Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mind Garage: The Lord's Prayer

At the height of psychedelia, Mind Garage was formed in 1967 by students of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Encouraged by the campus minister and named by his wife, the band began working on an electric church service. Their “Electric Liturgy” was one of the earlier documented examples of the marrying the gospel message with rock music and was performed live in church in March 1968. Additionally, their participation at St. Mark’s Church in New York City was televised by ABC in 1969.

While Larry Norman is credited as being the father of contemporary Christian music, Mind Garage were performing Christian rock music a full year before Norman and their 1969 self-titled release was issued the same year as Norman’s debut album, “Upon this Rock.” Others who also recorded religious flavored rock were The Byrds and The Electric Prunes. 

Our Spiritual Sunday selection comes from their second LP released in 1970, “Mind Garage Again.” The album features their “Electric Liturgy” and their version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

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