Sunday, December 17, 2017

13th Floor Elevators - Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men (2009)


2009 | Rock | Mp3 320 kbps | 10 CD | 1,47 Gb

The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the pioneering bands of American psychedelic rock, and their small but visionary body of work has won them a devoted following, but they've had a hard time earning the respect and historical notice they've deserved. There are many reasons for this, but the often-shoddy treatment of their recorded legacy doubtless has a great deal to do with it. The band's record label, Houston-based International Artists, clearly didn't know just what to make of them once it became clear they weren't just another garage band, and when the company went under in 1970, their back catalog (as well as that of label-mates the Red Krayola, Golden Dawn, the Bubble Puppy, and Lost & Found) fell into limbo, traveling for years on bootleg reissues and poorly mastered and packaged legit releases. As music historian Paul Drummond researched the Elevators' story for his biography Eye Mind, he also began studying what became of their studio masters, and the fruits of his labors can be heard on 2009's Sign of the 3 Eyed Men, a ten-CD box set that for the first time compiles the bulk of the Elevators recordings in one place and in proper fidelity. Though not everything on Sign of the 3 Eyed Men has been sourced from original tapes (some of which no longer exist), Drummond and Walt Andrus (who engineered most of the original Elevators recordings) have done wonders with restoring this material, and after years of fuzzy, distorted editions of the group's core catalog, this set finally allows fans to hear The Psychedelic Sound of the 13th Floor Elevators, Easter Everywhere, and Bull of the Woods as they were truly meant to be heard (the first two albums appear in both mono and stereo versions, while Bull of the Woods is accompanied by an alternate version that more closely resembles what guitarist Stacy Sutherland had in mind for the album). This alone would make Sign of the 3 Eyed Men worth owning, but the set also includes a disc of excellent early studio recordings intended for an album that was scrapped when the band signed to IA, fiery live sets recorded in Texas and California (the Texas tapes are of uneven fidelity but priceless historical importance, while the California live set is stunning in both fidelity and performance), and a final disc of the band's later-day shows. Add a beautifully designed and exhaustively annotated 72-page hardcover book by Drummond and a lovely collection of posters and souvenirs, and you get the definitive presentation of the 13th Floor Elevators and their music. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the birth of psychedelic rock and the counterculture of the '60s should get to know the Elevators' remarkable story, and Sign of the 3 Eyed Men beautifully recounts their music and their legacy; it's nothing short of a triumph.




CD 1: Headstone - The Contact Sessions, 1. You're Gonna Miss Me [Single Version] (2:30), 2. Tried To Hide [Single Version] (2:22), 3. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (3:43), 4. Take That Girl (You Gotta Take That Girl) (2:59), 5. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore (3:42), 6. I'm Gonna Love You Too (1:57), 7. Monkey Island (2:26), 8. Roller Coaster (3:47), 9. Now I'm Home (Splash 1) (3:41), 10. Where Am I (Through The Rhythm) (3:15), 11. Fire Engine (2:15), 12. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore [Take 1, Backing Track) (3:08), 13. Fire Engine [Take 8] (2:37), 14. You're Gonna Miss Me [Take 6] (2:42), 15. Tried To Hide [Take 7] (2:46), 16. I'm Gonna Love You Too [Single Version] (1:58), 17. All Night Long [by The Bad Seeds] (2:20), 18. You're Gonna Miss Me [Take 6, Vocal Track Only] (2:34)

CD 2: Live In Texas , 1. Monkey Island [Live KAZZ, FM Broadcast] (2:54), 2. Roller Coaster [Live KAZZ, FM Broadcast] (4:51), 3. Gloria [Live KAZZ, FM Broadcast] (8:26), 4. You're Gonna Miss Me [Sumpin' Else, TV #1 Broadcast] (3:16), 5. Interview [Sumpin' Else, TV #1 Broadcast] (0:57), 6. Fire Engine [Sumpin' Else, TV #1 Broadcast] (2:44), 7. You Really Got Me [Sumpin' Else, TV #1 Aftershow] (4:36), 8. Roll Over Beethoven [Sumpin' Else, TV #1 Aftershow] (3:18), 9. Gloria [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Warm Up] (4:00), 10. Fire Engine [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Broadcast] (2:32), 11. You're Gonna Miss Me [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Broadcast] (3:01), 12. Roller Coaster [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Broadcast] (4:19), 13. Mercy Mercy [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Aftershow] (3:33), 14. Tried To Hide [Sumpin' Else, TV #2 Aftershow] (2:48), 15. I'm Down [Live La Maison] (4:40), 16. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [Live La Maison] (5:00), 17. I'm Gonna Love You Too [Live La Maison] (1:43), 18. I Feel Good [Live La Maison] (2:08), 19. Gloria [Live La Maison] (6:44), 20. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love [Live La Maison] (5:59)

CD 3: The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators: Mono Edition , 1. You're Gonna Miss Me (2:31), 2. Roller Coaster (5:04), 3. Splash 1 (Now I'm Home) (3:53), 4. Reverberation (2:47), 5. Don't Fall Down (3:01), 6. Fire Engine (3:19), 7. Through The Rhythm (3:07), 8. You Don't Know (How Young You Are) (2:56), 9. Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You) (3:08), 10. Monkey Island (2:40), 11. Tried To Hide (2:48), 12. Reverbaration (Doubt) [Mono 45 Rpm Mix] (2:47), 13. Fire Engine [Mono 45 Rpm Mix] (2:37), 14. Reverberation [Unreleased Acetate] (2:59), 15. Fire Engine [Alternate Mono Mix] (3:19)

