You Picked It! – The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’ – Album Review

Alright…You Picked It! And here it is. The one you picked was The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’.  The votes were as follows:

  1. The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’ – 5 votes
  2. Led Zeppelin – ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ – 4 votes
  3. Queen – ‘Innuendo’ – 3 votes
  4. Miles Davis – ‘A Kind of Blue’ – 2 votes
  5. Dokken – ‘The Lost Songs’ – 2 votes

Thanks to all for participating.  The November choices will be up on Saturday!

The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’

I put this album up for selection as I’ve seen so many people say how much they love it and the band popped up in the ZZ Top Documentary so I figured it was time I gave it a listen…if it won. And it did, obviously or this discussion wouldn’t be happening. First I needed to know who the The 13th Floor Elevators were. They were a psychedlic, garage, acid rock band from around 1966-1969 basically and consisted of the following members…

  • Roky Erickson – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Stacy Sutherland – lead guitar
  • Tommy Hall – amplified jug…really???? Thats a thing??
  • John Ike Walton – drums
  • Benny Thurman and Ronnie Leatherman – bass

The album came out in 1966 and is believed to be the first album to ever mention the term psychedelic in a musical sense and when you listen to this album there is no doubt that the word fits perfectly. The album screams psych/60’s rock and that whole hippie movement except with more edge as the album does rock out at the same time.

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