The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

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The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
Studio album by The 13th Floor Elevators
Released November 1966
Recorded January 3; April; September 20; October 9–11, 1966 at Sumet Sound Studios, Dallas
Genre Garage rock
Psychedelic rock
Length 35:35
Label International Artists (1966 first US issue)
Radar (1978 first UK issue)
Decal (1988 UK reissue)
Fuel 2000 (2003 reissue)
Charly (2005 UK reissue)
International Artists (2009 remaster as part of "Sign of the 3-Eyed Men")
Producer Lelan Rogers; Gordon Bynum ("You're Gonna Miss Me")
The 13th Floor Elevators chronology
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
Easter Everywhere
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[2]

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators is a 1966 album by The 13th Floor Elevators. The album's sound, featuring elements of folk, garage rock, blues and psychedelia, is notable for its use of the electric jug, as featured on the band's only hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me", which reached number 55 on the Billboard Charts with "Tried to Hide" as a B-side. Another single from the album, "Reverberation (Doubt)", reached number 129 on the Billboard's Bubbling Under Chart.

The August 1966 album back cover credits the words "the psychedelic sounds of: The 13th Floor Elevators", which is purported to be the first use of the word "psychedelic" in reference to the music within. Two other bands also used the word in titles of LPs released in November 1966: The Blues Magoos' Psychedelic Lollipop, and The Deep's Psychedelic Moods.

In 2005, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators was remastered and reissued in compact disc format by Charly Records, a British record label specialised in reissued material. It included bonus tracks of the band's 1966 performance at the Avalon Ballroom, a music venue in the Polk Gulch neighborhood of San Francisco, and both sides of a single, "We Sell Soul" and "You're Gonna Miss Me", from Roky Erickson's pre-13th Floor Elevators band, The Spades.

In 2009, the original mono version was released as part of the "Sign of the 3-Eyed Men" box set. The set also featured a new, alternate stereo version which retained the band's original intended track listing, as well as false starts on some of the tracks. (The International Artists label had altered the track listing without the band's consent when the album was first released.) Both versions on the box set featured different bonus tracks, some that were previously unreleased.

Original band track listing[edit]

  1. "You Don't Know (How Young You Are)" (Powell St. John)
  2. "Through the Rhythm" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland)
  3. "Monkey Island" (Powell St. John)
  4. "Roller Coaster" (T. Hall, R. Erickson)
  5. "Fire Engine" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland, R. Erickson)
  6. "Reverberation" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland. R. Erickson)
  7. "Tried to Hide"* (T. Hall, S. Sutherland)
  8. "You're Gonna Miss Me" (R. Erickson)
  9. "I've Seen Your Face Before (Splash 1)" (C. Hall, R. Erickson)
  10. "Don't Fall Down" (T. Hall, R. Erickson)
  11. "The Kingdom of Heaven (Is Within You)" (Powell St. John)

US 1966 release track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "You're Gonna Miss Me" (R. Erickson) – 2:24
  2. "Roller Coaster" (T. Hall, R. Erickson) – 5:00
  3. "Splash 1 (Now I'm Home)" (C. Hall, R. Erickson) – 3:50
  4. "Reverberation" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland. R. Erickson) – 2:46
  5. "Don't Fall Down" (T. Hall, R. Erickson) – 3:00

Side two[edit]

  1. "Fire Engine" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland, R. Erickson) – 3:22
  2. "Thru the Rhythm" [sic] (T. Hall, S. Sutherland) – 3:05
  3. "You Don't Know" (Powell St. John) – 2:38
  4. "Kingdom of Heaven" (Powell St. John) – 3:05
  5. "Monkey Island" (Powell St. John) – 2:38
  6. "Tried to Hide" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland) – 2:43

2005 Charly Records bonus tracks[edit]

  1. Everybody Needs Someone To Love (Russell, Wexler, S. Burke) - 5:15
  2. Before You Accuse Me (El. McDaniel) - 2:33
  3. I'm Gonna Love You Too (J. Mauldin, N. Sullivan, N. Petty) - 1:53
  4. You Really Got Me (R. Davies) - 6:17
  5. Roll Over Beethoven (C. Berry) - 2:46
  6. The Word (J. Lennon, P. McCartney) - 2:49
  7. Gloria (V. Morrison) - 3:55
  8. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (R. Erickson, T. Hall) -3:03
  9. We Sell Soul (The Spades) (R. Erickson) - 3:21
  10. You're Gonna Miss Me (The Spades) (R. Erickson) - 3:25



  • Produced By Lelan Rogers, except track 1 (produced by Gordon Bynum)
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Bob Sullivan

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