Shiva's Headband - Take Me To The Mountains...Plus. CD. (Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK359)
Endorsed by the band here is the ultimate digi pak edition of this much neglected debut by the legendary Texan band - who performed on the same psychedelic stages as The 13th Floor Elevators and the Conqueroo. Led by Violin virtuoso Spencer Perskin (who prior to the band performed as a solo artist on the folk circuit) Shiva's Headband were a kind of rural hippy, psychedelic rock band mixing blues folk and country with an acid fried contempt for red neck society. Originally released in 1969 on Capitol this album is very much in the late 60's early 70's rural rock vein with flashes of the earlier psychedelic sound particularly evident on the re-working of the bands pre-album singles "Song For Peace" and "Kaleidoscoptic". This reissue features a great detailed booklet with loads of period photos and artwork as well as three contemporary live recordings including a 17 minute version of "Hi Love". A feast for US psych afficionadoes.
This excellent album was recorded in the early 1970's and was originally released on the obscure Armadillo Records. Founded in July 1967 by classically-trained violinist and folk artist Spencer Perskin, Shiva's Headband have proved to be one of Texas' most durable outfits. After scoring locally with a couple 45s, the band moved to San Francisco in the late '60s and recorded their debut album. This their second follows the same rural rock path with some great extended jams in the San Francisco spirit. It includes one bonus track,"Mr Noname" (live) and is housed in a thick card mini LP sleeve.
This excellent album was recorded in the early 1970's and was originally released on the obscure Armadillo Records. Founded in July 1967 by classically-trained violinist and folk artist Spencer Perskin, Shiva's Headband have proved to be one of Texas' most durable outfits. After scoring locally with a couple 45s, the band moved to San Francisco in the late '60s and recorded their debut album. This their second follows the same rural rock path with some great extended jams in the San Francisco spirit. It includes one bonus track,"Mr Noname" (live) and is housed in a thick card sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
This must be the ultimate garage/psych artefact! For the first time ever, gathered together, all 7 Elevators US 45's PLUS the megarare pre-Elevators Spades single!!!! Just about no one has this $2000+ 45, and so it is fitting that it is part of this mega set! To give you a taste of what to expect, here's what's in this stunning box; You're Gonna Miss Me c/w We Sell Soul (the Spades zero label 45, different version a-side to the elevators version) You're Gonna Miss Me c/w Tried To Hide (IA 107) Reverberation c/w Fire Engine (IA 111) Levitation c/w Before You Accuse me (IA 113) She Lives c/w Baby Blue (IA 121) Slip Inside This House c/w Splash 1 (IA 122) I'm Gonna Love You Too c/w May The Circle Remain Unbroken (IA 126) Livin' On c/w Scarlet And Gold. (IA 130)In addition, this time around, every 45 will be faithfully reproduced EXACTLY like the original singles 45 IA and Zero labels with large hole US centres (it couldn't be anything else of course!) with the exception of ACME catalogue numbers inscribed on the disc run-out grooves.The full colour glossy box will also come complete with an informative insert detailing every single release and rare photos. In addition, you may or may not be aware that every Elevators album issued on CD or LP in the last 20 years (apart from the original albums themselves) have been taken from badly transferred records due to the fact that the masters have long since been lost forever. This official Elevators ACME singles edition has been transcribed from the best sources possible ensuring maximum sound reproduction. We are confident that the sound you will hear, will be the best EVER Elevators sounds! This is the ultimate Elevators item to own and this box set of 8 x 45's is in a strict limited edition of just 1000 copies only worldwide.LAST COPY - NOW DELETED.
Sparkles - No Friend Of Mine/Hipsville 29 BC ( I Need Help)/ I Want To. 7". (Label: Sundazed, Cat.No: S176)
The Sparkles, who hailed from that great psych and garage state of Texas, released a mighty batch of 45's on the Hickory label in 1966 and 67. Here are three of the snarliest, fuzziest, cut from the original mono masters and issued in a picture sleeve, which is more than any of these muthas got back in '66!! Limited edition vinyl in colour picture sleeve.LAST COPY OF THIS NOW DELETED SUNDAZED TITLE.
Mayo Thompson - Corky's Debt To His Father. CD. (Label: Drag City, Cat.No: CD49CD)
Long lost 1970-released solo album from Red Krayola frontman and sometime Pere Ubu collaborator. Originally recorded on the legendary Texan Revolution label, which went bust almost on completion of recording leaving the album largely undistributed until the mid 80s. Very much in the vein of the folky singer songwriter, but already leaning toward what would later become, in the hands of Thompson's disciples, punk.
