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THE SINGLES

Aphrodite's Child

 

Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 16 ratings

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Moogtron III
4 stars This collection consists of singles: A-sides and B-sides, especially taken from the era of Aphrodite's Child's first two albums, so this compilation doesn't show their most progressive collection of songs.

Still, this is a very good record, because Aphrodite's Child was an accomplished singles band. And more than that: even their B-sides are often worth a listen, and strangely enough they are not taking the level of the album down. Listen for instance to "Magic Mirror", the B-side of "I Want To Live": the song bursts out of energy, and has heavy rock playing with some definitive jazz playing as well. No filler at all. Still, even at moments where the A-sides do eclipse the B-sides in terms of composition, the album doesn't become dull. It is a joyful experience from A to Z.

What's Aphrodite's Child's strength? Strong keyboard playing by Vangelis, who was a keyboard wizard already in the late sixties, and on top of it a great production which is far ahead of its time. The sound is really mind boggling sometimes, so powerful! Vangelis is here still playing in service of three minutes songs, which is nice in addition to his later more free form albums.

Also a treat are the vocals of Demis Roussos, who is most known from his later non prog career, where he scored many hitsingles in the pop field. Demis is a sensitive singer, and he has a voice that you don't often hear. A bit lamenting, and to my ears (Western - European ears, I admit) there are elements of Greek folk singing in his singing.

And then... the songs themselves. AC were talented songwriters, though the melancholic songs are not to every progger's taste, I'm sure. Slow songs like Rain and Tears, Marie Jolie, Spring Summer Winter And Fall: I'm sure that many visitors of this site would find them either too melodramatic or to commercial sounding.

Demis Roussos would, in his early solo career, go not very far from early Aphrodite's Child in his songs, but what is extra in the music of this band is the magnificent production and the keyboards of Vangelis which are taking you like on a magic carpet ride. Therefore, even when this record is obviously more a pop than a prog record, it's the combination of Vangelis keyboard and studio wizardry and the variety in well written songs what make's this record (or another representative compilation) an excellent extra to any progger's collection.

Moogtron III | 4/5 |

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