Thursday, February 7, 2013

Song of the Week: 13th Floor Elevators - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue


Day four of our celebration of Bob Dylan's It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. Austin Texas' 13th Floor Elevators released this very unique version of Baby Blue on the Easter Everywhere album in November, 1967. It was also released as the flip-side of their 4th single, She Lives. This is one bitchin' version if you ask me. Slow, brooding and as trippy as they come. All that without getting to the more cartoonish aspects of psychedelic music. The double lead guitar builds throughout the song and Roky Erickson, as always, is perfect in his vocal delivery. Interestingly, Tommy Hall's jug playing seems to be absent throughout the song -- even in the long musical close of the five minute song.

Flip-Side Trivia -- The 13th Floor Elevators were the first ever post back in October of 2008 at On The Flip-Side. It was even a song from this same album. The song was I had To Tell You. This same album also produced this post about the song Levitation back in 2010. Three posts from one album is without question a Flip-Side record. 

One of my favorite music blogs, Derek's Daily 45, has also done three posts on the Elevators. Here is a link to their post about Slip Inside This House.

6 comments:

  1. This is my all time favourite version of Baby Blue! I was hoping you include it. Thanks.

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  2. Thanks Rafaello. This is a great version off of a great album. I think that all in all, Them's version of Baby Blue is still my favorite, but this is so damn good and unique. The whole album is a masterpiece that only gets better with repeated listenings.

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  3. Hey! Where did u find these photos! Never seen them B4.

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  4. Is that Stacy Sutherland smiling??

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  5. Both from the wonderful world of google. Now you can just nick 'em from here. Come to think of it, Sutherland was usually glum, wasn't he?

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  6. Beautiful...thanks!

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