13th Floor Elevators - The Legendary Group At Their Best!. 4-CD Box Set. (Label: Collectables, Cat.No: COL00892)
Exactly what we've all been waiting for- all four 'official' Elevators albums (that's 'Psychedelic Sounds Of', 'Easter Everywhere', 'Bull Of The Woods', and the very un-live 'Live' for the uninitiated) together in one shiny, woodmounted box set. No fan of West Coast music (even though they were from Texas- well, it's in the West isn't it? Stop nitpicking!!) can afford to be without this- it should be compulsory to own it. There are few sounds as heavenly as the twang of Roky Erickson's guitar- and it sounds even more incredible in this format. This is a beautiful looking box set. Slip this inside your house. (What a terrible joke- Ed)
US 60s garage rock. 14 track vinyl compilation in the tradition of best selling "Time Won't Change My Mind" and "The Night Is So Dark" collections. 12 Tracks completely uncompiled, 2 only available on long out-of-print and sought after comps. Painstakingly remastered and for the first time in this series in a full coloured cover. A-side: 1. VY - COUNTZ - Good Bye 2. STARBLAZERS - You Better Change 3. NOMADS - How Many Times (Original 7" version) 4. HUNS - Winning Ticket 5. SPIDER & MUSTANGS - You Ask Me Why 6. J. WALKER & PEDESTRIANS - Life Is Too Short 7. FRUIT OF THE LOOMS - One Hand In The Darkness B-side: 1. MIDKNIGHTS - Why 2. TOMMY & NIGHTBEATS - Come On Darling 3. JADES - Change My Way 4. MEEN - Say You Love Me 5. ROTATIONS - One Way Road 6. MID - KNIGHTS - I Dont Have To Wait 7. BIG INNERS - Do You Wonder.Includes detailed insert.
Shiva's Headband - Take Me Too The Mountains. LP. (Label: , Cat.No: CAPITOL 538)
Led by Violin virtuoso Spencer Perskin (who prior to the band performed as a solo artist on the folk circuit) Shiva's Headband were a kind of rural hippy, psychedelic rock band mixing blues folk and country with an acid fried contempt for red neck society. They performed on the same psychedelic stages as The 13th Floor Elevators and the Conqueroo. Originally released in 1969 on Capitol this album is very much in the late 60's early 70's rural rock vein with flashes of the earlier psychedelic sound particularly evident on the re-working of the bands pre-album singles "Songs For Peace" and "Kaleidoscoptic".
Jump on, jump on! It’s the Elevator and we're all going up! Up, up and up again, but what if you don't know where the best place to jump on is? A quandary no less. But fear not an introduction is at hand thanks to the endlessly loveable people at Charly.. . and it has twenty tracks! And they're all great! Compiled from their recordings for International Artists between 1966 and 1969 this features all their groundbreaking work plus the recently discovered nugget "I Don't Ever Want To Come Down" and a manic version of Van Morrison and Them's garage classic "Gloria". Did I mention it's housed in a digipak too, oh it's just so exciting. A serious necessity for those who don't know Roky and his nihilistic band of hippy avengers, check it out.
European release of Volume 2 in the "Texas Rock Music Heritage" (volume 1 covering the Moving Sidewalks) This 2 CD set features 48 tracks including a whopping 7 that have never before been released from the masters including tracks by The Spades' and early recordings by Roky ; "Peace (take 1), "Peace (take 2)", "I Love the Blind Man" and "No Fuss". The second CD features 14 tracks recorded live from the"Sump'n'Else" show 1966 at the WFAA - TV staion in Dallas and another 4 tracks recorded live at the New Orleans Club in Austin TX again in 1966. This fine package also comes with a 12 page full colour booklet with great sleeve notes and photos. The sound quality of this release is fantastic!
13th Floor Elevators - Bull Of The Woods (Charly Digi Pack Version). CD. (Label: Snapper, Cat.No: SNAP201CD)
Digi pack version of the last Elevators studio album, from 1968 and a much more produced and laid back effort. Although the band were already breaking up this still contains plenty of the musical integrity and weirdness of the earlier releases, particularly the track "Never Another", one of the band's finest moments. This re-issue contains ten bonus tracks including four outtakes from the sessions, an acoustic take of "Splash" and five live tracks lifted from their (ahem) Live album.
Shiva's Headband - In The Primo Of Life + Bonus Tracks. CD. (Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK292CD)
Recorded in 1985 by the legendary Texan psych band, Shiva’s fourth album is a surprising blend of psych-rock, jazz and reggae. In The Primo Of Life is one of front man’s Spencer Perkins favourite albums. This CD version features 2 excellent bonus tracks and is housed in a thick card gatefold sleeve.
LP (180 gram) thick card version of the third release by the legendary Texas psych band. Psychedelic Yesterday, dates from the late '70's. Many regard it as the bands best album and it is definitely the hardest to find. Finally reissued thanks to their leader Spencer Perkin, this long awaited re-release is out now in it's original sleeve. Pure jazzy psych rock jamming with electric violin as the lead instrument proving why the band are well remembered for their live act.