Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

APHRODITE'S CHILD

Symphonic Prog • Greece


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Aphrodite's Child picture
Aphrodite's Child biography
The short story of APHRODITE'S CHILD starts in 1968, when the Greek/Egyptian bassist and vocalist named Artemios Ventouris Roussos (Demis Roussos) and the powerful drummer Lucas Sideras were supposed to meet the multi instrumentalist Evengelio Odyssey Papathanassiou (VANGELIS) who had left his first group FORMINXS, but the first two were not admitted to the United Kingdom because they had no working permits and custom officers discovered photos and tapes in their luggage so they assumed the musicians intended to stay (Which was true).

A few months later the three musicians join in Paris with Anargyros Koulouris (Silver Koulouris) a very competent guitar player and they decide to form a new band which was supposed to mix traditional Greek music with Western Pop and Psychedelia, but they ended doing much more than was expected.

Due to their financial situation they had to sign a terrible contract with a record company. Soon after the birth of the band, Silver Kouloris has to leave the group because he was called for his Military Service and only joins again for the recording of their last album 666, during these years Demis Roussos has to play guitar and bass.

Their first two releases "End of the World" (which includes two hit singles, "Rain and Tears" and "I Want To Live", the last one reached N° 1 in most Europe) and "It's Five O'Clock", showed a commercial oriented band with a very peculiar sound. But it's not until 1970, when they start to record the brilliant and adventurous "666" that they get a place in progressive Rock history, even when the relation inside the band was at the lowest point mostly because VANGELIS wanted to do more serious music than Lucas Sideras and Roussos.

The paradox is that this masterpiece which combines 100% Symphonic structure, British Psychedelia, Greek Orthodox Religious music with a touch of pop was only released in 1972 (after the band had already split) due to several prejudices caused the controversial concept ("The Book of Revelations"), the confession made by the band that "666" was conceived under the influence of Sahlep (some people believed this word was referred to some kind of pagan divinity when in fact it's a common non alcoholic beverage from Turkey) and the track "Infinity" sung by the great actress Irene Papas which is really a five minutes orgasm.

After APHRODITE'S CHILD disbanded, the members took different paths, like Roussos who became a well known orchestral pop sin...
read more

Aphrodite's Child official website

APHRODITE'S CHILD MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

APHRODITE'S CHILD forum topics / tours, shows & news


APHRODITE'S CHILD forum topics Create a topic now
APHRODITE'S CHILD tours, shows & news Post an entries now

APHRODITE'S CHILD Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all APHRODITE'S CHILD videos (2) | Search and add more videos to APHRODITE'S CHILD