CD 4: The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators: Stereo Edition , 1. You Don't Know (How Young You Are) (2:57), 2. Through The Rhythm (3:24), 3. Monkey Island (2:55), 4. Roller Coaster (5:04), 5. Fire Engine (2:37), 6. Reverberation (Doubt) (2:53), 7. Tried To Hide [False Start] (0:27), 8. Tried To Hide (2:48), 9. You're Gonna Miss Me (2:30), 10. Splash 1 (Now I'm Home) (3:56), 11. Don't Fall Down (3:19), 12. Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You) (3:10), 13. You Don't Know (How Young You Are) [Backing Track] (2:44), 14. Roller Coaster [Backing Track] (4:21), 15. Don't Fall Down [Backing Track] (3:02), 16. Don't Fall Down [Larry Kane Show] (4:07), , CD 5: Live In California , 1. Everybody Need Somebody To Love (5:46), 2. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Good Look At Yourself) (2:42), 3. You Don't Know (How Young You Are) (2:56), 4. I'm Gonna Love You Too (3:41), 5. You Really Got Me (2:10), 6. Splash 1 (Now I'm Home) (6:36), 7. Fire Engine (3:11), 8. Roll Over Beethoven (2:54), 9. The Ward (2:55), 10. Monkey Island (2:52), 11. Roller Coaster (5:42)

CD 6: Easter Everywhere: Mono Edition , 1. Slip Inside This House (7:55), 2. Slide Machine (3:39), 3. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (2:56), 4. Nobody To Love (2:56), 5. (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue (5:08), 6. Earthquake (4:43), 7. Dust (3:57), 8. Levitation (2:40), 9. I Had To Tell You (2:26), 10. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) (6:21), 11. I've Got Levitation [A-side, IA#113, mono 45rpm] (2:36), 12. Before You Accuse Me [B-side, IA#113, mono 45 rpm] (2:37), 13. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) [A-side, IA#121, mono 45 rpm] (2:56), 14. Baby Blue [B-side, IA#121, mono 45 rpm] (5:12), 15. Slip Inside This House [A-side, IA#122, mono 45 rpm] (4:06)

CD 7: Easter Everywhere - Alternative Stereo Edition , 1. Slip Inside This House (8:05), 2. Slide Machine [Unreleased Alternate Mix] (3:41), 3. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) [Unreleased Alternate Mix] (2:57), 4. Nobody To Love (2:59), 5. (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue (5:17), 6. Earthquake (4:49), 7. Dust [Unreleased Alternate Mix] (3:58), 8. Levitation [Unreleased Alternate Mix] (2:43), 9. I Had To Tell You (2:29), 10. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) (6:32), 11. Fire In My Bones [Out-take] (2:05), 12. Dust [Alternate Stereo Mix #2] (3:57), 13. Right Track Now [Roky Erickson solo session with Clementine Hall] (3:02), 14. Splash 1 [Roky Erickson solo session with Clementine Hall] (3:05), 15. Before You Accuse Me [Full Version] (3:27), 16. Levitation [Backing Track, Take 1] (3:09), 17. Levitation [Backing Track, Take 2] (4:17)

CD 8: A Love That's Sound , 1. Wait For My Love [Unreleased 6th. Single] (3:28), 2. It's You [Acetate] (2:44), 3. May The Circle Remain Unbroken [Original Mix] (2:38), 4. Livin' On [Take 1, Full Take With Original Vocals] (5:33), 5. Never Another [Take 8, Full Take With Original Vocals] (3:54), 6. Dr Doom [Take 6, Original Vocals] (3:24), 7. Sweet Surprise [Take 5, Original Vocals] (3:40), 8. Moon Song [Take 1, Unreleased Backing Track] (3:42), 9. Livin' On [Take 1, Edited And Overdubbed Lead Vocals] (3:28), 10. Never Another [Rehearsal, Unknown Take] (3:36), 11. It's You [Rehearsal, Take 3] (2:36), 12. Moon Song [Rehearsal, Take 6] (3:06)

CD 9: Bull Of The Woods , 1. Livin' On (3:24), 2. Barnyard Blues (2:58), 3. Til Then (3:22), 4. Never Another (2:28), 5. Rose And The Thorn (3:35), 6. Down By The River (1:53), 7. Scarlet And Gold (4:59), 8. Street Song (4:54), 9. Dr. Doom (3:11), 10. With You (2:14), 11. May The Circle Remain Unbroken (2:44), 12. Livin' On [A-side, IA #130, mono 45 rpm mix] (3:25), 13. Scarlet And Gold [B-side, IA #130, mono 45 rpm mix] (4:59), 14. May The Circle Remain Unbroken [B-side, IA #126, mono 45 rpm mix] (2:41), 15. Livin' On [Alternate Horn Arrangement] (3:23), 16. Bull Of The Woods [West Coast Radio Spot] (1:02)

CD 10: Death In Texas , 1. (I've Got) Levitation (3:26), 2. Reverberation (3:27), 3. Don't Fall Down (3:33), 4. Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You) (3:46), 5. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (3:27), 6. Jam 1, Rock'n'Roll Jam (7:47), 7. Jam 3, Instrumental Jam (4:58), 8. Jam 4, Baby Blue (6:27), 9. Jam 5, She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (4:52), 10. Maxine (3:32), 11. (I've Got) Levitation (3:29), 12. Shake Your Hips (4:39), 13. Roky On KAUM (0:10), 14. Stumble (Smoke The Toilet) (2:45), 15. You're Gonna Miss Me (4:28)


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