the 13th Floor Elevators but radically different this album is a mix of Free Form Freakout (where the Red Crayola’s mates ‘The Familiar Ugly’ are shut in a room full of objects, some musical instruments, fed huge amounts of LSD and the results recorded) segmented with the Crayolas haunting brand of psychedelia characterised by lead singer Mayo Thompson’s stange falsetto voice. Very much for hardened psych fans only. Trivia: Roky Erickson guested on this LP.