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Editors’ Notes

Considered a "soundtrack" to Keven McAlester's fascinating documentary on psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson, You're Gonna Me Miss Me serves as an introductory sampler and career survey. "For You (I'd Do Anything)" and "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" are previously unreleased tracks, each consisting of just acoustic guitar and Erickson's heartbreaking vocals, which make everything he sings sound like a matter of life or death. The 13th Floor Elevators start the set with two of the group's most infamous songs: "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Fire Engine." From there, it's a quick run-through of a 40-year career. Too brief to be comprehensive, the soundtrack does have some fantastic performances. It features a few moments with Erickson's late-'70s/early-'80s band The Aliens and runs through classics like "Two Headed Dog" and "Cold Night for Alligators." Acoustic recordings from the '90s, including the ghostly "Unforced Peace," round off the set. There isn't a bum track here, and most are as heartwrenching as the works of another doomed Texas cult songwriter/performer, Townes Van Zandt.

Customer Reviews

Pyramid Not Quite Meets The Eye

Guess this is as close to a greatest hits you're gonna get on iTunes. Till they get the bright idea of getting his double disc "greatest hits" collection (still in print) on this thing. Alot of the classic material you can find elsewhere. So you really don't need to download the whole album. That's the good news. The band news is that there are a few rare gems on here. But ya gotta download the whole album! Namely "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" & "Unforced Peace". Come on guys, don't let greed make you stupid. Actually, you'll make more money letting folks download individual tracks. Duh!. 4 stars for the songs, 1 star for the tight fisted, narrow minded purchasing option.

All Music Guide Review:

Here's the review from AMG: Keven McAlester, director of the Roky Erickson documentary You're Gonna Miss Me, claims at the end of his liner notes for this soundtrack that what many critics told him all along is, in fact, correct: the music speaks for itself. This soundtrack of all original material by Erickson in his various guises -- as lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevators and as a solo artist -- is terrific. While the film has gotten raves for portraying Erickson, a longtime sufferer of mental illness, as a human being who has a new lease on life due to the intervention of his brother, the music that accompanies it ranges from the best of the best to the truly otherworldly. There are other compilations that are more complete, but few of them offer such a dramatic and direct focus as this one assembled by Lisa Nishimura-Seese. From the title track and "Fire Engine" by the Elevators to "Bloody Hammer," "Two-Headed Dog," and "Cold Night for Alligators," by Erickson & the Aliens from the late '70s, through to the jangling folk-rock of "You Don't Love Me Yet," to his homemade recordings on a lone acoustic guitar. Moments like "For You I'd Do Anything," and "Goodbye Sweet Dreams," present the savant genius of the songwriter in all its starkness. Had Erickson played "For You (I'd Do Anything)" for Phil Spector or Jack Nitzsche, they may have thrown him out of their respective offices and called him crazy (consider the sources) but would have perhaps conspired to steal its melody and arrangement. "Unforced Peace" is one the most haunted songs in recent history, and the album's closer "Goodbye Sweet Dreams," a recent song, is simply as beautiful as it is scary. See the movie. Buy the soundtrack.

crazy musicians make the best musicians

Though he is schizophrenic...he is undoubtedbly one of THE most talented singer/ songwriters of his generation

Biography

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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