- Audio CD (April 16, 2002)
- Original Release Date: 1980
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Sympathy 4 the R.I.
- ASIN: B000063IUC
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,835 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Evil One (plus one) Original recording reissued
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There are many Roky Erickson albums, but The Evil One originally released by CBS Records in Europe in 1980 was the first of them and, many would say the best. This re-issue features 35 tracks including 20 on disc two from The Modern Humans Show August 20,
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Roky Erickson was mentally unstable. He was in and out of clinics, experimented with drugs, and received shock treatment as a form of therapy. The man has run the gauntlet and it's amazing that he's still around today to share his music. This album however was cut in 1981. It is the best representation of his work. He sounds like a man trying to hold his fragile world together even though it is ripping at the seams. The album is haunted by vampires, demons, and the devil but that's because Roky himself was haunted by them. I can't say enough about the absolute genius of this album. Buy it and do it now before it is unavailable like many of his other works. Also, do yourself a favor and get the documentary on Roky You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone. It's fascinating with some amazing musical clips.
The first disc by itself is a must have, but the second disc is a great little bonus. It's a radio show from 1979. While it seems some parts of it may have been edited out, the material that's there is quite good. The show intersperses interview segments with early versions of songs from the record. The interview parts are interesting as Roky talks about the chilling inspirations for some of the songs, while weirdos call in and ask odd questions. Roky handles the calls with tact seeming to know exactly what to say to his audience.
The alternate versions of the songs follow a pattern in which the stronger songs from the album sound weaker and the weaker songs sound better. Plus, the sound quality is nearly as good as what was on the first disc. I'm tired of typing, so just buy this.
The band here is exceptional. Autoharp player Billy Angel had a killer band called Cold Sun in Austin in the early seventies. That puts a lot of power and mystique into the sound. The keyboards are great. . .totally psychedelic but not in the paisley sense (not that there's anything wrong with that!) . Guitars are crazy but totally on point. Bass and drums are killer. Again. . .a totally amazing record!