13th Floor Elevators: Psychedelic Circus (CD)

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Unreleased Live recordings by 13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary, occasionally demented lyrics of Roky Erickson, the 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid rock bands. Formed in Texas in the mid-60s, the Elevators started as a garage rock outfit, scoring their one and only modest national hit with Youre Gonna Miss Me.

While Ericksons loopy persona and Tommy Halls odd jug percussion were the bands most distinguishing features, several members of the groups original lineup contributed strong material to their albums. Trips to San Francisco established the group as an up-and-coming underground favorite, but Ericksons problems with drugs and the police led to the singers commission to a state mental hospital in the late 60s, an ordeal from which he has never fully recovered.

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