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Founded in 1967 in Paris, France, by Greek musicians - Disbanded in 1972

The short story of APHRODITE'S CHILD starts in 1967, 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.
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666: The Apocalypse of St John666: The Apocalypse of St John
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3.52 | 90 ratings
End Of The World
1968
2.76 | 78 ratings
It's Five O'Clock
1969
3.90 | 414 ratings
666
1972

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2.67 | 19 ratings
Best Of Aphrodite's Child
1975
3.34 | 7 ratings
The Art Of Démis Roussos And Aphrodite's Child
1993
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Best of Aphrodite's Child
1994
4.13 | 14 ratings
The Singles
1995
3.96 | 7 ratings
Greatest Hits
1995
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Complete Collection
1996
2.65 | 8 ratings
Babylon the Great
2002
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Singles +
2003

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

3.31 | 10 ratings
Lontano dagli Occhi/ Quando L'amore Diventa Poesia (7")
1969
4.13 | 8 ratings
Spring Summer Winter and Fall
1970
4.50 | 4 ratings
Special Radio Cuts!
1972
4.33 | 6 ratings
Break
1972

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 It's Five O'Clock by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.76 | 78 ratings

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

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Considering all the trials and tribulations that APHRODITE'S CHILD had to endure in leaving their homeland Greece after a right-wing dictatorship commonly known as the Regime Of The Colonels usurped control of their country and forced them to relocate to London to recognize their musical ambitions, not to mention getting stuck in Paris en route during 68's tumultuous riots and unrest, it was utterly amazing that the band found resounding success with their debut album "End Of The World" all throughout the European continent the very same year. Having finally settled in London, the trio of Vangelis Papathanassiou, Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras wasted no time in recording a followup and with success already achieved with their huge hit ballad "Rain And Tears," the band entered Trident Studios to record the sophomore effort IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK which logically tried to copy the successful formula of the hit singles from their debut album "End Of The World" and tried to Anglicize them by bringing in Richard Francis to write the lyrics and offer a more proper English speaking perspective. The results are a much less impactive statement than the debut, a less cohesive unit and despite clever pop tracks created, ends up sounding like an attempt to mimic UK band styles over developing the interesting menage of musical styles on the debut.

Right from the very first opening title track it's apparent that IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK is a less ambitious and more streamlined pop album that jettisons much of the debut's Greek and Middle Eastern sounds for a more streamlined British approach. The strangest part about this album is that the tracks are so diverse that it often sounds like a various artist compilation than a single band performing. The title track sounds like some straight out of the Procol Harum playbook with moody organs churning out their notable baroque pop and classical influences. The second track "Wake Up" sounds like a totally different band with a pop folk hippie infused consciousness awakening psychedelic pop feel that is drenched in key changes. "Take Your Time" takes yet another direction as it tackles country rock and reminds me most of those Beatles tracks that showcased Ringo Starr on his one song allotment per album as lead singer. "Anabella" is a sappy ballad with heartfelt lyrics, the swishing of tides permeating the background drenched in a keyboard rich snail-paced tempo that is broken by a brief overwrought chorus.

"Let Me Love, Let Me Live" is heavier pop-stomp that sounds more like The Who in full "Pinball Wizard" form and in retrospect shows a slight interest in rock opera greatness although it is far from fulfilled on this brief musical statement. "Funky Mary" takes another 180 as the trio delve into Sly & Family Stone territory with a funky soul rock groove although Roussos sings more like Hendrix, the percussion is fiery with Santana-esque bongos and a jazzy vibraphone provides an unexpected counterpoint. "Good Time So Fine" then jumps into the world of Vaudville as it sounds similar to the good vibe musical format that would become Jesus Christ Superstar. "Marie Jolie" is yet another ballad only sounds more like something from the 50s in an almost Bobby Darrin sort of style only augmented by tribal bongo rhythms and an accordion solo that adds an undeniable Mediterranean cafe feel. Of all the tracks on board, it's the closer "Such A Funny Night" that is probably most like anything of the debut album. Catchy piano grooves, psychedelic Indo-raga sitar and helium induced vocal pitches augmented by flute and sitar trade-offs. Definitely my favorite track and the catchiest that even manages to squeeze in some ragtime piano sounds.

