Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson is a 1990 tribute album to singer-songwriter Roky Erickson, founder of the 13th Floor Elevators and solo artist, whose career has been subject to significant periods of challenge from schizophrenia. The album was released by Sire Records in the United States, and by WEA International in Europe.
Erickson-due to health and legal problems-and Tommy Hall were only involved with a few tracks, including "Livin' On" and "May the Circle Remain Unbroken". In 1968, while performing at HemisFair, Erickson began speaking gibberish. Various sources claim approximately 1,000 copies of Openers were printed; how many copies were actually sold remains unknown. Six tracks from the 1999 Erickson collection Never Say Goodbye were also recorded during his time at Rusk. Records released a tribute album, Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson, produced by WB executive Bill Bentley. It featured versions of Erickson's songs performed by The Jesus and Mary Chain, . ZZ Top, Poi Dog Pondering, Julian Cope, Butthole Surfers, Bongwater, John Wesley Harding, Doug Sahm, and Primal Scream, among others.
Roky Erickson is one of those artists that are few in number. Roky is a genius there is just no other way to put it. When you listen to this album the evidence of that genius is that each song sounds like it was written by or for the artist covering it. That songs can be that malleable have that much space to them that you would think that Julian Cope or the Judybats were playing their own music is testament to how timeless true art is. You hear that same beauty when listening to Roky just playing guitar and singing by himself on one of his own albums. True quality is always evident no matter.
Released October 31, 1990. Where the Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson Tracklist. 1. Reverberation (Doubt) by ZZ Top Lyrics. Producer Bill Bentley.