FEL S-252 (1968)
Anyone who has rummaged (physically or virtually) through the discography of the “Jesus Music” era usually has strong ideas about which albums and artists affected them personally, and which ones changed the course of the life of the church. For Evangelicals, artists such as Larry Norman, Phil Keaggy or the Second Chapter of Acts come to mind. In the Roman Catholic world, there are candidates, but for lasting influence this album is in a league of its own.
In many ways it’s an unlikely candidate. It has a homemade sound to it. It’s more of a collage of songs and Masses than a well thought out work of art or liturgy. It’s an inner city production with mostly black artists in a church that was becoming very middle class. But few who lived through the era will forget the title track or the “Missa Bossa Nova”. And it’s a testament to the power of music to inspire both the people who make it and those who take part in it. One can feel the fun the performers were having recording it.
Peter Scholtes was a South Side Chicago priest when he put together this album. That evokes a long radical tradition that is very much a part of our lives these days. But Scholtes preferred to leave much of the political activity to others, as he explained in this interview. Ultimately Scholtes and his parishioners were making more than music with this album: they were making history.
- They’ll Know We Are Christians
- Take My Hand
- Choose Life
- There Once Was A Man
- Lord Have Mercy – Missa Bossa Nova
- Glory To God – Missa Bossa Nova
- Holy, Holy – Missa Bossa Nova
- Our Father – Missa Bossa Nova
- Lamb Of God – Missa Bossa Nova
- Open Up The Boxes
- The Lord Bless You
- Glory Be To Israel
- Shout And Clap Your Hands
- We Gather Together
- Lord Have Mercy – Mass of 67th Street
- Holy, Holy – Mass of 67th Street
- Lamb Of God – Mass Of 67th Street