Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis: Prog Star?

It seems like a joke, but given the number of prog artists who proudly display their Christianity (think Neil Morse, Kinetic Element, Supernal Endgame, Iona, to name a few), all I have to say is why not.

Though it would be disingenuous to say the Pope has made a prog rock album. He is the inspiration, even the lyricist if you will, since all the lyrics are snippets of his speeches to different communities. But the majority of the music IS progressive rock thanks to the implication of Tony Pagliuca.

Tony was the founder and keyboardist of Italian prog band Le Orme. He worked on some of the best known albums from their catalogue, including the masterpiece Felona and Sorona.

Tony was approached by producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni, who is no stranger to papal recordings, having recorded the speeches of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Tony was asked to add music and to work with the speeches of Pope Francis I, and what resulted is an inspiring prog album called Wake Up!

Hear one of the tracks, Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward! here:

The complete track list is:

1. Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum
2. Salve Regina
3. Laudato Sie…
4. Poe Que' Sufren Los Ninos
5. Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!
6. La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!
7. Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!
8. La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!
9. Pace! Fratelli!
10. "Per La Famiglia
11. Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser

The album will be released on November 12th.

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