Τρίτη, 23 Ιουλίου 2013

Aphrodites Child Progressive art rock of the 70s


What can you say about this incredible band that was formed by Vangellis Papathanassiou and Demmis Roussos? It is probably one of the most interesting progressive psychedelic bands I have listened to (and I do not say this because they are Greeks). The keyboards of Vangellis combined with the divine voice of Roussos create a superb and unique mix of sounds. The band split up and both Demmis and Vangellis followed solo successful careers. The difficult part about Aphrodite Child is to describe their music. It is mix of art -progressive rock with pop elements put together in a theatrical atmosphere!!!! That is the best definition I can give but when we talk about music of such quality definitions is the least we should care about. The album I am really obsessed with is 666 a concept album based on the Apocalypse. Every single moment of this album is magnificent!!!! It has a great dark atmosphere which can not be described with words. Four Horsemen is one of the best songs I have listened to and especially the way Rousos performs in  the song is for seminars of vocal accuracy and passion. Furthermore it consists of a really great guitar solo. I would also like to mention the performance of the Greek actor  Irene Pappa in the Infinite song which is thrilling as she sings  "I was, I am, I am to come" followed by the strange percussion of Vangellis. One of the darkest "songs" ever recorded.  There was big controversy about the album due to its title, the general concept and  the comment in the inside that it was created under the influence of salhep which is a drink here in Greece and many considered it as a drug!!!! Listen to them by all means we are talking about one of the most interesting (and really progressive) bands of the 70s!!! Later they both followed solo careers Vangelis writing soundtracks among others (Chariots of fire , Bladerunner).
                          
                  Discography 
                    End of the World (1968) 
                    Its five o clock    (1969)
                    666                     (1972)

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