Ira Robbins
November 16, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Sire, Warner Bros.
genre
Rock

We gave it an C-

The problem with tribute albums — an assortment of bands interpreting one artist’s songs — is that they rarely sound as good on record as on paper. When the artist is as obscure as Roky Erickson (star of ’60s Texas group the 13th Floor Elevators before going solo), many listeners won’t even know what the fuss is about. R.E.M., ZZ Top, and others take an enthusiastic trek into Erickson’s hellish world of loud guitar rock and fevered imaginings, yet fail to connect with the depths of his frightening fantasies. Doug Sahm & Sons do right by the garage-punk standard ”You’re Gonna Miss Me,” Lou Ann Barton’s ”Don’t Slander Me” is just as hot, and there are several other goodies. But, in general, Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye is a star-studded dud. C-

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