You're likely to recognise Nico from the Velvet Underground's debut album (more on them later) and if you don't know the name, you'll know the voice. This is the second album in a row in which the lyrics have been sung in the singer's second language (Nico is of German orgin) and this is the poorer of the two albums because it doesn't go anywhere lyrically or musically (the title track is the best example of this). It sounds like Nico has a vocal range of three semitones, her performance is that flat and monotonous.
A bizarre choice for this book simply because this album isn't a proper album as such, but a collection of discarded tracks from previous sessions.Having said that, apart from the live tracks in the middle, you could be forgiven for not realising this, Some songs will be recognisable to the listener from later cover versions (Lilac Wine and the be gorgeous Wild is the Wind) but the great song on the album is 'Four Women', whose downcast melody and passionate vocal comes straight after the upbeat opener.
Due to sound limitations I could only listen to one channel of this album, and most of the vocals are on the 'deaf' channel so I've given up after three songs. The 'instrumentals' were pretty good though, so I'll go back to this.
After a brief break in proceedings cause by a technical error to my headphones, I have come back to cast opion over the music of the mid 60s. This is the point where the summer of love was just around the corner, LSD was the hippest drug around and kids where grooving to 24 hour light-shows in the heart of London. The 13th Floor Elevators are very much of their time, and it's difficult to imagine them being able to get a record deal in any other era. Yes, the album is ok, but it's not something I'd choose to listen too to many times
Favourite Track: You're Gonna Miss Me
There's a book you may or may not have heard of called '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'. Here is my attempt to do just that. Follow my progress from Frank Sinatra to Arcade Fire as I write my thoughts and feelings about each album.
All errors in this blog are mine, and mine only (unless they're not).