Pax Quartet: Merveilles

SM 30 423 (1970?)

This French contribution to the “Jesus Music” era is different in many ways.  Given its reference to the liturgy on the back cover, it’s probably Roman Catholic in at least its target audience.  As opposed to the “garage band” origin and feel of much of the work of the era, or the cavernous acoustics of traditional churches, this album is very professionally orchestrated and arranged in a good 1960’s French pop style.  Finally it actually has the same songs on the back and front of the album: the front with lyrics, the back strictly instrumental.  In a country where there isn’t a Christian bookstore selling tracks on every corner, that’s a good way of overcoming churches or parishes lacking musical talent.

It’s an album that grows on you; I find myself putting it on more often than I care to admit.

The songs:

  • Lumière et Paix
  • Donne-Moi La Main
  • Tu Vois Ma Solitude
  • Merveilles

Instrumental Versions:

  • Lumière et Paix
  • Donne-Moi La Main
  • Tu Vois Ma Solitude
  • Merveilles

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