Buy APHRODITE'S CHILD Music


666: Apocalypse of St John666: Apocalypse of St John
Import
Vertigo 1989
Audio CD$7.25
$7.23 (used)
HitsHits
Import
Imports 2009
Audio CD$4.28
$26.99 (used)
666666
Import
Imports 2011
Audio CD$21.38
$23.23 (used)
Best of: Aphrodite's ChildBest of: Aphrodite's Child
Import
Universal Int'l 1994
Audio CD$5.71
$4.67 (used)
The SinglesThe Singles
Import
Br Music Holland 1996
Audio CD$11.34
$9.99 (used)
Complete CollectionComplete Collection
Import
Polygram Int'l 1999
Audio CD$295.86
$25.22 (used)
End of the WorldEnd of the World
Limited Edition · Import
Missing Vinyl 2012
Vinyl$30.00
$64.72 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SIGMA FAY - NA ??? ?'????? ( L.SIDERAS-APHRODITE'S CHILD ) EUROVISION 1980-GR' USD $30.00 Buy It Now 1h 29m
APHRODITE'S CHILD rain and tears*don't try to catch a river 1968 FRENCH PS 45 USD $13.32 Buy It Now 1h 35m
APHRODITE'S CHILD ~ RAIN AND TEARS BEST OF ~ UK PYE LP 1970 USD $13.32 Buy It Now 1h 44m
APHRODITE'S CHILD Spring, summer. 45 7'' French SP GREEKE PSYCH VANGELIS USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4h 59m
Aphrodite's Child LP Gat Aphrodite's Child - 1982 USD $15.65 Buy It Now 5h 9m
Aphrodite's Child ?- Break / Babylon Vertigo SWIRL Netherlands 1972 USD $6.00 [0 bids]
5h 15m
APHRODITE'S CHILD-RAIN AND TEARS RARE YUGOSLAVIAN 7'' PS 1968 UNIQUE LABEL USD $15.00 Buy It Now 9h 34m
PROMO WHITE LABEL APHRODITE'S CHILD JAPAN VERTIGO 666 USD $149.99 Buy It Now 20h 11m
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 1971 JAPAN 2 CD OBI 3200yen PHCR USD $49.99 Buy It Now 22h 24m
Aphrodite's child Best of W.Germany PDO cd Mercury USD $11.89 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD It's Five O'clock 7" B/w Funky Mary (132508mcf) Pic Sleeve DUT USD $20.24 Buy It Now 1 day
PROMO ONLY JP APHRODITE'S CHILD 2 TRACKS USD $299.99 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD-RAIN AND TEARS 1968 7" VANGELS,DEMIS ROUSSOS USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD rain and tears/don't try to.. 1968 YUGOSLAVIAN 7'' SINGLE USD $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Aphrodite's Child Break - Injection Moulded 7" vinyl single record UK 6032900 USD $12.46 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD - VANGELIS - SPRING, SUMMER . WINTER AND FALL RARE GREEK 45 !! USD $7.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Aphrodite's Child - 666 1st Vertigo Swirl press USD $91.95 [0 bids]
1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD - Best Of Aphrodite's Child - CD Album *Collection**Hits* USD $8.31 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD RAIN & TEARS - BEST OF UK PHILLIPS 6483 025 1/1 -2/1 USD $16.97 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE´S CHILD EP MADE IN PORTUGAL 45 PS 7 *RAIN AND TEARS* MERCURY USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DEMIS ROUSSOS (Aphrodite's Child) FIRE AND ICE Rare PS 45 PORTUGAL USD $6.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Aphrodite's Child - Break RARE LP Brazil Press 666 Alt. Cover 1972 Vertigo Swirl USD $64.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Demis Roussos Le Grec French CD *NEW 1988 RARE Aphrodite's Child(Vangelis) Prier USD $59.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ORIGINAL 1972 APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 GATEFOLD 2 LP SET VERTIGO SWIRL ISSUE USD $0.99 [2 bids]
1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD Rain & Tears VANGELIS DEMIS ROUSSOS Southamerica 7" 1969 USD $11.99 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD END OF THE WORLD -YOU ALWAYS STAND IN MY WAY ORIG 45' VANGELIS USD $6.00 Buy It Now 1 day
APHRODITE'S CHILD-RAIN AND TEARS-ORIGINAL YUGOSLAV PS 45rpm 1968-UNIQUE LABEL USD $12.99 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK - CD OBI USD $14.95 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD " BREAK " 7" SINGLE VERTIGO 1972 EXCELLENT USD $6.65 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - LET ME LOVE LET ME LIVE 7" VINYL PS USD $16.64 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 1972 VERTIGO FIRST PRESS PROG ROCK LP RECORD EX+ EX+ VINYL USD $26.63 [0 bids]
2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-IT'S FIVE O CLOCK RARE YUGOSLAVIAN 7'' PS 1970 UNIQUE LABEL USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
LO MEJOR DE APHRODITE 'S CHILD LP VENEZUELA EXOTIC PRESS Home Censored Pink Floy USD $39.00 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD "S/T" SUPERSTAR Italia vinyl record LP w/12-pages booklet *EX USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-ST Rare Italian Super Star Label LP USD $34.99 Buy It Now 2 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - I WANT TO LIVE 7" FRENCH PIC SLEEVE USD $13.31 [0 bids]
3 days
666: Apocalypse of St John, Aphrodite's Child, 0042283843028 USD $15.07 Buy It Now 3 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD ~ RAIN AND TEARS BEST OF ~ LP USD $6.65 [0 bids]
3 days
Aphrodite's Child-End of the World Greek prog psych cd USD $17.99 Buy It Now 3 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD**BEST OF**CD USD $10.50 Buy It Now 3 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-666-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-SACD Ltd/Ed K25 USD $47.99 Buy It Now 3 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-666-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD Ltd/Ed G00 USD $30.99 Buy It Now 3 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-666-JAPAN MINI LP PLATINUM SHM-CD Ltd/Ed I50 USD $40.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Aphrodite's Child LP Gat Aphrodite's Child USD $11.98 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD GREATEST HITS RARE ORIGINAL EX YUGOSLAV 1ST PRESS 1974 EX/EX+ USD $26.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Aphrodite's Child-666 CD NEW USD $13.29 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD BREAK VERTIGO RECORDS UK 7" VINYL SINGLE RECORD - VANGELIS USD $3.98 [0 bids]
4 days
hear ? HARRIS CHALKITIS Marita PORTUGAL 45 7'' SP GREEK PSYCH APHRODITE'S CHILD USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4 days
