Como en el blog en estos días se respiran aromas de vinos y olivos griegos, yo quiero hacer tambien mi aportación. Me acordé de un viejisimo disco que yo escuchaba en vinilo y que no esperaba recuperar, pero... milagros de la tecnología, ya lo tengo. Algunos me llamarán cursi, pero creo que sería injusto no reconocerle al bueno de Demis su aportación al rock progresivo, aunque después prefiriera entregarse a actividades más prosperas y lucrativas: dedicado a Vicky, Moe y el Mago Alberto. Espero que les guste.
Artista: Demis Roussos
Álbum: On the Greek Side of my Mind
Género: pop, rock progresivo
Género: pop, rock progresivo
Lista de Temas:
- On The Greek Side Of My Mind
- She Came Up From The North
- Good Days Have Gone
- We Shall Dance
- I Know I'll Do It Again
- Fire And Ice
- End Of The Line
- My Blue Ship's A-Sailin'
- Mountains Beyond
- O My Friends You've Been Untrue To Me
- Lord Of The Flies
- Without You
The saga of Demis Roussos
Artemios (Demis) Ventouris Roussos, born 15 June 1946; died 25 January 2015
Artemios (Demis) Ventouris Roussos was born in Alexandria, Egypt on June 15, 1946. His father, George, had been a successful Greek architect, but the family, including mother, Olga, and brother, Costas, was forced to flee as penniless immigrants. They left behind their possessions during the Suez crisis and returned to their native Greece.
Demis, forced to support his family, began work as a cabaret musician having learned guitar, trumpet and piano in school.
In Athens in the mid-sixties a musical style was flourishing. Many bands were performing and recording cover versions of popular European and English songs. Demis joined this scene playing bass with The Idols and We Five. Other bands of this era included The Charms, The Sounds and perhaps more importantly Vangelis Papathanassiou's band, The Forminx. In the band We Five, in addition to playing bass, Demis lent his distinctive voice to the cover songs "House of the Rising Sun", "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Paint it Black". A singer was born!
Demis met Vangelis while performing and along with Lucas Sideras and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris Aphrodite's Child was formed. Aphrodite's Child was a chart-topping pop and progressive rock band whose ultimate achievement "666" managed to gain the group notoriety due to not only the album's heavy concept ( the Apocalypse of John, 13:18, Book of Revelations), but more notably the vocal performance of Greek actress Irene Papas. "666" was held from release by Mercury Records for 2 years due to this controversy.
"666" would sadly signal the end of Demis' full time involvement with Aphrodite's Child and Vangelis; although any signs of acrimony were not found as the two appeared to enjoy occasional collaborations. One such collaboration between Vangelis and Demis, and one that is often overlooked, is on Vangelis' 1970 soundtrack "Sex Power", wherein Demis contributed background vocals.
As Vangelis went on to explore his personal style of electro-acoustic composition with the newly acquired synthesizers of the day, Demis continued in the style of Aphrodite's Child recording pop music with a Mediterranean flavor augmented by his distinct vocals.
Demis' first solo album was "On the Greek Side of My Mind" which was also titled "Fire and Ice" on the French release. The album featured Lucas Sideras and Silver Koulouris of Aphrodite's Child, Michel Ripoche on violin, with lyrics by Boris Bergman, another Aphrodite's Child alumni. The arrangements were by Stylianos (Lakis) Vlavianos who mixed elements of Greek folk music with progressive rock. "On the Greek Side of My Mind" was not too far off from the style of Aphrodite's Child and was thusly cited as one of Demis' most creative releases.
Following "On the Greek Side of My Mind", Demis began recording more "easy listening" music and throughout the 70's had many hit records such as "This Time it isn't Au revoir", "Happy to Be on an Island in the Sun", "My Reason" and "Goodbye My Love, Goodbye", which topped the charts at #1 in the U.K. Many of these songs were composed and arranged by Lakis Vlavianos and/or Harris Chalkitis.y aquí tienen la sorpresa: la escena en la que Alexis Zorba, el griego, le enseña a bailar a su amigo
By Michael Thomas Roe