The 13th Floor Elevators
Live Evolution Lost [3LP]

Live Evolution Lost [3LP]




'All in all, this rates as a pretty splendid package... a thoroughly exciting, tremendously appealing documentation; a precious, if imperfect snapshot of one of this incredible group's most legendary performances from that all-too brief time toward the end of the original incarnation. For this alone we should be thankful such a thing even exists, and for it then to be brought to us in such a fabulous deluxe way as this we can only offer our praise to the designers, producers and manufacturers and say amen! ' Lenny Helsing, It's Psychedelic Baby

'This is the one to get. Beyond the post-main course jams, Live Evolution Lost has two other carrots for any potential purchaser. The first is new mastering by Sonic Boom; the sound is more full and widescreen than any previous issue, with a markedly greater clarity and separation between instruments and vocals. The other selling point is the package itself... a three-album box set including a fine, well-illustrated floppy cover book and a full-size reproduction of the concert’s poster. Each album is in different colour vinyl and, as the music only fits five of the six sides, a mystical image of a hand is printed on the sixth. Live Evolution Lost is evidence of the mysterious bond uniting the 13th Floor Elevators at a concert where they ought to have imploded - a connection which was soon to see them record Easter Everywhere, one of the pivotal and most cryptic albums of the Sixties. Essential to any understanding of what made this band a unique, vital force.' KIERON TYLER, THE ARTS DESK

'An awesome document offering irrefutable proof that, when it came to mind-bending psychedelic rock, nobody went higher. ★★★★' KRIS NEEDS, RECORD COLLECTOR

'Uniquely compulsive listening. Those with ears for the evolution of The Elevators, in all its epic ambition and tragedy, will find it profoundly affecting. The unravelling had begun. And what a sound.' DAVID KEENAN, THE WIRE

A microcosm of The Elevators’ entire career: wild, woolly, flashingly brilliant but ultimately doomed. It started here. ROB HUGHES, CLASSIC ROCK presents PROG ROCK

... at the top of their game: powerful, together, in control - possibly the last time they were any of those things. ★★★★ MOLE, SHINDIG!

Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre  is the first-ever release of the complete performance of the band’s legendary show from 18th February 1967 presented in a 3LP coloured vinyl box set.

The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond.  Formed in late 1965 in a small town in Texas by electric jug-playing Tommy Hall, guitarist & vocalist Roky Erickson and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, they were joined by bass player Benny Thurman and drummer John Ike Walton.  At a time when Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population’s spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars on a Saturday night, from out of these conflicting extremes the Elevators were born and began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning Austin, TX music scene.

Although Roky Erickson was the frontman, the group’s sound and philosophy were created by the unpredictable and impulsive Tommy Hall. The Elevators followed their own cosmic route searching for a new path to enlightenment whilst creating a reputation for excess. The band developed a sound that merged garage-punk and psychedelic experimentation.  From the beginning, their music - played and created under the influence of LSD - was raw, ambitious and hugely experimental with Sutherland’s pioneering use of reverb and echo, and bluesy, acid-drenched guitar mixed with Tommy Hall’s innovative electric jug … psychedelic rock was conceived.

This three album edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, features the whole of the Elevators’ historic gig on 18th February 1967 at the Houston Music Theatre for the first time ever.  It catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators’ gig, and the latest to survive.  Mastered by Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3) and put together by band expert Paul Drummond, it includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

Side 1

  1. (I’ve Got) Levitation
  2. Roller Coaster
  3. Fire Engine
  4. Reverberation (Doubt)

Side 2

  1. Don’t Fall Down
  2. Tried To Hide
  3. Splash 1
  4. You’re Gonna Miss Me
  5. Monkey Island

Side 3

  1. Kingdom Of Heaven
  2. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
  3. Jam Intro
  4. Jam 1 - Roll Over Blue Suede Blues Jam

Side 4

  1. Jam 2 - Backwards Evolution Jam
  2. Jam 3 - Ed’s Esoteric Jazz Jam

Side 5

  1. Jam 4 - (It’s All Over Now) Baby Blue Jam
  2. Jam 5 - She Lives Jam
  3. Jam 6 - Hamburgers & Acid

Side  6

  1. Screen Print


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