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October 16, 2012

The Electric Prunes - Kyrie Eleison (1968)

Originally known as The Sanctions, then Jim and the Lords, this group has had more than twenty rotating members. Among the many members they had in their lengthy history were Kenny Loggins (of primarily solo fame) and Peter Lewis (a founding member of Moby Grape). Although their first single, "Ain't It Hard/Little Olive," flopped, their second single, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," was a huge success in 1966. Despite constant personnel changes leading to the demise of the band in 1970, there was a revival in 1999 that led to the group creating three more albums and successfully touring the United States. In 2011, founding member Mark Tulin passed away and no tours have since taken place.

Written and produced by musical arranger David Axelrod, this song comes from the band’s third album, Mass in F Minor. Although the album wasn’t made with all of its original members, it was considered to be very innovative for the mixture of Latin-sung Church-style hymns with psychedelic melodies. Both the concept of the album and the album itself didn’t sell well, but this particular song would later be popularized when it was used in the counter-culture movie, Easy Rider, from 1969.

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The Electric Prunes - Kyrie Eleison (1968)

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Lyrics:

Latin Lyrics English Lyrics

Kyrie Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Kyresta

Kyresta

Kyresta Eleison
Eleison
Eleison
Eleison
Kyresta

Kyresta

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Lord

Lord

Lord, have mercy
Mercy
Mercy
Mercy
Lord

Lord

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