Silhouette (Lutheran 7-7753) 1968?



Rydgren, John - Silhouette

This is a single-disc radio program that should not be confused with the 2-lp Silhouette Segments. Each side of the record is a single track, each approximately one half hour in length. This appears to be an actual broadcast of the Silhouette program, described as “a sound in the middle of sounds” and “a chance to  The record strings together songs from popular artists of the day (The Supremes, Lou Rawls, Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel), but many of the selections are from obscure unknown artists (such as Japan’s The Peanuts). Rydgren speaks between the songs, interviewing Seattle coeds, London teens, hit songwriters and authors on topics such as the church, Christianity, witnessing, petting, guilt, God and whether the Christian approach to sex makes any sense  today’s go-go world”. There are a few brief sketches of the Silhouette Segments variety, including one killer tripped-out dramatic spoken prayer that melds into a psych track by The Animals called ‘When I Was Young’. Worth it just to hear that ultra-groovy Silhouette jingle that pops up here and there. Front of the thick gate-fold cover has the same picture of the mini-skirted girl that’s on the back of Segments. There’s also a folder stapled inside containing a Silhouette button,.a promotional 45, and a booklet with program info and lots of b&w photos (a few more shots of the girl, some of the featured artists, a few of Rydgren himself). Don’t know if this is the only album in the series or if there might be others (the booklet mentions the show’s availability on 7” reel tape, with future plans for releasing on 12” records). A marvelous snapshot of late-‘60s hip radio.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).





Sorry I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.