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The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

The 13th Floor Elevators

1966

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
Album Summary

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators is the debut studio album by the 13th Floor Elevators. The album's sound, featuring elements of psychedelia, hard rock, garage rock, folk, and blues, is notable for its use of the electric jug, as featured on the band's only hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me", which reached number 55 on the Billboard Charts with "Tried to Hide" as a B-side. Another single from the album, "Reverberation (Doubt)", reached number 129 on the Billboard's Bubbling Under Chart.

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2.98

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11274

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Mon Oct 10 2022
1

This is one of those albums that must've sounded great when they created it at 3 in the morning then woke up the next day and realized it's absolutely not what they thought it sounded like.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Brilliant from start to finish - exactly what I joined this list for. An absolute gem that i’d have never otherwise known about.

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Mon Feb 27 2023
3

I was looking forward to listening to this as I do love psychedelic sounds and was intrigued by the idea of an electric jug as instrument. While I could see that this likely had some influence on later works, it never really grabbed my attention. It had a bit more garage band feel than what I'd think of as psychedelic. "Reverberation" would be an exception. Once I noticed that the electric jug sounded like Curly from the Three Stooges was in the background, then that's all I could hear.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
3

I fully endorse this album to become the new official music of elevators from now on.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Pretty solid psychedelic rock. Surprised I’ve never heard of the band before.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Very samey, hated that sound effect they used on most songs.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

beautiful album - 10/10 I’m a slut for acid rock

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Mon Feb 05 2024
1

It's not impressive, and it's not easy on the ears.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
3

Going through this list, it's kinda become clear I'm not a huge fan of a lot of psychedelic rock, especially when it really gets long and spaced out. However, this type of psychedelic rock I do kind of enjoy, especially when it sounds like it's paired with elements of garage rock and surf rock. The Elevator's debut is a compact yet quite enjoyable record, with some catchy riffs and great singing, along with one of the most odd instruments I've heard yet in an electric jug. I imagine somebody was baked beyond belief to try that, but it kinda works for some of these songs.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
1

Utter crap. Hate the jug sound

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Wed Oct 05 2022
1

The electric jug is an awful, horrible, terrible, evil "instrument".

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Awesome. Can't believe I never heard about this band.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Really cool psych surf garage gem from 1966, almost an entire year before the psychedelic era of rock was in full swing. The sound is here and the instrumentation is spot on, with some of the lyrical cadence reminding me a bit of Zappa’s first album from this year “Freak Out”. I would definitely consider this essential listening- glad I finally got to hear it beyond “You’re gonna miss me”. Go enjoy!

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Feral for 1965. Texas menace with amplified jug. Some hate Roky's vocals, but they are philistines.

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Sun Dec 17 2023
5

We should all thank the Sandoz Corporation for creating LSD in 1938, which ended up changing the course of modern music forever.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

