The Top Christian rock and Pop Albums

13 Jan

ImageΒ Β These are some of my favorite Christian rock, gospel and pop albums from over the past 45 years. I don’t know if I’m going to do a chronological list or just go through some, but then this is a blog, so only time will tell. The first album that I’m going to list is The Mass In F Minor, by the Electric Prunes, a Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band. They had a radio hit called β€œI Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” in 1966 and in 1967 they recorded their landmark album of the Roman Catholic Mass, performed as a psychedelic rock experiment. The album combined the Mass, sung in Latin, at a time that Vatican II had allowed for the dominant native language to replace Latin. This was in the wake of the β€œSummer of Love,” that opened the door for the mainstream integration of rock and religion. The album was released in 1968 with spacey psychedelic guitar feedback accompanying the Latin lyrics. When Kyrie Eleison was used in the 1969 counter culture film, β€œEasy Rider,” it became a pop symbol. In a sense, it legitimatized the Roman Catholic church as part of the spiritual trip, even if it couldn’t be cognitively explained.

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