Monk Rock

Monk Rock

by John Michael Talbot
     
 
In 1968, writer/producer David Axelrod took over the career of the proto-psych one-hit wonders the Electric Prunes for the entirety of two thoroughly bizarre psychedelic-religious rock operas, Mass in F Minor and Release of an Oath. Those albums are an important touchstone when listening to John Michael Talbot's Monk

Overview

In 1968, writer/producer David Axelrod took over the career of the proto-psych one-hit wonders the Electric Prunes for the entirety of two thoroughly bizarre psychedelic-religious rock operas, Mass in F Minor and Release of an Oath. Those albums are an important touchstone when listening to John Michael Talbot's Monk Rock: after a pair of fairly typical pieces of hard-rocking CCM, "One Body in Christ" and "Spread the Good News," Monk Rock is basically a one-album distillation of those two Electric Prunes records in concept and execution: songs like "Sanctus" and "Kyrie" swing between Latin chanting and more melodic English transliterations, set to jangle-fuzzy, neo-psych guitar rock tunes. "Te Deum," which oddly interpolates a fast-picking banjo into the mix, is the best of the lot, but the entire album deserves a certain amount of respect for its oddball majesty and the fact that Talbot is approaching this material completely straight but without the ponderous self-seriousness that would sink a project like this.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
Label:
Troubadour Records
UPC:
0749383463827
catalogNumber:
34638

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Michael Talbot   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals,Fills,Guitar (12 String Electric),Vocal Harmony,Lead
Phil Keaggy   Electric Guitar,Electric Drums,Lead
Eric Darken   Percussion
Jerry McPherson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm,Slide Guitar
Lee Sklar   Bass Guitar
Neil Wilkinson   Drums
John Gillatin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Terry Talbot   Composer
Brent King   Producer,Engineer
John Michael Talbot   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Manuel J. Donayre   Art Direction
Phillip Cooper   Engineer

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