Pope Francis to Release Prog Rock-Infused Album ‘Wake Up!’
Yep, this is really a thing. Pope Francis is set to "spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog rock-infused album," according to Rolling Stone.
The disc, Wake Up!, will be released Nov. 27 and features the Pope delivering sacred hymns and speeches. Driving the album will be everything from Gregorian chant to pop-rock, and you can check out a taste of the project by listening to the track "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" below.
"Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" takes 2014 audio of Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience. "Wake up / Wake up," you can hear Pope Frances say. "The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness." He continues, "No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice."
"For many years, I've been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope," Don Giulio Neroni tells Rolling Stone. "I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis. As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns."
Musician Tony Pagliuca also contributed to the Pope's album. "In the Seventies, I founded the prog-rock band Le Orme and topped the charts, toured Italy and U.K. and had the chance to collaborate with international artists like Peter Hammil and David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator)," says Pagliuca. "During the years, I also made an important journey of faith. When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge."
Listen to "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" [via Rolling Stone] and see the track listing for Wake Up! below. The album can be pre-ordered at iTunes.
Wake Up! Track Listing:
1. "Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum"
2. "Salve Regina"
3. "Laudato Sie…"
4. "Poe Que' Sufren Los Ninos"
5. "Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!"
6. "La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!"
7. "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!"
8. "La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!"
9. "Pace! Fratelli!"
10. "Per La Famiglia"
11. "Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser"
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