La conception de cet album s'est faite dans des conditions extrêmement particulières, c'est pourquoi je le note avec indulgence. Les 13th Floor Elevators choisissent en 1966 le studio du douzième étage (13th Floor aux USA) d'un immeuble pour l'enregistrer. Après avoir installé la batterie, les membres repartent chercher les autres instruments sans remarquer que la fenêtre est ouverte. Problème : l'immeuble en question est encerclé par des conifères habités de pygargues à tête blanche. Une branche voit d'ailleurs son extrémité s'arrêter juste sous la fenêtre en question. À leur retour, les musiciens ne remarquent rien de particulier et commencent la session d'enregistrement. Très rapidement, des petits crissements se font entendre. Le chanteur et le guitariste se retournent alors vers le batteur qui ne semble pas comprendre d'où peut provenir le bruit. Ce dernier continue donc de tambouriner sur sa grosse caisse. Quelques minutes plus tard, il sursaute en apercevant les gros yeux blancs d'un pygargue le fixer. L'animal est coincé dans la caisse qu'il est en train de castagner. Il prévient alors les autres avec un jeu de regard, et, tout en continuant l'enregistrement de l'album, se lancent dans une opération de sauvetage de l'animal. ♫ But what's gonna stop me, baby ? ♫ chante le leader tout en se saisissant d'un sécateur. ♫ Am / Dm / Am / Em ♫ joue le guitariste au moment de jeter des graines à l'animal. ♫ BAM ! BAM ! BAM ! BAMMM ! ♫ continue de bourriner le batteur pour les besoins de l'enregistrement et au grand dam de l'oiseau. Une dizaine de morceaux plus tard, une brèche est ouverte dans la grosse caisse et l'on entend le "FLAFLAFLAflaflafla...." du piaf qui s'en va retrouver sa liberté, merveilleusement capté par l'outro de l'album.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Cet album a été enregistré dans des conditions exécrables. En effet, un volatile est venu se glisser dans la caisse claire du batteur du groupe. Ceci va complétement venir gâcher la prestation proposée sur cet album. Dans la première partie de l'album, les différents membres du groupe vont venir tenter d'amadouer le volatile, à l'aide de différents appâts. Le volatile répondra par de nombreux cris et gloussement, mais ne se décidera pas à sortir de sa cachette. Dans la seconde partie de l'album, le batteur tenta d'utiliser ses baguettes afin de doucement pousser le volatile vers la sortie de la caisse, mais là aussi, tout ce qui sera obtenu sera des cris et gloussements de la part du volatile. Enfin, la troisième et dernière partie montre un groupe résigné à accepter la présence du volatile, qui fait désormais partie intégrante du groupe et de leur enregistrement musical, pour le plus grand bonheur de tous les ornithologues.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
1

I'm getting very strong "surely-there-are-1001-better-albums-than-this" vibes from this one.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

didn't know an electric jug existed before this. I can tell this record was really innovative and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

So good. Plenty of that dirty 60's sound, strong vocals, and amplified jug. Roller Coaster is my favorite of the album.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

This is great. Greasy, salty surf punk that rolls right over you like a California breaker. Them with Dick Dale on lead guitar.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Prefs : You're Gonna Miss Me, Roller Coaster, Splash 1 (Now I'm Home), Reverberation (Doubt), Fire Engine, You Don't Know, Kingdom of Heaven, Monkey Island, Tried to Hide Moins pref: Don't Fall Down (still good)

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Any album with an electric jug is at minimum a 4.4 and then they make the rest up with fantastic songwriting. There’s only 1 mediocre song on the whole album (Monkey Island) everything else are classics. I just wished they hadn’t called it psychedelic cause it’s not really. The album has more in common with stoner/ garage/ punk rock than it does psychedelic music. Although it was released in 1966, the same year Tomorrow Never Knows came out, so was there at the very start of the psychedelic movement. I’d forgotten about the sound-quality which is a shame. It sounds cheaply produced with the sounds muffled and distant. But I LOVE this album. All the songs sound different and exciting, the songwriting is excellent and there was nothing like this in 1966. Maybe my favourite album cover of all time too. 5 stars.

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Wed Dec 14 2022
5

Excellent album for those who like psychedelic rock. Trully felt I was listening to some 60's band

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

This is a great psychedelic rock album and a great debut by the 13th Floor Elevators. I've definitely listened to this one before but mostly remembered the song 'You're Gonna Miss Me', as I think it's easily their most popular. I really enjoyed this one. The "amplified jug" playing, which almost sounds like a Theremin, adds a cool vibe to most of the songs. These guys were out their in 60s Austin, TX doing it right before many others in the genre. Standout Tracks: You're Gonna Miss Me, Roller Coaster, Splash 1, Reverberation, Fire Engine, You Don't Know, Tried to Hide

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Fri Mar 31 2023
5

I had never heard of this band before, but I was blown away. This album contains elements of Dick Dale style surf rock which almost gives it a proto-punk sound. The music itself is dark and exploratory with explosive and gritty vocals. This album is cohesive and is a blast of fresh air.

