The 13th Floor Elevators – Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men [10 CD Box Set] (2009)

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The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the pioneering bands of American psychedelic rock, and their small but visionary body of work has won them a devoted following, but they’ve had a hard time earning the respect and historical notice they’ve deserved. There are many reasons for this, but the often-shoddy treatment of their recorded legacy doubtless has a great deal to do with it. The band’s record label, Houston-based International Artists, clearly didn’t know just what to make of them once it became clear they weren’t just another garage band, and when the company went under in 1970, their back catalog (as well as that of label-mates the Red Krayola, Golden Dawn, the Bubble Puppy, and Lost & Found) fell into limbo, traveling for years on bootleg reissues and poorly mastered and packaged legit releases. As music historian Paul Drummond researched the Elevators’ story for his biography Eye Mind, he also began studying what became of their studio masters, and the fruits of his labors can be heard on 2009’s Sign of the 3 Eyed Men, a ten-CD box set that for the first time compiles the bulk of the Elevators recordings in one place and in proper fidelity. Though not everything on Sign of the 3 Eyed Men has been sourced from original tapes (some of which no longer exist), Drummond and Walt Andrus (who engineered most of the original Elevators recordings) have done wonders with restoring this material, and after years of fuzzy, distorted editions of the group’s core catalog, this set finally allows fans to hear The Psychedelic Sound of the 13th Floor Elevators, Easter Everywhere, and Bull of the Woods as they were truly meant to be heard (the first two albums appear in both mono and stereo versions, while Bull of the Woods is accompanied by an alternate version that more closely resembles what guitarist Stacy Sutherland had in mind for the album). This alone would make Sign of the 3 Eyed Men worth owning, but the set also includes a disc of excellent early studio recordings intended for an album that was scrapped when the band signed to IA, fiery live sets recorded in Texas and California (the Texas tapes are of uneven fidelity but priceless historical importance, while the California live set is stunning in both fidelity and performance), and a final disc of the band’s later-day shows. Add a beautifully designed and exhaustively annotated 72-page hardcover book by Drummond and a lovely collection of posters and souvenirs, and you get the definitive presentation of the 13th Floor Elevators and their music. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the birth of psychedelic rock and the counterculture of the ’60s should get to know the Elevators’ remarkable story, and Sign of the 3 Eyed Men beautifully recounts their music and their legacy; it’s nothing short of a triumph.

Disc 1 – Headstone – The Contact Sessions
Duration – 50:51
01. You’re Gonna Miss Me (2:31)
02. Tried To Hide (2:23)
03. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (3:44)
04. Take That Girl (3:00)
05. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore (3:43)
06. I’m Gonna Love You Too (1:57)
07. Monkey Island (2:26)
08. Rollercoaster (3:47)
09. Now I’m Home (Splash 1) (3:41)
10. Where Am I? (Through The Rythm) (3:15)
11. Fire Engine (2:16)
12. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore (Take 1, Backing Track) (3:09)
13. Fire Engine (Take 8) (2:37)
14. You’re Gonna Miss Me (Take 6) (2:43)
15. Tried To Hide (Take 7) (2:47)
16. I’m Gonna Love You Too (Single Version) (1:58)
17. All Night Long (2:21)
18. You’re Gonna Miss Me (Alt) (2:35)

!Disc 2 – Live In Texas
Duration – 1:17:38
01. Monkey Island (2:54)
02. Roller Coaster (4:51)
03. Gloria (8:27)
04. You’re Gonna Miss Me (3:16)
05. Interview (0:57)
06. Fire Engine (2:44)
07. You Really Got Me (4:37)
08. Roll Over Beethoven (3:19)
09. Gloria (4:00)
10. Fire Engine (2:33)
11. You’re Gonna Miss Me (3:01)
12. Roller Coaster (4:19)
13. Mercy Mercy (3:34)
14. Tried To Hide (2:49)
15. I’m Down (4:41)
16. )I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (5:01)
17. I’m Gonna Love You Too (1:44)
18. I Feel Good (2:08)
19. Gloria (6:45)
20. Everybody Needs Someone To Love (6:00)

!Disc 3 – The Psychedelic Sounds Of (Mono)
Duration – 47:02
01. You’re Gonna Miss Me (Mono Edition) (2:31)
02. Roller Coaster (Mono Edition) (5:05)
03. Splash 1 (Mono Edition) (3:53)
04. Reverberation (Doubt) (Mono Edition) (2:47)
05. Don’t Fall Down (Mono Edition) (3:01)
06. Fire Engine (Mono Edition) (3:20)
07. Thru The Rhythm (Mono Edition) (3:08)
08. You Don’t Know (Mono Edition) (2:56)
09. Kingdom Of Heaven (Mono Edition) (3:09)
10. Monkey Island (Mono Edition) (2:41)
11. Tried To Hide (Mono Edition) (2:49)
12. Reverbaration (Sic) (Doubt) (A-side Ia#111, Mono 45 Rpm Mix) (2:48)
13. Fire Engine (B-side Ia#111, Mono 45 Rpm Mix) (2:37)
14. Reverberation (Unreleased Acetate) (2:59)
15. Fire Engine (Alternate Mono Mix) (3:19)

