John Rydgren (or Brother John, as he came to be known as an on-air DJ and radio personality) was an ordained minister in the American Lutheran Church, but his claim to pop history fame came in the 1960s and early '70s when his syndicated FM radio shows, most notably the show called Silhouettes, were broadcast across the U.S. (and in Vietnam) between 1966 and 1968. A sort of "hip preacher" balanced between Christianity on the one hand and the emerging "Flower Power" generation on the other, Rydgren interspersed progressive and psychedelic rock tracks with his thoughts on spirituality, philosophy, and the changing times, all in a deep, sincere, and affecting baritone. He also released three LPs of these thoughts and musings laid over a backdrop of fuzz guitars, heavenly choirs, and sitar drones -- Worlds of Youth (1966), Cantata for New Life (1967), and Silhouette Segments (1968) -- during this time period, and all three are collected here, along with additional tracks. Consider it an intriguing historical timepiece.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2