LP 282: Lalo Schifrin – Rock Requiem (Verve, 1971)

18 Aug

Side 1
01 The Procession
02 Introit
03 Kyrie Eleison
04 Gradual
05 Tract

Side 2
06 Offertory Verse
07 Sanctus Benedictus
08 Agnus Dei
09 Final Prayer

For The Dead In The Southeast Asia War

Rock Requiem was recorded in May 1971 and released later on that year.
Some people have speculated on whether or not Jesus Christ Superstar had a influence. It certainly makes for a plausible background theory. On hand to assist with orchestral duties are The Mike Curb Congregation while Tom Scott plays the flute and saxophone.

Procession is a sombre beginning with some ominous keys with Introit catching fire almost immediately with a lively organ and percussion break. Kyrie Eleison flits between choral sweetness and uptempo gospel instrumentation while the piano-heavy Tract (with Lalo on duty) is a mournful dirge condemning the ‘useless misery’ of the ongoing conflict.

Part 2: Offertory Verse is fuzzy and almost freeform. Sanctus Benedictus has a wonderful organ build up before exploding into a cloudburst of beautiful harmony-filled singing and inspired drumming. A funky version of Agnus Dei is next complete with groovy breaks and cool flute action. Closing track is the celebratory and soul-fuelled Final Prayer.

File under choral celestial rock.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


3 Responses to “LP 282: Lalo Schifrin – Rock Requiem (Verve, 1971)”

  1. nlgbbbblth August 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM #


  2. John September 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM #

    Thank you. I’ve been missing this in the otherwise quite extensive Schifrin vault.

  3. Anonymous October 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM #

    I have had this album since 1974 and would love to find the CD or even iTunes download if available. In fact I just listened to tit again this afternoon.

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