Psychedelic States: Texas in the '60s, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Outside the confines of the California state line, Texas had arguably the most significant -- and unconventional -- psychedelic circuit in the whole of '60s America, tied up as it was with Tex-Mex border music, modified country accouterments as evidenced by the 13th Floor Elevators' electrified jug, and that vast, boiling wasteland of oil derricks, longhorn cattle, good ol' boys, and, undoubtedly, a particularly potent genus of psychotropic cactus. This first Texas edition in Gear Fab's ongoing Psychedelic States series scales back on the number of songs just 18 this time around and also, for the first time since the initial volume in the series, includes a number of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Outside the confines of the California state line, Texas had arguably the most significant -- and unconventional -- psychedelic circuit in the whole of '60s America, tied up as it was with Tex-Mex border music, modified country accouterments as evidenced by the 13th Floor Elevators' electrified jug, and that vast, boiling wasteland of oil derricks, longhorn cattle, good ol' boys, and, undoubtedly, a particularly potent genus of psychotropic cactus. This first Texas edition in Gear Fab's ongoing Psychedelic States series scales back on the number of songs just 18 this time around and also, for the first time since the initial volume in the series, includes a number of recordings from relatively well-known artists Roy Head, with an awesome, if uncharacteristic, rave-up and bands Bubble Puppy, which had a 1969 Top Ten hit with "Hot Smoke and Sassafras" that have previously been compiled on past LPs. The album benefits from both circumstances. This is by a far shot the leanest, meanest, and most consistently strong collection of the series since that cornerstone original volume. It is, in fact, positively gushing with an abundance of smokin' acidified garage rock. The completely deranged "You Knock Me Down" by unknown Houston band Airhead is the only brown acid here. Recorded in 1966, the song sounds, through the amateurish recording quality, like Guns N' Roses on a nightmarish bender. Seriously. Perhaps manna for some, but not likely for the average consumer of a psych compilation. Once you get past said caterwauling, though, the rest of the album is pure contact high. Particularly heady are Michael's "Caretaker," the Countdown 5's "Candy," both Bubble Puppy tracks neither of which appeared on its album, A Gathering of Promises, A440's "Marenthelia Glows in the Dark," and the Roky Erickson-ish "Don't Be That Way" by the Reasons Why. But this volume is pretty outstanding from one side of the high to the other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Gear Fab Records
  • UPC: 645270019729
  • Catalog Number: 197
  • Sales rank: 147,116

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ted Neeley Vocals
Neil Ford Vocals
Lamier Greig Keyboards
Ian Hoffman Drums
Michael Rapp Keyboards
Robbie J. Leff Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Banino Vocals
Jerry DeJong Guitar
Dub Johnson Bass
Carlos Luevano Guitar
Jon Peerless Guitar
Alec Smith Drums
Johnny Stringfellow Guitar
Technical Credits
Tommy Smith Contributor
Roy Head Contributor
Roy Cox Contributor
Donny Dolan Contributor
David Fore Contributor
Tom Murphy Contributor
John Orvis Contributor
Todd Potter Contributor
John Inman Contributor
Rod Prince Contributor
Ron Miller Contributor
James Manlove Contributor
Charlie Booth Contributor
Bill Kirby Contributor
Tony Ransom Contributor
Roger Maglio Liner Notes
George Svoboda Contributor
"Uncle" Mickey Moody Producer
John Schwertner Contributor
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