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The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators is the debut studio album by the 13th Floor Elevators. The album's sound, featuring elements of psychedelia, garage rock, folk, and blues, 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 Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
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Studio album by The 13th Floor Elevators
Released October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
Recorded January 3 – October 11, 1966
Length 34:31
Label International Artists
Producer Lelan Rogers
The 13th Floor Elevators chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork (9.1/10)[4]



The August 1966 album back cover credits the words "the psychedelic sounds of: The 13th Floor Elevators", which is purported to be the first use of the word "psychedelic" in reference to the music within. 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 specializing 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. The set also featured a new, alternate stereo version which retained the band's original intended track listing, as well as false starts on some of the tracks (the International Artists label had altered the track listing without the band's consent when the album was first released). Both versions on the box set featured different bonus tracks, some that were previously unreleased.

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "You're Gonna Miss Me" (Roky Erickson) – 2:24
  2. "Roller Coaster" (Tommy Hall, Roky Erickson) – 5:00
  3. "Splash 1 (Now I'm Home)" (Clementine Hall, Roky Erickson) – 3:50
  4. "Reverberation" (Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland. Roky Erickson) – 2:46
  5. "Don't Fall Down" (Tommy Hall, Roky Erickson) – 3:00

Side twoEdit

  1. "Fire Engine" (Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland, Roky Erickson) – 3:22
  2. "Thru the Rhythm" (Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) – 3:05
  3. "You Don't Know" (Powell St. John) – 2:38
  4. "Kingdom of Heaven" (Powell St. John) – 3:05
  5. "Monkey Island" (Powell St. John) – 2:38
  6. "Tried to Hide" (Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) – 2:43

2005 Charly Records bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (Bert Russell, Jerry Wexler, Solomon Burke) - 5:15
  2. "Before You Accuse Me" (Ellas McDaniel) - 2:33
  3. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" (Joe B. Mauldin, Niki Sullivan, Norman Petty) - 1:53
  4. "You Really Got Me" (Ray Davies) - 6:17
  5. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) - 2:46
  6. "The Word" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:49
  7. "Gloria" (Van Morrison) - 3:55
  8. "She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)" (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall) -3:03
  9. "We Sell Soul" (The Spades) (Roky Erickson) - 3:21
  10. "You're Gonna Miss Me" (The Spades) (Roky Erickson) - 3:25
  • Tracks 12-17 recorded live at The Avalon, San Francisco, in September 1966.
  • Tracks 18-19 recorded live in Texas
  • Tracks 20-21 are The Spades single released in 1965

Original band track listingEdit

  1. "You Don't Know (How Young You Are)" (Powell St. John)
  2. "Through the Rhythm" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland)
  3. "Monkey Island" (Powell St. John)
  4. "Roller Coaster" (T. Hall, R. Erickson)
  5. "Fire Engine" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland, R. Erickson)
  6. "Reverberation" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland. R. Erickson)
  7. "Tried to Hide" (false start) (T. Hall, S. Sutherland)
  8. "Tried to Hide" (T. Hall, S. Sutherland)
  9. "You're Gonna Miss Me" (R. Erickson)
  10. "I've Seen Your Face Before (Splash 1)" (C. Hall, R. Erickson)
  11. "Don't Fall Down" (T. Hall, R. Erickson)
  12. "The Kingdom of Heaven (Is Within You)" (Powell St. John)
  • This version was included in "Sign of the 3 Eyed Men" box set on CD 4 with following bonus tracks:
  1. "You Don't Know (How Young You Are)" (alternate backing track)
  2. "Roller Coaster" (alternate backing track)
  3. "Don't Fall Down" (alternate Backing track)
  4. "Don't Fall Down" / band introduction (Larry Kane show)



  • Produced by Lelan Rogers, except track 1 produced by Gordon Bynum
  • Recorded, engineered & mixed by Bob Sullivan
  • John Cleveland - cover design

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (International Artists, 1966)". Spin. March 28, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Masley, Ed (September 19, 2008). "10 essential garage-rock albums". AZCentral. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators - The 13th Floor Elevators : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. "13th Floor Elevators / Roky Erickson: The Psychedelic Sounds of... / I Have Always Been Here Before | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.

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