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Despite the recordings' bootleg quality, Live at the Ritz 1987 is a vicious live document of a man who's lived his life at the edge—and sometimes taken a fall. Guitarist Will Sexton adds true bite to The 13th Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" and a nasty snarl to "Night of the Vampire." The entire set is well-chosen, and Erickson is in fine form throughout. Perhaps being in front of a friendly hometown crowd in Austin, Texas, boosted his game. This isn't, however, the best place to start one's Erickson collection. (Try The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators or Easter Everywhere for that.) Yet hardcore fans won't be disappointed by the vibrant, crashing performances. "Two Headed Dog," "Starry Eyes," and "Bloody Hammer" are the works of one of rock 'n' roll's most beloved cult artists, who deserved much greater fortune than he received. For the record, Live in Dallas 1979 with The Nervebreakers is a better-recorded release.

Customer Reviews

I guess iTunes lets any review through.

Seriously?! 1 star because you wish another band had a "Live at the Ritz" recording?!
Youthful ignorance I guess. I wonder where bands like Guns 'n' Roses would be without Roky Erickson? Who knows, but this man laid the foundations for some of the more dangerous rock 'n' roll acts of today.


shoot i wish they had live at the ritz videos for guns n roses xD


Born: July 15, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Syd Barrett, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle. Born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947, in Dallas, TX, he began playing the piano at age five; by age 12, he had also taken up the guitar. The child of an architect and would-be opera singer, Erickson dropped...
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