Boomkat Product Review:
"Now that the story of The Source Family is out there, as the subject of an acclaimed book and documentary film (as well as an ongoing series of rare, never-before-released recordings), it’s time to turn the focus back on the records that made this whole thing a story in the first place. In the 1990s, it was a revelation to discover that there was a series of records made by a hippie cult led by a big Santa Claus-looking guy named Father Yod. It was of further interest that these records weren’t simple, predictable light-rock recitals about Jesus. Instead, they were darkly psychedelic, stream-of- consciousness jams, with Father and the members of his band (usually The Spirit Of ’76 and Ya Ho Wa 13) reaching together for divine transformation and often finding it, as Father screamed, pounding kettle drums ecstatically, while the band erupted with coils of enlightenment rock, over and over. Records like ‘Penetration, Contraction, To The Principles For The Children’ and ‘I’m Gonna Take You Home’ were amazing home- recorded documents, adorned with hand-drawn phrases and logos and grainy colour shots of what appeared to be truly magical everyday cult life with Father. ‘Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wa’ is a record that Father doesn’t appear on. Well, he doesn’t play on the record but look on the cover - Yahowa is still in the driver’s seat. Musically, Ya Ho Wa 13 go it on their own, with Octavius, Sunflower, Djinn and Rhythm collaborating with Electron, who supplies powerful lead vocals. What’s here is a collection of powerful rock songs that will echo in your consciousness, like the opening track ‘Edge Of A Dream’ and the refrain “I want to see / What’s going on.” The guttural nature of Electron’s vocal sound may recall the name of Beefheart to some and Electron is occupying the same unconsciousness, free in the communal slipstream, with less blues and more country gospel in his soul. This is its first LP pressing of ‘Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wa’ in decades. The album features all of the original artwork, including a far out inner sleeve."