Country : Greece

If Greek pop band from Paris trying to build a career. The musicians who early start the Axis group seventies are not the first in it, because a few years earlier, Aphrodite’s Child preceded them. Like them seems Axis but difficult to choose. One tries initially mainly with pop rock, more successful the foursome with a folkloristic singalong. Then, to get out through a solid composition of a British song-writing in an experimental prog rock album.

The driving force behind Axis Demis Visvikis. Born in 1951 in Cairo, he follows in his early years in Athens piano lessons at the conservatory.

After dictatorial Greece said goodbye to have Visvikis settles in Paris in 1970 and together with his compatriots Alecos Caracandas (guitar),
Demetreis Katakuzinos (bass) and George Chatziathanassiou (drums), the group Axis.

Album :

In 1971, with record Barclay appears an album. Then beside their own pop-rock songs à la Uriah Heep also an adaptation of Rachmaninoff’s classical piano piece “Prelude in C Minor.

That same year, Axis takes a version of ‘Canto Di Osanna “a success story of the Italian hippie group Delirium translated by Boris Bergman, rather lyricist of Aphrodite’s Child hit” Rain And Tears “.

Hit Successes :

Good luck getting the Greeks spring 1972 with the single “Ela Ela, a folkloric-looking track full of percussion and sing-along choruses.

The debut album comes in a changed composition again. In the autumn, following the single ‘Someone’, a composition of the British song writing duo Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett, who, dressed in a somewhat baroque arrangement, the group again yields chart success.

Change of Course :

After that line-up changes and, after flopping the single ‘Gold Wings, “a change of course.

With new members Alexandros Fantis on bass and Chris Stassinopoulos on drums makes Axis with producer Dominique Blanc-Francard the Château de Hérouville, just outside Paris, in April and June 1973 recordings for a new album. Then the band pushed the boundaries to jazz and prog rock in the line of bands like King Crimson and Soft Machine.

Collector’s Item :

The album, which comes out only in France and in Canada, is a commercial flop, but grows in the years to prog rock fans into a sought collector’s item.

In 1974, the band breaks up. Stassinopoulos dives later including in the same genre French group operating Clearlight to continue from Greece ended his activities as fusion drummer.

Visvikis focuses in France to a career in the serious music, teaches conducting and composing include chamber music and pieces for large orchestra.

Translated from Dutch in English with Google Translate
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Edited by music-offshore on 13 Feb 2015, 01:13

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