Sunday, April 6, 2008

Aphrodite's Child - 666


Chariot's of Fire Goes Satanic...

On this Sunday morning while the "Old Lady" is out at Church ( The Devil does not frequent such establishments) let me give you some biblical themed Heavy Progressive Psych w/ some Satanic overtones. Selected tracks from Aphrodite's Child" Concept album, 666. This is a pretty trippy and wild ride.

Enjoy the info below if your not familiar with the group and a few of "The Devils" Fave tracks of the album...

Aphrodite's Child was a Greek progressive rock band formed in 1967, by Vangelis Papathanassiou (keyboards); Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals), Loukas Sideras (drums and vocals), and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris (guitar).

The band began to record their crowning achievement late in 1970: a musical adaptation of the biblical Book of Revelation, entitled 666. Silver Koulouris, having finished his Greek army duty rejoined the band. However, relations between all the band members were not good at the time, and continued to worsen during the album's creation.

Essentially, 666 was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666 was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before. This did not sit well with the other band members, who wished to continue in the pop direction that had brought them success.

By the time the double LP 666 finally came out in late 1971, and having sold over 20 million albums, the band had already split. Both Vangelis and Demis Roussos pursued successful solo careers, Roussos as a pop singer and Vangelis as one of the pioneers in New Age music.

In 1981 Vangelis wrote the score for the film Chariots of Fire, set at the Paris Olympics in 1924. The choice of music was unorthodox—while most period films featured traditional orchestral scores, Vangelis' music was modern and synthesizer-heavy. The movie won a half-dozen awards, including an Academy award for Best Picture of the year. Vangelis won the Academy Award for Original Music Score. The opening theme of the film was released as a single in 1982, topping the American Billboard chart for one week after climbing steadily for five months. Only one other instrumental track, 1985's "Miami Vice Theme," by Czech musician Jan Hammer, has topped that chart since...

Aphrodite's Child - Four Horseman

Aphrodite's Child - The System - Babylon

Aphrodite's Child - Seven Bowls

Aphrodite's Child - Battle of the Locusts - Do It

8 comments:

Planet Mondo said...

Man Alive - I can't keep up with all these goodies. Roy Buchanan, Four Horseman and that mighty mix on Fufu. Phew you must be frazzled.
And Mrs D's site is full of goodies too.

I'm gonna have to get more storage!

eyeeatmusic said...

Very Clever Choice for a Sunday~Gods Day of Rest

sandylove said...

not a place for the Devil INDEED... but great CUTS!...

dk said...

Vangelis and Jan Hammer in the same post - my head is spinning!

fleamarketfunk said...

i am down with and OWN this monster. thank you psyche dave! nice one daddy o.

BenT said...

i wonder if any stores ever stocked this upside-down, thinking it was by that Brit-Punk band that did "Homicide".

William Boothe said...

Can anyone help me find the insert that came in the original vinyl that discussed the book of revelations?

Devil Dick said...

Sorry WB i can not help you with that. My copy doesn't have it!
DD