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Socrates Drank The Conium

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Greece (1969 – present)

Socrates Drank The Conium, known also as Socrates, is a Greek rock band that formed in 1969 and achieved success in the 1970s. Influenced by heavy blues and rock bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, the band melded the unorthodox time signatures and orchestration of progressive rock and the intensity of blues and hard rock music, creating a unique sound that distinguished them from other Greek rock acts of that period. Outside Greece, Socrates is best known for Phos, their 1976 landmark collaboration album with Vangelis.

The group has gone through many lineup changes, but the two core members have remained: guitarist Yannis Spathas and bassist/singer Antonis Tourkogiorgis.


Socrates began its career in the clubs of Athens, most prominently the popular Kyttaro. They were present at a number of other locations in and around Victoria Square in Athens. In addition to performing originals, Socrates often covered Jimi Hendrix songs, none of which were featured on any studio releases; a thirteen-minute cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, however, found its way onto their 1972 album Taste of Conium.

Yannis Spathas favored two sunburst Fender Stratocasters, a Candy Apple Red Roland GR-505 guitar synthesizer, a black Gibson Les Paul Custom and a cherry sunburst Les Paul Standard. Antonis Tourkogiorgis played a mid-1970s natural ash-bodied Fender Jazz Bass, a Warwick Corvette Double Buck bass and sang, while several drummers were used throughout the live shows and recording sessions.

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  • nikachy

    grup adı güzel sa kardeşlerim

    1 Jan 3:10pm Reply
  • Saloudos

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeay

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Hoooooooooooooooooooo yeah!!!!

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Nice blend of blues, hard rock, folk and progressive rock. Recommended to fans of 70's...

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Socrates Drank The Conium - (1971) - They play music and Progressive Blues-Rock, was formed in Athens in 1969, in their music, there are references to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, but also many original ideas. Yannis Spathas plays guitar like crazy. Do not forget that in Greece, at that time there 'was the fascist dictatorship and the regime did not like this music, looking at all modes of boycott, one more reason 'for why I chose them. -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐ

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Psychedelic16

    "On the Wings of Death" :D

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Hard-Rock-Blues da favola . -.-.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • xdreamx19

    solos kick ass

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    Heavy

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Zerebecki

    these guys rock!

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • antoniozgz

    Socrates bebió la cicuta!!

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • timudesu

    Bad asssss!

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • mar_believe

    socrates ftw best greek band

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • HeadShop

    Nice shit

    3 Jul 2008 Reply
  • iaberis

    yeah, saw them live recently... cool band

    18 Jun 2008 Reply
  • voronwe_mav

    This was the only Greek group that had the abilities to have a great international career!If only the could get a singer with decent english accent!

    18 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Iltanen

    This is definitely one of the best progressive rock bands ever! And Yannis Spathas is a legend.

    19 Oct 2007 Reply

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