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Price: $19.99

Origin: Italy
Released: 2002

Availability: Unavailable (Archived)
Product Code: ATH-1239

Special digi-pack version. Limited to 1500 copies. Cool packaging and comprehensive liner notes.

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 "You`re Gonna Miss Me." While Erickson`s loopy persona, along with Tommy Hall`s odd "jug" percussion, were the band`s most distinguishing features, several members of the group`s original lineup contributed strong material to their albums. Although these inconsistent efforts sometimes wander off into a cloudy haze, they also include sturdy folk-rock tunes and driving psychedelic rockers. Trips to San Francisco established the group as up-and-coming underground favorites, but Erickson`s drug problems led to the singer`s commission to a state mental hospital in the late `60s an ordeal from which he has never fully recovered.