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).
Thank you Donald for the Rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Prayer For Mercy||0:58|
|1-2||Hymn Of Praise||1:42|
|1-5||Song To The Lamb Of God Pslams And Refrains||051|
|1-6||Sons Of God||3:47|
|1-7||Here We Are||2:36|
|1-8||And I Will Follow||2:20|
|2-1||Clap Your Hands||3:31|
|2-2||Hear, O Lord ||3:36|
|2-4||Of My Hands||3:19|
|2-5||Shout From The Highest Mountain||3:08|
|2-6||I'm Not Afraid||3:21|