Monday, January 22, 2007

Bobby BeauSoleil & The Freedom Orchestra -Lucifer Rising 2 CD version

Robert Kenneth "Bobby" Beausoleil (born 6 November 1947, in Santa Barbara, California), was a member of the Charles Manson "Family" who was convicted of killing music teacher Gary Hinman on July 25, 1969. He was sentenced to death but this was commuted to life imprisonment.
Known in the family as "Cupid", Bobby had many girlfriends, one of whom was future Family member Leslie Van Houten. A musician by trade, he composed a soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's movie Lucifer Rising, in which he also appears, after Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin who was to originally compose the soundtrack took too much time and was fired. He also appeared in "Invocation of My Demon Brother" and a soft porn film known variously as The Ramrodder in which a friend Catherine Share also appears. Share also became a member of the Manson Family. Bobby also was featured in Savage Passion. He later joined a band called The Milky Way
He met Charles Manson in Topanga Canyon sometime after Manson was released from prison in March 1967, and later went on to be one of the group who killed Hinman. Some sources have alleged that Beausoleil and Hinman had a sexual relationship (this was brought up in Susan Atkins' 1985 parole hearing). The commonly accepted version of the murder is that Hinman was killed for money and property that Manson claimed he owed the Family. Accompanying Beausoleil that night were Susan Atkins and Mary Brunner, both later involved in other murders.
Beausoleil has told various incompatible stories about his role in the Hinman murder. In one version, detailed in a Oui magazine interview, conducted in summer 1980 and published in November 1981, Beausoleil had come to collect $1,000 related to a mescaline transaction. He was under pressure from the Straight Satans, a motorcycle gang, who were unimpressed with their purchase. Hinman refused to pay back the money, and allegedly pulled a knife on Beausoleil. Beausoleil's versions of the murder were also inconsistent with the autopsy performed on Hinman, which depict a murder by torture, and with other testimony which described Manson slicing Hinman's ear with a sword (actually a long knife) before his followers killed him.
Beausoleil was interested in music and was a fan of The Byrds. Opening for The Byrds one night was a racially integrated band, called The Grass Roots (not The Grass Roots of "Midnight Confessions" and "Live For Today" fame,) fronted by Arthur Lee. Bobby convinced Lee to let him join the group. During this time he promoted a private gay club called the Brave New World to the hippies of the Sunset Strip. According to Beausoleil, when Arthur Lee changed his band's name to Love, it was in honor of Bobby, sometimes called Bummer Bob, who had a particular Grass Roots-era nickname of Cupid.
Beausoleil later played in the band Orkustra. In 2005, the Swiss label RD Records released hitherto unreleased music by the band.
In December 2005 Beausoleil was denied parole for the eleventh time and transferred prisons.

About Lucifer rising soundtrack:
It's incredibly difficult, nay perhaps impossible, to discuss Lucifer Rising without mentioning its "controversial" (to put it mildly) creator and his story. Bobby Beausoleil is currently incarcerated in California, serving time for his part in the murders committed by the infamous Manson Family. But his bizarre and horrific criminal record is not what's interesting about Beausoleil, or Lucifer Rising. Before his involvement with Manson, Beausoleil was active on the San Francisco hippy music scene, and was engaged to score Lucifer Rising, an intense occult meditation on film by Kenneth Anger (also known as the genius behind the films Scorpio Rising, Fireworks and the book Hollywood Babylon). Beausoleil and Anger had a falling out at Lucifer Rising's first screening, and did not speak to each other for many years. After Beausoleil's incarceration, Anger engaged him again to complete the score, after Led Zeppelin's Jimi Page failed to finish. Finally released in 2004, Beausoleil's score recorded entirely in prison is a classic of instrumental psychedelia, akin to some of the better early Pink Floyd tracks. Imagine the sun rising over the pyramids, because that's what you're gonna see in your mind when you play this. Heavy.
A dark psychedelic masterpiece!The 2 CD version also contains early demos and jams that formed the basis for the soundtrack.


Leo said...

Great film, great soundtrack -- thanks!

Anonymous said...

Excellent dark psych! I never new this existed. Sounds like a tripped-out krautrock jam from the early 70's. I can't believe BeauSoliel recorded this in jail. The Demo tracks are outstanding as well. Is the Jimmy Page version as good as this? I saw it posted somewhere recently.

Anonymous said...

In Answer to Mr. Vomit: No. Or at least , not really. Actually they're pretty different from each other: Page's being maybe the more experimental, but somehow less interesting of the two. Still worth checking out.

The most tragic thing here is that instead of being an era destroying murderer, Bobby Beausoliel could have ditched the Family and became 'One Of The Greats'.

Psyche Zenobia said...

Thanks, didn't have that one. I hope you don't mind if I link to it on my Manson Music blog. It's at I'll give you credit.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks a lot! It's awesome, really. Haha, sounds like krautrock, yeah.
I like LedZeppelin. I like Can.
I like jazz.
Thanks again. ;)

the saucer people said...

I am suprised no one has mentioned the actual 1972 film 'Lucifer Rising' yet, one of Kenneth Anger's most sublime 16mm celluloid moments in my humble opinion. But hey, don't take my word for it as some kind soul has put his films up on google video so why not spend less than thirty minutes of your valuable time grokking the dark side of western psychedelia..follow me down the tunnels of set:

Dark Horse 77 said...

Great stuff. Any chance of getting Beausoleil's Dreamways of the Mystic posted?

Anonymous said...

Anyone see the re-issue of this material with two other discs on Ajna? Looks like new art from Bobby and some other goodies.

Anonymous said...

The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.
The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. It will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth's history.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new poulation, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

The gods killed Jesus for his evil.
Was Jesus and xtianity sold to elder Jews as revenge for Temple, unaware the gods intended it to spread to Europe, for which they paid with the Holocaust?
If this is true then I am NOT the real Second Coming, for Jesus was evil.
Expect Lucifer is a good angel, one who fights for the poor disfavored pushed into their evil, charecterized by the gods as wicked to prevent wisdom from learning the god's ways.
And then the people must pay for the prophet's enlightenment by using him to initiate disfavor/temptation on the next planet Earth.

Miles said...

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vdoandsound said...

Miles-There is no password. We never use them on Mutant Sounds. No idea why you're being prompted for one...