Worlds Of Youth (Concordia 79-9066) 1968?







John Rydgren - CantataF






Nine more groovy cerebral meanderings with titles like ‘Forgiveness (The Boy Looking Natural)’, ‘AWOL’s Of Life’, ‘Pictures (The Nasty Picture)’, ‘Rhythm (God Made Rhythm)’, ‘Baptism (Come To War)’ and ‘Martyrs’, all of which fuse “faith to the beat and rhythm, the issues and drama of Century 20 1/2”. The selections are inspired by the book ‘Worlds Of Youth’, authored by fellow enlightened Lutheran Herbert Brokering. Very similar to Silhouette Segments with each track averaging around four minutes and featuring a bizarre dramatization followed by an often equally bizarre commentary. Rydgren’s convoluted brilliance is in full form here, along with his knack for selecting wild and varied background music. An unidentified hip female assists on several of the sketches, often speaking in a spacey deadpan murmur, or dialogue with Rydgren as he flies a kite made from a newspaper on ‘News (The Kite And News)’ (“Here comes my world God! Take it!”). Includes a couple rare examples of Rydgren singing, mocking over—expressive on ‘New Songs (New Song, Guitar)’, in a priestly liturgical monotone on the epilogue to ‘Computers’. I could go on and on but it’s best just to hear the thing, so keep your eyes peeled next time you see a stack of those Concordia educational records in your local thrift store. The album plays with a special “locked groove” feature, so you’ll have to get up to advance the needle after each track. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

John Rydgren - CantatalabelS1

John Rydgren - CantatalabelS2

John Rydgren - CantataR

It maybe interesting to note that John was prophetic in forecasting the future of computers 8 years before the first personal computers.

Thank you Donald for locating the photos for this album at




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1News (The Kite And News)3:51
1-2Forgiveness (The Boy Looking Natural)2:57
1-3AWOL's Of Life3:04
1-4Pictures (The Nasty Picture)4:05
1-5Rhythm (God Made Rhythm)3:27
2-1New Songs (New Song, Guitar)4:26
2-3Baptism (Come To War)6:03