1 review » Christ, I think we've chanced upon the occult rock motherload with this deluxe quadruple LP box set featuring the full suite of music ex-Love guitarist Bobby Beausoleil created for Kenneth Anger's classic experimental short Lucifer Rising (after Jimmy Page was sacked from the job for his lack of end product - though the fragments he did record are curios well worth hearing). The pieces ... »
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 23 July 2009Christ, I think we've chanced upon the occult rock motherload with this deluxe quadruple LP box set featuring the full suite of music ex-Love guitarist Bobby Beausoleil created for Kenneth Anger's classic experimental short Lucifer Rising (after Jimmy Page was sacked from the job for his lack of end product - though the fragments he did record are curios well worth hearing). The pieces eventually chosen for the film are all present and correct: unashamedly proggy, cosmic and sounding as out of time and fashion as you might expect from a guy who recorded them years into a life sentence for a murder he was convicted of in the back end of the 1960s along with other associates of the Manson Family. Those pieces are the most obviously composed and deliberate in the set and they very definitely retain an almost indefinably arcane quality when taken out of the context of the film and while he and his Freedom Orchestra have their musical touchstones, from Ash Ra Tempel (especially in Beausoleil's prominent guitar ruminations) to early 70s Pink Floyd, the overall feel is pretty unique. Having said all that, the real treasure for me is in the recordings which were made available a few years back in a double CD set (a couple of them also on a long out-of-print Qbico LP), with Zeppelin-esque riff jams, bizarre lounge interludes played on 'prison-made' keyboards, jazzier fusion-inflected numbers and more, all shot through with an acid-fried psych-out mentality. Particularly amazing is the first side of the set, recorded in the hallowed Haight-Ashbury of 1967, which showcases his pre-prison band The Magick Powerhouse of Oz running through a staggering jam that's absolutely crammed with atmosphere and foreboding, largely drawn from it's breath-like horn drone rhythms and constant hints of explosion which work up a tension that sustains itself brilliantly for well over twenty minutes. As far as the presentation goes, extensive liner notes and two batshit mental posters are included, with pretty much every part of the packaging adorned with new artwork which mirrors the melting pot of the film itself, dark, mystical, enticing, yet simultaneously completely cheesy and preposterous. That's the beauty of this stuff and this set is certainly a very beautiful thing.
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