Manson Family: An Opera

The Manson Family: An Opera

by John Moran
     
 
Not as exploitative as the title might suggest, Moran's fourth opera (his first to be recorded) focuses not on the facts of the infamous cult murders, but a rumination on the media circus surrounding the trial, the reification of Manson in the media and the public, and much more. "Opera" applies in the fact that this is a musical drama with

Overview

Not as exploitative as the title might suggest, Moran's fourth opera (his first to be recorded) focuses not on the facts of the infamous cult murders, but a rumination on the media circus surrounding the trial, the reification of Manson in the media and the public, and much more. "Opera" applies in the fact that this is a musical drama with grandiose characters and heightened emotion, but there's little singing; most of the work is spoken or orchestral music -- mostly sparse piano, percussion, and burst of noise and media samples. Because Manson in real life was obsessed with the Beatles, especially their White Album, Moran introduces two brilliant interludes where the "Beatles" return as a cross between divine prophets and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The music here is a spine-tingling nightmare concoction of the Fab Four's most psychedelic moments, probably the scariest Beatles pastiche since the Residents' "Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life." These two tracks do weigh against the rest of the work, but the album is a most frightening composition. Guest vocalists include Iggy Pop as "The Prosecutor" (Vincent Bugliosi) and Terre Roche as Squeaky Fromme.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/1992
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0028943296724
catalogNumber:
432967

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Tracks

  1. Act 1. Night Highway #1
  2. Act 1. Tate House (Early Morning)
  3. Act 1. "The Prosecutor," at Death-Train Station Five (The Tate House)
  4. Act 1. SUBJECT: The Beatles
  5. Act 2. Rape Music (Intro to Act 2)
  6. Act 2. SUBJECT: Lynett (Squeaky) Fromme
  7. Act 2. Charlie in a Field, Forever
  8. Act 2. Susan Atkins on Night Highway #2
  9. Act 2. SUBJECT: Charles Manson (at Spahn's Movie Ranch)
  10. Act 2. "Good Morning!"...it's The Beatles
  11. Act 3. Raid on Spahn (Intro to Act 3)
  12. Act 3. Susan Atkins, on The Staircase of Justice (leading to Night High
  13. Act 3. Night Highway #3
  14. Act 3. Squeaky in a Boat
  15. Act 3. The Family in a Courtroom
  16. Act 3. The Judge
  17. Act 3. SUBJECT: Charles (no name) Manson

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Moran   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Iggy Pop   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob McGrath   Vocals
Joyce Bowden   Vocals
Roger Greenawalt   Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Moran   Multi Instruments
Michael Riesman   Conductor
Maggie & Terre Roche   Track Performer
Richard Sortomme   Viola
Terre Roche   Vocals
Clifford Lane   Percussion
Paige Snell   Vocals
Clifford Lane   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Executive Producer
Paul Berry   Engineer
Roger Greenawalt   Producer
Rory Johnston   Executive Producer
Moran   Contributor
John Moran   Lyricist,Liner Notes
Kurt Munkasci   Executive Producer
Michael Riesman   String Conductor
Jonathan Rosen   Illustrations
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Laura Fried   Engineer
Clifford Lane   Producer
Peter Rundquist   Engineer
Alvin Eng   Liner Notes
Jonathan Rose   Illustrations

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