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 and Tommy Hall’s odd “electric jug” percussion were the band’s most distinguishing features, several members of the group’s original lineup contributed strong material to their albums. Trips to San Francisco established the group as an up-and-coming underground favorite, but Erickson’s problems with drugs and the police led to the singer’s commission to a Texas state mental hospital in the late ’60s, an ordeal from which he never fully recovered.
1. Roller Coaster 2. You're Gonna Miss Me 3. Splash 1 4. Tried To Hide 5. Don't Fall Down 6. Reverberation 7. I'm Gonna Love You Too 8. You Don't Know 9. Everybody Needs Someone To Love 10. Monkey Island 11. Kingdom Of Heaven 12. Levitation 13. Before You Accuse Me 14. She Lives In A Time Of Her Own 15. Dust