Overall, IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK is basically a grab bag of ideas, more like an album of leftover tracks than a bona fide album itself. It seems that Vangelis had sort of a one tracked mind and was obsessed with the apocalypse and end days, which when applied on the debut album and "666," flourished in great progressive fecundity, however with this second album it seems that the band were just going for as much chart topping pop jugulars as they possibly could with the only attention being paid to crafting as many commercial hits as allowed by law with no regard given to the unifying potentials of the album as a whole. Far from a bad collection of tracks, IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK does pale in comparison to the more timeless themes of the two albums that sandwich it. Despite the tracks lacking the unified thematic luster of "End Of The World" or not even coming close to the progressively polished sophistication of "666," it still has it's charms and while eternally doomed to be the lesser of APHRODITE'S CHILD's mere three albums, is still a decent psychedelic pop album that displays Vangelis' signature melodic sound coupled with Roussos romantic Mediterranean vocal style that would propel them into hugely successful solo careers in the 70s and beyond.

 End Of The World by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.52 | 90 ratings

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End Of The World
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Although APHRODITE'S CHILD is destined to go down in history for their classic double album "666" which chronicled passages of the Bible's Book Of Revelations in progressive and psychedelic rock musical form, their fascination with the apocalypse actually took root on their 1968 debut album END OF THE WORLD. While their first two albums are eclipsed by their third and their psychedelic pop years of the 60s have become mere faint backdrops in the midst of the stunning overpowering success of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other powerhouses of the day, this Greek quartet turned trio that consisted of Vangelis Papathanassiou (keyboards), Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals), Loukas Sideras (drums and vocals), and Silver Koulouris (guitar) were quite successful in Europe right from the start with this debut selling quite well and scoring the hit single "Rain And Tears" which hit #1 in Italy and #2 in the Netherlands which sold over a million copies, however history has tended to forget about the earliest stages of Vangelis and company.

The story of APRODITE'S CHILD started in 1967 with Vangelis and Roussos having met after playing in their own respective bands that achieved some local success. Vangelis in Formynx and Roussos in Idols. Shortly thereafter they met guitarist Silver Koularis and drummer / keyboardist Loukas Sideras. Unfortunately just as the band had formed, Greece was rocked by the upset of a right-wing dictatorship commonly known as the Regime Of The Colonels which lasted from 1967-74 which is why Greece did not participate in the burgeoning prog scene as did most of the European continent. Vangelis, the de facto leader from the beginning, decided to relocate his newly formed band in London where they could carry on without the burdens of political turmoil but en route found themselves stuck in Paris during the 1968 strikes and student uprisings which delayed their musical ambitions for a short time. Another hurdle resulted when Koularis was forced to remain in Greece to complete his military service leaving the newly formed APHRODITE'S CHILD a mere trio. Koularis would not take part in the band until 1972's "666."

Undeterred the band found no problem attracting attention with their strong catchy compositions that took the pop hook sensibilities of The Beatles and married them with the trippy psychedelic organ ambience of The Moody Blues and Procol Harum with a Middle Eastern percussive backing that resulted from Roussos' earlier years having been spent in Egypt before his Greek family immigrated to the homeland. The result of this debut END OF THE WORLD is an interesting mix of UK inspired pop rock married with traditional Greek ballads, Middle Eastern bellydance and English psychedelia making the music of APHRODITE'S CHILD sound like no one else of the era. The title track opens which sets the overall vibe of the entire album with an almost James Bond 007 theme song type of feel with over the top pop vocals dressed up with a somewhat cheesy symphonic backdrop but the track morphs into powerhouse of classical piano prowess, percussive outbursts and dramatic dynamics shifting. It also is irresistibly catchy as Vangelis proved to be one of the great song writers of all of Europe.

