One other special thing about religious records is of course that the people that make them are believers and want to spread that belief. When I hear Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing it`s so convincing, so inspired I want to be a believer myself. I don`t believe in any kind of god but I respect the belief of others. So many good things are done every day because people believe . What have I done to make this world better?
Pater Leppich on the other hand is outright creepy and scary. He means well and he talks about love a lot, but his voice is harsh and just sounds evil. He is also a really crazy anticommunist. Creepy, crazy and…quite funny!
(Update: Ein von mir auf deutsch geschriebener Text über diese Platte erschien am 14. Januar 2010 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World, nachzulesen im Internet hier.)
If Sister Rosetta Tharpe makes me want to go to church, this makes me want to kill myself. Nevertheless this is quite unusual in it`s instrumentation: a combination of a depressing singer singing religious lyrics and a jazz band backing him. The group, the E. Haag-Combo from Stuttgart seem to have been hired for the job. It`s just a feeling. They sound too cool…
On the back it says that: “Kaplan Riedels religious songs stem from his work in the working class district of Berlin-Wedding. They do not simply want to please or be mistaken for pop-songs. They are prayers.”
While some Beat musicians recorded religious songs during the Folk wave of the mid 60s this religious group is trying some mild rocking. Of course the serious nature of their mission gets in the way of the rocking. The result is quite funny…
A slight departure from my initial concept of 45s only because this is from a 10 inch record. I know… who cares!? Great stuff on this record. Interviews with drug addicts in 1971. Of course with one overriding theme: Jesus is better than Hashish.