I’m 26, and I’ve been collecting records for over 12 years. Recently, I found a pristine recording of Bl. Pope John Paul II’s Papal Mass in Chicago’s Grant Park in 1979:
I bought it; as a life-long Chicago resident I really wanted to be a part of a great, historical moment that I wasn’t present at. I finally played it tonight. It now makes sense why it’s in such good shape.
The Holy Father is recorded for probably less than a minute on the whole recording.
Everything is is awful music, “hymns” and a setting specially composed for this event by Alexander Peloquin.
Some things sound like the soundtrack to Ben Hur (complete with cymbals and tambourines), others sound like Leonard Bernstien compositions. I recognized the “Gloria” and “Our Father,” as my parish stopped using this awkward setting about 10 years ago.
I just cannot believe the Pope celebrated mass for over a million people here with this awkward, almost-irreverent music.
(And this record dosen’t contain the famous “Allelujia” made popular here in Chicago by PJPII)