Monday, May 04, 2020

Going Up - The Very Best of the 13th Floor Elevators

Of course, I have been a fan of the 13th Floor Elevators for decades now (probably really discovered them in the 70's, when you could find their records inexpensively) and have ranted'n'raved about their debut as well as Easter Everywhere (I have yet to get Bull of the Woods, which I need to rectify) and was recently gifted this best of CD.  A nice package with a small booklet giving an overview of the group, the songs mostly concentrate on the first two albums, which means that most fans are well acquainted with the numbers, although it's a good selection.

Of course, they have to include the ubiquitous "You're Gonna Miss Me", which is joined by greats like "Fire Engine", "Reverberation", "Tried To Hide", "You Don't Know", "Levitation", "Splash 1", "Slide Machine" and plenty of others, along with a live take on "Gloria" (included as a bonus track on the Psychedelic Sounds CD) as well as a selection from Bull of the Woods, which, as I said, I was not familiar with, so these are cool to hear, even if they may not be as mind-bendingly amazing as the choices from the first two.

This would be a great release to pick up if you are one of the few who are not familiar with the band, as the collected numbers are solid representations, and it's a fine hits comp for fans, as well.