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Aphrodite's Child

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Aphrodite’s Child was a Greek rock band formed in 1968 by vocalist/bassist Demis Roussos, multi-instrumentalist Evangelos (Vangelis) Papathanassiou and drummer Lucas Sideras. After a failed attempt to enter England, the band regrouped in Paris, where guitarist Anargyros “Silver” Koulouris was added to their line-up (although he would be forced to leave the band to perform military service, with guitar and bass both being played by Roussos during his absence).

The band’s first two albums, End of the World and It’s Five O’Clock, combined a very ’60s sounding Euro-pop-rock with Greek folk music elements. The former album featured the song “Rain and Tears”, a reworking of Pachelbel’s Canon in D major. The song was a minor hit in the United Kingdom, but did far better in France, where the band was based, as well as the rest of Europe. Other European hits included “Marie Jolie”, “I Want to Live”, and “Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall” from 1969 and 1970 respectively.

The band began to record their crowning achievement in 1970: a musical adaptation of the biblical Book of Revelations, entitled 666 - The Apocalypse of St. John. Relations between Roussos, Vangelis and Sideras were not good at the time, and continued to worsen before the album’s creation. However, the group was contractually obligated to release a third album, and went into the studio in 1970 to create 666.

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