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3 stars This album has more or less the same lineup of Hypothesis, there's just a guitarist more. Who knows Vangelis from his more celebrated albums will not be much disappointed. On the title track there's a remind to the Greek floklore by the percussions and the violin, but the electric guitar, something very unusual for Vangelis, transforms it gradually into a psychedelic rock session. So imagine a repetitive base on which a very acid guitar plays a solo. The base makes me think to Amon Duul and the guitar to Ash Ra Temple. Is it krautrock?

"Stuffed Aubergine" is opened by a soft electric piano. This is the Vangelis whom everybody is most used to. It takes more than 4 minutes before an acoustic 12 strings guitar adds some rhythm. It's made just of a couple of chords: A- and D, proceeding in this way until the end.

The "Stuffed Tomato" start to be stuffed by what seems to be a string instrument like a buzouki, but can also be just an acoustic guitar. What it plays is between the sirtaki and the American Country. Three minutes and we have progressive rock with jazzy and beat elements. The track is one, but we have effectively several different songs. The third part starts with acoustic guitar and rapidly becomes a jazzy jam session lead by Vangelis electric piano.

Good but non-essential is how I define this album.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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