"Don't Try To Catch A River" sounds more like a rock opera with Roussos delivering an almost Jesus Christ Superstar vocal performance with a catchy heavy rock beat flavored with a 60s psychedelic pop haze and nice backing vocals that are just as strong all the while utilizing the tribal percussive beats of Roussos' Middle Eastern roots. "Mister Thomas" was clearly inspired by the Beatles "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" with its circus like quirkiness and lyrical similarities. The big hit was "Rain And Tears" which was a major success in Europe and is a baroque pop tune that is a reworking of the German composer Johann Pachelbel's "Pachelbel's Canon." "The Grass Is Green" and "Day Of The Fool" are probably the most interesting tracks as they step out of the 60s mindset and display a much grander vision that is unfolding in their musical development that wouldn't come to fruition until "666" five years later. These tracks fit into the overall psychedelic pop scheme of things but have more sounds effects and progressive developments.

Personally i was quite surprised how much i liked this debut album as i was only expecting some generic 60s pop album that was a carbon clone of the British scene but that couldn't be farther from the reality. Even at these nascent stages of their career, Vangelis and Roussos were quite accomplished musicians and songwriters as END OF THE WORLD exhibits all the reasons why both artists would carry on to have immensely successful solo careers. While not as progressively accomplished as "666," END OF THE WORLD nevertheless exhibits the birth pangs of what would be expanded to become that album. This is a brilliant example of 60s psychedelic pop and for anyone interested in that scene should by no means miss out on this one. Roussos has a unique vocal style that gives a flair of exoticness as his Greek accent and Mediterranean influences clearly separate the band from the British scene all the while encompassing the best aspects of it. While the slower tracks may prove a little cheesy for the casual listener, the orchestrations of the compositions are fairly sophisticated for the average pop band drawing the obvious comparisons to The Moody Blues and Procol Harum. On the contrary to the title of the album, this was really just the beginning of APHRODITE'S CHILD and an excellent debut at that.

 Best Of Aphrodite's Child by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
2.67 | 19 ratings

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Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars A nice bunch of their early tunes!

This compilation album is pretty nice if you don't pre-judge and let your ears be fulfilled by the cool psych-pop tunes that Demis Roussos wrote long, long time ago. I am saying this, because here, as prog lovers, we fell in love with 666, the ultimate masterpiece of this band, but their earlier works don't really have much in common with the so acclaimed 666, which is why I'm warning you.

Once you have open ears and mind, you will really enjoy the sweet voice of Roussos, along with the cool arrangements Vangelis added in this compilation of nice short tracks, in which you will find some folk resemblances, actually Greek traditional folk can be found here, as well as that spicy psychedelia inherent in their music. The pop sound might be also evident in some songs, but believe me, this is a good pop.

Of course, I also prefer (by far) the proggy version of Aphrodite's Child, but I enjoy listening to beautiful songs such as "Rain and Tears", "It's Five o' Clock" or the amazing "Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall". If you would like to know a bit more about their early tunes, this compilation would be great, otherwise, please avoid it.

Enjoy it!

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.90 | 414 ratings

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666
Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
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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
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Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars One of the most unique, tortuous and demanding albums I've ever listened to.

Totally crossover, it showcases the intelligence of it's contributors through a combination of Greek folk elements and Biblical nightmares. A classic sample of a concept album, yet it produced a stand-alone cult anthem, "The Four Horsemen", a song even more famous than the album itself.

I'm giving it 4 stars out of personal taste, although I understand that under an objective prism (is there such in music?) it's so significant and landmarking that it deserves 5/5. An album that you have to listen if you consider yourself a prog lover.

P.S. RIP Demis Rousos

 666 by APHRODITE'S CHILD album cover Studio Album, 1972
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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

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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.

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Aphrodite's Child Symphonic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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