Reviews by robbo
This is rockabilly, but get the real stuff, not this. Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Elvis on Sun Records, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, even Rick Nelson's first records, Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio, Eddie Cochran are all great rockabilly. (Have I forgotten anyone?) This stuff, though, is lame.
I haven't read the book, but “War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace" (Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner) is wrong. War is a sometimes necessary evil, but it is always inherently "indecent," to say the least. A decent war is only one not fought.
This really IS psychedelia. Roky Eirkson's strange voice, the odd chord structures and unusual guitar sounds…the band even had an electric jug player that contributes to the Elevators' sound. These aren't AM radio friendly songs or flower power - they've got a sound that often sounds eerily disturbing. If you want to dig into psychedelia, you can do no better than to start here with this classic album. Unfortunately, later albums were never as good due mostly to Roky's mental breakdown and drug use.
This is a great psychedelic collection from a great Texas band led by Roky Erickson. Yeah, it's psychedelic and hard rock 'n' roll that can't really be compared to any other band because they don't sound like any other band. Thankfully, there no flower power pretensions here. It's all a bit crazed, and Erickson's voice is the main reason why. Give it a try and ye shall be changed.
It's by the History Channel, so of course there's an over-reliance on dramatic re-enactments of Franklin's life. That's hardly academic. The interviews are not as great as they could be. It's good for those just beginning an investigation into Franklin's life and historical importance. There are, however, better DVDs in the AADL collection.