Prayers For A Noonday Church (Glassgow 1500) 1969
One of those really “out-there” priests reciting his cosmic religious poetry overtop the trippy psychedelic rock backing of the group Spur – five hippies who are heavy on the organ and all those wild guitar effects (“mind blowing” states the liner notes). Bigtime weird and totally dated late-‘60s spaced-out feel – in other words it’s excellent! Father Berkery’s almost expressionless delivery adds to the strangeness, as he delivers lines like “cup brimming, eyes swimming, ruby red wine; gold encircles, gold in vision, Christ is remembered?” (from ‘Chalice’). ‘Seminary’ has Spur doing a psych jam of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ in the background, while ‘Blessings’ works in the theme from the Doxology. Other titles include ‘Baptism’, ‘Confessions’, ‘An Altar’, ‘Priesthood’, ‘Celibacy’, ‘Preaching’ and ‘Sick Call’. Liner notes by Joe Valentine of The Mission. Spur also recorded an album on their own around the same time called Spur Of The Moment. Not a parody – just some Catholic ozone heads being creative. Unipak gatefold cover. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site.
01. Baptism…Silent Night
02. Confession…Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
03. An Altar…O Lord I am Not Worthy
04. Chalice…Panis Angelicious
05. Priesthood…My Tongue My Saviour’s Glory
06. Seminary…Onward Christian Soldiers
07. Celibacy…Holy, Holy, Holy
08. Blessings…O God From Whom All Blessings Flow
09. Preaching…To Jesus Christ Our Saviour King
10. Sick Call…Dies Irea