Bull of the Woods

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Bull of the Woods
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Studio album by The 13th Floor Elevators
Released March 1969
Recorded 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock
Length 35:20[1]
Label International Artists
Producer Ray Rush
The 13th Floor Elevators chronology
Live
(1968)
Bull of the Woods
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

Bull of the Woods is the 13th Floor Elevators' last album on which they worked as a group. The album is noted for its moody, dreamy, and fuzzed-out psychedelic sound, and was released by International Artists.

Background[edit]

The album project commenced shortly after the completion of Easter Everywhere, tentatively entitled Beauty and the Beast and later A Love That's Sound. It featured not only the 1968 lineup of Roky Erickson, Stacy Sutherland, Tommy Hall, Danny Thomas, and Duke Davis, but Ronnie Leatherman on bass as well, who was brought back after the departure of Davis. The band was in the process of disintegrating while recording was taking place. Only four songs feature Roky Erickson and Duke Davis; only one features Tommy Hall.[3] The remaining seven tracks only feature Sutherland, Thomas, and Leatherman. Most of the tracks recorded in the Spring of 1968 were discarded and the album was completed in the Fall of 1968. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland holds sole song writing credits on five tracks, co-writing a further four with Tommy Hall. It wasn't released until March 1969 as Bull of the Woods, by which time the group had effectively disbanded.

In 2009, the album was released with bonus tracks as part of the "Sign of the 3-Eyed Men" box set. The set also included a reconstruction of the "lost" third album, A Love That's Sound, which consisted of mostly previously unreleased tracks, and early versions of songs later included on Bull of the Woods.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Livin' On" (Stacy Sutherland, Tommy Hall) – 3:23
  2. "Barnyard Blues" (Sutherland) – 2:52
  3. "Til Then" (Sutherland, Hall) – 3:18
  4. "Never Another" (Roky Erickson, Hall) - 2:27
  5. "Rose and the Thorn" (Sutherland) – 3:40
  6. "Down by the River" (Sutherland) – 1:55
  7. "Scarlet and Gold" (Sutherland) – 4:50
  8. "Street Song" (Sutherland) – 4:55
  9. "Dear Dr. Doom" (Sutherland, Hall) – 3:10
  10. "With You" (Ronnie Leatherman) – 2:10
  11. "May the Circle Remain Unbroken" (Erickson) – 2:40

Bonus Tracks from 2009 CD[edit]

  1. "Livin' On" (Sutherland, Hall) – 3:25 (Single version)
  2. "Scarlet and Gold" (Sutherland) – 4:59 (Single version)
  3. "May the Circle Remain Unbroken" (Erickson) - 2:41 (Single version)
  4. "Livin' On" (Sutherland, Hall) – 3:23 (Alternate horn version)

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Ray Rush – producer
  • Fred Carroll – engineer
  • Jim Duff – engineer
  • Hank Poole – engineer
  • Lloyd Sepulveda – cover

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