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    Posted: February 06 2013 at 03:52
Seeing the recent Greek suggestions, I decided it's time to make my own suggestion.  It's Iraklis, a Prog Greek Pysch Folk band active between 1972 and 1995 founded by Iraklis Triantafyllidis whose most noteworthy releases are the following:

Se Allous Kosmous, double LP, EMI 1976, reissued six times
Pezis me tis Michanes, LP, Polyavlos 1981
I Stigmi,LP, Polyavlos 1984

I've only ever heard the double LP Se allous Kosmous, - perhaps other members could shed some light on the other albums - for which I post a link to the full album. It's a superb piece of work, as suggested Pysch Folk but with orchestral and choral elements. It was a very ambitious project which, according to Allrecords involved 80 instruments and 23 musicians. The album is available commercially both in MP3 format and vinyl LP.

The band has changed its name a couple of times and line-up numerous times, and are now known as Iraklis & Lernaia Hydra. I would suggest that the Pysch team could look at this, but it could also fit into Prog Folk.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraklis_%26_Lernaia_Hydra

http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/2124/

http://www.myspace.com/iraklisband

http://www.allrecords.gr/catalogue/SearchandList.php?imageField.x=57&imageField.y=40&showInHome=&hotdeal=&keyWord=iraklis&description=&idSupplier=0&format=0&idCategory=0&status=0&idCondition=&showPictures=1&itemsPerPage=50&sortOrder=1




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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2013 at 06:39
Thanks cacha! Thumbs Up Really incredible stuff - flute, violin, bouzouki, orchestral/choral sections, Moogs, solo piano passages. Psych? Folk? I wouldn't rule out Symphonic just yet either.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 12:26
A bit of everything in here - Folk, Psych, Classical, even some Kraut. The instrumentation includes bagpipes, woodwinds, banjo-mandolin, violin (lots of violin), alongside brass and solo piano, Moogs and Mellotron, male/female vocals, chorals... The Head Heritage review draws comparisons with 666 by Aphrodite's Child and it's easy to see why. The tracklist comprises lots of brief instrumentals, and song lengths are also quite short (much like 666) but they all segue with one another to create a seamless whole. The second half of the album loses its way a wee bit with more of an emphasis on out-and-out folksy stuff and even a bit of standard rock 'n' roll, but looking at the album overall I think it warrants a listen by the Symph Team.
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I adore this album! Not quite my favorite from Greece (Akritas holds that distinction), but certainly in the top 5.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ivan_Melgar_M Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 14:48
Iraklis was suggested to us back in 2007.

Clem, HT and myself accepted them to avolid keeping them away, but Micky claimed them for  Art Rock.

I will listen them again.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ivan_Melgar_M Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 16:23
Again:

They should go to

1.- Psych
2.- Folk
3.- Eclectic

If they are rejected, they have my vote, but Symphonic is not the best place.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote DamoXt7942 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2013 at 01:15
Seconded with Ivan, they can be fit for Psych IMHO (afraid Uwe and Chester have another opinion though).

Now I'm on a business trip so gonna take them to my Team after going home. Thanks for a superb suggestion!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cacha71 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2013 at 03:13
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

Iraklis was suggested to us back in 2007.

Clem, HT and myself accepted them to avolid keeping them away, but Micky claimed them for  Art Rock.

I will listen them again.

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So they were rejected in 2007??  I'm very surprised!  I did search the topics and found no mention of them. I have to admit I haven't heard their other releases, though on the strength of this album alone I think they deserve a place here.

I agree with the opinion that Psych would be the best fit - though there is so much in there I can see that there may well be many differing opinions on that :-)

EDIT: If the playlist on MySpace is anything to go by, the other albums seem to be more straightforward rock, though Stigmi and Eim' evas Anemos are decent tracks.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2013 at 06:17
Not symphonic enough

Psych would fit

Folk in places, sounding like it with all that violin and jigging ryhthms




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Originally posted by cacha71

 

So they were rejected in 2007??  I'm very surprised!  I did search the topics and found no mention of them. I have to admit I haven't heard their other releases, though on the strength of this album alone I think they deserve a place here.

By the contrary, they were accepted by the Symphonic and the Art Rock Team, the problem is that those were the last days of Art Rock and when it split into Xover, Eclectic and Heavy Prog, a few (one or two that I know) suggestions pending addition were lost forever..

The reason why you didn't found any mention, is that before July 28, 2007, there was no Symphonic or Eclectic thread (And Ratingfreak (Today ProgFreak) was the most unfriendly site due to the initial technical issues, and we refused to use the sire - as a fact I couldn't use it-), so we talked about the bands by PM and only came to the forums when there was a struggle

Originally posted by cacha71

 I agree with the opinion that Psych would be the best fit - though there is so much in there I can see that there may well be many differing opinions on that :-)

I simply love the Greek sound, some sort of Orthodox  Psyche Symphonic that reminds me of Aphrodite's Child, but with less emphasis in the Psyche and Folk, rather than in that mysterious Canonical Symph. LOL

Originally posted by cacha71

 EDIT: If the playlist on MySpace is anything to go by, the other albums seem to be more straightforward rock, though Stigmi and Eim' evas Anemos are decent tracks.

Just like Aphriodite's Child, who are here almost exclusively because 666.

Cheers

Iván


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Under evaluation in Psych / Space Team.
http://progfreak.com/Iraklis-155524.html?path=pa/psych
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2013 at 05:03
Moved from Psych to Prog Folk.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ClemofNazareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2013 at 17:37
I remember these guys from my days on the Symphonic team.  Can't believe they were never added.  IMHO Prog Folk makes more sense than Psych, but let's see what the rest of the team has to say.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ivan_Melgar_M Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2013 at 00:53
Originally posted by ClemofNazareth

I remember these guys from my days on the Symphonic team.  Can't believe they were never added.  IMHO Prog Folk makes more sense than Psych, but let's see what the rest of the team has to say.

Me too, they were approved for Art Rock.

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