Boomkat Product Review:
Not an entirely enticing proposition I suppose: songs by the mass-murdering renowned psychopath Charles Manson.
You can set your mind at rest to some degree however, as the proceeds for this dubious collection go to the son of one of his victim's, so at least no money goes to the man himself. In fact, let's try to separate the music from the man (if that's ever at all possible). Taken on its own merits, Manson's writing is actually pretty impressive, and significantly these songs were gaining some degree of recognition long before he himself acquired notoriety.
In 1968 The Beach Boys recorded a lyrically modified version of 'Cease To Exist' under the title 'Never Learn Not To Love', and indeed the album's recording was facilitated by fellow (more successful) musicians who gave Manson access to their Beverley Hills studios to produce the record. All these years on and he's still something of a fascination for contemporary artists having been most notably covered by Guns N' Roses, and even Devendra Banhart, who has been known to perform 'Home Is Where You're Happy' intermingled with Lauryn Hill's 'Doo Wop (That Thing)'.
There's some worthwhile material here, and while you may feel the very idea of an ESP issue of this (originally in 1974) is surrounded by the faint whiff of exploitation, at least the money isn't going to the wrong place.