HARRIS CHALKITIS milady lena PORTUGAL 45 7'' SP APHRODITE'S CHILD GREEK PSYCH USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD BREAK 1972 UK PRESS 7" VINYL RECORD SINGLE USD $1.32 [0 bids]
4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 deleted 2014 180g vinyl 2-LP + MP3 SEALED Vangelis Vertigo USD $46.61 [0 bids]
4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - END OF THE WORLD/ DEMIS ROUSSOS/ JAPAN UICY-9371 USD $55.00 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - SPRING SUMMER WINTER AND FALL - SPAIN 45 SINGLE USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Aphrodite's Child - End Of The World [CD New] USD $14.80 Buy It Now 4 days
End of the World [Bonus Tracks] by Aphrodite's Child (CD, Jun-2010, Esoteric... USD $12.07 Buy It Now 4 days
666 (Apocalypse Of) - Aphrodite's Child (CD Used Very Good) USD $8.60 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD Rain And Tears UNIQUE RTB LABEL YUGOSLAV 7" 45rpm 1968 USD $4.99 Buy It Now 4 days
The Singles * [Aphrodite's Child] [2 discs] New CD USD $13.31 Buy It Now 4 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-RAIN AND TEARS/DON'T TRY TO...-ORIGINAL ITALIAN 7" 45rpm 1968 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Aphrodite's Child-Rain and tears.lp USD $15.99 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD IT'S FIVE O' CLOCK (MERCURY 532 953-2) USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
EX/EX !! Aphrodite's Child/Superstar/1982 Gatefold LP USD $36.63 Buy It Now 5 days
VANA "Ed ora si - I want to live"-RARE HOLECOVER 7"ITALY PROMO-APHRODITE'S CHILD USD $19.99 [0 bids]
5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-END OF THE WORLD RARE YUGOSLAVIAN 7'' PS 1979 UNIQUE LABEL USD $14.00 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD REFLECTION LP RECORD VG++ GERMANY 9290 100 FONTANA USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
BEST OF APHRODITE'S CHILD LP RECORD MERCURY 6333 002 GERMANY VG++ USD $18.99 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 2CD IN FATBOX RED VERTIGO SWIRL /VANGELIS USD $15.97 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD s/t LP French Impact 1969 EX cond. USD $9.17 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD *RAIN AND TEARS* EP PORTUGUESE EDITION EXC USD $15.00 Buy It Now 5 days
Aphrodite's Child-End of the World CD NEW USD $18.16 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 Japan Mini LP SHM SACD Super Audio CD BOX DSD 72 Vangelis USD $48.50 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE`S CHILD-666 CD NEW USD $35.30 Buy It Now 5 days
Aphrodite's Child Rain And Tears Spain Import 45 With Picture Sleeve USD $19.49 Buy It Now 5 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - IT'S FIVE O' CLOCK - PSYCH - NEW USD $34.52 Buy It Now 6 days
(CD) APHRODITE'S CHILD - End Of The World / Japan Import / UICY-9371 USD $17.99 Buy It Now 6 days
THE BEST OF : APHRODITE'S CHILD LIKE NEW (CD IMPORT) PSYCH ROCK PROG USD $18.01 Buy It Now 6 days
666: Apocalypse of St John, 0042283843028, Aphrodite's Child USD $17.06 Buy It Now 6 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD Rain And Tears 7'' (1968) Mercury HOLLAND IMPORT RARE USD $30.64 [0 bids]
6 days
APHRODITES'S CHILD Aphrodite's Child - French vinyl LP EXCELLENT CONDITION USD $23.85 Buy It Now 7 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD:IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK PAPERSLEEVE CD USD $15.97 Buy It Now 7 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - END OF THE WORLD - PSYCH - NEW USD $33.56 Buy It Now 7 days
BEST OF APHRODITE'S CHILD [USED CD] USD $6.76 Buy It Now 7 days
HARRIS CHALKITIS ex-APHRODITE'S CHILD-MORNING SUN SHINE-ORIGINAL YUGOSLAV 7" '75 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 7 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD GREATEST HITS , LP, YUGOSLAVIA USD $14.00 Buy It Now 7 days
ITALY JUKE BOX PROMO APHRODITE'S CHILD END OF THE WORLD USD $34.99 Buy It Now 8 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-LET ME LOVE,LET ME LIVE RARE YUGOSLAVIAN 7'' PS 1970 EX/EX USD $19.00 Buy It Now 8 days
Best of Aphrodite's Child New CD USD $8.42 Buy It Now 8 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 JAPAN OBI VERTIGO USD $79.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Aphrodite's Child / Vangelis - 666: The Apocalypse of St. John CD NEW USD $22.37 Buy It Now 8 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-End Of The World-'69 Greek pop psych prog rock-NEW LP USD $41.99 Buy It Now 9 days
?APHRODITE'S CHILD?GREATEST HITS?VANGELIS / ROUSSOS?HOLLAND ONLY? USD $17.95 Buy It Now 9 days
?APHRODITE'S CHILD? RAIN AND TEARS? HOLLAND MONO? USD $15.50 Buy It Now 9 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - END OF THE WORLD - SPAIN 45 SINGLE USD $9.99 Buy It Now 9 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD - RAIN AND TEARS - PORTUGAL 45 EP USD $17.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Aphrodite's Child - The Singles/+ 2 CD NEW+ USD $25.15 Buy It Now 9 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD (DEMIS ROUSSOS/VANGELIS ) RARE DUTCH 7"PS 1971 USD $12.50 Buy It Now 9 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD-RAIN & TEARS 11 TRACK LP (GERMAN FONTANA PRESS) USD $13.31 Buy It Now 10 days
VANGELIS(KOREA VINYL LP)13TRACK THEMES 1990 RG-1408 EX prog/APHRODITE'S CHILD USD $22.49 Buy It Now 10 days
VANGELIS(KOREA VINYL LP)THEMES 1990 pressing RG-1408 RARE prog/APHRODITE'S CHILD USD $8.99 Buy It Now 10 days
APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 JAPAN Press w.OBI 2 Records Vangelis Pink Floyd LP USD $39.99 Buy It Now 10 days
LP 666
APHRODITE'S CHILD
~ USD $31.30
CD end of the world
APHRODITE'S CHILD
~ USD $13.80
LP end of the world
APHRODITE'S CHILD
~ USD $24.97
CD it's five o'clock
APHRODITE'S CHILD
~ USD $13.80
More places to buy APHRODITE'S CHILD music online Buy APHRODITE'S CHILD & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for APHRODITE'S CHILD DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
APHRODITE'S CHILD has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

