Home About Adv. Favourite auctions Favourite searches. Mar 17, Sold Date. Mar 10, Start Date. Great Britain Country Of Seller. Setting aside the weird and wonderful infinity symbol and probably the whole second disc which is the part that works less for me, contains moments of pure genius, like the sequence The Lamb, The Seventh Seal and Aegian Sea : three beautiful and timeless pieces.
But the real stand out moment, the piece I will certainly go back to from time to time is the infectious The Four Horsemen. Chris Nirvana: Purely incredible. It is really a pity that, although both Vangelis Papathanasiou and Demis Roussos are very famous in Greece, this particular album was never recognised in their country as much as it should have been.
To be honest, the record might sound a little exhausting at some points, but it is indeed a prog masterpiece. Shane Reho: I've been meaning to check this out for some time now. This is one crazy listen, but it's a great one. Easy to see why it was never commercially successful, nothing on it sounds like it would work outside of the context of the album, and a lot of it is either too crazy or too interesting to be on the radio.
That's a good thing though. I think I'll be revisiting this quite a bit. Or is it just me — Horsemen has been directly sampled several times, but this broadly reminiscent bit by Perry Farrell never gets mentioned. As such it sounds more like the soundscape for a stage show than a rock album in its own right and as Tribulation - Aphrodites Child - 666 (Vinyl have noted, few of the tracks stand out as individual works.
After a brief intro, the album bursts into life with Babylon LP, a high energy psychedelic rock song with an open Pete Townsendy riff, a driving bass line and horns. Loud Loud Loud is a largely spoken word hippy poem, with a simple piano refrain and chorus. The Four Horsemen starts with Demis Roussos singing in restrained tones before it steps up into a groovyguitar led psych rock number.
The Lamb is a largely instrumental track with a distinctly eastern Mediterranean flavour that blends into The Seventh Seal and Album) Aegean Sea - where we can really hear where Vangelis is going to take his career next with his soundscapes rolling behind the guitars and soft, repetitive vocals. The rest of disc one is made up of shorter largely instrumental tracks including the short but excellent guitar wig outs Battle Of The Locusts and Do It.
Disc two is still impressive but less engaging. Altamont is the stand-out with its spoken word evocation of hippy culture. Infinity goes on a bit — though apparently this is the edited version and All the Seats Were Taken is a montage of the highlights from the album.
In this modern world I would have said it was difficult to carve out 80 minutes just to concentrate on listening to an album — but with large parts of the world now LP lockdown maybe this is no longer the case. Carl Black: This was a bit of a surprise for me. Never heard of them or any of their tracks.
Overall its a bit patchy. As most double albums are. This could have been condensed down to a good 40 minute album without losing its strangeness or identity.
When it hits, it's straight between the eyes. Four Horseman and Do It are Bangers in a sea of wired. Most of the short songs come and go, a lot of them unnecessary. Album) wedding of the lamb is hypnotic and emulsive. What the hell is Infinity about? Concept or no concept, that should belong on the cutting room floor, surely? The first eight minutes of All the Seats Were Occupied is fantastic, it goes a bit strange and then comes back. Cut out the muddle bit and you've got a truly iconic song.
As it is it gets spoiled by over indulgence, which is a real shame. Its bang in the middle of 6 and a 7. Which way should I go? Michael Baryshnikov: I used to torture my neighbours by Infinity back in the day. First time they heard it they called police. Playing the group's and song's we were spoon fed and have all heard a bazillion times by now. I now spend much of my time searching for the music I missed. When I first heard this some years ago I wonder why I had never heard this before.
To me that was just a sad guideline to have. Roland Bearne: I actually can't get through this. Some stellar musicianship. The unselfconscious pomposity of the spoken word sections just makes me think of Viv Stanshall and made me laugh out loud.
What a load of kaftan wearing twaddle. Sorry, I'm usually more lucid, but no. Not this time. He wondered if any of the new remasters ofespecially the Japanese CD, contained longer versions of certain songs that he remembers hearing on an old LP he has. Longer versions? Come on, wouldn't we all know about this if that were true? To make this more interesting, he tells me that the record he has is made in Greece.
Okay, now I got you! I have two Greek pressings sitting on my shelf, maybe for 10 years or more!!!! We will settle this right away In Greece, as far as I can tell, the record has been released twice. The first time was in and the second in the 90s. It has never been released there on the famous white Vertigo swirl inner label, only on the Roger Dean Vertigo spaceship label. So, I grab my original '74 issue and head for the turntable. In his letter, he told me to listen to "The Battle of the Locust because Angel Koulouris really lets it rip on his guitar!
Now, I know that he plays an amazing solo on that second track. So I listen, and afterI am in total shock. What did I just hear? Oh boy, a new discovery!!! Well, new to me but not new to my friend and not new to other Greeks! But nobody ever talked about this!!! How can it be? So I have now done an exhaustive comparison of the two albums, track by track, and there are some very interesting differences between the Greek version and the versions everywhere else yes, I listened to all the copies I had from everywhere else Here's the breakdown based on my own timings and not simply following what was printed on the labels:.
Babylon The crowd goes mad for an extra 10 seconds at the end of the track on the Greek issue! The Four Horsemen As there was no fade-in from the previous track, the introduction is clearer and longer on the Greek version.
Again, there is no fade-out or overlapping effects into the next track, "The Lamb". The Lamb A clear introduction to the track, extending by a few seconds, on the Greek version. The Seventh Seal No difference.
Aegian Sea No difference. Seven Bowls No difference. The Wakening Beast No difference. Lament No difference. The Marching Beast No difference. The Battle of the Locust Unbelievable, two additional stanzas of Angel Koulouris riffing on his guitar like Hendrix on the Greek issue!
Plus, there is more awesome percussion by Lucas Sideras. This version totally rocks and it is a shame that Koulouris' solo is cut back everywhere else in the world! This track has always been a stand-out for many fans.
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