Thirteenth Floor Elevators


Monday 1st September 2014

13th Floor Elevators are credited as one of the pioneering bands in the creation of the psychedelic sound which emerged from the 1960s and beyond. 

In late 1965, in a small town in Texas at a time when Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population's spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars, the Elevators were born. Shortly after, they began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning music scene in Austin, Texas. 

The 13th Floor Elevators released the first "psychedelic" rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band's legendary show from 18th February 1967 .

The Elevators followed their own spiritual cosmic route searching for a new path to enlightenment whilst all the while creating a reputation for excess. The band developed a sound that merged garage-punk and psychedelic experimentation. Their music, from the beginning, played and created under the influence of LSD, was raw, ambitious and hugely experimental with Sutherland's pioneering use of reverb and echo, and bluesy, acid-drenched guitar mixed with Tommy Hall's innovative electric jug, 'psychedelic rock' was conceived.

A deluxe three album edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, which for the first time features the whole of the Elevators' historic gig on 18th February 1967 at the Houston Music Theatre. It catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators' gig, and the latest to survive. Mastered by Sonic Boom and put together by band expert Paul Drummond, it includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years. There is also a 2 CD ‘Mediabook’ edition released to coincide.

Live Evolution Lost is part of the Charly Records 40th anniversary series of releases - four decades of some of the finest music ever minted, and now one of the major purveyors of high-quality music reissues. Ceaseless devotion to presenting a panoramic sweep of the core elements of contemporary music - the best in Blues, Jazz, Funk, primal Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Soul, Reggae, Rock, Gospel - and poised to make 2014 its best year ever!

Live Evolution Lost by 13th Floor Elevators is available to purchase now, here.


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