Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Aphrodite's Children

It’s been a year since the first GREEKAZOID post so here’s a few statistics:

58 posts
3,950 unique visitors from 76 countries
16,750 pageviews

The 10 most popular posts:
1.    Aphrodite’s Children
2.    The Legend of Aris San
3.    Groovy Soundtracks
4.    The 4 Levels of Existence…
5.    The Last Drive
6.    5th Avenue
7.    Sunshine for your Dreams
8.    Tradition Goes Electric
9.    Xmas Story
10.  On the Jazz Side

Aphrodite’s Children is by far the most popular post with two times the views of the 2nd one.
So here’s some more…Aphrodite’s Children:

Nicos Papathanassiou is Vangelis’ older brother.
Nicos has been a producer and composer for Chrisma, Dalida, Lucas Sideras and others.
In 1971 he produced African People’s album Stop Pushing where he also has written or co-written most of the songs.

One of his compositions:
I just want to be friends - African People

In 1972 Stamatis Spanoudakis released his first album Beautiful Lies as Stamatis with some great help from his friends.  
Lucas Sideras and Argyris Koulouris from Aphrodite’s Child contributed on the drums and guitars respectively.  
Dimitris Tambosis on backing vocals.  
Alekos Karakadas on guitars too.

Here's The Look from Beautiful Lies by Stamatis

Finally…Humanity. In 1973 Vangelis (under the name Richard Broadbacker) cooperated with Robert Fitoussi, Argyris Koulouris and Michael Haubrich and released a single (Bird of Love/The Pawn) under the name Humanity (or Umanity).
According to Robert Fitoussi the flip side of the single, The Pawn derived from a session they had just for fun where Vangelis played drums (source: vangelismovements)

The Pawn - Humanity 1973

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