The title track opens which sets the overall vibe of the entire album with an almost James Bond 007 theme song type of feel with over the top pop vocals dressed up with a somewhat cheesy symphonic backdrop but the track morphs into powerhouse of classical piano prowess, percussive outbursts and dramatic dynamics shifting. Such A Funny Night 11. Totally crossover, it showcases the intelligence of it's contributors through a combination of Greek folk elements and Biblical nightmares. Such A Funny Night 06. If one is to ignore the Coronation of this king-like album and look at it simply as a progressive rock recording, how does it fair? Now, let's see what this beast is made of. Leading the way is , whose quavering vocals are similar in some respects to those of ' , though they can be gratingly cloying in a way rarely were. You Always Stand In My way 03.
Third, as you probably understood, the band abandons the psych-pop short songs format of the 60's to turn more progressive and esoteric. It leaves an album of good and sometimes great songs. This, coupled with its 'Number Of The Beast' album title, was misinterpreted by fundamentalist Christians as perhaps a drug, a demon, or even a black magic sect, not infact a Turkish delicacy! I does not manage to keep up my interest all the way through. Disc 2 is bit more experimental and improvisational. The song hurries ahead in a very straightforward way without much new details, and for that reason it is quickly worn out.
Order now for shipping on Monday 29th April 19. Now this thing has punch. Good Time So Fine 05. A little lack of coherency, spoken interludes and a few weaker passages are the only negative points that can be found on this unique double-album. The Shepherd And The Moon 10. Original, innovative, creative are one of the few words that comes to mind when talking about this nearly indescribable progressive beast.
Compilation Year of Release: 1974 Appears in: Rank in 1974: Rank Score: 4 Rank in 1970s Overall Rank: Average Rating: Comments: 5. Let Me Love,Let Me Live 13. Don't cry to catch a river 03. Without a doubt the best known is 'Rain and Tears', which still can be heard occasionally from radio. Together they form the epic center piece of the album.
There is no denying that the musicality and power of the concept is very impressive. Don't Try To Catch A River 05. The band bites off too large chunks of musical flesh to carry it off. An amazingly bombastic concept album about the Apocalypse of St. Vangelis has stated that the album was apparently created under the influence of Sahlep, a Turkish flour consumed in beverages or deserts. I Want To Live 12. Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Review 1354725 It seems that 666 is universally hailed as the Grail of greek prog and who am I to disagree? It also is irresistibly catchy as Vangelis proved to be one of the great song writers of all of Europe.
Housed in a gatefold pastedpicture sleeve, lyrics printed on the reverse, complete with Japanese text insert and wide obi-strip. Unfortunately the mastering left something to be desired. Obviously the record is intended to be sat through, that is listened to in one sitting. Break End Of The World, 1968 01. There is no shortage of great songs on 666. The album was recorded through the period of 1970 and 1971 - didnt find exactly for what reason it was released only in 1972 - what made the album have a anachronistic sounding. Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Review 1937231 A nice bunch of their early tunes! Spring, Summer, Winter And Fall 15.
If you would like to know a bit more about their early tunes, this compilation would be great, otherwise, please avoid it. A few months later the three musicians join in Paris with Anargyros Koulouris Silver Koulouris a very competent guitar player and they decide to form a new band which was supposed to mix traditional Greek music with Western Pop and Psychedelia, but they ended doing much more than was expected. Log in to vote 0 votes 0 helpful 0 unhelpful Showing all 2 comments Please or if you want to be able to add a comment. A delicate psychedelic and ethereal song with a crystalline voice. A must for any Vertigo collector, see the 'More Info' section for details about this fantastic rarity and condition. Once you have open ears and mind, you will really enjoy the sweet voice of Roussos, along with the cool arrangements Vangelis added in this compilation of nice short tracks, in which you will find some folk resemblances, actually Greek traditional folk can be found here, as well as that spicy psychedelia inherent in their music. However, the album revealed a more experimental side to the band's nature with such Psychedelic gems as 'The Grass Is No Green', 'You Always Stand In My Way' and 'Day of the Fool'.
Some of the multiple ideas spread all over the record are ahead of their time. Unfortunately just as the band had formed, Greece was rocked by the upset of a right-wing dictatorship commonly known as the Regime Of The Colonels which lasted from 1967-74 which is why Greece did not participate in the burgeoning prog scene as did most of the European continent. Demis Roussos wails the lyrics in a frantically operatic falsetto, while the band pound fiercely through Vangelis' furiously complex music. And, most importantly, following the fatal overdose of British rapper Mac Miller, her ex-. Soon after the birth of the band, Silver Kouloris has to leave the group because he was called for his Military Service and only joins again for the recording of their last album 666, during these years Demis Roussos has to play guitar and bass. Vangelis, the de facto leader from the beginning, decided to relocate his newly formed band in London where they could carry on without the burdens of political turmoil but en route found themselves stuck in Paris during the 1968 strikes and student uprisings which delayed their musical ambitions for a short time.
Soon after the birth of the band, Silver Kouloris has to leave the group because he was called for his Military Service and only joins again for the recording of their last album 666, during these years Demis Roussos has to play guitar and bass. Aegian Sea also contains great ambiences created mostly by the keyboard wizard Vangelis and by a stunning guitar solo, while the suite that takes almost all of the fourth side All the Seats is up there amongst the greatest in the genre with Echoes, Supper's Ready, Close to the Edge, Thick as a Brick Part One, The Gates of Delirium, Nine Feet underground, etc. Lontano Dagli Occhi Live 19. An album that you have to listen if you consider yourself a prog lover. Year of Release: 1972 Appears in: Rank in 1972: Rank Score: 835 Rank in 1970s Overall Rank: Average Rating: Comments: 2. The Shepard And The Moon 11.
Catchy piano grooves, psychedelic Indo-raga sitar and helium induced vocal pitches augmented by flute and sitar trade-offs. I guess that the conclusion of my ramblings must be that 666 really is an overbearing album, too heavy and meandering to keep up the interest and quality. However, give it a few listens and you won't fail to be impressed by such a unique masterpiece, however flawed it might be. The Four Horsemen, especially, deserves a special mention as it contains one of my absolute favorite vocal performances in all progressive rock, by the great Demis Roussos. After all, you're listening to psych- folk-rock crafted by a future pioneer of electronic music. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site.