13th Floor Elevators ‎– Bull Of The Woods

International Artists ‎– IA-LP 9, International Artists ‎– IA-LP #9
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Livin' On
Written-By – Sutherland*, Hall*
A2 Barnyard Blues
Written-By – Sutherland*
A3 Till Then
Written-By – Sutherland*, Hall*
A4 Never Another
Written-By – Erickson*, Hall*
A5 Rose And The Thorn
Written-By – Sutherland*
A6 Down By The River
Written-By – Sutherland*
B1 Scarlet And Gold
Written-By – Sutherland*
B2 Street Song
Written-By – Sutherland*
B3 Dr. Doom
Written-By – Sutherland*, Hall*
B4 With You
Written-By – Leatherman*
B5 May The Circle Remain Unbroken
Written-By – Erickson*

Companies, etc.



Track A3 is titled ''Til Then'' on center label, track B3 "Dear Dr. Doom"

First cat.nr. on back cover, second on label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): IA Stereo No 9 Side 1 -1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): IA Stereo No 9 Side 2 -1A
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
COL-CD-0557, COL-0557 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods(CD, Album, RE) Collectables, Collectables COL-CD-0557, COL-0557 US 1993 Sell This Version
CHARLY113L 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods(LP, Album, Mono + LP, Album, RE + Comp, RM, Gat) Charly Records CHARLY113L UK 2011 Sell This Version
IA-LP 9 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods(LP, Album, RP) International Artists IA-LP 9 US Unknown Sell This Version
GET615, Get615 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Get Back, Get Back GET615, Get615 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
LIK 40 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods(LP, Album, RE) Decal LIK 40 Europe 1988 Sell This Version


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January 10, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
This may be my favorite ever Elevators album. It's just brilliant from start to finish full of great music.
You can put this on without skipping any tracks from start to finish.
As much as I love the first two elevators albums, this one is like the 'ugly duckling' of the pack which is why I'm fond of it.
There's also a weird bluesy psychedelic feel to the whole thing, Sutherland's guitar playing is exceptional on this record and you can hear him cutting loose much more here. Lysergic lead lines with awesome reverb capture that stoned acid zone out feel.
This LP is most appropriate for taking psilocybin to.


April 24, 2013

While the 13th Floor Elevators' debut album caught them as they were still buzzing with the excitement of their musical journey through inner space and Easter Everywhere found them exploring the possibilities of the recording studio as well as their own creative process, their final studio set, 1969's Bull of the Woods, documented a band that was running out of gas. Legal problems were dogging the Elevators and preventing them from touring, they were justifiably unhappy with their record company, lead vocalist Roky Erickson was beginning to buckle under the group's steady diet of LSD, and lyricist and founder Tommy Hall was growing tired of the demands of the group after the difficult process of writing Easter Everywhere. As a consequence, guitarist Stacy Sutherland became the de facto leader of the group during the recording of Bull of the Woods, writing most of the songs and singing lead on several numbers, and in his hands the 13th Floor Elevators were a very different band. Sutherland's compositions on Bull of the Woods are more languid and pastoral than the material that dominated the first two albums, and while there's still a psychedelic undertow to this music, Sutherland's music was gentler and his lyrics more solidly grounded in the real world than what he created in tandem with Erickson and Hall. At the same time, Bull of the Woods also showcases Sutherland's consistent strength as a guitarist, and his fluid lead lines and melodies rooted in country and blues figures are Texas psychedelic music at its purest and most refreshing; after the psychic roller coaster of the 13th Floor Elevators' first two albums, Bull of the Woods is a relatively quiet trip to the countryside, and it's joyous, frequently beautiful stuff. Unfortunately, the sessions for Bull of the Woods were recorded quickly, and producer Ray Rush overdubbed an incongruous horn section on several numbers at the insistence of International Artists Records, but even in compromised form, Bull of the Woods is a testament to Stacy Sutherland's talents and his often overlooked role in one of America's truly visionary rock bands..


October 5, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
On “Bull of the Woods,” Stacy Sutherland took over most of the songwriting and vocals for the Elevators with amazing results. Stacy’s style mixes the bluesy with the transcendental, resulting in fuzzy cosmic honky-tonk jams that drip with the weird melancholy of a weary traveler to other dimensions. “Til Then” features some brilliant slide-guitar playing that outshines anything Sterling Morrison ever did for the Velvet Underground. “Scarlet and Gold” may be the best song on the album--shimmery guitars chime sadly while Sutherland recounts a folksy and laconically existential narrative of a lonely man trying to save his soul. The chorus is downright ghostly, with Sutherland intoning “And our tired eyes will cease their burning/When the devil’s bones lay parching in the sun/And the night man is waiting at the station/Gathering all the stops one by one/I suggest that you make a reservation/before all these things are done,” a bleak, countrified vision of the apocalypse that gives way in the bridge to some incredibly tranced-out & bluesy soloing. “The Rose and the Thorn” is another one of the album's many standout tracks. The song starts off slow with start-stop drum rolls before building up to a soaring melancholic crescendo that’s easily one of the most chilling moments in the Elevators' music. It’s as if you can hear Stacy slipping into the spirit world while he sings. The song totally eschews a verse-chorus-verse arrangement, opting instead for a constantly changing structure that’s almost like an epic Amon Düül II jam condensed into a three-minute pop song. The few appearances Roky makes on the album are all mesmerizing, especially his subdued and otherworldly performance of the reverb-drenched mantra “May the Circle Remain Unbroken,” which closes the album on an almost ritualistic note. “Bull of the Woods” is one of the most visionary psychedelic rock albums, as well as one of the darkest.