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Tommy Hall był jednym z członków legendarnej psychodelicznej grupy lat sześćdziesiątych The 13th Floor Elevators. Właściwie trzeba powiedzieć, że był jednym ze szczęśliwców "ocalałych" z narkotycznej pożogi, która doprowadziła do rozpadu tej bezkompromisowej grupy i szeregu nieszczęśliwych wypadków: śmierć Stracy Sutherlanda, zewświrowanie lidera Roky Ericksona etc. Hall razem z Ericksonem byli współtwórcami sukcesów, ale przede wszystkim był osobą odpowiedzialną za charakterystyczne brzmienie - Hall grał na dziwacznym instrumencie - electric jug - rodzajem "kubełka" wydającego niesamowite dźwięki. Druga płyta Elevatorsów -"Easter Everywhere" -to praktycznie dzieło Halla zafascynowanego filozofią Wschodu. Tommy opuścił kolegów w momencie gdy Ericksona oskarżono o posiadanie narkotyków i osadzono w zamkniętym zakładzie psychiatrycznym ze zdiagnozowaną schizofrenią. Prezentowany materiał to solowy projekt Halla - takie "odkurzone Easter Everywhere", ale czuć w niej wciąż niesamowitą świeżość i aktualność.


The 13th Floor Elevators formed in Austin, Texas in late 1965. The band was co-founded by guitarist Roky Erickson and jug musician Tommy Hall from a merger of two Texas garage bands, the Lingsmen and the Spades. The original lineup also featured Stacy Sutherland on guitar, Benny Thurman on bass, and John Ike Walton on drums. Tommy Hall was the band’ s guru, a University of Texas psychology major and blower of an electrified jug: a crock-jug, with a microphone held up to it when it was being blown. The jug became the band’s signature and trademark.

Although they found only limited success before dissolving amid legal baffles and extreme drug use, the band is regarded as one of the first psychedelic bands and a major influence on many bands that came later. Erickson bebame one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous enigmatic cult figures and burnouts. He is perhaps as well known for his erratic personal behavior as for his musical talents.

In I 966, the band released its first album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the J3Th Floor Elevators. It is believed that this was the first time the word psychedelic appeared on an album cover. When listening to this album, it is sometimes hard to believe that an amplified jug could create the weird sound that predicted the synthesizers of modern day techno [...]

Tommy Hall & Stacy Sutherland

Throughout the spring of 1966, the Elevators toured Texas, playing clubs in Austin, Houston and Dallas, followed ‘by a tour to the West Coast. They made two nationally televised appearances, and also played at the famous San Francisco ballrooms, the Fillmore and the Avalon. They played on the same bills as Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Great Society and the Byrds. Janis Joplin was a close friend of the band and sang with them at some shows, and almost joined the band before deciding to join the San Francisco band Big Brother and the Holding Company. In I 967 they released their second album Easter Everywhere, which was a hard-to-find collector’s item until finally re-released as a CD from Collectables Records. The album features the band’s distinctive sound. Our favorite songs are “Slip Inside this House,” “Slide Machine” and “Levitation.” [...]

By 1968, the Elevators were pretty much dysfunctional with the continuous drug busts and Erickson’s prison terms. Their third album, Bull ofthe Woods, is mostly said to be outtakes from former sessions, Most of the songs were written by lead guitarist Stacy Sutherland. who is known for his pioneering use of reverb and echo. Erickson composed only two songs, but his vocals are present on only four songs on the album. So basically, this is a Sutherland/ Tommy Hall show all the way. The best songsare “Livin’ On” and “May the Circle Remain Unbroken,” which are both Erickson’s songs.

After the release of Bull ofthe Woods Hall left the band and that was the end of the Elevators. The Elevators were vocal proponents of marijuana and LSD and their reputation as drug users and bad seeds led to many problems with the law.

‘They’d take a tab of acid a day,” said Leland Rogers. owner of International Artists, the Elevators’ label. ‘They were stoned all the time.” It should be noted that Leland, who produced the Elevator's albums was the brother of legendary country star Kenny Rogers.

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