The Dragon (Vangelis album)

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The Dragon
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1978
Recorded

June 1971,

Marquee Studios, London
Genre Progressive Rock
Label Affinity
Producer Giorgio Gomelsky
Vangelis chronology
Hypothesis
(1978)
The Dragon
(1978)
China
(1979)

The Dragon is a 1978 album by the Greek artist Vangelis.

Background[edit]

After the break-up of Aphrodite's Child, Vangelis wanted to relocate to London. Producer Giorgio Gomelsky introduced him to some other musicians and put together a collaborative project which was funded by French free jazz record label BYG records with the intention of releasing an album.[1] Some years later, Charly Records took over the catalogue of the bankrupt BYG records and released the recordings as an album in 1978 without the approval of the performers. The sleeve was made by Terry Oakes. In Germany Hypothesis and The Dragon were issued together as a double album titled Portrait. Vangelis subsequently took the label to court to have both The Dragon and related album Hypothesis taken off the market. In 2009, two tracks from the album were re-released on archive record label Finders Keepers along with another rare Gomelsky-produced Vangelis project known as 'Alpha Beta', on a limited edition Vinyl EP.

Recording and personnel[edit]

Apart from Vangelis, the line-up consisted of long-term musical collaborator Arghiris (guitar), and session musicians Michel Ripoche (violin), Brian Odgers (bass), Micky Waller (drums). The sessions were recorded in London's Marquee Studios by Giorgio Gomelsky. According to Gomelsky, 'The idea was to find "grooves" that could lead into long, (sufi)trance-like but evolving rhythmic patterns with a lot of improvisation on top'.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Dragon" – 15:18
  2. "Stuffed Aubergine" – 11:17
  3. "Stuffed Tomato" – 9:32

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

Steven McDonald at Allmusic notes that although the album was mainly released to cash in on Vangelis' popularity, it contains elements of both Aphrodite's Child and Vangelis' upcoming solo work.[3] Other reviews have been mixed, but the album has consistently enjoyed good reviews at Prog Archives.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giorgio Gomelsky, working with Vangelis"
  2. ^ ibid
  3. ^ a b McDonald, Steven. "Dragon". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Review at Prog Archives Retrieved February 13, 2011
  5. ^ Review at Prog Archives Retrieved February 13th, 2011
  6. ^ Review at Prog Archives Retrieved February 13th, 2011