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Mon May 29 2023
5

I loved this, very psychedelic as the name suggests

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

To me this is THE definitive psychedelic album. Certainly among the pioneers of the genre. At their best, they meld surf and garage rock into a hair raising sonic assault - often verging on proto punk. But there's a lovely sensitivity there as well. They don't overdue the effects, or include things like sitars, but the electric jug gives them an exotic, immediately identifiable sound of their own. I love that they came from Texas, and remained there, rather than fleeing for the coasts. Perhaps that was not necessarily by choice though, especially after Roky's mental breakdown and incarceration. Roky Erickson's story is fascinating - certainly a bit tragic, but there is a beautiful redemption there as well. I'd definitely recommend the documentary "You're Gonna Miss Me" that came out on him around 2007. He's like an American Syd Barrett that miraculously kept coming back again and again over the years despite the odds. A beautiful, if tortured, soul.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
5

Proto-alternative album, great influence

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

I never knew how much I loved psychedelic rock until I started listening through this book. The ability to produce sounds like this through instruments is so impressive to me. This was wonderful, and it's a clear rotation piece going forward for sure. Favorite track: Roller Coaster

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Unhinged in a way that only someone truly unhinged could be. You can hear notes of psychobilly, punk, and country in here. It's fantastic and exactly why I started doing this thing, over 800 albums ago. Favorite tracks: "Reverberation", "Thru The Rhythm", "Monkey Island", "You're Gonna Miss Me"

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

This was pretty fantastic! And I mean fantastic in the literal sense. It's imaginative and unique. An electric jug player? I mean common! Listened to it twice back-to-back.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

I’d like to take a moment to thank these guys for starting a musical movement that is still going strong to this day.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

Love this album. Worth 5 stars for Fire Engine / Reverberation / Tried To Hide alone. The opener is not bad either. It lives up to the title, really capturing (and informing) the psychedelic era, but it is just bonkers and individual enough to stand out and pass the test of time.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

This was a big surprise, excellent psyc rock album!

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Album Nr. 8 Endlich mal ein Album aus den 60's, welches sich wirklich gut anhören lässt.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
5

This is such a historically important album. Not technically the first “psychedelic” album, but the first album to be officially coined as psychedelic. I listened to the original mono recordings, and man they are raw as hell! I can only imagine what it was like seeing them live. And Janis Joplin wanted to join this band? Man, what could’ve been!

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

I enjoyed this albums, would absolutely put it on when I’m in a psychedelic mood. Had to skip Fire Engine, that one was just too much for me.

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Mon May 13 2024
5

60s psychedelic garage bands will always be my shit. why are we remastering songs and labeling them with the remastering year tho, that’s so goofy.

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Wed May 29 2024
5

First use of the word "psychedelic" to describe their music? Sign me up! This was an instant favorite with clear signs of what would become garage rock and even early hard rock and metal - the riff on 'Kingdom of Heaven' is nasty! There's definitely a sense of purity surrounding this album.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Not as trippy as expected, but still good!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Este disco es una FUMADOTOTOTOTOTA que imagino está aquí por ser un magnífico exponente del "rock ácido" Pero el disco me agradó bastante y con gusto lo volvería a escuchar. Agregué una canción a mi lista: "Tried to hide", que por cierto me recordó al estilo de “Bad Boy” de los Beatles, y no creo que sea coincidencia.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Beyond unique, too canoncial for less than 4 stars but a little too loose and sloppy for 5.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

This feels so authentic to the era it’s paying homage to that i thought it actually belonged to it. A lot of Mick Jagger inspired vocals.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

La pura psicodelia de los 60s. Debo aceptar que los sonidos vocales en forma de instrumento (tucutucutú) son extraños al principio pero si te logras acostumbrar, quedan perfecto en el viaje de esta banda. Songs: Reverberation, Fire Engine, Monkey Island, Tried to hide

