Artist: THIRTEENTH FLOOR ELEVATORS
Title: “Thirteenth Floor Elevators”
Label: INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ~ IA-LP-1. Mono pressing on medium weight vinyl. Label is white with black text, Promotional
DISC: Side 1 is NM as clean as can be found. Side 2 would grade NM except for one minor
surface scuff that does not affect the listening enjoyment, so I will grade
that solid VG++.
This came from the extensive collection of a music industry executive
who handled and stored his records with utmost care. Fidelity is superb. Labels are clean. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer copy
of this extremely rare and highly sought-after promo pressing.
JACKET: Jacket is nice
VG+ with nice bright artwork. Front
panel has a few light pen marks on the right side and small scrape at the left.
Light wear on seams, spine, and corners. Top of spine has approx 3” split. There are moderate bends on three of the
corners, as seen in the photos. Reverse has
promotional stamp mark at the center. No
stickers or writing. Overall a very presentable
fine jacket with the promo ID stamp.
You’re Gonna Miss MeRoller CoasterSplash 1ReverberationDon’t Fall Down
Fire EngineThru the RhythmYou Don’t KnowKingdom of HeavenMonkey IslandTried to Hide
“Did the 13th Floor Elevators invent
psychedelic rock? Aficionados will be
debating that point for decades, but if Roky Erickson and his fellow travelers
into inner space weren't there first, they were certainly close to the front of
the line, and there are few albums from the early stages of the psych movement
that sound as distinctively trippy -- and remain as pleasing -- as the group's
groundbreaking debut, The Psychedelic
Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. In
1966, psychedelia hadn't been around long enough for its clichés to be set in
stone, and Psychedelic Sounds
thankfully avoids most of them; while the sensuous twists of the melodies and
the charming psychobabble of the lyrics make it sound like these folks were
indulging in something stronger than Pearl Beer, at this point the Elevators
sounded like a smarter-than-average folk-rock band with a truly uncommon level
of intensity. Roky Erickson's vocals are
strong and compelling throughout, whether he's wailing like some lysergic James
Brown or murmuring quietly, and Stacy Sutherland's guitar leads -- long on
melodic invention without a lot of pointless heroics -- are a real treat to
hear. And nobody played electric jug
quite like Tommy Hall...actually, nobody played it at all besides him, but his
oddball noises gave the band a truly unique sonic texture. If you want to argue that psychedelia was as
much a frame of mind as a musical style, it's instructive to compare the
recording of "You're Gonna Miss Me" by Erickson's earlier band, the
Spades, to the version on this album -- the difference is more attitudinal than
anything else, but it's enough to make all the difference in the world. (The
division is even clearer between the Spades' "We Sell Soul" and the
rewrite on Psychedelic Sounds,
"Don't Fall Down"). The 13th
Floor Elevators were trailblazers in the psychedelic rock scene, and in time
they'd pay a heavy price for exploring the outer edges of musical and
psychological possibility, but along the way they left behind a few fine
albums, and The Psychedelic Sounds of the
13th Floor Elevators remains a potent delight.”
(review courtesy of Mark Deming,
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