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the dark side of psychedelia,
This review is from: Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson (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 Chain...how 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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Initial post: Mar 4, 2012 2:23:16 PM PST
Well written my friend, but you left out the best part - that Roky found his way back from the dark side somehow.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 9:01:54 AM PST
sunsync; thanks for your feedback. I admit, at the time I wrote this, I did not know an awful lot about Mr. Erikson. Thankfully, the film "You're Gonna Miss Me" came along in the interim to spread the mad gospel of the 13th Floor Elevators and present in full one of the most compelling redemption tales in rock history.
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