!Disc 4 – The Psychedelic Sounds Of (Stereo)
Duration – 50:21
01. You Don’t Know How Young You Are Stereo edition) (2:57)
02. Through The Rhythm (stereo edition) (3:25)
03. Monkey Island (stereo edition) (2:55)
04. Roller Coaster (stereo edition) (5:05)
05. Fire Engine (stereo edition) (2:38)
06. Reverberation (stereo edition) (2:53)
07. False Start/Tried To Hide (stereo edition) (0:27)
08. Tried To Hide (stereo edition) (2:49)
09. You’re Gonna Miss Me (stereo edition) (2:31)
10. I’ve Seen Your Face Before (Splash 1) (stereo edition) (3:56)
11. Don’t Fall Down (stereo edition) (3:19)
12. The Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You) (stereo edition) (3:11)
13. You Don’t Know (How Young You Are) (alternate backing track) (2:45)
14. Roller Coaster (alternate backing ttack) (4:21)
15. Don’t Fall Down (alternate Backing track) (3:03)
16. Don’t Fall Down/band introdution (Larry Kane show) (4:07)

!Disc 5 – Live In California
Duration – 41:32
01. Everybody Needs Somebody (5:46)
02. Before You Accuse Me (2:42)
03. You Don’t Know (How Young You Are) (2:57)
04. Splash 1 (3:42)
05. I’m Gonna Love You Too (2:11)
06. You Really Got Me (6:37)
07. Fire Engine (3:12)
08. Roll Over Beethoven (2:55)
09. The Word (2:56)
10. Monkey Island (2:52)
11. Roller Coaster (5:43)

!Disc 6 – Easter Everywhere (Mono)
Duration – 1:00:14
01. Slip Inside This House (mono) (7:55)
02. Slide Machine (mono) (3:39)
03. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (mono) (2:57)
04. Nobody To Love (mono) (2:57)
05. Baby Blue (mono) (5:09)
06. Earthquake (mono) (4:44)
07. Dust (mono) (3:58)
08. Levitation (mono) (2:40)
09. I Had To Tell You (mono) (2:26)
10. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) (mono) (6:21)
11. I’ve Got Levitation (A-side IA#113 mono 45rpm) (2:37)
12. Before You Accuse Me (B-side IA#113 mono 45 rpm) (2:37)
13. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (A-side IA#121 mono 45 rpm) (2:57)
14. Baby Blue (B-side IA#121 mono 45 rpm) (5:12)
15. Slip Inside This House (A-side IA#122 mono 45 rpm) (4:06)

!Disc 7 – Easter Everywhere (Stereo)
Duration – 1:06:39
01. Slip Inside This House (8:05)
02. Slide Machine (3:42)
03. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (2:57)
04. Nobody To Love (3:00)
05. Baby Blue (5:18)
06. Earthquake (4:50)
07. Dust (3:58)
08. Levitation (2:44)
09. I Had To Tell You (2:29)
10. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind) (6:32)
11. Fire In My Bones (2:05)
12. Dust (Alt. Mix) (3:58)
13. Right Track Now (Roky Solo) (3:02)
14. Splash 1 (Roky Solo) (3:05)
15. Before You Accuse Me (3:27)
16. (I’ve Got) Levitation (Take 1) (3:09)
17. (I’ve Got) Levitation (Take 2) (4:17)

!Disc 8 – A Love That’s Sound
Duration – 41:54
01. Wait For My Love (3:28)
02. It’s You (2:44)
03. May The Circle Remain Unbroken (2:38)
04. Livin’ On (5:34)
05. Never Another (3:54)
06. Dr Doom (3:24)
07. Sweet Surprise (3:41)
08. Moon Song (3:42)
09. Livin’ On (Acetate) (3:29)
10. Never Another (Rehearsal) (3:36)
11. It’s You (Backing Track, Rehearsal) (2:37)
12. Moon Song (Backing Track, Rehearsal) (3:07)

!Disc 9 – Bull Of The Woods
Duration – 51:20
01. Livin’ On (3:25)
02. Barnyard Blues (2:58)
03. Till Then (3:23)
04. Never Another (2:28)
05. Rose And The Thorn (3:36)
06. Down By The River (1:53)
07. Scarlet And Gold (5:00)
08. Street Song (4:55)
09. Dr Doom (3:12)
10. With You (2:15)
11. May The Circle Remain Unbroken (2:44)
12. Livin’ On (Single Mix) (3:25)
13. Scarlet And Gold (Single Mix) (4:59)
14. May The Circle Remain Unbroken (Single Mix) (2:42)
15. Livin’ On (Alt. Horn Arrangement) (3:24)
16. Bull Of The Woods Bay Area Radio Spot (1:03)

!Disc 10 – Death In Texas
Duration – 1:00:53
01. (I’ve Got) Levtation (3:27)
02. Reverberation (3:27)
03. Don’t Fall Down (3:33)
04. Kingdom Of Heaven (Is Within You) (3:47)
05. She Lives (In A Tme Of Her Own) (3:27)
06. Jam 1 (7:48)
07. Jam 3 (4:59)
08. Jam 4: Baby Blue (6:27)
09. Jam 5: She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (4:53)
10. Maxine (3:32)
11. (I’ve Got) Levitaion (3:29)
12. Shake Your Hips (4:40)
13. Roky On KAUM (0:11)
14. Stumble (Smoke In THe Toilet) (2:45)
15. You’re Gonna Miss Me (1984) (4:28)

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