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END OF THE WORLD

Aphrodite's Child

 

Symphonic Prog

3.52 | 97 ratings

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sgtpepper
3 stars The debug album unusually by a Greek group based in France. The style is progressive pop, not so much of rock. Songs are accessible and some of them catchy. It is the instrumentation that closely resembles a progressive rock ensemble: flutes, organs, piano, harpsichord and other keyboards.

The album starts strongly with "End of the world" and introduces Roussos unusual nose voice and fantastic range. Vangelis provides nice piano and organ arrangements. It sounds warm and Greek to me.

"Don't try to catch a river" is a more British world 70's inspired upbeat song that has organ lines similar to Penny Lane trumpet. "Mister Thomas" is more a "merry-go-round" type of song but still has a memorable harpsichord/cello section. The most famous song by AC, "Rain and tears", is a simple classically influence number with a dominant voice.

"The grass is no green" points to the art rock ambitions of Vangelis and also shows signs of psychedelia, if you isten to the colour of Roussos' voice. Finally, also the bass and drums get into foreground. "Valley of Sadness" is a fine and typical psychedelic song with equal focus on melody and instrumental rhythm section. Vangelis provides organ chords in the right channel and harpsichord in the left. Bouzouki is also heard thanks to Roussos.

"The shepherd and the moon" displays Arabic influence and is a good fire to the already warm music. Notable is muscular bass by Roussos in the outro of the song.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |

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