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Recordando un poco a Moby Grape, los Doors y a Hendrix como los puntos psicodélicos que han tocado hasta ahora creo a mi gusto este es el mejor. Tienen un punto muy interesante de psicodélico pero con un sonido mucho más crudo, con una guitarra que va más fuerte, una voz que puede dejarse llevar a gritar realmente con desaire y un botellón que extrañamente persiste durante todo el disco pero que, aunque pudiera llegar a ser cansado, da cierto sentido de taladrado en la cabeza y que simplemente tengo que aceptar, me da hasta gracia las agallas de dejarlo en el mismo ritmo canción tras canción. Las letras dentro de lo esperable en su imaginario lleno de LSD se me hacen mucho mejor escritas que por ejemplo cualquier cosa de Morrison, mucho más sinceras y aterrizadas. No llega a 5 porque aunque a mí se me hace simpatico creo que el botellón puede trabajar en su contra y porque no es tampoco un género que pueda escuchar una y otra vez; a pesar de eso se me hace de los mejores grupos (a pesar de que tienen creo solo 2 o 3 discos y duraron un par de años) en rock psicodélico, incluso a mi gusto pudiendo llegar casi saltándose un paso a ser también rock ácido.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

I like these guys - heard them for the first time years ago when watching that Foo Fighters documentary that tracked roots of music.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Cool psychedelic rock. Awesome that this was the first!

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Enjoyed a lot-wasn’t as “Trippy” as I was expecting. Good vocals. Got some Jefferson Airplane vibes

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Pretty cool to listen to the one of if not the first psychedelic Rock records. I like it. What is that wobbly sound, is that the electric jug?

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Super fun, trippy, and creative psychedelic rock album! I love this sound from the '60's!!

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Really good example of 60s psychadelic pop

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

A very 60s album, and a good listen overall. Definitely a band who's discography I expect to listen to more. Forgot to record favorite/least favorite songs.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Classic weird psychedelic rock. Some of it rocks, some of it wallows, some of it is just plain strange. A favorite, for sure.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

enjoyed this much more than I thought I would

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Strong Animals vibe out of this one for me, minus Eric Burdon perhaps. Interesting sounds along with that standard 60’s guitar. Will listen again.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

This would make an excellent soundtrack for a 1960's movie. Some really good riffs

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

I love 60s music, and this is quite enjoyable.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

When I read the band had conducted sly sheepish LSD trips during recording, a lot started to make sense. I didn’t mind it at all. That weird noise throughout is someone making noises into an old jug…

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Menoo oli. Nopeita ja lyhyitä, puhutteli mua tämä levy. Loistava

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Sun May 08 2022
4

A Psychedelic master work! I would give this 5 stars if I could edit out the electric jug

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Nothing else on the album approaches the brilliance of You're Gonna Miss Me; a potent blast of guitar rock gold. The rest of the album stakes the bands claim as the FIRST psychedelic rock band with the amplified jug playing giving them a totally unique and somewhat spacey, ethereal sound. A fine album that all should hear at least if you have even a passing interest in 60s guitar rock. 4 🌟

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Not sure what I was expecting, but this is excellent. Jefferson Airplane and the Moody Blues had a trippy kid.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Still undecided on the Electric Jug but a cut above for intensity and passion