APHRODITE'S CHILD discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

APHRODITE'S CHILD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 71 ratings
End Of The World
1968
2.69 | 64 ratings
It's Five O'Clock
1969
3.90 | 359 ratings
666
1972

APHRODITE'S CHILD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

APHRODITE'S CHILD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

APHRODITE'S CHILD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 16 ratings
Best Of Aphrodite's Child
1975
3.32 | 7 ratings
The Art Of Démis Roussos And Aphrodite's Child
1993
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Best of Aphrodite's Child
1994
4.12 | 13 ratings
The Singles
1995
4.00 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits
1995
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Complete Collection
1996
2.56 | 7 ratings
Babylon the Great
2002
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Singles +
2003

APHRODITE'S CHILD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.24 | 6 ratings
Lontano dagli Occhi/ Quando L'amore Diventa Poesia (7")
1969
4.00 | 4 ratings
Spring Summer Winter and Fall
1970
5.00 | 2 ratings
Special Radio Cuts!
1972
4.33 | 3 ratings
Break
1972

APHRODITE'S CHILD Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The Psych-Folk of the Beast

Last and most ambitious album of APHRODITE'S CHILD, "666" is really an unidentified musical object. Judge by yourself: first of all, it comes from Greece. There are not many important Greek progressive rock opus from the classical 70's decade. Second, despite what its title may suggest, the music is neither heavy metal nor violent, but rather a heterogeneous mixture of mystical, psychedelic / space rock with Greek folklore, jazz and even early electronics! Not really easy to describe. Third, as you probably understood, the band abandons the psych-pop short songs format of the 60's to turn more progressive and esoteric. Finally, this record will be the last from the Greeks, as the line-up was pursuing different objectives. Vangelis wanted to explore unknown spacey musical landscapes, "666" being mainly his baby, whereas Demis Roussos will move towards romantic pop songs. These artistic divergences will unavoidably lead to the split of APHRODITE'S CHILD.

