We continue our return to the music of 50 years ago……
Jesus was big business in the music industry of the late 60s and early 70s. Everyone heard Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Spirit in The Sky was a big hit. There was even a hit pop version of the Lord’s Prayer by a nun named Janet Mead. You might not know of another foray into the Bible from a Greek rock band called Aphrodite’s Child. The 1972 album was called “666” and the songs were based on the Book of Revelations. It wasn’t Jesus people stuff…it was the apocalyptic worldview.
What makes this interesting to me is that one of the main musicians in the band was called Vangelis Papathanassiou. you know him better for that…..
The rest of the band includes Demis Roussos on vocals and bass, Loukas Sideras on drums and Silver Kouluris on guitar.
The album is made in all kinds of musical styles, including rock, jazz, and instrumental Greek and world music. It was considered by the band to be a concept album like Tommy or Sgt Pepper, although the story was never quite clear. Only six of the 24 songs have lyrics.
The Four Horsemen is one of the most memorable songs for me. lots of drums and cool keyboards with a great 2 minute guitar solo at the end. Also “Altamont”, “The Battle of the Locusts”, “Do It” and “All the Seats Were Occupied”.
If you want a detailed description of each track and how it follows the story, Wikipedia has a pretty good summary.
It won’t be everyone’s cup of ouzo but it’s a postcard from the European counterculture.