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There are some familiar elements--excellent rock guitar by Silver Koulouris (where has he gone?), powerful drumming from Lucas Sideras, excellent production values that still make me wonder whether this was REALLY recorded in 1970, and some excellent synth work before there was supposed to be any functional ones around. All the Mediterranean percussion and various stringed instruments do not come off as an attempt to make the recording "exotic." Rather, it is those instruments and vocals that, as good as the rock playing is, seem most natural for the material. Without getting too far out there, it sounds like some troubadours from Athens jumped up 2500 years and plugged in.Read more ›
The story of "Aphrodite's Child" starts in Greece during the early sixties, in the time that the local music scene is quickly developing a new movement, usually referred to as beat or garage music. Many young musicians and groups emerge in search of a new sound, breaking away from tradional Greek bouzouki and taking inspiration from similar movements in Western pop-scenes.
All members of Aphrodite's Child had been playing in different local groups before moving to Paris. Most notably Vangelis Papathanassiou already formed a highly successful band during his high school years, "The Forminx" (1963 to 1966), while Demis Roussos has been part of bands such as "The Idols" and "We five".
During 1967 Vangelis and Demis form an ensemble together with Lucas Sideras (drums) and Argyris Koulouris (guitars), sometimes referred to as "The Papathanassiou Set". They record a demo with two songs, "Plastics nevermore" and "The other people". Impressed with the demo, Philips Records in Greece proposes to have the group try their luck in England...
Early in 1968 Vangelis, Demis and Lucas travel from Greece to England in search for a better creative environment. Back in Greece a military regime has taken over the government, and just as many other Greek artists they decide to leave their country. Argyris Koulouris has to stay behind to fulfil his army duty. Although aiming to travel to England, Vangelis, Demis and Lucas first get in trouble as they are not allowed to enter the UK due to their work-permits, and then get stuck in Paris due to a transportation strike. By that time they decide to stay in Paris, and sign up with the Mercury record label as the band "Aphrodite's Child", with the help of Philips producer Pierre Sberro.Read more ›
Overall, a very mixed listening experience... but that's the very reason why you wouldn't go wrong to buy it. "666" is definitely not boring, and highly recommended.
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A great band from Greece that was evicted from Greece during the release of their album because it went against the Greek Orthodox religion.Published 2 months ago by Merritt Zimmerman
Interesting music and very nice composition overall. Some pieces, where Demi's voice singing as in the Greek church liturgical way (Byzantine) gives a different dimension to the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by tom
WELL, LOVED THIS WHEN I FIRST GOT THIS 25 YEARS AGO. NOW I NO LONGER CARE FOR THE MUSIC.. BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS VERY PROGRESSIVE AND WAY OUT. NOW JUST PLAIN STRANGE.!!Published 6 months ago by Beryl M. Stoler
CD case (jewel box) was (came) cracked, but no "biggie" (have no desire to return).Published 7 months ago by Mark Leonard