Mass For Young Americans (FEL 021) 1966






I suppose in one sense Ray Repp could be considered the guy who started it all. Although there were a handful of lps before this one, it was Mass For Young Americans whose songs basically kick-started the Catholic folk mass. Not that it’s all that great an album to listen to mostly it’s just a handful of ordinary men gathered around a guitar, with occasional solo vocals from Repp. The album is more important for the songs it contains, especially the ones in the Psalms and Refrains section: ‘Clap Your Hands’, ‘Here We Are’, ‘Hear, O Lord’, ‘Forevermore’, ‘Of My Hands’, ‘Shout From The Highest Mountain’, ‘Come Away’, etc. Actually the closing solo ballad ‘I’m Not Afraid’ is pretty decent. All Repp originals save for the popular James Thiem title ‘Sons Of God’. Interesting discussion on the back cover about folk music in the liturgy causing a “furor”. The singers on Mass were students at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



Ray Repp - Mass (Bck)



Thank you Donald for the Rear cover photo.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Prayer For Mercy 0:58
1-2Hymn Of Praise1:42
1-3Angelic Song0:54
1-4Our Father 1:08
1-5Song To The Lamb Of God Pslams And Refrains 051
1-6Sons Of God3:47
1-7Here We Are 2:36
1-8And I Will Follow2:20
2-1Clap Your Hands3:31
2-2Hear, O Lord
2-3Come Away 2:34
2-4Of My Hands 3:19
2-5Shout From The Highest Mountain3:08
2-6I'm Not Afraid3:21