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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Roky Erickson Bootlegs - CD Club Progress

I used a copy of the cover of the Evil One to illustrate this post when I originally wrote it. Billy Alienate and Craig Lurkin complained to Google about it! Dear lovers of Texas Psych Music: I hope that this shows you all the lengths that these two will go. They are against the fans, against Roky and out for themselves. Anyway, I have replaced the "offending" content with another picture especially for them.


OK, the folks working on the last haul of Roky Erickson bootlegs have made remarkable progress on it. Don't forget, there will be 26 more cassettes added to this. What will happen is that the 26 will be ripped and then CD's will begin to be assembled from what's below and the 26 morphed together in the best way.
The tapes are listed by letter. If a letter is missing, that means that tape is useless. Oh shit, I'll past that list below this too! This is the progress that's been made. It's a long process and it's going to be done right.

USEFUL TAPES:

B) 1979-06-25, Scotch Master 45' Cassette, 3:01
Don't Shake Me Lucifer
NOTES: Alternate take to one on Evil One.

C) 1979-07-10, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 2:58
Don't Shake Me Lucifer with Bill Miller
NOTES: Same alternate take as B, but a different mix.

G) Roky Rough 2A, Studio Instrumentals, AKBH8162 C60 Cassette, 59:26
Fire Demon Take 1
The Damned Thing Takes 1-8?
Cold Night For Alligators Takes 1-4
Night Of The Vampire x2
Don't Shake Me Lucifer Takes 1-3
notes: I know of no Roky solo backing tracks being "out there", so these are all new.
H) 5/14, Studio, White Cassette, 29:11
Starry Eyes x5
The Haunt x2
White Faces/
The Haunt x2
NOTES: Starry Eyes x5 are all same take as on Don't Slander Me, but all different mixes. The 2nd Starry Eyes is just a fragment, the rest are the full song. The Haunts are same take as on Don't Slander Me, but are all different mixes. White Faces is just an excerpt of the Evil One album version.

I) '2000', TDK SA-C60, 33:11
Cold Night For Alligators (Fast Version)
Can't Be Brought Down
Bloody Hammer
Wind & More
Sputnik
If You Have Ghosts
Bermuda
White Faces
NOTES: Alligators is same as on Mad Dog & Evil One (Plus One). Brought Down is same take as on Don't Slander Me, but a different mix. It sounds like the same mix, but a big upgrade to the one on The Haunt of… 1987 vinyl single (which is on ROKCDR #41 disc 5). Bloody Hammer is the single version, which is a different mix to the Evil One album and is longer without fading out. This version is on ROKCDR #41 disc 5 from vinyl, but is on this tape in upgraded sound from tape source. Wind is just a muffled copy of the album version. Sputnik is same as on Mad Dog and Evil One (Plus One). Ghosts is a different mix to the one on Evil One. Bermuda sounds just like the single and even seems to have been recorded from the single (vinyl sounds). White Faces is the same as on Mad Dog and Evil One (Plus One).

K) Roky Ruffs 15 Songs 5/3/79, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 25:46 + 31:17
White Faces x2
Bloody Hammer
The Wind & More
Mine Mine Mind
I Walked With A Zombie
Creature With The Atom Brain
-
Don't Shake Me
Stand For The Fire Demon
Click Your Fingers
Two Headed Dog
If You Have Ghosts
Cold Night For Alligators
Night Of The Vampire
I Think Of Demons
White Faces
NOTES: Faces #1 & #3 sound like the same mix, which is not found elsewhere. Unfortunately, Faces #1 is very muffled and #3 is cut quite short at 1:40. Faces #2 is same as on Mad Dog and Evil One (Plus One). Bloody Hammer is found in better quality on I. Wind is found in better quality on P. MMM is found in better quality on V. Zombie is found in better quality on N. Creature is an alternate mix. Lucifer is found in better quality on V. Fire Demon is found in better on V. Click is found in better quality on V. Dog is an alternate mix, which omits Roky's "alright!" as the solo starts. Ghosts is found in better quality on I. Alligators is found in better quality on V. Vampire sounds like same mix as on V, but fades out early while V ends cold. Demons is an alternate take.

L) Reel #2, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 16:28 + 5:42
Click Your Fingers x4
Don't Shake Me Lucifer x2
-
Click Your Fingers x2
notes: This is a continuation of the vocal takes tape R, except for the last 2 Click Your Fingers. They are alternate mixes of takes 1 & 4 from these vocal takes that most likely were done later. 2nd Lucifer is the same alternate take as B, C, K, U, V but is a different mix to all those. All the other takes on here are unique to this tape.
M) 1979-05-17, TDK D-C60, 23:04
Creature With The Atom Brain
Two Headed Dog
White Faces x3
Creature With The Atom Brain
White Faces
NOTES: Both Creatures are alternate mixes. Dog is an alternate mix of the Evil One take. Faces #1-4 are all the same take (same as on Evil One) but are alternate mixes with #1 having some reverb on the vocals while the others have dry vocals and #4 has "hell's such a cool, cool pad" replaced with what's heard on Evil One (otherwise the same take). Faces #2-3 are very close to the same mix, nothing that stands out, but I think I can hear a little difference in the instrument/vocal levels.

