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Bull Of The Woods

    During a turbulent time for the Elevators, caused by drug issues and incarceration for vocalist Roky Erickson, lead guitarist Stacy Sutherland ran the recordings for these two albums, featuring a frequently-changing line-up. The result is this fine post-psychedelic rock album in ‘Bull of the Woods’, which features on Disc 2. The first disc is dedicated to the lost ‘third’ album; ‘A Love That’s Sound’ features alternate recordings taken from the original acetate, 2-track master and multi-track masters. Audio restoration and final mastering to disc was handled by Andrew Thompson at Sound Performance in 2008. The remastering and remixing were completed in 2007 by Walt Andrus and was engineered by Stuart Sullivan.

    Genre-defining, pioneering, unique and utterly timeless, The 13th Floor Elevators continue to influence and inspire new generations of musicians. R.E.M., The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, ZZ Top, Spacemen 3, Echo and the Bunnymen, Julian Cope and many more have covered their songs. On 10th May 2015, the surviving members of the band (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Ronnie Leatherman and John Ike Walton) performed a 50th Anniversary reunion concert at the Austin Psych Fest. So significant was the event, it was covered by the media worldwide and in the band’s honour, the name of the festival was changed to Levitation - a key track from ‘Easter Everywhere’.

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    The Psychedelic Sounds Of...

      ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of...’, the Elevators’ ground-breaking debut from 1966 lays claim to be the first psychedelic rock album and is certainly the first to use the word ‘psychedelic’. Known for founder Tommy Hall’s use of the electric jug and Roky Erickson’s emotive singing of Hall’s poetic lyrics, the band influenced music as we know it, including material from legends such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. As well as influencing a genre, the Elevators developed a culture based on mind-expansion through experimentation with psychoactive drugs in a US state that had particularly harsh laws on their recreational use, effectively making the band members psychedelic outlaws.

      Following a 49-year hiatus, the cult psych band returned in 2015 for a performance at the annual psychedelic festival in their home city of Austin, Texas, which changed its name in commemoration: from Austin Psych Fest to Levitation, a song from their second album ‘Easter Everywhere’. The event was recorded and will be released in 2019 by Charly Records in conjunction with International Artists.

      This 2CD edition of ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of...’ is the ultimate deluxe edition of the album. Disc 1 is the original mono audio remastered in 2008 from the original vinyl. Disc 2 is the 1966 stereo audio remastered from the original 2-track master in 2009 by Paul Drummond and Andrew Thompson at Sound Performance and features the tracks in the band’s intended running order. Also included on the second disc are 5 ‘cold desk’ mixes made by Bob Sullivan during the band’s recording session, which provides a rare glimpse of the raw recordings before the band added echo and reverb.

      13th Floor Elevators

      Easter Everywhere

        The only 13th Floor Elevators LP to make the Billboard chart captures the group at their absolute peak. Released in November 1967, a year after their debut LP ‘Psychedelic Sounds of...’, the band, critics and fans alike consider ‘Easter Everywhere’ to be the Elevator’s finest work. Produced by Lelan Rogers, the music is delivered with an informed power and intensity of knowing. Even the quieter tracks, “Dust” and “Had To Tell You” display a restrained beauty and purity of vision which perfectly counterbalances the intensity of “Earthquake” and “Slip Inside This House”.

        On 10th May 2015, the surviving members of the band (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Ronnie Leatherman and John Ike Walton) performed a 50th Anniversary reunion concert at the Austin Psych Fest. So significant was the event, it was covered by the media worldwide and in the band’s honour, the name of the festival was changed to Levitation - a key track from ‘Easter Everywhere’.

        Disc 1 is the rare mono version of the album remastered from the original vinyl - surviving International Artists suggests that as few as 120 mono stock copies were sold to order. The mono mix offers a more solid sound throughout, with a notable heavier bass mix compared to the stereo amongst other key differences. Disc 2 is the original stereo mix, remastered in 2009 from the 2-track master by Paul Drummond and Andrew Thompson from Sound Performance. The second disc also features bonus rare recording session outtake “Fire in My Bones”, which was remastered in 2007 by Walt Andrus.

        13th Floor Elevators

        Easter Everywhere - Double Vinyl Edition

          A double heavyweight vinyl edition of the Elevators’ acclaimed 1967 album featuring re-mastered mono and stereo mixes. Previously only available as part of the ‘Music Of The Spheres’ box set, this is the first official mono vinyl reissue of Easter Everywhere since 1967. Easter Everywhere was the 13th Floor Elevators second album. Widely regarded as the band’s peak, the album captures the band before the drug abuse, mental health problems and run-ins with the law that lead to their premature demise took hold.

          ‘Their masterpiece. Easter Everywhere is an all-time higher key document. With a measured Erickson vocal and a blissful Sutherland solo, ‘Slip Inside This House’ is eight minutes of constant build: the guide for a new enlightenment. The rest isn’t bad either...’’ -Mojo


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