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I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology

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The ONLY release to cover the 40-year career of one of rock's most influential cult artists! From the garage-psych sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators to his brilliant, chilling tracks with the Aliens, Spades and other projects, these 43 cuts paint Roky's definitive musical portrait: You're Gonna Miss Me; Fire Engine; We Sell Soul; Tried to Hide; Dust; Bermuda; I Think Up Demons; Bloody Hammer; Anthem (I Promise); Please Judge , and more that could only have sprung from this man's mind!

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I Have Always Been Here Before is the kind of anthology fans only dream about--a beautifully designed 43-track overview of an entire career. And not just any career, but that of an incredibly talented--if troubled--musician whose legacy has been ill served by a bewildering array of semi-legitimate releases. Enter the Roky Erickson Trust, established to provide for his well being and secure his artistic reputation. This Trust-approved collection spans 30 years and includes selections from the Spades, the 13th Floor Elevators, and solo Roky. Highlights from the latter include the unhinged "Don't Shake Me Lucifer," tender "You Don't Love Me Yet," and the haunting title track (but alas, no "I Walked With a Zombie"). I Have Always Been Here Before is a double-gatefold CD set with 30-page booklet. It is sure to stand as the last word on one of America's finest and most fascinating musical figures. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We Sell Soul - The Spades
  2. You’re Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
  3. Reverberation (Doubt) - 13th Floor Elevators
  4. Tried To Hide - 13th Floor Elevators
  5. Fire Engine - 13th Floor Elevators
  6. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) - 13th Floor Elevators
  7. Slip Inside This House - 13th Floor Elevators
  8. Splash 1 - 13th Floor Elevators
  9. Dust - 13th Floor Elevators
  10. I Had To Tell You - 13th Floor Elevators
  11. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) - 13th Floor Elevators
  12. Right Track Now - Roky Erickson & Clementine Hall
  13. Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) - Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien
  14. Starry Eyes - Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien
  15. Bermuda - Roky Erickson
  16. The Interpreter - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  17. Mine Mine Mind - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  18. I Have Always Been Here Before - Roky Erickson
  19. Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  20. I Think Up Demons - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  21. Don’t Shake Me Lucifer - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  22. White Faces - Roky Erickson & The Aliens

Disc: 2

  1. It’s A Cold Night For Alligators - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  2. Creature With The Atom Brain - Roky Erickson & The Aliens Start Start
  3. Stand For The Fire Demon - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  4. Bloody Hammer - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  5. The Wind And More - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  6. If You Have Ghosts - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  7. Song To Abe Lincoln - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
  8. Anthem (I Promise) - Roky Erickson
  9. Warning (Social And Social-Political Injustices) - Roky Erickson
  10. The Beas - Roky Erickson & Evil Hook Wildlife E.T.
  11. You Don’t Love Me Yet - Roky Erickson
  12. Clear Night For Love - Roky Erickson
  13. Don’t Slander Me - Roky Erickson
  14. Nothing In Return - Roky Erickson
  15. Burn The Flames - Roky Erickson
  16. When You Get Delighted - Roky Erickson
  17. True Love Cast Out All Evil - Roky Erickson
  18. For You (I’d Do Anything) - Roky Erickson
  19. Please Judge - Roky Erickson
  20. We Are Never Talking - Roky Erickson
  21. I’m Gonna Free Her - Roky Erickson


Product details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0007MRXUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,100 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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