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Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson

Where the Pyramid Meets the Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 30, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: October 30, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000005JB5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning tribute album of tribute albums March 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Roky Erickson was one of the 13th Floor Elevators, a legendary and very strange psychedelic garage band from Texas in the 1960s. He subsequently went solo and, rather famously, went a bit mad, resulting in his incarceration in a psychiatric hospital where he was given electroconvulsive treatment.

He struggled through the 70s and 80s and it was, oddly enough, with the production and release of this album that his fortunes began to revive. He had had little idea of how many people admired his music, but this album is a treasure trove of great alternative 80s bands - people like Thin White Rope, Bongwater, Angry Samoans, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Sister Double Happiness rub shoulders with 70s heroes like Doug Sahm, T-Bone Burnett, Richard Lloyd and ZZ Top. There is not a duff track on this album; every song is given loving and imaginative treatment, and the result is one of the weirdest, most tuneful and most invigorating albums of that particularly uninspiring period in pop music history (1980-1992 or so).

I am glad to see that this album is still available. So is Roky Erickson. In 2001, his younger brother Sumner was given legal custody of him, and he saw to it that Roky was (for perhaps the first time in his life) given appropriate medical and legal treatment, including medication to control his schizophrenia - which he has since succeeded in weaning himself off. As a result, Roky Erickson is now able to look after himself, drive his own car, play live, tour and even, it's said, record; he was last heard of as being in the studio with fan and fellow Texan Billy Gibbons. Cheers to him, and to his family. The Roky Erickson story is not yet over.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the dark side of psychedelia November 4, 1998
By Owen
Format:Audio CD
People tend to forget that not everything about the late sixties was peace and love there was a movement of musicians who saw themselves more as enraptured prophets. The prolific Roky Erikson of Austin was to the hippies what screamin Jay Hawkins was to the Blues. He roiled rambling tales of two headed dogs, spaceships, retrieved past life memory, and that might have been all fine and good except those were his love songs. And they thought Sid Barret was a tad off! Sadly, Roky succumbed to his demons and was commited to a mental home in the early 80's. That having been said, open yourself to a rare treat of hearing something more than just a run of the mill tribute from a roster of fasionable-nows and future one hit one wonders in their own right. If it weren't for the Obviously modern prescence of R.E.M. and ZZ Top, you'd swear this was a lost tape dug up from the late 60's. Everyone here is having a good time, even the Jesus and Mary did that happen? I recommend this tape whole-heartedly to all my friends and people i run into on the street. It is that pervasive. Groovy, man...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! January 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm almost at the loss for words for this one.

Roky Erickson is one of the great--and lesser known--figures of the psychedelic era. His comeback--chronicled in the documentary film You're Gonna Miss Me--is almost as much a return from the dead as Brian Wilson being able to come back and finish Smile.

This album is an embarrassment of riches. What a variety of artists; what terrific material. And best of all--it's the best possible way to take you back to the originals.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the 1990s best tribute albums June 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Where else can you find ZZ Top and The Jesus And Mary Chain on the same CD, covering the same song? And honestly, both versions are excellent.

Roky Erickson, troubled bandleader of Texas' 13th Floor Elevators, notarized citizen of Mars, and acid casualty, was committed to an insane asylum for possession of marijuana. If his apocryphal psychedelic lyrics are any indication, he indeed journeyed somewhere from which there was no return.

Like their San Francisco psychedelic counterparts Moby Grape and the equally troubled Skip Spence, The 13th Floor Elevators are a bit of a footnote from the late 1960s. Like Grape, their recordings are in and out of print, often in inferior versions, due to legal wrangling with labels and producers that continues to this day. And it is a shame.

When John Cusack opens his window and blasts out the Elevator's "You're Gonna Miss Me" in the film High Fidelity, it is many people's only taste of Erickson's music. Still, it is abundantly apparent that these casualties of the Summer Of Love got their music out to a wide range of open ears, as this tribute is fueled by impassioned versions of Erickson's songs by the likes of the late Doug Sahm, ex-Television guitarist Richard Lloyd, Julian Cope, R.E.M., The Butthole Surfers, and T-Bone Burnett.

As with any tribute, there are a few missteps, and they are especially egregious here. Chris and Tabby Thomas turn in a wan R'n'B rendition of "Leave Your Body Behind" that leans heavily on paper-thin electric drums and psuedo-Prince vocal posturing. It's painful -- really, really painful. Lou Ann Barton's surfy, monochromatic rockabilly "Don't Slander Me," even at a mere two minutes, goes on a little long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roky tribute March 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I hate to admit this but this was my first exposure the width of Roky Erickson's talent. To hear these songs done by bands/musicians that I liked, was to open a whole new door of music to me. Roky deserves better than he has gotten. Hopefully people will keep finding this and going on the discover Roky and other unsung heroes of music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable ablum.
Exceeded my expectations.......Didn't realize Roky had written so many songs as I had only listened to
the 13th Floor Elevators before....... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Donald Peak
4.0 out of 5 stars slightly off-kilter elevators
I ran across the cassette version of this 13th Floor Elevators tribute back in 1990 in a 'cut-out' bin (remember those!) for $1, and boy did I wear that thing out! Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by raintreecounty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tribute to A great songwriter
The thing about Roky - like Syd Barrett and Peter Green (and others) is that if he had had the proper medication to control his mental illness his life would have been much better. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by EtruscanTuscan
5.0 out of 5 stars great tribute to Rpky
excellent versions of 13th Floor Elevator and Roky Erikson songs....makes you wish their were clean recordings of the 13th Floor Elevator songs out there.....great great cd... Read more
Published on May 23, 2009 by Rod Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Magic
Roky Erickson is one of those artists that are few in number. Roky is a genius there is just no other way to put it. Read more
Published on September 20, 2008 by The Sharpened Quill
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic!
This has got to be one of the best tribute albums I have ever heard. Before it, I had never even heard of Roky Erickson (who is credited with coining the term "psychedelic" to... Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by Edward J. Tabler
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightning never stikes anymore, but I can't make it rain.
This is a tribute album to Roky Erickson. Erickson was the lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevator and later performed solo. Read more
Published on May 19, 2005 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better "tribute" CDs out there
Probably because of the GREAT material. Yes, Roky was the mad (? -- he was put in a mental institution for a while) genius behind the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Read more
Published on July 1, 2003 by foolrex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, even if you've never heard the originals
Somebody should make this explicit: this album features covers of The 13th Floor Elevators, a psychedic band led by Roky Erickson. Read more
Published on September 5, 1999
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