VARIOUS ARTISTS: Jesus People Music Volume 1: LP

While many in the 1960s hippie counterculture were “finding” themselves via copious doses of eastern mysticism, drugs, rock’n’roll and fucking their brains out, others dug deeper into that Ol’ Time Religion of their antecedents to give their boomer lives meaning and pave the way for future born-again cults and movements like “I Found It” and the modern GOP. Contained here are several tracks showcasing some of the best musical endeavors to come from this sub-subculture, all rife with the psychedelic-infused folk and hard rock vibes rampant in the sounds of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Being old enough to remember this era, when the music in Sunday services got groovier and even Catholic masses included Beatles covers and jams from Jesus Christ Superstar, this aging punk is both horrified that he’s willfully listening to stuff like this again and horrified at how much he’s keeps finding himself thinking, “Wow, this ain’t half-bad,” in much the same way he does when he listens to Charles Manson’s Lie album. –Jimmy Alvarado (Org Music, orgmusic.com)