Concerning the curious minimalistic cover, it simply represents a car registration plate.

Now, let's see what this beast is made of.

Disc 1 alternates structured tracks and ambient narration interludes. "The System" is just a short a short spoken opening for the energetic pop rock "Babylon". Despite its title, "Loud, Loud, Loud" is a calm piano narration, followed by the most known passage of the album, "The Four Horsemen". A delicate psychedelic and ethereal song with a crystalline voice. Unique! But now the strangeness really begins. "The Lamb" can be described as a... trippy nervous Greek folk-rock? The slow mystical narration "The Seventh Seal" introduces another little gem, the floydian "Aegian Sea". This aquatic instrumental is just magic, perfect for relaxation. Furthermore, if you listen carefully, you can hear at the end a mesmerizing synthesizer gimmick that will be reused by Jean-Michel Jarre 4 years later in "Oxygène". The spoken ambient "Seven Bowls" and experimental "The Wakening Beast" interludes lead to the incantatory ethnic "Lament", that possesses a slight middle-eastern feel. It abruptly mutates into the more lively but still mystical "The Marching Beast" and its modal jazz touch. In contrast, "The Battle Of The Locusts" and "Do It" are more conventional hard psych rock tracks. Don't worry, surprise comes back with the pure free-jazz "Tribulation". Fun, although quite out of place. The only weak passage of this disc is in fact "The Beast", a little irritating soft rock song. The first part concludes with the shortest track, the odd spoken "Ofis".

Disc 2 is bit more experimental and improvisational. The bizarre narration "Seven Trumpets" introduces the cool psych jazz-rock "Altamont". Then comes "The Wedding Of The Lamb", one of the best tracks. It's not everyday that you hear a mystical ethnic folk with electronic sonorities! Very nice! The tribal spacey "The Capture Of The Beast" continues the dream. Unfortunately appears the ridiculous and disturbing "Infinity", featuring Greek actress Irène Papas at orgasm simulation. "Hic Et Nunc" resembles 60's Londonian psych rock. Enjoyable, but less astonishing than the three first tracks of the disc. The longest track of the album is "All The Seats Were Occupied". These 19 minutes are a sort of mixture of electronics and space rock jam over which are superposed some extracts of the record. For instance, "Ofis" is repeated 3 times, as it only lasts 17 seconds. Fun fact: the opening shares similitudes with TANGERINE DREAM's "Alpha Centauri" and "Atem"! Pleasant, although a bit messy at times. The ender, "Break", is a soft piano song, a little cheesy.

Original, innovative, creative are one of the few words that comes to mind when talking about this nearly indescribable progressive beast. A little lack of coherency, spoken interludes and a few weaker passages are the only negative points that can be found on this unique double-album. Few artists were able to offer such musical variety at the time and unite opposite genres such as rock, folklore, electronics and jazz. "666" may well be one of the first examples of the so-called "World Music". AMON DÜÜL II's "Yeti" is based on a comparable mixture of styles, but the trip is however different.

Nevertheless, more than just experimental fusion, the compositions often manage to be very good and groundbreaking. "666" was in fact recorded in 1970 and released 2 years later due to disagreements with the label. Some of the multiple ideas spread all over the record are ahead of their time. After all, you're listening to psych- folk-rock crafted by a future pioneer of electronic music. In case you're wondering, it does neither resemble VANGELIS's solo material nor the band's previous pop songs (nor Demis Roussos'...), nor hardly anything else.

APHRODITE'S CHILD's best and most ambitious album, an unique Greek temple of mysterious and mystical prog! Encountering this Beast is essential for psychedelic / space rock fans, or if you want something original.

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by Mista-Gordie

5 stars This highly controversial album has become, over the years, one of my very favorite progressive rock records of all time, although I didn't like it at all at first listen. In fact, the omnipresence of the Greek folklore influences that makes it so weirdly unique, added to the very short length of most of the tracks, made it very hard to grasp for someone who had just got into progressive rock .

