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PURPLE OVERDOSE were founded in Athens, Greece in 1987 by lead guitarist and vocalist Costas Constantinou. The band seeks to recreate the psychedelic atmosphere of the mid 1960's while blending hard rock, jazz, oriental and even some folklore into their music. The lyrics in English written by Constantinou, can be described as poetic and somewhat sentimental, and draw inspiration from the flower power movement of the 1960's. They embrace ideals of nature and freedom of spirit.

The band has released 9 albums: 5 studio albums, 3 live albums and a compilation album. The first album Exit 4 was released in 1988 and received critical acclaim. The arrangements on this debut album are slightly simpler than on later albums, incorporating elements of hard rock with psychedelia. The second album, Indigo (1990) marks a move towards more complex compositions. The next album to follow is the same-titled Purple Overdose introducing the flute (Vasilis Kapanikis) and elements of jazz, and a further move towards more progressive compositions. In the same vein is their forth album, Solemn Visions (1996) which experiments in places with a curious mixture of blues and oriental influences. The fifth studio album, Reborn, released in 1999, is arguably the pinnacle of their career. This album features longer spacier compositions, and again a variety of styles, showing the band at full maturity. Of the live releases of particular note is The Salmon's Trip whose title is taken from the track Reborn, a track which describes the life cycle of the salmon fish. There is also a composition album, Painting The Air which consists of tracks from the earlier years, as well as three previously unreleased compositions.

Purple Overdose have created the sound reminiscent of the 1960's while managing to produce modern, unique compositions to great effect, experimenting with a wide variety of sounds and styles. They are similar in style to The Smell Of Incense. Flower power lives on!

Costas Constantinou / Lead guitar, cymbal, effects, vocals
Christophoros Triantophilopoulos / Drums, percussion
Andreas Andriopoulos / Bass guitar
Vasilis Kapanikis / Keyboards, organ, mellotron, flute S.&T. recorders
Stavros Eleftheriou / Congas, jug, assorted percussion
Other contributors: Stelios Drisis, Aris Christou, Aris Kontoangelos, Tolis Labouris, Mihalis Vasiliou, Giorgios Papageorgiadis, Giorgos Nikas, and Makis Mpellos

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3.57 | 14 ratings
Exit 4
3.50 | 17 ratings
4.11 | 16 ratings
Purple Overdose
4.00 | 17 ratings
Solemn Visions
4.00 | 20 ratings

PURPLE OVERDOSE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 8 ratings
The Salmon's Trip Live

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4.80 | 5 ratings
You Lose It! / 2008 Old View


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 Indigo by PURPLE OVERDOSE album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.50 | 17 ratings

Purple Overdose Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was studio album number two for this Psychedelic band hailing from Greece. I have reviewed the self-titled followup which in my opinion is much ether than this one. Still if your into Psychedelic music you should check this band out. "Indigo" was released in 1990 and for me there's one track that stands out above the rest and that's "Golden Eyes". A very "Saucerful Of Secrets" type of track and I suppose that's the drawback of it in that it's the least original sounding of the songs but also the best sounding one to my ears. It's dark and spacey and even the vocal style brings FLOYD to mind.

"Moonlight Sunshine" is too commercial sounding in my opinion and not the best track to lead things off. "Cosmic Ladder" is better and I like that spacey chorus. Nice guitar solo too after 1 1/2 minutes, very relaxed. We get a organ solo after 3 1/2 minutes to end it. "Suite For A Sunshine Day" has these almost marching styled drums with keys over top but then the organ takes over. I really like the sound late as they slow it down some and it turns more serious sounding with organ, guitar and drums standing out.

"Rain Without Storm" opens with what sounds like classical guitar and flute then vocals arrive before a minute. Back to the guitar and flute and then what sounds like strings and a classical vibe after 4 1/2 minutes. "White Colours" opens with bass and keys as cymbals and organ join in. Vocals follow and I do like this one. Flute too then some nice guitar before 4 minutes as the drums pound. "(Shady Reflections At The) Magic Forest" ends it and it starts with what sounds like harpsichord as vocals join in. Classical sounding again. We actually get male and female vocals this time. It sounds better when the tempo picks up before 3 minutes and check out the organ before 5 minutes.

A 3 star album in my world and I'll stick with their self titled release from 1994.

 Purple Overdose by PURPLE OVERDOSE album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.11 | 16 ratings

Purple Overdose
Purple Overdose Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars What a pleasant surprise this was. Given the band's name and listed under Psychedelic I was thinking this might be in the vein of fellow Greeks P.L.J. BAND, a heavy duty Psyche album, but no. This is more like another Greek band I like WILL-O-THE-WISP almost a folky Psychedelic sound like the mid to late sixties. And this is very good! The band's leader referenced the first albums by the ELECTRIC PRUNES and 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS as being the major influences to getting him into making this type of music. The band was formed in 1987 and released five studio albums from 1988 to 1999. This is the middle one released in 1994. A five piece with the usual "rock"instruments plus keyboards, flute and sax.

I like all their album art, very psychedelic paintings that would make cool posters. "Fell From The Stars" opens with spacey sounds that are replaced quickly by a catchy beat and a full sound as flute and vocals join in. It turns kind of jazzy before 1 1/2 minutes with that bass as it settles down and the flute leads as the vocals step aside for the rest of the song. Guitar and a heavier sound after 4 minutes. "The Unreal Life Of Emery Wax" has samples of a marching band, crowd noise and bagpipes before flute and strummed guitar take over. Vocals too and this reminds me of WILL-O-THE-WISP. The chorus is beautiful, kind of dreamy. Distorted guitar just before 2 minutes with flute leads the way. Organ leads briefly before 3 minutes as the guitar returns. Again I really like the chorus.

"Blank Empty Space" is a little heavier as vocals join in. I like the wah wah guitar that comes and goes. Another catchy well written tune. A psychedelic calm 2 1/2 minutes in but it's brief as that heavy beat and sound returns. A nice guitar solo after 3 minutes before another calm with vocals arrives briefly before 5 minutes. "My Little Elf" has some fun lyrics. A lighter tune with vocals, flute and strummed guitar leading. Lines like "She dances to the sound of the harpsichord" make me smile. It does turn heavy late. Very cool.

"Lord It's Me" is an emotional song where his vocals almost cry the chorus "Lord! As I'm climbing to the sky, please let my son be by my side." Strummed guitar and vocals lead but it does build as bass and keys arrive before 2 minutes. A full sound with flute 3 minutes in. What a song! "Coming Near To My Brain" opens with brief samples as a heavy distorted sound takes over as flute, vocals and drums join in. I like the drumming and flute here. Background synths provide atmosphere as the guitar grinds away.

"Rainbows" opens in a WILL-O-THE-WISP like manner. Very laid back and dreamy with vocals. It kicks in just after a minute and the tempo picks up. Contrasts continue. I really like the mellow sections. "Chase The Colours" is the 8 minute closer. Solo guitar to start as flute and drums join in then vocals. A catchy with some energy. It settles back around 2 1/2 minutes with flute, drums and vocal melodies. Not for long though and this happens again before 4 1/2 minutes but this time it stays this way until after 6 minutes when it explodes with guitar out front to the end. Nice.

Thanks to Eetu Pellonpää for the artist addition.

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