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Brother John Rydgren: Silhouette Segments [Digipak]

Track List

>Music to Watch Girls By
>Personality Doll of the Week
>Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
>Hippie Version of the 23rd Psalm
>Rinky Dink
>Offering of Music, An
>Disadvantages of Life
>Hippie Version of Creation
>Search It Out
>Transistor Father
>Plea of a Lonely Girl
>To Sir with Love
>Happening, The
>Groovin' on a Saturday Night
>Dark Side of the Flower
>Dedicated to the One I Love
>Christmas Montage
>Christmas Reflection, A
>Portrait of Christ
>Sweet Home
>Lord Is My Shepherd, The
>Oil Painting, The
>Air Terminal, The
>Here Lies the Church
>Move Out in Style
>Simple Stroll, A
>Noise, The
>Great to Build Something
>Disadvantages, The
>Beautiful Girl, A
>They Say [Cut 1]
>They Say [Cut 2]
>They Say [Cut 3]
>They Say [Cut 4]
>They Say [Cut 5]
>They Say [Cut 6]
>They Say [Cut 7]
>They Say [Cut 8]
>They Say [Cut 9]
>They Say [Cut 10]
>They Say [Cut 11]
>They Say [Cut 12]
>They Say [Cut 13]
>They Say [Cut 14]
>They Say [Cut 15]
>They Say [Cut 16]
>They Say [Cut 17]
>They Say [Cut 18]
>They Say [Cut 19]
>They Say [Cut 20]
>Cantata of New Life
>News (The Kite and News)
>Forgiveness (The Boy Looking Natural)
>Awol's of Life
>Pictures (The Nasty Picture)
>Rhythm (God Made Rhythm)
>Baptism (Come To War)
>This Is Silhouette, Pt. 1 (Reality) - (previously unreleased)
>This Is Silhouette, Pt. 2 (Man) - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Warren Barnett.

Liner Note Author: Jon Dale.

Recording information: Munich, Germany (1967).

John Rydgren (or Brother John, as he came to be known as an on-air DJ and radio personality) was an ordained minister in the American Lutheran Church, but his claim to pop history fame came in the 1960s and early '70s when his syndicated FM radio shows, most notably the show called Silhouettes, were broadcast across the U.S. (and in Vietnam) between 1966 and 1968. A sort of "hip preacher" balanced between Christianity on the one hand and the emerging "Flower Power" generation on the other, Rydgren interspersed progressive and psychedelic rock tracks with his thoughts on spirituality, philosophy, and the changing times, all in a deep, sincere, and affecting baritone. He also released three LPs of these thoughts and musings laid over a backdrop of fuzz guitars, heavenly choirs, and sitar drones -- Worlds of Youth (1966), Cantata for New Life (1967), and Silhouette Segments (1968) -- during this time period, and all three are collected here, along with additional tracks. Consider it an intriguing historical timepiece. ~ Steve Leggett


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