However, give it a few listens and you won't fail to be impressed by such a unique masterpiece, however flawed it might be. A few standout songs constitute the heart of the album (Babylon, The Four Horsemen, The Lamb, Aegian Sea, Altamont, All the Seats were occupied) while some of it might be considered as filler by some, though I don't have a problem with it as they let the standout moments truly shine. The Four Horsemen, especially, deserves a special mention as it contains one of my absolute favorite vocal performances in all progressive rock, by the great Demis Roussos. Aegian Sea also contains great ambiences created mostly by the keyboard wizard Vangelis and by a stunning guitar solo, while the suite that takes almost all of the fourth side (All the Seats) is up there amongst the greatest in the genre with Echoes, Supper's Ready, Close to the Edge, Thick as a Brick Part One, The Gates of Delirium, Nine Feet underground, etc.

9.5/10

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by GKR

5 stars Why does this album has such a lower score? Isnt it a double-concept-biblical-acid-realistic-experimental-greek-folk album not enough now a days? 666 is perhaps one ofthe first big adventures in Progressive Music - and I always tend to admire such historical exceptions.

The album was recorded through the period of 1970 and 1971 - didnt find exactly for what reason it was released only in 1972 - what made the album have a anachronistic sounding.

It would be too much to explore such a diversity of compositions here, but its worth to mention the different moods: from the psychdelic "Babylon", to the ballad "The Four Horsemen"; from the folk "The Lamb" to the experimental artistic voyage of "Infinity" and "Hic and Nunc". The concept, bringing the Revelation to the modern world (as the initial phrases "we got a system to [%*!#] the system" - famous in the counterculture of the late sixties - indicates), is a powerful reminder of how cruel and otherwordly hungry can be - as simple as that.

Its not exaclty an easy album to listen, but it sure is a voyage like no artist have made.

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It seems that 666 is universally hailed as the Grail of greek prog and who am I to disagree? I may well be so and I'm fine with that. The album is an achievement, no matter origin. If one is to ignore the Coronation of this king-like album and look at it simply as a progressive rock recording, how does it fair?

I am proud and delighted to have this album in my Collection. The mere glance at the cover fills me with joy and I stand in awe, somewhat, when listening to it. The music possesses everything prog ought to. It is pompous, dramatic, eclectic and furthermore based around a concept of biblical thematics. Wow! That seems to be just about enough and more required. Or isn't it?

There is no denying that the musicality and power of the concept is very impressive. The main problem, for me, lies in the overall material. I don't think that the album is as brilliant all the way through, as it is in some of it's parts. Obviously the record is intended to be sat through, that is listened to in one sitting. To me it is rather difficult to do that. I find myself wander off, both in mind and body.

There is no shortage of great songs on 666. The first seven tracks or so are great, "The four horseman" is one amazing track. Dramatic and exciting. The trembling vocals of Roussos is really fitting the musical context. The finest track of the first disc (I own the CD version) is "Aegian sea" which is an almost ambient track and to me forebodes the future of Vangelis. This is such an emotive track and really gets my blood flowing. Simply outstanding. "The battle of the locusts" is Another great track. Short but very powerful.

The second disc holds "Hic et nunc" and "All the seats were occupied". Together they form the epic center piece of the album. "All the seats..." is a 19 minute prgressive monster and manages to be both dramatic and engaging. I do not rate it all that high, since I feel it noodles on a bit, sometimes going nowhere. I does not manage to keep up my interest all the way through.

I guess that the conclusion of my ramblings must be that 666 really is an overbearing album, too heavy and meandering to keep up the interest and quality. It is an impressive album and I think one ought to have taken part in it by listening once or twice but I fear it is not the Classic it is supposed to be. The band bites off too large chunks of musical flesh to carry it off. It leaves an album of good and sometimes great songs. At times even pointless ones. To me it is an album worth three stars and no more.

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Yes, this is my 666. review. How original! :)

I have heard only singles from APHRODITE'S CHILD besides this concept classic, but I bet it was a huge leap forward from the pop song oriented 60's output, despite the fact that this work was started and recorded quite soon after It's Five O'Clock (1969). As the record company demanded severe editing and Vangelis kept wisely his own head, the release was postponed by nearly two years. The concept based on the Bible's Revelation of John (13/18) - the original working title of the album was Apocalypse - came from another Greek living in Paris at the time, the film director Costas Ferris.

