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- The Source Family, Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Father Yod and The Source Family
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The infamous Father Yod and his Ya Who Ha 13, or The Source Family, were an enigmatic cult who self-released a series of nine albums recorded over an eleven-month period in ‘73-’74 which melded shamanistic tribal gospel and raw psychedelic funk rock in a manner which continues to fascinate and delight music historians to this day. Now someone’s made a documentary film about the intriguing Father and his tribe of happy clappy followers, and this soundtrack LP contains a selection of 14 cuts cropped from their brief but vast back-catalogue.
It’s truly wild stuff, with trance-like repetition, electric guitars slathered in wah and reverb, shamanistic gospel vocals, spy movie funk and spiritual jazz all flying around together in a breathless free-spirited romp of synchronised abandonment. It’s like Sun Ra and Funkadelic jamming with urban hippie nature boy Eden Ahbez on the set of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Great musicianship, and the well-sequenced mixture of calculated cinematic beat jazz weirdness and lively gospel-funk action makes this is a great introduction to the band for those who aren’t yet acquainted with the original LPs, and even those in the know will have their appetites whetted for the upcoming film by this supremely psychedelic slice of the ‘70s. I know I’m looking forward to seeing it!
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