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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Bon Jovi – ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ – Album Review

The song “God Bless This Mess” sums up the album. The album is a complete mess. The album has some good songs, but overall lacks heart and the great songwriting from years past. I really wanted to like this album and hoped they could make one last great album. That did not happen.

What is wrong with the album?  Where do I begin.

1. The album is so formulaic and a repeat of their last few albums. There is definitely nothing new.

2. The backing vocals are lacking. Richie Sambora’s vocals alongside Jon’s voice are sorely missed.

3.  There are no great power ballads and a lot of the songs lack any real emotion. At times it feels like they are phoning it in.  It is very disappointing.

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