“The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators” by 13th Floor Elevators - album review

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TJR says

Welcome to the garden of earthly delights; time to take a trip and elevate your mind! I’m not one for a lot of psychedelic babble myself, but there was some great action adventure to be had within the grooves of “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators”, the first LP to wholly I.D. itself as an album of psychedelic works. The innovators were: Roky Erickson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Stacy Sutherland (lead guitar), Tommy Hall (amplified jug), Benny Thurman (bass), Ronnie Leatherman (bass) and John Ike Walton (drums, percussion). They had an AMPLIFIED JUG? There weren’t too many of THEM kicking around in ’66, but then Tommy Hall wasn’t much of a regular guy. He was the “spiritual one” who instilled much other worldliness into the group vibe. When his jug wasn’t being used for, er, stashing things, he put it to miraculous use by somehow concocting a great rising and descending bubbleicious sound through his top-secret method of blowability. However he managed it, it sounded great and defined the sound of this wondrous LP which would have been a WHOLE lot less interesting without him.

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A1 [02:31] 8.7.png 13th Floor Elevators - You’re Gonna Miss Me (Roky Erickson) Psychedelia
A2 [05:07] 7.8.png 13th Floor Elevators - Roller Coaster (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall) Psychedelia
A3 [03:57] 6.4.png 13th Floor Elevators - Splash 1 (Now I’m Home) (Roky Erickson, Clementine Hall) Folk Rock / Americana
A4 [02:51] 7.6.png 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt) (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) Psychedelia
A5 [03:03] 5.8.png 13th Floor Elevators - Don’t Fall Down (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall) Psychedelia
B1 [03:23] 6.6.png 13th Floor Elevators - Fire Engine (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) Psychedelia
B2 [03:10] 5.3.png 13th Floor Elevators - Thru The Rhythm (Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) Psychedelia
B3 [02:59] 6.0.png 13th Floor Elevators - You Don’t Know (How Young You Are) (Powell St. John) Psychedelia
B4 [03:11] 5.4.png 13th Floor Elevators - Kingdom Of Heaven (Powell St. John, G. Campa) Psychedelia
B5 [02:40] 4.5.png 13th Floor Elevators - Monkey Island (Powell St. John) Cerebral Pop
B6 [02:48] 6.4.png 13th Floor Elevators - Tried To Hide (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall) Psychedelia

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