Lost Classics: Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wa

Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been very busy/lazy. There will definitely be a show tomorrow night at 7pm right here and more frequent posts. Also, I’ve been thinking of compiling a mix of the best Lost Classics tracks for download, drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

Right then.

I first heard of Father Yod and his cult-collective Ya Ho Wa 13 when reading about the late Sky Saxon (The Seeds) and was intrigued by the story of the religious cult/psychedelic band. Formed by Father Yod (health food store owner and leader of the Source Family cult/commune) in Los Angeles in 1973 they released 9 self-pressed LPs of varying quality until Yod’s death following a hang-gliding accident (yes, really) in Hawaii in 1975. It was rumored that up to 65 full albums were recorded, but much of these were likely nothing more than jam sessions that were never pressed.

Included in this flurry of recording was 1974’s Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wa, in my opinion one of the best psychedelic garage rock albums ever, “lost” or not. Taped before morning prayer sessions between 3-5am, Father Yod himself did not appear on the album, not  necessarily a bad thing considering the albums I have heard his distinctive grunt on, instead ceding the microphone to someone who clearly enjoys Neil Young and another with a very Captain Beefheart-esque delivery. The band, also influenced by Neil Young conjured up some of the spookiest sounding garage rock I’ve ever heard, it really is quite a trip.

Somewhere between 500-1000 copies of Savage Sons were pressed, making it very difficult to track down. A Sky Saxon helmed box-set was released in 1999, but even that is next to impossible to find. Luckily, we live in the internet age. Here are some sample tracks:

Edge Of A Dream

Fire In The Sky

Red River Valley

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