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Aphrodite's Child


Symphonic Prog

2.77 | 94 ratings

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2 stars Let's put things into perspective.

In May 1970, I was offered my first pick up and the first singles I purchased were : Eloïse (Barry Ryan), Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel), Let It Be and Something (from The Beatles) and finally It's Five O'clock from Aphrodite's Child.

I was really in love with this beautiful song (fully Fab four oriented). I can't tell how many spins I may have given to this single. Such a beautiful melody (but the band wrote several ones of this calibre), great and symphonic keys. A jewel of a pop song and a major commercial success for the band. Almost forty years later, I can't have enough of it, and I listen to it once in a while with the same pleasure (as most of their popular songs).

Needless to say that Wake Up which backed up the single was little played. Press next. But what to say about the completely useless Take Your Time?

The second pleasant moment is the nice ballad Annabella even if the background sound of the waves are quite cliché.

Two other songs from this album will also be released as single. Let Me Love, Let Me Live backed up with Marie Jolie. The former is fully psychedelic; very much Sgt Pepper's oriented. It has nothing to do with their catchy pop songs which were chosen as single songs. This one is more complex and features no melody. A straight forward psychedelic rock song ending rather chaotically. Below average IMO.

Marie Jolie, the B-side is a more melancholic song. Childish and very much of its era. Pleasant tambourine work. Nothing extraordinary. Just an average B-side single.

Funky Mary is another psyche song, totally uninteresting. Press next. Absolutely. At least Good Time, So Fine is more bearable (but not any good either). The closing number is another childish and insipid song. Press next to get rid of this work.

This album is poor. If it wasn't for the title track and the emotion I feel while listening to it, I would have rated this effort with one star. I will upgrade it to two. But I told you why.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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