Aphrodite's Child - 666 (1970-2 - psych/prog weirdo pop/cult music)
I'll admit that there are several themes that, though cheesy and juvenile, will get me every time - namely references to L.S.D, naked girls, and Satan. Psych-garage songs that allude to LSD (ex. The Pretty Things "L.S.D.") I will by instantly, same goes with metal/hard rock albums that refer to Satanism (ex. Venom's "Welcome to Hell"), and, well pretty much anything with naked girls (Herb Alpert's and the Tijuana Brass' "Wiped Cream and Other Delights").
So, yes, it is under this line of thinking that I purchased this landmark album by Greek prog rockers Aphrodite's Child. But instead of the heavy doomy proto-metal prog that I had expected, "666 - The Apocalypse of John, 13/18" is something very different.
A concept album that that crosses two LP's, "666" really doesn't sound like any other album I've heard before. Some of the tacks are sort of "concept filler" but most of them are interesting like the first track "The System" which is just a repeated chanting of "We've got a system to fuck the system" before slamming into the upbeat rhythm-centered rocker "Babylon."
Other times these interludes show themselves for the space filler that they are with mantras, poetry, sound effects. These can get excessive but they do paint a interesting and moody atmosphere for the album.
Overall the album is much more up-beat than I expected, and even featuring several pop-oriented songs, but don't get me wrong taken as whole this album is as far out and into left-field as they come. Quiet cult-moaning ragas will run head first into wild peddle-to-the-metal acid rockers and then will follow up with a free-jazz sax interlude before mutating into a danceable prog-funk.
I'm having a difficult time describing the music here, so I'll just let it speak for itself. The bands main composer,Vangelis Papathanassiou would later pen the main theme song to Chariots of Fire and probably made more money than he did while in this band.
- overview by denez
- The System
- Loud, Loud, Loud
- The For Horsemen
- The Lamb
- The Seventh Seal
- Aegian Sea
- Seven Bowls
- The Wakening Beast
- The Marching Beast
- The Battle of the Locusts
- Do It
- The Beast
- Seven Trumpets
- The Wedding of the Lamb
- The Capture of the Beast
- Hic and Nunc
- All the Seats Were Occupied
Buy this album right here and you'll thank me for it.
...but you might want to look under the hood first: