666 (Aphrodite's Child album)

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666 (The Apocalypse of John, 13/18)
Studio album by Aphrodite's Child
Released June 1972
Recorded Late 1970 – Early 1971 (3 Months)
Studio Europa-Sonor, Paris, France
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock
Length 77:58
Label Vertigo
Producer Vangelis Papathanassiou
Aphrodite's Child chronology
It's Five O'Clock
(1969)
666
(1972)

666 (The Apocalypse of John, 13/18) is a double album by psychedelic/progressive art rock group Aphrodite's Child. It was released in 1972, and was the primary vehicle/effort for the Vangelis project. It had a minor Album Oriented Radio hit in "The Four Horsemen", and the song "Break" was also released. The album was ostensibly an adaptation of Biblical passages from the book of the same name, but was also very experimental in lyrics and composition.

Conception and production[edit]

666 was created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music combines psychedelic and progressive rock with ethnic instruments, choral chanting, recitations, and use of keyboards. The record company, Mercury Records, objected to the double-album length of 666 and the musical experimentation, as well as the track "∞" (infinity), on which a female orgasm is simulated by the Greek actress Irene Papas, who repeated the words "I was, I am, I am to come" over a sparse percussion track.

The liner notes state "This album was recorded under the influence of Sahlep."

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo favorable[2]

After Roussos and Sideras had already released their first solo albums, Mercury agreed to release 666, one year after completion and two years after the band had finished their parts in it, on its progressive rock subsidiary Vertigo Records. The single "Break" also came out in 1972, as did a single vinyl edition of the album in Brazil, also titled Break.

Allmusic gives it 4½ stars, but notes that "the entire set eventually becomes too overwhelming to sit through". IGN rated the album #3 on their top 25 list of Prog Rock Albums.[3] In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition ‘’Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock’’, the album came #40 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl release[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "The System"   0:23
2. "Babylon"   2:47
3. "Loud, Loud, Loud"   2:42
4. "The Four Horsemen"   5:53
5. "The Lamb" (Instrumental) 4:34
6. "The Seventh Seal"   1:30
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Aegian Sea"   5:22
2. "Seven Bowls"   1:28
3. "The Wakening Beast" (Instrumental) 1:11
4. "Lament"   2:45
5. "The Marching Beast" (Instrumental) 2:00
6. "The Battle of the Locusts" (Instrumental) 0:56
7. "Do It"   1:44
8. "Tribulation" (Instrumental) 0:32
9. "The Beast"   2:26
10. "Ofis"   0:14
Side Three
No. Title Length
1. "Seven Trumpets"   0:35
2. "Altamont"   4:33
3. "The Wedding of the Lamb" (Instrumental) 3:38
4. "The Capture of the Beast" (Instrumental) 2:17
5. "∞"   5:15
6. "Hic and Nunc"   2:55
Side Four
No. Title Length
1. "All the Seats Were Occupied"   19:21
2. "Break"   2:59

Brazilian vinyl release (released as Break)[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Babylon"   2:52
2. "The Four Horsemen"   6:10
3. "The Lamb"   4:40
4. "Aegean Sea"   5:22
5. "The Beast"   2:26
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "All the Seats were Occupied"   19:21
2. "Break"   2:59

CD release[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Length
1. "The System"   0:23
2. "Babylon"   2:47
3. "Loud, Loud, Loud"   2:42
4. "The Four Horsemen"   5:54
5. "The Lamb" (Instrumental) 4:33
6. "The Seventh Seal"   1:30
7. "Aegian Sea"   5:22
8. "Seven Bowls"   1:29
9. "The Wakening Beast" (Instrumental) 1:11
10. "Lament"   2:45
11. "The Marching Beast" (Instrumental) 2:00
12. "The Battle of the Locusts" (Instrumental) 0:56
13. "Do It"   1:44
14. "Tribulation" (Instrumental) 0:32
15. "The Beast"   2:26
16. "Ofis"   0:14
Total length:
36:28
Disc Two
No. Title Length
1. "Seven Trumpets"   0:35
2. "Altamont"   4:33
3. "The Wedding of the Lamb" (Instrumental) 3:38
4. "The Capture of the Beast" (Instrumental) 2:17
5. "∞"   5:15
6. "Hic et Nunc"   2:55
7. "All the Seats were Occupied"   19:19
8. "Break"   2:58
Total length:
41:30

Personnel[edit]

Band musicians[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Hans Brethouwer: mastering
  • Gerard Fallec: production coordination
  • Minoru Harada: product manager
  • Roger Roche: engineer
  • Jean-Claude Conan: assistant engineer
  • Hitoshi Takiguchi: mastering engineer
  • Kiyoshi Tokiwa: art coordinator
  • Vangelis Papathanassiou: producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ 666 Aphrodite's Child Allmusic.com Steven McDonald
  2. ^ Ross Bennett. "Aphrodite’s Child - Disc of the day - Mojo". Mojo4music.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Top 25 Prog Rock Albums". IGN. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  4. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.

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