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

"You're Gonna Miss Me" is a great leadoff track and it absolutely belongs on "Nuggets." It might even be the best song on that whole compilation. If you like that kind of psych garage music (I do too) then you'll dig this. The rest is more of the same but not as amazing I guess. Put this on at a party and you're good to go. 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Some psychedelia, I'd imagine.. "You're gonna miss me when I'm gone" does some really interesting things. The unique sound of what some research tells me is known as an electric jug adds some weirdness and otherworldliness to the track that works really well. Onto the second track and there's a total reframing of the music, like they drop a cog and hammer down the accelerator, changing lanes and blasting past the caravan they'd been stuck behind for four miles. Track three - splash 1 - is a bit of a let down - too slow and not really in keeping with the album. Reverberation picks the pace back up again. I think the age of the recording might be a factor here - but the bass sounds muddy somehow. It could be a production choice, but it just doesn't quite fit. Overall, this is a great album - pioneering, but immediately placed to its time. It should be 4 tracks shorter, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Must've been a huge influence on The Brian Jonestown Massacre, they sound just like the 13FEs. This preformed really well as a break from the other stuff I've been listening to. Though I wouldn't be able to sit through this again without dropping acid and frolicking naked in a wheat field at sunrise.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Landmark psychedelic rock album.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Great album, love the sound and energy.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

I’ll need to listen to this again

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Listened to the half of the songs. Went too repetitive at the end (I see people mentioning electric jug in the comment, I guess that was the sound that annoyed me). But it was worth listening too this. Will keep it in my playlist

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

How in the world did I never hear about these guys before now? Read a bit into them and learned they are credited with creating psychedelic rock, and were an influence on many different artists. Giving this 3 stars for the music. Just not one of my favorite genres of music. I'm giving a bonus star, though, because of the influence they had on other musicians.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Always love this era of psychedelia, and what these guys may lack in pure songwriting like the Beatles or the Byrds, they make up for with raw grit. Cool stuff.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Well this was a really cool discovery. Nice blend of melodic tunes balanced well with some grit and trippiness. Sounds bit dated sure, but for 1966 very much ahead of it's time, and certainly predates many similar sounding yet much higher acclaimed artists.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Creative and pretty funky to listen to loved there best songs but some ar e a little too experimental for me

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Really great, enjoyable psych rock. I’d never heard of this but would absolutely revisit it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Peak '60s. This is the music my parents got high to while my grandparents downstairs worried about the fate of the next generation. I love it even if the \"electric jug\" is waaaaay overused.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

A very important album for rock music and also holds up very well. R.I.P. Roky Erickson

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

So that’s what an electric jug sounds like. I think this stood out as a bit more out there than some of the other seminal psychedelic rock albums I’ve heard so far, which made it more interesting. 7/10

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

I'm a sucker for Psychedelic Rock. Čuo sam za njih tek kada sam čitao knjigu o bendovima koji su napravili promjene u glazbi, ali nisu okusili slavu. O svakom bendu po nešto, i eto bio je i ovaj bend - zajedno sa dosta njih i drago mi je što sam posudio tu knjigu. Nažalost ne znam više kako se zvala, ali je bilo nešto što ja volim.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

One of the greatest garage rock albums of all time, as is Easter Everywhere, you could include either. This has more straightforward bangers on it than EE but that Dylan cover... Man. The debut probably loses a bit of steam towards the end. Adore Splash 1, and Don't Fall Down, both of which show they had more about them than freakouts and playing a jug. What the authorities did to Roky and the band is a disgrace.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

I liked this a lot more than I expected to...I figured it would be generic knock off psychedelic band and they kind of were... But a much higher quality than anticipated

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

I like a lot of this. I'd never heard of this band before so this is a genuine little hidden gem. They have a lot of elements from similar 60's bands, like the jangly guitars, bluesy riffs and vocals... some surf in there. It's kind of the Doors meet the Rolling Stones, with a bit of Dick Dale thrown in, or sitting somewhere in that space. The jug was pretty interesting at first, but jeez do they use a lot of it! It would have been better used sparingly I think. Still.... Groovy! As a side note, the first song was SO familiar and I knew I'd heard it in a film I knew well - turns out it's the start of High Fidelity, apt!

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Tue Dec 13 2022
4

It’s like if The Doors’ cover of Gloria were an album long. Fun, but not incredibly deep

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Thu Dec 22 2022
4

Had never heard this album before. I knew the opening track because it was on the High Fidelity soudtrack, but found I really liked the whole album.

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