ROKY ERICKSON: All That May Do My Rhyme LP


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This album by Roky Erickson is a real treat. It’s so nice to see that Henry Rollins is there to help Roky put out new music. Roky’s music is an acquired taste, but once you get into his previous band the 13th Floor Elevators, Explosives etc, you’ll really enjoy it. This album is what Dylan would’ve sounded like if he’d taken too much acid. The work is actually fairly touching, and gives the listener the impression of listening to a battle-scarred soldier of life working out his demons. Great stuff.

Reissue of Roky Erickson‘s All That May Do My Rhyme, originally released in 1994. Roky Erickson is a legend. Former member of the 13th Floor Elevators, he was considered the white James Brown. Drug problems and diagnosed schizophrenia made him an outsider. By the ’90s, he was struggling to survive on a $200 monthly social security check. In 1990, artists like R.E.M., ZZ Top, and the Jesus and Mary Chain recorded his songs for a tribute album. Erickson performed publicly for the first time in many years at the Austin Music Awards. In 1994, he returned to the studio with guitarists Charlie Sexton and the Butthole SurfersPaul Leary to record All That May Do My Rhyme. This record was released on CD, cassette, and vinyl in 1994 on Paul Leary‘s Trance Syndicate Records. Notes from the original press release: “Trance Syndicate is pleased to present the first studio recording in almost a decade by one of the most gifted, most influential, most inspired singer/songwriters from the Republic of Texas since Buddy Holly. Roky Erickson is back! performing new songs and a few classics in one of the best studios in Texas, backed by some of Texas’ finest musicians.” This is no cheap live tape, crummy reissue, nor a slimy bootleg. This is the real thing.

A1 I’m Gonna Free Her 3:03
A2 Starry Eyes 3:38
A3 You Don’t Love Me Yet 4:24
A4 Please Judge 4:28
A5 Don’t Slander Me 4:15
A6 We Are Never Talking 3:46
B1 For You (I’d Do Anything) 2:16
B2 For You 3:01
B3 Clear Night For Love 2:47
B4 Haunt 3:40
B5 Starry Eyes 3:10
B6 We Sell Soul / The Spades 3:14