Roky Erickson & the Aliens

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All Music Guide - David Cleary
Like Syd Barrett and Robyn Hitchcock, Roky Erickson is one of rock & roll's genuine crazies, and this album does nothing to dispel that image. As the song titles accurately suggest, the lyrics here all draw their subject matter from satanic and horror-movie subjects. Musically, the album is quite appealing. If the ghouls in the 1960s song "Monster Mash" were really hip, they'd be partying down to "Don't Shake Me Lucifer," a rollicking 1950s-inspired number with clear nods to Little Richard, and they'd be slow-dancing to "I Walked With a Zombie," a demented early-'60s ballad update. A number of other songs here suggest a drier, mid-tempo version of the garage ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Cleary
Like Syd Barrett and Robyn Hitchcock, Roky Erickson is one of rock & roll's genuine crazies, and this album does nothing to dispel that image. As the song titles accurately suggest, the lyrics here all draw their subject matter from satanic and horror-movie subjects. Musically, the album is quite appealing. If the ghouls in the 1960s song "Monster Mash" were really hip, they'd be partying down to "Don't Shake Me Lucifer," a rollicking 1950s-inspired number with clear nods to Little Richard, and they'd be slow-dancing to "I Walked With a Zombie," a demented early-'60s ballad update. A number of other songs here suggest a drier, mid-tempo version of the garage psychedelia of Erickson's legendary 1960s band 13th Floor Elevators, especially "I Think of Demons," "Cold Night for Alligators," and the feedback-laden anthem "Two-Headed Dog." "Night of the Vampire" and "Stand for the Fire Demon" are ominously effective slow-tempo production numbers. The sound quality on this album is a bit trebly, but not bad. In general, this is an excellently listenable album. Note that this release's title as it appears on the disc label and jacket spine is five runic symbols unreproducible with a standard typewriter keyboard; other review sources give the eponymous title which has been listed above.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 5013929980372
  • Catalog Number: 2998037
  • Sales rank: 26,492

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roky Erickson & the Aliens Primary Artist
Roky Erickson Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Link Davis Hammond Organ
Duane Aslaksen Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Fuzzy Furioso Drums, Group Member
Andre Lewis Synthesizer
Brian Marnell Background Vocals
Jeff Sutton Drums
Bill Miller Electric Autoharp, Group Member
Steven Morgan Burgess Bass, Group Member
Scott Matthews Drums
Technical Credits
Roky Erickson Composer
Duane Aslaksen Musical Director
Scott Church Engineer
Stu Cook Producer
Karl Derfler Engineer, Remixing
Craig Luckin Executive Producer
Bill Steele Engineer
Phil Alexander Liner Notes
Captain Colourz Artwork
Ray Francois Equipment Manager
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