Purple Overdose are considered among their fans as the one and only local group that revives and improves the fine psychedelic music of the great 60s artists.The group was formed in Athens, Greece in 1988.Their leader, Costas Constantinou, is one of the most talented musicians in Greece. He is the man who formed the group, the lead guitarist, the vocalist, the light spirit who writes their music and his inspiration creates lyrics of exceptional beauty and sensitivity, forming poems beyond any imagination, exactly in the fine tradition of the futuristic psychedelic era.Purple Overdose, during their 12 years of existence, have already released 5 albums, prooving their big talent and knowledge in psychedelic music.
The Purple Overdose are:
Costas Constantinou: Lead Guitar,Vocals
Vasilis Kapanikis: Keyboards
Chris Triantafilopoulos: Drums, Percusion
Andreas Andriopoulos: Bass
Stavros Eleftheriou: Congas,Additional Percussions
Their first LP "EXIT #4" was released in 1988, by the small independent label Pegasus Records. It was a superb album, capable of puting you into a colorful psychedelic vechicle and leading you beyong the well known horizons. "Oramge Drive", "Are You There" and "Rooby Go Round" are fine examples of the stuff contained in this album.
Purple Overdose's second LP "INDIGO" came out in 1990, featuring a painter of Salvador Dali on the cover. The group has improved it's music more than anyone could expect. Songs of exceptional beauty and matured poem-lyrics can trap you in the sentimental soul oceans of Costas Constantinou, as soon as you put the LP on your deck. With a composition like "Golden Eyes" you'll love them and accept their talent forever. "Cosmic Ladder", "White Colors" and the marvelous "Magic Forest" can steal your heart at once.
On 1993 Purple Overdose released a double A sided single, with the tracks "2008 Old View" and "You Loose It" . The single was recorded for another small independent label, Fifth Dimension Records, featuring unique cover artwork too.
Soon after the release of the single, it was time for the group's 3rd album to hit the stores. Simply titled with their name, this LP had the most extraordinary cover ever seen before. A giant size folded wall poster of colorful psychedelic artwork, painted by Iliana Noea. Inside, the vinyl contained 8 psychedelic classics, able to satisfy every soul dedicated to listening this kind of music. Great compositions like "Fell From The Stars" (a great opening for such an album), "My Little Elf", "Lord IT's Me", "Chase The Shadow" comprise an excellent album, that all the major music magazines of Greece rated with the highest possible rates.
On the Spring of 1996 Purple Overdose's long awaited 4th album "SOLEMN VISIONS" was releases by Pegasus Records once more. Here the group reached the maximum of psychedelic power and sounded better and more mature than even before. The LP was again accompanied by a multicolored futuristic cover artwork, created by Iliana Noea, showing thousands of strange creatures over and under unknown lands and oceans playing games with fairies. The music was evolving into uncharted paths of psychedelia and the use of sitar in some tracks gave an oriental touch to the overall result. Great compositions like "Pulsating The Door Of My Dreams", "Funny Decoration" and "Solemn Visions" gave again the chance to many local magazines for voting this album with 9s ans 10s.
Finally by the end of April 1999, Purple Overdose released their 5th album "REBORN", this time only on CD, through Action Records . With this superb concept work the group is stealing hearts everywhere in and out of Greece. Everybody, public and experts in the music industry, agreed that this unexpected masterpiece is destined to be the best closing act of the century for the psychedelic/progressive rock era.
Soon after Purple Overdose gave an unforgetable performance at the "Rockwave Festival 99", on July 13th in Athens. It was the start for a broad acceptance by major agancies in order to be promoted more actively and get the global recognition the really deserve.
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