Check out this 13th Floor Elevators Contact 45! It’s signed by John Ike Walton on the A side and Roky Erickson on the B. It’s in rough shape but… what the hey! It’s almost 50 friggin’ years old! This is from that same “Tut’s Tomb” collection in Texas.
The Contact Sessions were the first studio recordings by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, recorded in January and February 1966. This single is the same version issued later in '66 on Houston's International Artists label.
In late 1965 Tommy Hall snapped up Roky Erickson from the Spades; who had recorded their own version of You're Gonna Miss Me. The newly formed Elevators then re-recorded the song for Contact Records. By the spring of '66, the record had been snapped up by an upstart label in Houston, International Artists Records, who was able to turn it into a small nationwide success.
Other songs were recorded at the Contact sessions. They were released in 2007 under a botched job overseen by Paul Drummond. These wonderful analog recordings were compressed and sound flat. To read more about this botched job go HERE.