The Dragon (Vangelis album)

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The Dragon
Vangelis The Dragon.jpg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1978
Recorded June 1971, Marquee Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 36:07
Label Affinity
Producer Giorgio Gomelsky
Vangelis chronology
The Dragon

The Dragon is a studio album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, unofficially released in 1978.


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] Two albums' worth of material had resulted from these sessions, but were unfinished and never intended for release.[2]

Some years later, Charly Records took over the catalogue of the bankrupt BYG records and released the recordings as album The Dragon and Hypothesis in 1978 without the approval of the performers.[2] 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 albums taken off the market and won the case.[2]

Recording and personnel[edit]

Apart from Vangelis, the line-up consisted of long-term musical collaborator Arghiris (Anargyros Koulouris) (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'.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]

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.[4] Vangelis himself noted that the sessions were bad and he doesn't agree with such music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Dragon" 15:18
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Stuffed Aubergine" 11:17
2. "Stuffed Tomato" 9:32


  1. ^ "Giorgio Gomelsky, working with Vangelis"
  2. ^ a b c d John Schaefer (June 1985). "New Sounds". Spin. Vol. 1 no. 2. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  3. ^ ibid
  4. ^ a b McDonald, Steven. "Dragon". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013.