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Lukk Opp Kirkens Dører - A Selection Of Norwegian Chrisitan Jazz, Psych, Funk & Folk 1970-1980 AlbumPurchased

This compilation documents the Norwegian progressive Christian music scene that grew out of the Ten Sing-movement (Teenage Singing) and Jesus revolution at the end of the 1960s. Within a few years the Christian music industry in Norway became almost as powerful as the secular, with the rise of new labels, festivals and fan clubs. With a wish to throw open the church’s doors to new cultural expressions, Christian youth all over Norway created a now forgotten catalogue of albums with jazz, psychedelic, beat, funk and folk mixed with a Christian message. Twenty nuggets from this obscure music catalogue are now gathered on this release. It took a while for the Norwegian church to ask itself the question: why should the devil have all the good music? If one search through the massive heaps of Norwegian EPs released on the Christian record companies Ansgar. ETON and Klango before 1970, you will find hours of congregation house quartets and choirs. But with the great transformations within youth and popular culture in the 1960's there also came a great renewal within Norwegian church music. In 1967 the writer of psalms and priest, Olaf Hillestad (1923 - 1974), founded Forum Experimentale, an organization that promised in its statutes to: “boldly work for a renewal in service life, church music and church art.” Hillestad acquired premises in Bogstadveien 49c, which served both as a chapel and youth club where young Christians could worship their God with poetry recitals, art, acid rock and theatre. That same year the Teenage Singing revolution came to Norway. Kjell Grønner was hired as a youth priest in the Bergen YMCA in 1965 and quickly reasoned that something had to be done in order to get the youth to attend church. Inspired by the American Christian show Up With People! he started Norway's first Ten Sing choir. Finally, young people came to the churches and thoroughly refurbished Norwegian psalms with rock'n'roll, beats, jazz and protest singing. A few years later the Jesus movement swept over Norway, a Christian 68-revolt that grew strongly during the 1970s. This led to the rise of Norwegian fractions like Ung Visjon (Young Vision), Jesu Glede (Jesus' Joy) and the collective Guds Fred (The Peace of God) which all used music in a very active manner to spread the gospel. As this revival spread across Norway, a Christian record industry grew in its wake. The Norwegian Lutheran Inner Missionary Society started the Luther Foundation's Music Department (LUMI), The Pentecostal church started a youth label JOY for their label KLANGO and Forum Experimentale went on to become the record company Kirkelig Kulturverkested (The Churches Cultural Workshop). Here one finds a hidden and fantastic catalogue of progressive and experimental Christian music. From the gritty fusion funk and electric jazz of Good News and That`s Why to progressive folk by singer songwriters such as Grete Salomonsen and Kari Hansa and Gregers Hes. Also unearthed are the psychedelic sounds of Crossing and KERYX to rock-musicals by Arnold Børud and Angelos. If one wonders what the Christian people danced to late at night just isten to disco, beat and funk gems by Heralds, Joyful Singers Soli Deo, Reflex and Presens. This release contains 20 tracks from 15 different Norwegian Christian. Both CD and LP comes with new linernotes by Lars Mørch Finorud and unseen photo material.
1. Kort appell Joyful Singers 00:02:45 1.00 USD
Main artist Joyful Singers
Composer Bernt Pedersen
Author Bernt Pedersen
2. Kom synder til Herren Good News 00:03:00 1.00 USD
Main artist Good News
Composer H.P Martin
Author H. P Martin : Urban Lillevold
3. Konklusjon Good News 00:08:55 1.20 USD
Main artist Good News
Composer Finn Pedersen
Author Finn Pedersen
4. Dyp av nåde That`s Why 00:02:34 1.00 USD
Main artist That`s Why
Composer Charles Wesley : A.M Hanche
Author Per Arne Løvold : Charles Wesley : Jan Simonsen
5. Kom That`s Why 00:03:09 1.00 USD
Main artist That`s Why
Composer Jan Simonsen : Per Arne Løvold
Author Jan Simonsen : Per Arne Løvold
6. Hør en lignelse ! Arnold Børud 00:02:26 1.00 USD
Main artist Arnold Børud
Composer Arnold Børud
Author Arnold Børud
7. Salme 150 Keryx 00:05:11 1.00 USD
Main artist Keryx
Composer Håkon Berge
8. Så mange gikk foran Keryx 00:04:30 1.00 USD
Main artist Keryx
Composer Håkon Berge
Author Håkon Berge : Bodvar Schjelderup
9. Mennesket og lyset Crossing 00:07:10 1.20 USD
Main artist Crossing
Composer Erik Hillestad : M.B Landstad : Holm Holmsen
Author Erik Hillestad : M.B Landstad : Holm Holmsen
10. Rosenrøde briller Angelos 00:02:04 1.00 USD
Main artist Angelos
Composer Kurt Kaiser
Author Kurt Kaiser
11. Herre over alle slekter Sky Sing 00:03:06 1.00 USD
Main artist Sky Sing
Composer Ronald Fangen : Georg Gjessen
Author Ronald Fangen : Georg Gjessen
12. Gud har inga pengar Heralds 00:02:13 1.00 USD
Main artist Heralds
Composer Gøte Strandsjø: Heralds
Author Gøte Strandsjø : Heralds
13. The Loner Keryx 00:02:58 1.00 USD
Main artist Keryx
Composer Cedar Walton : Ronnie Matthews
14. Bli hos oss, Krist Jan Simonsen Kvintett 00:05:28 1.00 USD
Main artist Jan Simonsen Kvintett
Composer Olaf Hillestad : Ove Hestvold
Author Olaf Hillestad
15. Hei Hå ! Kari Hansa & Gregers Hes 00:04:20 1.00 USD
Main artist Kari Hansa & Gregers Hes
Composer Gregers Lundh
Author Gregers Lundh
16. Misforståelse Kari Hansa & Gregers Hes 00:03:57 1.00 USD
Main artist Kari Hansa & Gregers Hes
Composer Hans Olav Mørk
Author Hans Olav Mørk
17. I Ham Grete Salomonsen med Venner 00:02:45 1.00 USD
Main artist Grete Salomonsen med Venner
Composer Bjørn vige
Author Bjørn vige
18. No smoking Soli Deo 00:01:59 1.00 USD
Main artist Soli Deo
Composer Rune Bratfoss
19. Frelst Reflex 00:02:29 1.00 USD
Main artist Reflex
Composer Martin Alfsen : Rune Bratfoss
Author Martin Alfsen
20. Du kan ikke ta det med deg Presens 00:05:52 1.00 USD
Main artist Presens
Composer Tom Jørgensen
Author Tom Jørgensen