13th Floor Elevators
7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres—The Complete Singles Collection (International Artists)
Though steeped in
the gut-level pleasures of the past (see the sandpaper blues of “Before You
Accuse Me”) and the innovations of their contemporaries (their “Baby Blue” is
one of the richest Dylan covers ever recorded), each cut displays an
unrelenting desire to push things into the future. “Reverbaration (sic)
(Doubt)” foresees The Stooges, while “May the Circle Remain Unbroken” seems
like a blueprint for shoegaze; but many tracks, like the dizzy “Slip Inside
This House,” remain defiantly singular.
The accompanying booklet offers a wealth of record-geek minutiae as well as a few salacious details to round out a package that’s simultaneously a boon to completists and an ideal introduction to the uninitiated.