Aphrodite's Child
666


4.5
superb

Review

by steveosk8s USER (1 Reviews)
November 17th, 2007 | 21 replies | 5,451 views


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In one of the first concept albums, you'll find a psychedelic prog masterpiece.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In today's prog music world, massive, grandiose concept albums are about as common as trees in a rain forest, but back in 1971, concept albums were unheard of(literally). It's no surprise that Aphrodite's Child's(the band that Vangelis, the chariots of fire song guy was in originally) massive epic "666: The Apocalypse of John 13/18" is considered a masterpiece by so many prog heads.

Originally released in 1971/1972, it is largely considered one of the first concept albums, it was also never released in the US, even to this day, so its an import in the US.

This album is essentially progressive psychedelia, very trippy music, very layered, sometimes haunting, many times beautiful. This is far and away one of the best prog albums of all time.

The music is a combination of many elements, traditional prog with spacey guitar and keyboards, excellent drumming, etc.. only all of it has a strong psychedelia influence and a very strong eastern influence as well. the guitar work and drumming are real highlights on this one. All of it combines to form one cohesive masterpiece of sound. Most, if not all of the songs will sound spacey/trippy, thats the way the guitars and keyboards work on this album, they make it sound as though you're floating in space watching the world below you.

There are 24 total tracks spanning 2 discs, so it can seem a little daunting, and initially it may seem bloated, but stick with it, you'll enjoy it. There is a mix of straight up prog, straight up psychedelia, and a mix of the both, all teeming with eastern influence.

It follows a story of a circus performing the biblical book of revelations in their big tent, all the while the real apocalypse starts happening outside the tent. This is not known to the circus goers until the real apocalypse starts coming together with the fake one. Much of the lyrical content and song titles take bits straight out of the book of revelation...

The Four Horsemen is about the lamb(christ) opening the seals and letting the four horsemen of the apocalypse into the world.

Infinity, which is nothing more than 5 minutes of female orgasm over a drum beat, represents the whore that seduces the kings.

If you were to listen to this album while reading the book of revelation, they would tie in together. the rise of the antichrist, the second coming of christ, the four horsemen, the battle between christ and the antichrist, the tribulation, etc..

Add to that the fact that the actual apocalypse is going on unknown to the people in the circus tent watching a circus performance of the book of revelation. That is, until the two merge together in "hic and nunc", "all the seats were occupied" and "break".

Overall this album is a must for any fan of prog and/or psychedelia. its layered, diverse, interesting, and amazing. no wonder so many people view this as a cult classic.

Recommended tracks(all are good, but to get a feel for the album):

The Four Horsemen
Babylon
Aegian Sea
Break


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An exploratory odyssey through the most abstract realms of Progressive music....


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steveosk8s
November 17th 2007



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go easy on me, it's my first full review. Any constructive criticism is welcome as well.

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 17th 2007



3743 Comments


first true concept album ever released


lol

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2007



15693 Comments


Review needs words.This Message Edited On 11.17.07

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins® [AMDISCS]

Meatplow
November 17th 2007



5524 Comments


Haven't heard of this one before... nice review. I might check out this group.

McP3000
November 17th 2007



3941 Comments


Track by track is too short. Why is it in All Genres? You say its psychedelic, but is it similar to Yes, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, David Bowie? Psychedelic could mean so many things.
This is not a good album to do track by track FYI.This Message Edited On 11.17.07

Yazz_Flute
November 17th 2007



18735 Comments


Sounds interesting. By the way you described it though it sounds like it should be labeled progressive, instead of all genres.

Not a bad first review, but concept albums arent always great for track by tracks. Maybe go more in depth of the concept? Or describe the musical traits more? Just a few tips.

Digging: Anekdoten - Vemod

steveosk8s
November 18th 2007



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im working on revisions right now, made a couple changes already, and joshuatree, it is indeed considered the first true concept album, go research it a bit.

also, i didnt list it as all genres, i forgot to list it as progressive when i added the band, i fixed it though. This Message Edited On 11.18.07

Tarantino's Tarantulas
November 18th 2007



819 Comments


This month's Terrorizer has an article on 70s Progressive Rock and this is mentioned.

steveosk8s
November 18th 2007



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea, its a cult classic prog album.

NortherlyNanook
November 18th 2007



1285 Comments


You really do need to say more about the music. Although you do mention the type of music that it spans, go for more in depth, yet not track-by-track content. Your intro and all that, though, seems to be rather good. You just need to beef it up a bit.

However, nice find! I'll bet that once you get it filled with a bit more descriptions and stuff, you might be able to get a few more fans for the album on Sputnik!

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 18th 2007



3743 Comments


it is indeed considered the first true concept album

I guess you've never heard of Tommy, Freak Out!, Sgt. Peppers (a loose concept album), or Little Deuce Coupe. Hell, In The Wee Small Hours by Sinatra is considered a loose concept album. When was that released? 1956. When was this released? 1973.
go research it a bit

You do your own damn research.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2007



15693 Comments


Yeah, it's definitely not the first concept album ever.

steveosk8s
November 18th 2007



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess you've never heard of Tommy, Freak Out!, Sgt. Peppers (a loose concept album), or Little Deuce Coupe. Hell, In The Wee Small Hours by Sinatra is considered a loose concept album. When was that released? 1956. When was this released? 1973.



tommy was a rock opera, there is a difference between a rock opera and a true concept album

1971, and it IS largely considered by many to be the first true through and through 100% consistent concept album. not the first album with a lite concept, but where each track follows a consistent story, never deviating. This Message Edited On 11.18.07

JordanS
November 18th 2007



319 Comments


TBQH, there really isn't a different between a "Rock Opera" and a Concept Album.

Every track on Tommy has to do with the story, and the songs depend on eachother to create a whole sound, story, and atmosphere.

That would be a concept album.

Have never heard this, but I don't really intend to. Any CD that has 5 minutes of a female orgasm to attempt to convey a plot is way too pretentious for my liking. Decent review. This Message Edited On 11.18.07

Yyy
November 18th 2007



289 Comments


review might be okay if you actually talked about the music

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 18th 2007



3743 Comments


^^What JordanS said about Tommy is true, dude. It follows a written, conceptual story through and through. Last time I checked, that's what a concept album was. A "rock opera" is a opera, or a play with a story that is sung, with rock instrumentation. Rock operas follow plots. A concept album is an album with a plot. Thus, concept album=rock opera.


Don't forget S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things, too.

On a different note, you've throughly encouraged me to check this album out.This Message Edited On 11.18.07

steveosk8s
November 19th 2007



135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i removed the "first ever" to say "one of the first" just to prevent future arguments/misconceptions/confusion.

and jordan, dont discount it based on that track, trust me.

heres a song from it(the most popular one):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=selfqEH-JnY

also i made some more edits, including beefing up the paragraph about the music itself, as well as including the fact that there has never been a US release of the album since it came out in 1971. all copies in the us are imports, the vinyl is cheaper and easier to find, the cd is expensive as hell and harder to find, so id reccomend downloading it or getting the vinyl.This Message Edited On 11.19.07

Hro
June 27th 2010



35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums I have ever heard

KILL
December 16th 2010



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow this rules

AnotherBrick
December 16th 2010



9766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this didnt do much for me



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