OK, so it is a bit odd that my first Elevators post is a radio ad for the very ill-fated third studio album, but then again as Sean Bonniwell’s Close was one ending to a legendary 60’s career, this was another. Already gone from the music scene, The Elevator’s Bull of the Woods was mixed in Sept. 1968, with the great Roky Erickson in his short-lived California visit and Guitarist Stacy Sutherland trying to keep things afloat. The album already gave a look into what was going on with the Texas band at the time with Sutherland’s composistions already dominating the sound while Roky was away, but as good as some of the songs were, it was still a very disappointing follow-up to the great Easter Everywhere.
International Artists, holding up the release of this album, thought it woulod be best to issue the infamous Live album composing of various outtakes and demos with applause dubbed over it as it did feature the classic singing of Erickson, still thought of as the voice of the band. Bull… was a far more laid back affair, more rooted in the Blues rather than classic Psychedelia and Garage, but songs like “Livin’ On,” the classic opener featuring Ericksons soulful singing, and Sutherland’s “Silver and Gold” showed that there was still some life left in the band, if only for a few remaining moments.
Sadly, the album was released as Erickson was having his legal problems started with the infamous Feb. 1969 bust and Sutherland was trying to find another outlet for his music, resulting in the very short lived band Ice who never released anything officially. I.A., after scoring a hit with Bubble Puppy’s “Hot Smoke and Sassafrass” in early ’69, slowly went away through a series of albums which went unnoticed.
Within the other videos at the end of the clip, there’s a home-made clip featuring the classic closer “May the Circle Remain Unbroken,” a title that was the motto of many music fans that were hoping for the return of the band, or at least Erickson, to the music scene. Thankfully, Erickson is now back and proving to all that he is still strong as a performer. It’s the most spaced-out beauty the band would ever get, and that alone makes up for the several weak tracks on that album as it is a true Elevators classic.
This was a clumsy ad, but it has it’s strange charm best heard at 2AM.