Never Ever Land: 83 Texan Nuggets from International Artists Records

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's not unusual for a small independent record company to be defined by its first major success, and that was certainly the case for the maverick Texas label International Artists. IA began life in 1965 as a fairly ordinary regional outfit releasing pop
ock stuff, but when they scored a nationwide hit with the 13th Floor Elevators' proto-psychedelic anthem "You're Gonna Miss Me," the label's de facto A&R chief, Lelan Rogers, dove headfirst into Texas acid culture and IA became a home for consciousness-expanded acts such as the Golden Dawn, the Bubble Puppy, Endle St. Cloud, and the truly crazed Red Crayola. Never Ever Land is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's not unusual for a small independent record company to be defined by its first major success, and that was certainly the case for the maverick Texas label International Artists. IA began life in 1965 as a fairly ordinary regional outfit releasing pop
ock stuff, but when they scored a nationwide hit with the 13th Floor Elevators' proto-psychedelic anthem "You're Gonna Miss Me," the label's de facto A&R chief, Lelan Rogers, dove headfirst into Texas acid culture and IA became a home for consciousness-expanded acts such as the Golden Dawn, the Bubble Puppy, Endle St. Cloud, and the truly crazed Red Crayola. Never Ever Land is a three-CD set designed to give a reasonably comprehensive picture of International Artists' strange and memorable five-year lifespan. Disc one is focused on Texas garage rock, and features some of the fuzzier and more straightforward material from the 13th Floor Elevators, the Red Crayola, and the Golden Dawn alongside lesser-known teen rock acts such as the Beach Boys-influenced Coastliners and the frantic Chayns. Disc two is devoted to IA's psychedelic acts, though since several already popped up on disc one the distinction may seem vague to some; at any rate, while most of this music isn't as eccentric as AI's reputation would suggest, this is still a solid set of acid-influenced rock, ranging from the tight hard rock of the Bubble Puppy and the earnest folk-rock of the Rubayyat to the country-flavored sounds of Ginger Valley and the brilliantly "huh?"-inducing sides from the Red Crayola. Finally, the third disc rounds up various odd and ends, from the sublime two superb acoustic tracks from Roky Erickson with Clementine Hall and the worthy a couple selections from Lightnin' Hopkins' IA set Free Form Patterns to the ridiculous Sonny Hall's dunderheaded country novelty "The Battle of the Moon". The set is accompanied by a thick booklet featuring a short history of the label, an entertaining interview with Lelan Rogers, and an AI discography. Never Ever Land reveals the dirty little secret that much of International Artists' output wasn't as bizarre as their most famous releases would lead you to expect, but the first two discs serve as an excellent overview of the heady era when teenage rock gave way to something more adventurous, and the third delivers some superb moments while filling in the gaps in the IA story; it's a loving tribute to a label whose existence was in many respects a brave leap into the musical unknown.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415573523
  • Catalog Number: 735
  • Sales rank: 233,159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want My Woman - The Emperors (2:38)
  2. 2 Alright - The Coastliners (2:04)
  3. 3 You're Gonna Miss Me - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:27)
  4. 4 Rejected - Sterling Damon (2:02)
  5. 5 Wonderful You - The Coastliners (2:18)
  6. 6 Dominoes - Thursday's Children (2:00)
  7. 7 I Tried So Hard - Chaparrels (2:49)
  8. 8 See It Thru - Chayns (2:22)
  9. 9 In My Own Time - The Patterns (2:15)
  10. 10 Live with the Moon - Chayns (3:04)
  11. 11 Night Time (Is the Right Time) - Chayns (2:56)
  12. 12 A Part of You - Thursday's Children (2:05)
  13. 13 Fire Engine - The 13th Floor Elevators (3:21)
