Roky Erickson - Anthology CD - Audio samples

Roky Erickson

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Roky Erickson - Anthology CD - Audio samples

Roky Erickson’s I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology, the new two-CD career testimonial of one of the most brilliant minds in contemporary rock, hitting stores March 1st. Shout! Factory has assembled 45 songs from his repertoire, spanning 30 years (1965-1995), making I Have Always Been Here Before the only comprehensive collection of Roky Erickson’s work to date

On February 10th, 2005, Rolling Stone gave I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology 4 stars!!!

Roky Erickson - Anthology CD - Audio samples

Sometimes credited with creating psychedelic music, Roky Erickson’s first band, the 13th Floor Elevators, stunned audiences with their concerts during the mid-1960s. Shortly after the 1966 release of their hit single, “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” Roky entered the Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rusk, TX under an insanity plea for a minor drug arrest. After three years at the hospital, Roky’s life was irreparably altered. In a tragic twist of irony, his psychological change brought a new level of creative brilliance to his work, and his psychedelic, lyrically fantastic music became a bird’s eye view into his new life.

Over time, Roky’s iconic status grew, and some of the greatest musicians in rock became his most ardent followers. In 1990, some of music’s most talented artists joined together to record his songs for the album Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson. REM, Julian Cope, T. Bone Burnett, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Butthole Surfers declared their love for the idiosyncratic songwriter by happily tackling his songs about Satan and horror films, zombies and mounting paranoia.

Roky Erickson - Anthology CD - Audio samples

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1. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) - 13th Floor Elevators
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2. Bermuda - Roky Erickson
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3. If You Have Ghosts - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
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