Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

The Masked Marauders

Back in the day, 1969 to be precise, Warner Bros released a record album of this name that was part of an elaborate hoax concocted by Rolling Stone magazine.

In its October 18, 1969 issue, Rolling Stone ran a tongue-in-cheek review of a non-existent album that purportedly captured a “super session” of the era’s leading rock musicians, including Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. The review claimed that none of the artists could be listed on the jacket cover because of contractual agreements with their recording companies. The editors involved decided to extend the joke by hiring a relatively obscure band to record an actual album and then secured a deal with Warner Bros. As an indication of how many people were taken in by the joke, The Masked Marauders reached No. 114 on Billboard’s album chart.

Did I buy a copy? Of course I did. My favorite cuts? “More or Less Hudson’s Bay Again” and a 10 minute cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.“

I could not help but think of that album when I saw Pastor Erick’s Facebook cover photo, a selfie taken earlier this month at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo.



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