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Legendary musician Roky Erickson triumphantly returns with True Love Cast Out All Evil, his first new album in fourteen years.Produced by Will Sheff from Okkervil River, and featuring his band backing Erickson, the record is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Austin native Erickson wrote throughout his decades-long career detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Devotional Number One
  2. Ain't Blues Too Sad
  3. Goodbye Sweet Dreams
  4. Be and Bring Me Home
  5. Bring Back the Past
  6. Please, Judge
  7. John Lawman
  8. True Love Cast Out All Evil -
  9. Forever
  10. Think Of as One
  11. Birds'd Crash
  12. God Is Everywhere

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0035YPYPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By dickydo on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Comeback stories, inherently elicit good feelings. This isn't just a comeback, its a resurrection of one the greatest casualties in rock history. The fact that he's touring and making NEW music is astounding. Uplifting, heart wrenching and poignant are just some of the adjectives to describe the amazing True Love Cast Out All Evil. How is this possible, that a man ravaged with mental illness for decades can produce this startling a disc. A lot of the credit has to go to Will Sheff and his band Okkervil River. Sheff's production is as understated as the songs themselves, which have been culled over decades. The band provides the perfect accompaniment. Rock, Country, Blues, Gospel: this covers the musical gamut. Songs of love, redemption, and spirituality as well as the pain of years of mental illness and incarceration are the focus of the man who once sang about two headed dogs and goblins. When listening to these tracks , it sometimes feels like your watching someone's life pass before your eyes. The songs are sparse, bringing to mind Rick Rubin's productions of Johnny Cash. "Goodbye Sweet Dreams", previously heard acoustically on the You're Gonnna Miss Me soundtrack, is given a spirited rendition. "John Lawman" and "Bring Back The Past" rock while eschewing the acid overtones that have tinged most of Erickson solo work. It's easy to forget that for a brief shining moment Erickson, delivered one of the greatest vocal performances in rock history with 1966 single "You're Gonna Miss Me". So, let us rejoice that he's back, and never forget that he's made one of the best albums of 2010.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James Zinn on April 20, 2010
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Much like Johnny Cash, this CD brings out songs of Prison/Incarceration/God/Redemption all together in one great listen. In a way, sort of reminds me of Skip Spence's "Oar" LP, but not quite as weird. This music is not as weird as early solo outings, more interesting than his 1990s output, and could be Roky's best studio album if you take it in terms of what he's been through. Complements to the producer Wil Sheff for bringing out out the best and keeping things from going out too far, like Rick Rubin did with Johnny Cash as another reviewer mentioned.

I own many recordings of the 13th Floor Elevators through all of Roky's solo years and this is definitely the most soulful one by far. If you're looking for hard-driving songs about Demons & Goblins, you'd better opt for "The Evil One" LP or other collections from the late 1970s-80s. Or for even more "out there", just about anything from the 13th Floor Elevators will suffice (don't expect good sound, though).

The booklet has a great up-to-date biography of Roky and sympathetically describes his early quick rise, quick fall, and just awful experiences with the redneck authorities and legal system in Texas of the 1960s. Then when everyone thought it could never happen, Roky ends up seemingly back to a fairly normal life and personal redemption. I am so happy for him and his family who have endured it all. Just the fact he survived through it all is a miracle in itself. Let's hope he can continue to bring his music to the masses and get the attention and fame he deserves. His life story in itself has such a great ending compared to many others like Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and others who didn't make it back to us. Too bad Stacey Sutherland and Danny Galinda couldn't live long enough to see him back with us.

Keep up the great work Roky, and hope you can keep the flame burning.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Roberts on April 20, 2010
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Triumphant return for lost but never forgotten icon of rock and roll! For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Roky and that of the mid-sixties band he co-founded, the 13th Floor Elevators (genre defining godfather's of psychedelic rock from Austin, TX circa 1965-69), let me be the first to explain what musicians, producers and the rest of the music industry have known for decades: Roky Erickson was THE voice of Rock'n'Roll (apologies to Van and Mick). Unfortunately, for reasons oblivious to this reviewer, the masses remain generally unaware of Roky's undeniable influence on EVERYTHING rock and roll! Big thanks to Okkervil and Will Sheff for coaxing Roky out of retirement for this effort. 'True Love Cast Out All Evil' is another reason Roky DESERVES enshrinement into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Need more proof of his place in rock history? Check out Kevin McAlester's amazing doc about Roky for the compete story. . You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film about Roky Erickson.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Kid on May 11, 2010
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'True Love Cast Out All Evil' is the first `new' album by Roky Erickson in a very long time. That is not to say the material is new; in point of fact, many of the songs are at least ten years old and many are even more than that. What makes this album diametrically opposed to anything issued as being by Roky Erickson - solo or with any of the various bands with which he recorded - in the last few decades is that - with, two exceptions - the recordings are new.

That alone made the album of interest to me. Erickson had become what I'll call a `fly in amber.' The material beings released by various and sundry labels, bootleggers and friends was all dated. (Please note that I am not - in any way, any shape and/or any form - criticizing `I Have Always Been Here Before' anthology which was very clearly a labor love by folks looking out for Erickson.) That meant a majority of those interested in the man and his music - and unable to attend recent performances at SWSX in Austin, Texas, or sporadic TV or live shows here and there - had no idea what he sounded like now or what styles were involved.'

The back-story to this CD, as related by Will Sheff is contained in the liner notes. After arriving in Austin, Sheff became involved in a band Named Okkervil Rivers in 1998 then added to that participation in a spin-off band named Shearwater in 2001. Both bands - I admit I have heard none of their music, but likely will do so shortly - operate under the moniker of indie rock, so let's just accept that as the case. Sheff and Okkervil River back Erickson at SWSX. This lead to a call from Erickson's manager asking of interest in doing an album with Roky.

Thus the album was made.
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