13th Floor Elevators

'Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre' is the first-ever release of the complete performance of the band’s legendary show from 18th February 1967 presented in a deluxe 2CD mediabook.

The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. Formed in late 1965 in a small town in Texas by Electric Jug playing Tommy Hall, guitarist & vocalist Roky Erickson, guitarist Stacy Sutherland they were joined by bass player Benny Thurman, and drummer John Ike Walton; at a time where Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population's spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars on a Saturday night. Out of these conflicting extremes, the Elevators were born and began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning music scene in Austin, Texas.

Though Roky Erickson was the frontman, the group's sound and philosophy were created by the unpredictable & impulsive Tommy Hall. The Elevators followed their own spiritual cosmic route searching for a new path to enlightenment whilst all the while creating a reputation for excess. The band developed a sound that merged garage-punk and psychedelic experimentation. Their music, from the beginning, played and created under the influence of LSD, was raw, ambitious and hugely experimental with Sutherland's pioneering use of reverb and echo, and bluesy, acid-drenched guitar mixed with Tommy Hall's innovative electric jug … ‘psychedelic rock’ was conceived.

A triple LP edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, this special edition has been mastered by Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom and put together by band expert Paul Drummond. The set includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

"...shows a group at the top of their game: powerful, together, in control - possibly the last time they were any of those things... a fascinating historical document, the thought and effort gone into its packaging and sense of completeness are more than enough incentive to jump on board."

"This is the one to get. Beyond the post-main course jams, Live Evolution Lost has two other carrots for any potential purchaser. The first is new mastering by former Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom; the sound is more full and widescreen than any previous issue, with a markedly greater clarity and separation between instruments and vocals. The other selling point is the package itself. Live Evolution Lost is evidence for the mysterious bond uniting the 13th Floor Elevators at a concert where they ought to have imploded - a connection which was soon to see them record Easter Everywhere, one of the pivotal and most cryptic albums of the Sixties. Essential to any understanding of what made this band a unique, vital force."

"Uniquely compulsive listening. Those with ears for the evolution of The Elevators, in all its epic ambition and tragedy, will find it profoundly affecting. The unravelling had begun. And what a sound."

Side 1
1. (I've Got) Levitation (3:31)
2. Roller Coaster (5:34)
3. Fire Engine (3:31)
4. Reverberation (Doubt) (4:06)

Side 2
1. Don't Fall Down (3:38)
2. Tried To Hide (4:13)
3. Splash 1 (4:32)
4. You're Gonna Miss Me (4:27)
5. Monkey Island (3:47)

Side 3
1. Kingdom Of Heaven (4:17)
2. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (3:26)
3. Jam Intro (1:22)
4. Jam 1 - Roll Over Blue Suede Blues Jam (7:08)

Side 4
1. Jam 2 - Backwards Evolution Jam (4:47)
2. Jam 3 - Ed's Esoteric Jazz Jam (11:20)

Side 5
1. Jam 4 - (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue Jam (6:42)
2. Jam 5 - She Lives Jam (5:28)
3. Jam 6 - Hamburgers & Acid (4:14)

Side 6
1. Screen Print


13th Floor Elevators

This two CD mediabook edition catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators’ gig, and the latest to survive. Put together by band expert Paul Drummond, who also contributes extensive liner notes and mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), this release also includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

Disc 1
(I've Got) Levitation
Roller Coaster
Fire Engine
Reverberation (Doubt)
Don't Fall Down
Tried To Hide
Splash 1
You're Gonna Miss Me
Monkey Island
Kingdom Of Heaven
She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)

Disc 2
Jam Intro
Jam 1 - Roll Over Blue Suede Blues Jam
Jam 2 - Backwards Evolution Jam
Jam 3 - Ed's Esoteric Jazz Jam
Jam 4 - (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue Jam
Jam 5 - She Lives Jam
Jam 6 - Hamburgers & Acid
Release date: 16 June 2014 • available to pre-order now