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by Roky Erickson Roky Erickson


by Roky Erickson Roky Erickson




Roky Erickson may have been living across the border from sanity in the late '70s and early '80s, but he hadn't lost touch with his considerable gifts as a singer and rhythm guitarist, and with the right band behind him he was a rock & roll force to be reckoned with. Austin pop-punk pioneers the Explosives frequently did double duty as Roky's band during this period, and this collection of 17 live performances from the band's vaults (recorded in Texas and California) captures both Erickson and his accompanists in great form. Demons, zombies, and other creatures from a steady diet of late-night horror movie broadcasts dominated most of Erickson's songs from this period, but he sings stuff like "I Walked with a Zombie," "Creature with the Atom Brain," and "Don't Shake Me Lucifer" with enough lucidity that he appears to still have one foot planted in reality even at his most bizarre, and his vocals are consistently strong and on point. Roky is every bit as impressive when he ventures into more benign territory -- "Starry Eyes" may be the best Buddy Holly tribute ever, and the rough but heartfelt run through "I've Just Seen a Face" is a pleasant surprise. And the Explosives truly deliver the goods as Erickson's rhythm section; Cam King's guitar leads are fiery but concise, bassist Walter Collie and drummer Freddie Krc lay down a truly relentless backbeat, and their harmonies add just the right icing to Roky's vocals. While the fidelity of these recordings varies quite a bit, Erickson and the band are loud and clear throughout, and the best moments leave no doubt that Erickson is one of the greatest wild talents in rock history; where there are plenty of live recordings of Roky Erickson on the market, this is easily near the top of the heap for sheer energy and enthusiasm.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
Label: Steadyboy Records
UPC: 0678277170926
catalogNumber: 22
Rank: 67600


  1. Two Headed Dog
  2. Don't Shake Me Lucifer
  3. Bermuda
  4. The Wind and More
  5. Starry Eyes
  6. I Walked with a Zombie
  7. Stand for the Fire Demon
  8. Bloody Hammer
  9. Wait for You
  10. Wake Up to Rock & Roll
  11. You're Gonna Miss Me
  12. Creature with the Atom Brain
  13. I Think Up Demons
  14. The Beast
  15. I've Just Seen a Face
  16. The Interpreter
  17. White Faces
  18. KLBJ Radio Ad

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roky Erickson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Waller Collie   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Cam King   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Freddy Steady KRC   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Roky Erickson   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Malcolm Harper   Engineer
Cam King   Engineer
Craig Luckin   Executive Producer
Darren Hill   Executive Producer
Jud Cost   Liner Notes
Dennis Loren   Illustrations
Freddy Steady KRC   Producer

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