Yodship

Yodship

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The Father Yod/Yahowa albums were never exactly in sterling fidelity, but even in comparison to those efforts, this spinoff LP has a muffled and fuzzy ambience. In the Father Yod & the Spirit of '76 tradition, it's divided into two side-long tracks, "Suite A" and "Suite B," which together total about half an hour. The feeling is very much that of addled hippies sitting around a campfire making and improvising music for their own enjoyment. On close inspection, some of the lyrics betray the musicians' involvement with the Yod fellowship, with the obligatory lyrics about Yahowa being kind to animals, and other precepts dear to the hearts of the group. There's little electric volume or loud percussion employed; it's the Father Yod clan unplugged, if you will. At one point in "Suite B," the singers make some tentative dog-like howls, and such is the screwball nature of the whole shebang that they don't sound out of place. The album has been reissued as one disc of the 13-CD God and Hair: Yahowha Collection box set. Completists need note that an album called In Praise of Our Father on Venus Music (probably privately pressed), credited to Father Yod on the inner label, was obviously done by the same musicians at the same session. This one-sided LP features just one track, "Suite 3," which is definitely a continuation of the same track that comprises the two-part suite on Yodship. In Praise of Our Father, however, is not included on the God and Hair: Yahowha Collection box.