Sector 2814

Ya Ho Wha 13 – “Penetration”

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on June 28, 2007

on the subject of this masterpiece, it’s probably best if we let someone else do the talking for us:

Ya Ho Wha 13 were formed in 1969 in the Los Angeles area by one of the most eccentric freaks of the time, a middle-aged beatnik called Jim Baker who believed himself a god and went by the nickname of Father Yod. Their extreme psychedelic sound, that employed tribal drums and distorted guitars in a deliberately childish manner (all unrehearsed live and with no overdubs, editing or design), was the ultimate product of the hippie era.

The band (tighly related to Father Yod’ religious cult, the “Source”, and to a vegetarian restaurant located in Hollywood) frequently changed name to The Savage Sons of Yahowha, Yodship, Fire Water Air, Spirit of 76, but the key players were always the same (Djin Aquarian on guitar, Octavious Aquarian on drums, Sunflower Aquarian on bass, and occasionally Sky Saxon of the Seeds).

Yahowa 13 are credited for Penetration – An Aquarian Symphony (1974 – Higher Key, 2004 – Swordfish, 2005), which stands as Father Yod’s masterpiece (or, better, Djin Aquarian’s masterpiece) and one of the milestones in psychedelic-rock.

Djin Aquarian wrote:

“The Penetration sound came out as it is because of all the band members inputs at 4 in the morning, which is when we recorded at this family meditation. Father Yod was the greatest influence in developing this sound with me. Father Yod was the leader and teacher of our commune of 144 people in Hollywood and it was he who felt called to produce, sing and play tympany and 40″ diameter gong, on much of the 65 albums we made, most of which have been destroyed (but 9 remain that are being re-released on Swordfish). None of the music or lyrics were pre-conceived. We built our own garage studio, recorded, did the art work, manufactured and distributed all on our own resources from working at our health food restaurant on Sunset Strip.”

there you have it, from the horse’s mouth.

get it here

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  1. chris said,

    hi,this is a great album.i’ve got all of yahowa’s albums except of the “operetta” any chance of uploading it,thanks anyway.

  2. paul said,

    the ya ho wha link is dead, any chance you could re-up it? thanks in advance (and for all this awesomeness).

  3. Mogo said,

    link replaced. @#$&*#$%(*# Mediafire

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