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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Roky Erickson - All That May Do My Rhyme (Rough Mix) Playlist!

Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson
Hey everybody, check out this "special project" bootleg that we did about ten years ago. This was dedicated to a special time in Roky Erickson's life. Roky has been called the American Syd Barrett. This album is his "Madcap Laughs".
Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

By 1993, when this album was made, Roky had been suffering from untreated schizophrenia for almost 15 years. This was aggravated by illegal drug abuse; who wouldn't want to drop acid, or snort coke, with the Father of Psychedelic Music. And to be fair to Evelyn, Roky's Mom, the psychotropic drugs back in the late Seventies had horrible side effects. Additionally, when Roky flipped out, or was complaining of swollen feet, was it really the psychotropic drugs or the plethora of illegal drugs he was doing? Evelyn took him off all psychotropic drugs because THOSE were the drugs she could control.
Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

Anyway, Roky slowly and then faster and faster, began descending into untreated madness. For the last six years before the album, he had totally withdrawn, his hair was one, big, dreadlock, he ceased performing and was living in a rented room with a bunch of TV sets, radios, amps, etc... all running in his house and turned to different channels. He was beginning to have health problems from his teeth. It was a mess.
Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

Something had to be done and my friend Casey Monahan decided it was time for Roky to make a new album. He dragged Roky into the studio. Roky didn't want to do it. He found some songs that hadn't been published before and that they could copyright in Roky's name. All of Roky's other songs publishing had been stolen by unscrupulous Managers and Engineers taking advantage of his mental state and trusting nature. He "sold" the Rights to Two Headed Dog for a chocolate milkshake.

Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

Anyway, Casey had Roky go into the studio and bang out his songs on an acoustic and he still had THAT voice and he wrote amazing songs. They then wiped the guitar and isolated his vocal track. Then they had some of Austin's best Musicians, who were lined up to work on this project, come in and put music to his voice. They did the "Syd Barrett Thing." And it worked!
Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

They also took the Clear Night for Love EP and wiped all the music off that and added new music to it. This made the All That May Do My Rhyme album and it is one of Roky's best. On his newer songs, he sounds world-weary and it totally goes with the song! This is because Roky is a great talent. The mental illness cannot snuff that out.
Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

This Roky CD Club Volume (and YouTube Playlist) is the Clear Night for Love EP taken direct from vinyl; so it's the original mix and takes. Then I got ahold of a bunch of All That May Do My Rhyme tracks that are a bit rougher mix than what ended up on the album. There might be the odd different take too.


We put it all together to make this amazing disc (and YouTube Playlist). Read what Paul, the Uploader, says about this Playlist; he says it's his favorite one so far. In these songs, Roky leaves the demons, bloody hammers, goblins and ghosts at the wayside and most sings love songs.

Enjoy.



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