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RYDGREN, JOHN – Worlds of Youth – LP


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JOHN RYDGREN – Worlds of Youth (Concordia US) LP    Ex-/Vg+++ sew
“Mindblowing 1968 LP from John Rydgren in conjunction with Herbert Brokering. Contains 9 spoken word pieces with musical backing, similar in content and style to the Silhouette Segments LP but even rarer. Rydgren’s convoluted brilliance is in full form here and it even includes a couple of rare examples of Rydgren singing. This is an extremely cool Christian psych artefacts. “‘The legacy of John Rydgren was one of the most enigmatic in radio-jock if not also record history. A Lutheran evangelist, Rydgren started a hit program called Silhouettes. As with Ken Nordine, his thoughts were highly original, ranging from quirky perceptions of the mundane to deep acid-head philosophy. Distributed to free to radio stations, Worlds of Youth and Silhouette Segments never was commercially released because of licensing difficulties. It remains an obscure and treasured memento of the radio program. The LP was given heavy airplay in Vietnam, however. Questioning life’s meta assumptions within a reassuring pop context, it was a natural for soldiers. And for everyone its juxtaposition of the antipodes of hip and square continue to blow minds”