  14. 14 Air Conditioned Man - Thursday's Children (2:14)
  15. 15 25 MPH - Lost and Found (1:52)
  16. 16 There's Something Wrong (In This Place) - Chayns (2:30)
  17. 17 Help, Murder, Police - Thursday's Children (2:07)
  18. 18 Reaching Out to You - The Golden Dawn (2:20)
  19. 19 You Can Forget About That - Thursday's Children (1:58)
  20. 20 Tried to Hide - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:21)
  21. 21 A Nice Surprise - The Golden Dawn (2:54)
  22. 22 Pink Stainless Tail - The Red Crayola (3:23)
  23. 23 Communication Breakdown - Inner Scene (2:52)
  24. 24 Let Me Be - Lost And Found (2:48)
  25. 25 We Sell Soul - The Spades (3:17)
  26. 26 You're Gonna Miss Me - The Spades (3:25)
  27. 27 I Don't Ever Want to Come Down - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hot Smoke and Sasafrass - Bubble Puppy (2:34)
  2. 2 Starvation - The Golden Dawn (2:53)
  3. 3 Scarlet and Gold - The 13th Floor Elevators (4:59)
  4. 4 Everybody's Here - Lost and Found (3:04)
  5. 5 War Sucks - The Red Crayola (3:56)
  6. 6 Never Ever Land - The Rubayyat (3:43)
  7. 7 Search the Sun - The Shayds (2:43)
  8. 8 My Time - The Golden Dawn (3:53)
  9. 9 Slip Inside This House - The 13th Floor Elevators (4:08)
  10. 10 When Will You Come Through - Lost and Found (2:26)
  11. 11 Tell Me One More Time (What's Happening to Our World) - Endle St. Cloud (2:49)
  12. 12 If I Had a Reason - Bubble Puppy (2:20)
  13. 13 Ginger - Ginger Valley (2:36)
  14. 14 If I Were a Carpenter - The Rubayyat (2:35)
  15. 15 Days of Our Time - Bubble Puppy (2:26)
  16. 16 Professor Black - Lost and Found (2:37)
  17. 17 Quest for Beauty - Endle St. Cloud (2:47)
  18. 18 A Gathering of Promises - Bubble Puppy (2:26)
  19. 19 Forever Lasting Plastic Words - Lost and Found (2:10)
  20. 20 She Lives in a Time of Her Own - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:56)
  21. 21 Nickle Niceness - The Red Crayola (3:09)
  22. 22 Hurricane Fighter Plane - The Red Crayola (3:40)
  23. 23 Come Through - Endle St. Cloud (2:14)
  24. 24 Country Life - Ginger Valley (1:54)
  25. 25 This Is Love - Endle St. Cloud (4:24)
  26. 26 Vil Vile Grass - The Red Crayola (2:21)
  27. 27 60-Second Radio Spot for Bull of the Woods - The 13th Floor Elevators (1:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Pepperman - Arnim & Hamilton (2:26)
  2. 2 Times Gone By - Disciples of Shaftesbury (2:16)
  3. 3 Popcorn Popper - Beauregard (2:51)
  4. 4 Breakfast in Bed - Big Walter (2:24)
  5. 5 Black Ghost - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:32)
  6. 6 Mama Never Taught Me How to Jelly Roll - Beauregard (2:56)
  7. 7 Terp - Dave Allen (2:39)
  8. 8 Hurry Sundown - Bubble Puppy (4:00)
  9. 9 My Cup Is Full - Disciples of Shaftesbury (2:25)
  10. 10 Little Girl Called Sad - Kathy Clarke (2:14)
  11. 11 Baby Child - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:36)
  12. 12 Bring Your Love - The Shayds (1:59)
  13. 13 Walkin' Midnight Coffee Break - Arnim & Hamilton (2:25)
  14. 14 Splash 1 - Clementine Hall (3:03)
  15. 15 Right Track Now - Clementine Hall (3:00)
  16. 16 Trouble's Coming On - Billy Wade McKnight (2:31)
  17. 17 My Summer Prayer - Kathy Clarke (2:25)
  18. 18 I Need Your Lovin' - Billy Wade McKnight (3:05)
  19. 19 Mini Skirt - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:13)
  20. 20 C. C. Rider - Dave Allen (2:25)
  21. 21 Lonely - Bubble Puppy (2:59)
  22. 22 Poor Planet Earth - Sonny Hall (2:04)
  23. 23 So Ah in Ah Love - Tom Harvey (1:55)
  24. 24 Honey Child - Johnny Williams (2:41)
  25. 25 Sweet Thang - Frankie & Johnny (2:20)
  26. 26 The Battle of the Moon - Sonny Hall (1:43)
  27. 27 My Last Letter - Sterling Damon (2:50)
  28. 28 Interview at KSAN Radio (1st April 1978) - Roky Erickson (2:41)
  29. 29 May the Circle Remain Unbroken - The 13th Floor Elevators (2:40)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Beauregard Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
Van Doren Composer
Phil Cinningham Composer
Traditional Composer
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