Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 8:01 AM
More focused and even more trippy than their first album, "Easter Everywhere" features the 13th Floor Elevators at their best. The songs are eerie, rambling, and potent, so powerful that they overcome the lo-fi production that plagued the Elevators throughout their career. Roky Erickson's vocals are sometimes eerily reminiscent of Robert Plant. This is a heavily psychedelic album and shows a San Francisco influence; at this point in their career the Elevators had played in SF and shared stages with the Jefferson Airplane, among other 60s psych groups.
The difference is that the Elevators mean every word and note. They were really trying to "break on through to the other side," unlike some psych groups who were just in it for the money. As a result "Easter Everywhere" is spookier and edgier than most psychedelia. At times it approaches Syd Barrett territory. Highly recommended.
Recording Quality Geek Note: The import version on Charly has better sound than the Collectables reissue, but not by much. This is because the master tapes for all the Elevators' albums remain undiscovered - or their location is undisclosed at this time, nobody's sure which. It's way past time for somebody to go on a search for the master tapes and do a remastered version, because this CD (as well as the other Elevators' albums) deserves it.
1. Slip Inside This House
2. Slide Machine
3. She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)
4. Nobody to Love
5. It's All over Now, Baby Blue
8. I've Got Levitation
9. I Had to Tell You
10. Pictures (Leave Your Body Behind)