13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13TH Floor Elevators
Vinyl LP, Reissue, Mono, 2010
“Oh Yeah, Yeah” is a battle cry from Roky Erickson's voice in the first cut of The Psychedelic Sounds that strikes me that great violence or terror may occur. “You Gonna Miss Me” is without a doubt one of the awesome garage rock songs, but beyond that limited category it is just a great record. The 13th Floor Elevators are trippy in that hellish way, but beyond the smoke and mirrors this is a band that plays beautifully together. The mono edition of this vinyl kicks my butt on both the big speakers in the living room and my little teenage turntable with small speakers as well. The album is so wonderfully recorded , it just comes at you with seductive force, but also with a sense of grace as well.
“Splash 1” is one of those perfect rock ballads from the mid-'60's. It is almost Stones era Oldham like in its glamour with a touch of vintage Arthur Lee Love era vibe as well. I hear traces of vintage Stooges as well, not in their riff intensity, but more of the textural ballads that are on their first album. “Don't Fall Down” is another gem, just a priceless piece of melody and performance. “Fire Engine” is a work of genius. Lyrically, musically, it just fits in their world as one spreads butter on hot toast. Unusual sounds through out the album, this is a fantastic piece of work. Excellent.