To us progheads 666 is naturally the main reason we know Aphrodite's Child in the first place, but to anyone associating this band primarily with the raspy, sentimental tenor of Demis Roussos, singing the cheesy 'Rain & Tears' for example, will be deeply surprised. Roussos is effectively stealing the show on the best-known song 'The Four Horsemen', but on the whole 666 contains very little ordinary singing. Instead human voices are more used in spoken narrative parts. 'Loud Loud Loud' is almost like from a religious service, 'The Seventh Seal' (1:30) has odd, ethnically flavoured sound tapestry backing the melodramatic narration, and 'Aegian Sea', which is my favourite track, would work perfectly as a spellbinding instrumental also without the narrative in the latter half of it, which however makes it even stronger.

Musical ingredients are very varied, ranging from folklore to psychedelic or avant-gardisctic prog. The patchwork factor sometimes disturbs the coherence, and frankly there are quite many tracks (of 25) that I'm not fond of. And isn't it quite silly to announce: "That - was - The Wedding - of - the Lamb..... Now - comes - The Capture - of the Beast'? Irene Papas does her notoriously provocative wailing on 'Identity' which is followed by the rollicking "Here and Now!" ('Hic et nunc'). The nearly side-long 'All the Seats Were Occupied' is rather over-stretched, but I like the way 666 ends with the simple, emotional song 'Break'.

666 may be far from being a perfect and coherent masterpiece (indeed it has received a lot of low ratings too), but it is a very unique and powerful classic in its own clumsy way. Every proghead should listen it through with concentration at least once. 3½ stars, rounded up for uniqueness.

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by ebil0505

5 stars I swear I enjoy this album more each time I listen to it. I find it impossible to stop once I've started. While I am not fully refreshed on this band's history or its members, it's hard to ignore the variety they bring to this album. Besides, we're all here for the music anyways so here goes:

666 is an album, like many other great prog gems, not to be taken lightly. There is a lot happening, whether its catchy "pop" tunes (The Four Horsemen) or biblical-times-sounding rhythms (The Marching Beast) or apocalyptic prophecies (Seven Bowls) or famous Greek actresses orgasming for 5 minutes (that one scared me). I find the fluidity between songs and balance of these mentioned elements is what drives the album home. It stands out as the perfect example of what a concept album truly is: .

As far as content is concerned it is certainly a more serious and sometimes unnerving account for what is described in the book of Revelations (at least that's what I am led to believe and it certainly seems accurate at least). I rather enjoy the short songs that serve only to transition; they prepare the ears for the next stage in the album, the next part of the story if you will.

Musically I find it perfectly balanced between psychedelic sounds (Aegian Sea) and rocking riffs and soloing (The Battle of the Locusts). AC don't really leave you bored for a moment. They make sure not to overdo as well as drone on. After several listens I feel the whole album is just leading up to the grand finale (All the Seats Were Occupied) and then for one last goodbye (Break) which is the resolution to the climax of the previous song.

All in all, I am glad this album exists. It has helped shape my view on concept albums as well as prog music in general. For an album to be so weird and accessible at the same time is a keeper in my book.

 It's Five O'Clock by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.69 | 64 ratings

BUY
It's Five O'Clock
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars A melodic pop song. One of the most successfull of the end of the 60s. Based on the organ of Vangelis and the splendid high pitched voice of Demis Roussous whose bass playing justifies a comparison with Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pales.

The band is in a sort of exile. The "colonel's" regime is ruling Greece and even if Aphrodite's Child don't put too much politics in their songs, they are not much loved by the fascists as their "Rain and Tears", an arrangement from the Pachelbel's Canon in D major (another remind to Procol Harum) was become a sort of anthem of the "French May".

"It's Five O'Clock" finished to be one of the most successful singles of the period, but it was an exception, not the standard. The rest of the album is quite different. Too psychedelic for the mainstream public who loved the single, and unfortunately for us, too "proto" respect to the postumous masterpiece (as published after they disbanded) "666".

What comes next is vey different.

"Wake Up" is a kind of flower/power song of a kind which reminds me to "Antoine", a French singer of the same period and his Dylan's cover about throwing stones...the only remarkable things are that it's an ascending canon in the first half of the song and acquires a Beatles influence in the second half.

