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Artist: ERICKSON, ROKY
Title: Dont Slander Me
Format: CD
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 18 page booklet, liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski. Includes rare/unseen archive photos and ephemera. If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986s Dont Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and -- in Burn the Flames, later found on the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack -- even power ballads. Erickson was just 15 when he wrote Youre Gonna Miss Me, the song that epitomized the garage rock movement and inspired punks, rockers, and noisemakers ever since. In another life, Erickson and Austin-based band could have been as big as any of the 60s legends still making music today. But fate took Erickson down a meandering path via the Houston psychiatric hospital where he was institutionalized for almost a decade following a diagnosis with paranoid schizophrenia in 1968. Ericksons experiences in the hospital proved to be fertile inspiration for his music -- on leaving, he formed the group Roky Erickson and the Aliens and began penning songs about zombies, demons, vampires, and -- to counter the B-movie monsters, the real-life monsters of social injustice." - Light in the Attic.

Artist: ERICKSON, ROKY
Title: Dont Slander Me
Format: Double LP
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $28.00
"If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986s Dont Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and -- in Burn the Flames, later found on the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack -- even power ballads. Erickson was just 15 when he wrote Youre Gonna Miss Me, the song that epitomized the garage rock movement and inspired punks, rockers, and noisemakers ever since. In another life, Erickson and Austin-based band could have been as big as any of the 60s legends still making music today. But fate took Erickson down a meandering path via the Houston psychiatric hospital where he was institutionalized for almost a decade following a diagnosis with paranoid schizophrenia in 1968. Ericksons experiences in the hospital proved to be fertile inspiration for his music -- on leaving, he formed the group Roky Erickson and the Aliens and began penning songs about zombies, demons, vampires, and -- to counter the B-movie monsters, the real-life monsters of social injustice. 2LP housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski. Includes download card for the full album, an etching on side D by artist Travis Millard, plus rare/unseen archive photos and ephemera." - Light in the Attic.

Artist: ERICKSON, ROKY
Title: Gremlins Have Pictures
Format: LP + 7"
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"By 1986, Roky Ericksons career had endured twists, turns, and a late-period purple patch marked by incredible music and self-destructive behavior. The Evil One (LITA 097) broke him out of the indie underground and Dont Slander Me showed off his rock n roll sensibilities. But Erickson was difficult to manage -- and patience was running out. Id given up after the second album, Ericksons then-manager, Craig Luckin, has said. I had enough. Yet a third album -- arguably his best -- was to be found, if not created. Gremlins Have Pictures is an anthology of Ericksons solo work following his extended incarceration at the Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane, beginning with his first live performance (opening for a screening of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Austin) all the way to Dont Slander Me (LITA 098). Collected here, the odds and ends of Ericksons post-incarceration work tell a story of a man finding his musical feet, ranging from Dylan-like folk strumming to the big, Neil Young-like rock of the unparalleled Anthem (I Promise). The span of time is great -- from The Ritz Theatre tracks, recorded in Austin in 1975, at the debut performance by The Aliens, to those troubled Dont Slander Me off-cuts. Other tracks were cut with the Explosives, the band Roky started working with at Rauls punk club in Austin after hed returned to Austin in 1979, following the departure of the Aliens. Together the various tracks deftly summarize Roky Ericksons recording career. LP housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with eight page booklet, liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski, and a bonus 7" containing tracks 13-16 from the CD. Includes download card for the full album plus rare/unseen archive photos and ephemera." - Light In The Attic

Artist: ERICKSON, ROKY
Title: Gremlins Have Pictures
Format: CD
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 32 page booklet, liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski. Includes rare/unseen archive photos and ephemera. By 1986, Roky Ericksons career had endured twists, turns, and a late-period purple patch marked by incredible music and self-destructive behavior. The Evil One (LITA 097) broke him out of the indie underground and Dont Slander Me showed off his rock n roll sensibilities. But Erickson was difficult to manage -- and patience was running out. Id given up after the second album, Ericksons then-manager, Craig Luckin, has said. I had enough. Yet a third album -- arguably his best -- was to be found, if not created. Gremlins Have Pictures is an anthology of Ericksons solo work following his extended incarceration at the Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane, beginning with his first live performance (opening for a screening of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Austin) all the way to Dont Slander Me (LITA 098). Collected here, the odds and ends of Ericksons post-incarceration work tell a story of a man finding his musical feet, ranging from Dylan-like folk strumming to the big, Neil Young-like rock of the unparalleled Anthem (I Promise). The span of time is great -- from The Ritz Theatre tracks, recorded in Austin in 1975, at the debut performance by The Aliens, to those troubled Dont Slander Me off-cuts. Other tracks were cut with the Explosives, the band Roky started working with at Rauls punk club in Austin after hed returned to Austin in 1979, following the departure of the Aliens. Together the various tracks deftly summarize Roky Ericksons recording career." - Light In The Attic

Artist: ERICKSON, ROKY
Title: The Evil One
Format: Double LP
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Celebrating a creative purple patch by a singular performer, Light In The Attic is to reissue the three albums issued by ROKY ERICKSON in the 1980s: The Evil One, Dont Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures. Together, theyre a chance to pick up a missing jigsaw piece in the history of American rock n roll in deluxe packages. Though it was produced at a time when Roky was struggling to cope with drugs and life on the outside, he hit form on his first post 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS album-proper, 1981s The Evil One. Produced over a period of two years by STU COOK from CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, its a masterful collection of songs about zombies, demons, vampires and, yes, even the Creature With The Atom Brain. These tracks, inspired by schlock sci-fi and horror movies and colored by Rokys distinctive, high-pitched vocal and squealing guitar, are among the maverick performers best. CD includes a 48-page booklet, Vinyl includes a 20-page booklet, download card and a Side D etching by artist TRAVIS MILLARD." -Light In The Attic.

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