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on 20 March 2009
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!).
The Album as I said is faux live album made up of tracks from the first two album sessions and outakes made to sound like a live album,a big mistake.
Your Gonna Miss Me is simply one of the best songs of the era with or without fake applause.
Before you Accuse Me would be a tour de force if it didn't sound like it was a bootleg in fact there is a better version on the semi unoffical live at the Avalon Ballroom .She Lives in a Time of Own again is roughly mixed to sound live Better to Check out Easter Everywhere for a better version ditto Tried to hide check out the Psychedelic Sounds album (Roller Coaster sounds like it is the same version) however Every Body needs Somebody to love,You Cant Hurt Me Anymore, Im Gonna get That Girl Im A Gonna Love You Too are not on any of the orignal bands four albums and to be fair these and especially Im a gonna Love you Too is probably the stand out here With Roky doing his best Buddy Holly Impression(Roky kind of carries Buddy's flame through the decades its eerie almost as if he is channelling him!)Not a good intro for newbies though this isfor avid completists only I am afraid.
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