The 13th Floor Elevators
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The 13th Floor Elevators' debut album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, was a landmark LP, a pioneering moment in garage rock/psychedelia/punk history. The Texas band's second album, 1967's Easter Everywhere, continued the group's streak. The eight perfect minutes of "Slip Inside the House" manage to stretch out the sound without a whiff of self-indulgence. Singer Roky Erickson is a presence like no other. His vocal range is limited, but the emotion in his voice makes every song sound like a last stand. The cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" is raw and dirty, as good in its way as Van Morrison and Them's stellar rendition. "Levitation" turns the electricity upside down, while "I Had to Tell You" twists folk-pop into a personal ballad. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland uses his instrument to color the sound. The music's lack of ego (or the sense of ego deflected) makes it a true band effort. Primitive-sounding live recordings from 1966-1967 round out the reissue.
This is fantastic
To be honest I'm not a big fan of psychedelic rock, but these guys were different. There's an honesty in these songs that you don't get in other acid bands. It seems like everyone else was just trying to copy what these guys did.
There are very few 60s cliches here, no "flower power" and that's a great thing. So if you're a fan of psychedelic rock or if you just enjoy listening to masters at work, buy this album.
Formed: 1965 in Austin, TX
Years Active: '60s