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Album Review

Serious art rock fans would not consider this compilation to represent the best of the group, as it concentrates on their early pop-oriented singles of the late '60s and early '70s, not their most ambitious, conceptual 666 period. If psychedelic pop is more your bag, though, it does signify their best phase, including of course their big 1968 European hit (which made number 30 in the U.K.), "Rain and Tears." This is actually, at its core, more akin to sentimental Mediterranean pop than far-out psychedelia. Leading the way is Demis Roussos, whose quavering vocals are similar in some respects to those of the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, though they can be gratingly cloying in a way the Bee Gees rarely were. Unfortunately, this is missing the 1969 B-side "Marie Jolie," one of their best songs.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A Greek band of the late '60s and early '70s, Aphrodite's Child scored only one European hit, "Rain and Tears." Though it was a big one, the group became little more than a trivia answer after keyboardist Vangelis Papathanassiou dropped his surname and hit number one with the theme to Chariots of Fire in 1981. Aphrodite's Child also included drummer Lucas Sideras and vocalist Demis Roussos, who enjoyed some solo success himself as a pop vocalist. The band formed in Greece in the mid-'60s, and the...
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