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The 13th Floor Elevators were the true pioneers of psychedelic rock, determined to push their music in new and radical directions at a time (the mid-'60s) when pop music was still reluctant to embrace the innovations of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, and in a place (Texas) where their experimentation with hallucinogens was considered a threat by law enforcement officials. While the Elevators recorded three excellent studio albums, their live shows are the stuff of legend, and Kingdom of Heaven is a sampler that collects 15 tunes from surviving recordings of the group in concert. The bulk of this material can be found on the career-spanning 13th Floor Elevators box set Sign of the 3 Eyed Men, and the best tracks, from a blazing and cleanly recorded San Francisco concert, can be found on the grey market release Avalon '66, but this collection also features some selections from the band's stellar appearance on the local television show Sump N' Else. Kingdom of Heaven is a sampler that confirms the 13th Floor Elevators were truly a force to be reckoned with on-stage, and is well worth investigating for those already familiar with their studio work. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Roller Coaster 13th Floor Elevators 5:17
  3. 2 You're Gonna Miss Me 13th Floor Elevators 3:10
  4. 3 Splash 1 13th Floor Elevators 3:39
  5. 4 Tried to Hide 13th Floor Elevators 3:1
  6. 5 Don't Fall Down 13th Floor Elevators 3:8
  7. 6 I'm Gonna Love You Too 13th Floor Elevators 2:12
  8. 7 You Don't Know 13th Floor Elevators 2:55
  9. 8 (Everybody Needs) Somebody to Love 13th Floor Elevators 5:45
  10. 9 Monkey Island 13th Floor Elevators 2:53
  11. 10 Kingdom of Heaven 13th Floor Elevators 3:34
  12. 11 Fire Engine 13th Floor Elevators 3:14
  13. 12 Before You Accuse Me 13th Floor Elevators 2:45
  14. 13 She Lives in a Time of Her Own 13th Floor Elevators 3:23
  15. 14 I've Got Levitation 13th Floor Elevators 3:22
  16. 15 Roller Coaster [Version 2] 13th Floor Elevators 3:42

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