The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

Release date
1 Jul 1999
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 You're Gonna Miss Me 3:17 182,544
2 Roller Coaster 5:03 74,066
3 Splash 1 (Now I'm Home) 3:56 16,461
4 Reverberation (Doubt) 2:47 50,808
5 Don't Fall Down 3:15 59,846
6 Fire Engine 3:18 64,551
7 Thru the Rhythm 3:08 46,552
8 You Don't Know (How Young You Are) 2:59 10,320
9 Kingdom of Heaven 3:44 63,911
10 Monkey Island 2:45 53,700
11 Tried to Hide 2:49 55,647

About this album

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators is a 1966 album by 13th Floor Elevators. The album’s sound, featuring elements of folk, garage rock, blues and psychedelia, is notable for its use of the electric jug, as featured on the band’s only hit, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, which reached number 55 on the Billboard Charts with “Tried to Hide” as a B-side. Another single from the album, “Reverberation (Doubt)”, reached number 129 on the Billboard’s Bubbling Under Chart.

The November 1966 album title is purported to be the first use of the word “psychedelic” in reference to the music within. However, this is in dispute as two other bands also used the word in titles of LPs released in November 1966: The Blues Magoos’ Psychedelic Lollipop, and The Deep’s Psychedelic Moods.

In 2005, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators was remastered and reissued in compact disc format by Charly Records, a British record label specialised in reissued material. It included bonus tracks of the band’s 1966 performance at the Avalon Ballroom, a music venue in the Polk Gulch neighborhood of San Francisco, and both sides of a single, “We Sell Soul” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, from Roky Erickson’s pre-13th Floor Elevators band, The Spades.

In 2009, the original mono version was released as part of the “Sign of the 3-Eyed Men” box set.

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  • Lowbacca

    such an influential album..

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • Doppz

    one of my favorites, great album from start to end. Roky's shrieking vocals, the guitar, an electric jug...I can't get over how great this album is sometimes.

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • black-thrones

    No way, the raw mix for this album is perfect.

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Porculus

    Who has the master tapes? This album needs a complete remix from head to toe. The original album mix is the worst one I've heard in rock music

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ajs2508

    Person below my comment is insane, are they not?

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    I love the music. I can't get past his voice. Darn. I really wanted to like these guys.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nathexperience

    Psychedelic sounds

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • davidcapper

    Just listened to this for the first time and instantly love it

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Tron1276

    SO good

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Damianesq

    Now I'm Home..:)

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Gearuka

    Who posted this awful version of the cover?

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Ton87

    I think the 13th Floor Elevators were very influential on the psychedelic rock scene, which in turn was very influential on rock music in general.

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • megajosh2

    They aren't as insanely influential as the Velvets, but they're currently in the same situation they used to be in.

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • yiecianp

    This band does not get the recognition they deserve. For every "Velvet Underground" that comes out of someone's mouth, there should be a "13th Floor Elevators".

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • yuri_carvalho

    great album

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • fukmeimfamous

    man, when that album cover is set as a desktop background (tiled).. so fuckin trippy!!

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Serdceeed

    M A S ON simvolica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Zeppledelin

    Well, You're Gonna Miss Me more than weighs up for everything else.

    27 Jul 2008 Reply
  • heymistertough

    fucking pioneers, they were. there's a bunch of really, really good gems on here, and it's definitely worth a full listen despite the repetitiveness.

    21 Jul 2008 Reply
  • dundee12

    just listened to the album today. awesome!

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
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