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Sunday, March 07, 2010

SONGS LIKE INCENSE


by The Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey


ABBEY RECORDINGS
41001
1978
STEREO





SIDE A:



How good and how pleasant (Ps132) 2:54
There is one thing I ask of the Lord (Ps26:1;4;13-14) 2:32
Holy, holy, holy (Ps148:2;11-12;12) 2:56
May your love be upon us (Ps32:2-3;6-7;20-22) 3:04
If today you hear his voice (Ps94:1-7) 2:58

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SIDE B:



My prayers come before you like incense (Ps140:1;2;2;8-9, adapted)4:45
Happy the People (Ps32:12-13;18-19; Vs. #3:Cf. Eph. 1:17-18) 2:30
This poor man called (Ps85:1-2;5-6;9-10) 2:30
How great is your name (Ps8:2;4-9) 3:01
Come, Lord, bring to us your peace (Ps54:2-3; Ps41:2;3) 3:07
The love of the Lord is everlasting (Ps102:1-2;3-4;11-12;17) 3:07

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Editor's note: the liner notes say that these are basically new translations of old standards to the sounds of the day. Which on the surface of things sounds great until you realize that this is 2010 and the sound of the day is CRAP! 1978 is a world away musically and much has happened to the detriment of both sound, melody and musicianship. I hope the monks aren't putting out something that sounds like a Lady Gaga, Saliva, Jonas Brothers and John Mayer hybrid. Actually, maybe I am. It would be great vinyl listening if only the Compact Disc hadn't ruined everything. As for this record: sing a psalm of sixpence and a pocket full of rye whiskey and drink yourself into a deep devotional trance. But first grab your acoustic and strum along ye heathens.

1 comment:

margaret said...

will this album be made available on compact disc?