"Take your time" is a country-rock song. Very 60s as well. The bad is that Demis doesn't use his falsetto and Vangelis doesn't play organ. The two bigger strength of the band are not used.

They are used on "Annabella" instead. This is the first song of the album with a progressive appeal (consider that we are more into the "proto" zone). The seashore in the back could have been limited to the beginning and the end of the song. There's too much of it, but it's not so relevant.

"Let Me Love, Let Me Live" is a psychedelic song with flower/power lyrics. Like the psychedelic period of Beatles. Personally, I like the genre. The "let me love"crescendo takes too much, anyway.

"Funky Mary" contains hints of what they'll experiment better on "666". it's a percussion based song with bluesy vocals and almost no chords. A very interesting song closed by a nice piano contribute by Vangelis.

"Good Time So Fine" sounds East-Coast with a Broadway like female choir and a trumpet which adds an easy-jazz touch. Demis singing appears mimic of Louis Armstrong. Nota song to skip but surely not a highlight.

"Marie Jolie" is at least a song which takes advantage of Demis' high pitches. It's a melodic song with folk elements. One on which the Greek roots are evident. Instead of a 12-string guitar they could have used a bouzuki. Too melodic for my tastes but not a bad song at all. A curiosity: For many years I have thought that the song title was "Sometimes", the word with which it starts.

Finally it's likely a bouzuki that opens "Such A Funny Thing". A folky song on which Demis uses his highest pitches alternated to flute and piano.

It's not properly a progressive album, but I can suggest to listen to it because it's very "dated". It means that you can have an idea of how the late 60s were. Apart of the obvious Beatles King Crimson and Pink Floyd in 1969 were already on a different level. This is how the more artistic pop was sounding.

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 359 ratings

BUY
666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Actually 666 is a pretty controversial album looking at the reviews/ratings on here. In fact there are three categories of appreciation to be detected: the admirers giving the album 4 or 5 stars without reserve, the "loathers" hammering it down without hesitation and the critics who have their sincere doubts about the class of this historical piece of art but don't want to go that far to degrade it with a (very) low rating. Count me in with this third category I'd say.

I mean 666 is a progressive landmark in my opinion but on the other hand it contains many moments that are pretty hard to bear for many people like the long lasting copulation on second disc for instance. It has it's meaning and significance for the story of the album no doubt but I can imagine there are complete tribes on this earth who feel this shouldn't be on any serious recording. Okay, the late sixties and seventies was the era of sexual liberation but to utter this in such a flagrant way, hmmm...

It's only fair to say this feature on the album is just one of many aspects and there is much to digest on this doubler. Strange sounds of all kind, great music (Four Horsemen f.i.) and much more in fact making 666 at least an intriguing output. Not good enough by any means for the grade "excellent" in my opinion for therefore the positive impressive moments are a minority compared to the negative bizarre stuff. But at least 666 is original and important to the history of progressive rock. And for that reason all things considered it gets three stars from me (interesting and essential instead of good but non-essential in this case). By the way like several reviewers did before me I deliberately saved this album to become my review # 666 :)

 It's Five O'Clock by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.69 | 64 ratings

BUY
It's Five O'Clock
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

1 stars Symphonic prog? Of course not. It's Five O'Clock is the second album by Aphrodite's Child, and it's a poor Country Folk spin-off work, with some psychedelic rock influences IMO. It's tiresome, boring melodies and the whole album have that "I have heard it before" feeling. Even the keyboards by Vangelis sounds annoying here. Almost every track here seems to be a pop ballad, but without innovation or even outstanding creativity. I don't know what drives anyone to buy such an album after listen to any song. Totally uninteresting. I don't have any track to highlight here. I'm sorry. That's my honest opinion.
 End Of The World by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.43 | 71 ratings

BUY
End Of The World
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Aphrodite's Child. The greek god Vangelis wasn't so strong yet. More psychedelic than prog (as you can judge by the cover art). End of The World is their debut, and in my point of view, far better than the legendary conceptual, but poor, "666". Nothing so special at this album, but it's a cool listening. I like the instrumentation, the drums and keyboards are funny. You Always Stand in My Way is the highlight of the album, without any doubt. The weakest songs are Rain and Tears, The Grass Is No Green, and the over the top ending track, Day of The Fool. It's good, but it lacks the special sauce.
Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.78 seconds