N) 1979-05-11, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 13:03 + 12:17
I Walked With A Zombie x4: Fast, Faster, Fastest, Normal
-
White Faces
I Think Of Demons
I Walked With A Zombie x2
NOTES: Side 2 is in better quality on O. Zombie x4 is odd. Same exact version repeated with the tape played back at different speeds, but I think someone was just messing around and don't figure this was something being considered for release. Even the "fast" sounds odd, with the other 2 sounding ridiculous. However, this mix is different from the album and is longer, so the "normal" version is of use.

O) 1979-5-11, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 16:20 + 12:15
White Faces
Bloody Hammer
Cold / Night
Can't / Be Brought Down
-
White Faces
I Think Of Demons
I Walked With A Zombie x2
NOTES: Side 1 found in better quality on I. Side 2 has some interesting alternate mixes with backing vocals not heard elsewhere (each Zombie has completely different backing vocals). These are all in mono.

P) Roky & The Aliens, 3 Song Demo, Wally Heider Studio, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 11:11
Mine Mine Mind
Wind & More
If You Have Ghosts
NOTES: MMM and Wind are alternate mixes. Ghosts is found in better quality on I.

Q) TDK MA-C 60' Metal Cassette, 12:43
TEAC Mixes:
The Haunt 5/14/82
The Haunt 5/17/82
-
Starry Eyes 6/5/82 Mix 31 Take 1
You Drive Me Crazy 6/10/82 Mix 49 Take 2
notes: Haunt #1 is found in better quality on H. Haunt #2, Starry Eyes and Drive Me Crazy are alternate mixes to those released on Don't Slander Me. Haunt #2 and Starry Eyes are also different mixes to those on H.
R) Vocal Takes Reel #1, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 31:06 + 31:18
Cold Night For Alligators 1-5
If You Have Ghosts/ 1-4
-
/If You Have Ghosts
If You Have Ghosts x2
Wind & More x2
White Faces x4
Click Your Fingers/
NOTES: Last Ghosts on Side 1 wraps to Side 2 and misses approx 10 sec. Click also cuts short by approx 10 sec. Each song has a take (usually the last take) which is heard on the other tapes, but are here in unique mixes. Faces has 2 takes which are found on other tapes in different mixes. This "vocal takes" session continues on L.

U) Wally Heider Mixes, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 13:32
Two Headed Dog
Don't Shake Me Lucifer
Night Of The Vampire
I Think Of Demons
NOTES: All are same take as on Evil One, but are alternate mixes.

V) Ruffs 1979-04-13, Scotch Master I 60' Cassette, 27:02
Cold Night For Alligators
Night Of The Vampire
Shake Me take
Click Your Fingers
Mine Mine Mind
If You Have Ghosts
NOTES: Alligators is an alternate mix. Vampire is the same mix as on K, but fades out early here while K ends cold. Lucifer is an alternate mix. MMM is the same alternate mix as K, but here in better quality. Ghosts is an alternate mix. All are same takes as on Evil One except Lucifer, which is the same alternate take as heard elsewhere on these tapes.

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X) 1980-02-19, Roughs, 1/4" Reel 7 1/2 IPS, 29:30 + 20:01
Two Headed Dog
Stand For The Fire Demon
The Wind & More
Cold Night For Alligators
Don't Shake Me Lucifer
Mine Mine Mind
I Think Of Demons
Night Of The Vampire
-
Creature With The Atom Brain
White Faces
I Walked With A Zombie
Sputnik
Can't Be Brought Down
NOTES:: Looks like this was an early assembling of the album. Though it's always been said that 15 songs were recorded, but this has Can't Be Brought Down which would make a 16th song. All songs are in mono. Wouldn't think it was mixed that way...

USELESS TAPES:

Roky Erickson - Studio Sessions 2, SB, 17:39
1) Bloody Hammer
2) White Faces
3) Can't Be Brought Down
4) Cold Night For Alligators
NOTES: All tracks are found in better quality on I.

A) 1981-02-28, Sony HF Normal Bias Cassette CTF 12505, 17:45
Can't Be Brought Down
Wind & More
Bermuda
Bloody Hammer
NOTES: All tracks found in better quality on I.

J) Studio 1976, '1st 45', TDK SD C60, 15:35
Bermuda
Interpreter
Click Your Fingers
Mine Mine Mind
Two Headed Dog
NOTES: All tracks are same as released on Bermuda and Sponge 7"ers.

S) Roky - Aliens Studio, TDK AD-C45, 13:49
Two Headed Dog
Don't Shake Me Lucifer
I Think Of Demons
-
Night Of The Vampire
notes: All tracks found in better quality on U.
T) Roky - Aliens Studio, Generic Beige Cassette, 15:33
Bermuda
Interpreter
Click Your Fingers
Mine Mine Mind
Two Headed Dog
NOTES: Same as J. All tracks are same as released on Bermuda and Sponge 7"ers.

W) 1/4" Reel 7 1/2 IPS, 15:40
Bermuda
Interpreter
Click Your Fingers
Mine Mine Mind
Two Headed Dog
NOTES: Same as J & T. All tracks are same as released on Bermuda and Sponge 7"ers.



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