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Going Up - The Very Best of the 13th Floor Elevators

The 13th Floor Elevators

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Music historians credit Austin, Texas’ 13th Floor Elevators for creating psychedelic rock. Before the San Francisco scene was tuning in, turning on and dropping out, The Elevators revealed a dark and frightening side of psychedelia that wasn’t all good trips and white rabbits. Featuring songs recorded between 1966 and 1969 for International Artists, Going Up is a stellar collection for newcomers, devotees, and Roky Erickson fans alike. It kicks off with “You’re Going To Miss Me,” the band’s best known single that lent its title to a 2005 documentary on Erickson. An edited “Slip Inside This House” follows with the frantic percolations of Tommy Hall’s electric jug (yes, he attached a pickup to a whiskey jug). The tune inspired Primal Scream to cover an electronic version on 1991’s Screamadelica (and should inspire others to seek out the eight minute original). A live take of garage staple “Gloria” shows the band’s ferocity in a public setting. Stacy Sutherland’s trademark Texas style of psyche-guitar owes much to surf but he also bares country roots on a haunting rendition of the old timey standard “May The Circle Remain Unbroken.”

Customer Reviews

classic Texas garage..

what can I say its the 13th Floor elevators. was suprised to see that a best of album was released so recently,seems more people are getting turned on to them which is a good thing. good to see some less common numbers included. Roky Erickson has a great deranged voice. One of my all time favorites here is reverberation.

ALL THE CLASSICS

Great, but get the full albums, especially 'Easter Everywhere', though apparently not here. These records have a sonic intimacy that few bands can ever get close to, and Roky Erickson's voice is more than just spooky amazing. It has a way of channeling the Phil Ochs / Bob Dylan school of folk with a devilish blues howl or, on 'Nobody to Love', a kind of breathy chanted drawl, a forerunner for WEEN type vocals.

Not a recent band

Im no expert, but i can assure you that this is not a recent band--certainly not from 2006 as you seem to be implying. The 13th floor elevators are pioneers of psychedelic music--some argue to be the inventors. Overall though, id wikipedia them as you seem be unaware of their background. More generally, i would definatly recommend this album to anyone interested in 60s music with a "tuned in" sound.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Austin, TX

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s

The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic music; many have cited them as the first true psychedelic rock band, and if they weren't, they certainly predated most of the San Francisco bands that gave the sound a global audience. The Elevators played a bracing fusion of garage rock and genre-defying musical exploration powered by Roky Erickson's feral vocals and rhythm guitar, Stacy Sutherland's concise but agile lead guitar work, and Tommy Hall's amplified jug playing,...
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