The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators
The 13th Floor Elevators
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||You're Gonna Miss Me||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:29||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Roller Coaster||The 13th Floor Elevators||5:06||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Splash 1||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:55||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Reverberation (Doubt)||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:49||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Don't Fall Down||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:00||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Fire Engine||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:20||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Thru The Rhythm||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:07||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||You Don't Know||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:58||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Kingdom Of Heaven||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:08||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Monkey Island||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:37||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Tried To Hide||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:47||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||5:16||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Before You Accuse Me (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:33||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Love You Too (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||1:54||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||You Really Got Me (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||6:17||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Roll Over Beethoven (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:47||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Word (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||2:45||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Gloria (Live)||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:56||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||She Lives In a Time of Her Own||The 13th Floor Elevators||3:00||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||We Sell Soul (feat. Rocky Erickson)||Spades||3:17||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||You're Gonna Miss Me (feat. Rocky Erickson)||Spades||3:24||£0.79||View in iTunes|
There are so many compilations and reissues out on the 13th Floor Elevators that it's difficult to recommend one, but this small-scale, triple-CD box set does make the cut, if only for care and comprehensiveness. Essentially, this is everything they ever recorded for International Artists, the four official albums augmented by such choice bonus tracks as the Spades' version of "You're Gonna Miss Me" (plus its B-side, "We Sell Soul"), and the live 1966 San Francisco sides. Each is housed in a miniature reproduction of one of their original LP sleeves, and all of it is supported by a nicely annotated booklet. The sound on this box is exceptionally good, given 2002 standards.
Solid, unspectactular garage-psych.
It's a sticking point for so many people, but that helicopter sound-effect doesn't annoy me in the slightest, to be honest. Too much acousmatic music in my life, maybe?
It's hard to know what to actually say about The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, because for all the mythology that surrounds it, it doesn't raise much of a reaction from the listener. The band themselves were a hell of a lot more interesting than their music, I guess. This is a solid half-psychedelic, half-garage rock album, though, with the excellent "You're Gonna Miss Me" the jewel in its crown, and clattering, only semi-competent instrumental playing its defining feature.
Formed: 1965 in Austin, TX
Years Active: '60s