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Aphrodite's Child


Symphonic Prog

3.90 | 428 ratings

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4 stars When I originally heard about this album I was intrigued! A Greek progressive rock band with Vangelis as a member and on top of that it's a 80 minute concept album from 1972!

Surprisingly this album wasn't hard to find and I managed to get a mint copy in one of the big down town record stores. I also managed to get a copy of King Crimson - Discipline while I was there.

To tell you the truth the whole concept part of the album is something that I never bothered to understand. Maybe it's because it's so hard to distinguish after all it's one of the first concept album to be released under the progressive rock banner so I guess that I can cut it some slack for not getting it right the first time.

But how are the compositions? Well, they are quite different from the material released by other European bands at the time but I really enjoy the mix of melodic songs mixed with short avant-garde/acquired taste compositions. There are many clear indications of the style that Vangelis will undertake on his later works but here it's mixed into the rock band line-up. This is well exemplified by the long piece entitled All The Seats Were Occupied which takes up almost 1/4 of the entire album. It's basically a groovy jam composition with some atmospheric sections that finishes the album nicely before passing the torch to Break.

This album is definitely not for everyone but if you want to widen your symphonic prog horizons then it is worth checking out!

***** star songs: The System (0:23) Babylon (2:51) The Four Horsemen (5:57) The Lamb (4:34) Aegian Sea (5:25) The Battle Of The Locusts (0:56) Do It (1:45) Seven Trumpets (0:30) Break (2:55)

**** star songs: Loud, Loud, Loud (2:37) The Seventh Seal (1:30) Seven Bowls (1:25) The Wakening Beast (1:07) The Marching Beast (2:00) Tribulation (0:32) The Beast (2:33) Ofis (0:17) Altamont (4:45) The Wedding Of The Lamb (3:35) The Capture Of The Beast (2:15) Hic Et Nunc (3:00) All The Seats Were Occupied (19:27)

*** star songs: Lament (2:55)

** star songs: "Infinity" (5:16)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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