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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Aoroa
  • ASIN: B00008EOJJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Gamblin' Man Come From Natchez
2. Ra-Hide Away
3. Die to Be One
4. The Fires Are Burning
5. Give Your Love (To Be Free)
6. The Young Will Overcome
7. Goin' to the Church House
8. The Fires Are Burning
9. I'll Never Say Never to Always
10. Die to Be One
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ra-Hide Away
2. The Fires Are Burning
3. Die to Be One
4. No Wrong-Come Along
5. Get on Home
6. Is There No One in Your World But You?
7. First They Made You Sleep in the Closet
8. Give Your Love (To Be Free)
9. I'll Never Say Never to Always
10. Look at Your Love
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Editorial Reviews

In 1970 some close friends of Charles Manson recorded his collection of lost "desert music" songs as a statement of friendship and faith during his highly unconstitutional trial. The music on these two CDs was recorded while the women embroidered outside the courthouse. This classic acid folk-rock session features Steve Grogan (Clem) on vocals and guitar; ultra-ethereal female vocals from Brenda (Gold), Country Sue, and others; and Catherine Share (Gypsy) on violin with vastly improved sound over previous bootlegs. The second CD contains a never-released hour of unheard songs and radical alternate takes. The 20-page booklet contains unpublished photos and extremely focused liner notes by Manson, Blue, and Red.

"The will of God, whatever you wanna call it call it Jesus, call it Mohammed, call it your heart call it whatever you wanna call it. It's still music to me. It's there. It's the will of life." Charles Manson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Cook on July 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
From start to end this album is great. Every tune has a great toe-tapping sing-along melody, great voices and even better lyrics.
At times Clem sounds a lot like Manson with his singing and singing in the background are Gypsy, Blue, Ouisch, Cappy and Brenda.

If you love Manson's music, this is essential. If you like 1960's anti-war, anti-establishment folk music, this even more essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Filmlover on December 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am so glad this has made it to the mainstream, where it deserves to be. It's such a beautiful album and I'm glad more people are made aware of it and have a chance to listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By God is A.T.W.A on January 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
A very creative mix of hot, sunny, tribal desert and cold, misty, black woods witchy! A very eerie album.
It has a bit of a Black Sabbath feel & might well appeal to people with heavy/alternative musical tastes however i should add that there is nothing heavy about 'the family jams', no distorted guitars or heavy drums but rather cowboy-like folk songs(get on home) or psychedelic nursery rhymes(give your love to be free) or both(scratching peace symbols in your tombstone). Some feel more like tribal chants(no-wrong come-along) & gypsy's violin brings a slight hera-krishna style sometimes & a sad touch other times.

Mostly a happy, peace of mind, upbeat feel but with a twist of psychotic darkness all at the same time, the cover art completly captures the spiritual mood & magic of the music & the little skull in the cave(or whatever it is) seems to personify what i mean about a touch of psychotic danger.

The acoustic guitar in songs like 'ra-hyde away' can be very entrancing & the backing vocals is absolutly beautiful,
the girls vividly portray the wind howling through the trees & its as if their spirits are released from their bodies & become the wind, dancing with the stars to a full lunar & the witchy spirit of the ghostly sounds they emmit could only come from the hearts of free minded angels who truly appreciate nature & understand the air, water & earth is just as alive as plants & animals!

I would class this album as 'psychedelic' or 'stoner music' if i had to categorize it but it realy is original.
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Format: Audio CD
Easily the best album ever recorded by Manson.

It should be noted that most of the vocals on this album are actually his "Family" singing, though.

Higher quality than most later works, and much more psychedelic-friendly, this hippie-ish album is in the vein of all flower child folk-psych fusion bands migrating around the west coast during the mid to late 1960s.

Some of the songs are absolutely hauntingly beautiful- including "No Wrong come Along" and "Ride Away" (Sometimes referred to as "Ra-Hide Away.")

A must have for any collector of obscure works, this album is not only unique, but highly listenable and enjoyable.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Those of you who haven't had a chance to hear Charlie's friends sing his music, you are missing out. This is even better than "Lie". Clem (Steve Grogan) sings lead male vocals, back up vocals are sung by: Red (Lynette Fromme), Blue (Sandy Good), Ouisch (Ruth Ann Moorehouse), Capistrano (aka Cappy- Cathy Gilles), Brenda (aka Gold, Nancy Pitman), Gypsy (Catherine Share), plus other members. Gypsy even plays violin. All songs are written by Charlie, but due to extenuating circumstances, he was not present when this was recorded. Alot of talent is on this CD. You won't be sorry for buying it!
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