Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson

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Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson
Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye Cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 31, 1990[1]
ProducerBill Bentley

Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson is a 1990 tribute album to singer-songwriter Roky Erickson, founder of the 13th Floor Elevators and solo artist, whose career has been subject to significant periods of challenge from schizophrenia. The album was released by Sire Records in the United States, and by WEA International in Europe.[2] The album was produced by Bill Bentley, who also produced a 1999 tribute album to Moby Grape co-founder Skip Spence, [3] who, like Erickson, was subject to the challenges of schizophrenia. The album's title is said to be Erickson's definition of psychedelic music.[4]

The album was produced with the intention of raising money for Erickson and exposing his music to a wider audience. As noted by reviewer Mark Deming, "...there are a several moments of very real beauty and power here, especially from the artists who share Erickson's Texas heritage — Doug Sahm and ZZ Top rock out on their contributions, the Butthole Surfers' version of 'Earthquake' is one of their finest moments on wax, and T-Bone Burnett's take on 'Nothing in Return' is a heart-tugging gem."[5]

In 2017, 2000 copies of a two-LP edition of the album were released exclusively for Record Store Day 2017, which marked its first appearance on vinyl.[6]

Track Listing[edit]

  1. Reverberation (Doubt) - ZZ Top
  2. If You Have Ghosts - John Wesley Harding & The Good Liars
  3. I Had to Tell You - Poi Dog Pondering
  4. She Lives (In a Time of Her Own) - Judybats
  5. Slip Inside This House - Primal Scream
  6. You Don't Love Me Yet - Bongwater
  7. I Have Always Been Here Before - Julian Cope
  8. You're Gonna Miss Me - Doug Sahm & Sons
  9. It's a Cold Night For Alligators - Southern Pacific
  10. Fire Engine - Richard Lloyd
  11. Bermuda - Vibrating Egg
  12. I Walked With a Zombie - R.E.M.
  13. Earthquake - Butthole Surfers
  14. Don't Slander Me - Lou Ann Barton
  15. Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) - Sister Double Happiness
  16. Burn the Flames - Thin White Rope
  17. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) - Chris Thomas[7] featuring Tabby Thomas
  18. Nothing in Return - T-Bone Burnett
  19. Splash #1 - The Mighty Lemon Drops
  20. We Sell Soul - Lyres
  21. White Faces - Angry Samoans
  22. Reverberation (Doubt) - The Jesus and Mary Chain

Tracks 19-21 appear only on the original cassette release and the 2017 double LP reissue.