Very complex music in fact and not easy to understand. The music is clearly eclectic prog with a lot of influences from both jazz, folk and avant-garde. The vocals and a lot of the music here reminds me about Area. Which is the best comparison I can find. But Akritas took avant-garde a step further than Area did. Despite of the eclectic nature of the music, there are still a couple of tender melody lines here. The end result is a good album which should appeal to anyone into eclectic prog.
I like this album a lot. Check it out. The album is mostly instrumental and there are no lengthy epic tracks in this record. Some of the tracks are extremely short but they fit between the other songs quite well I think. This is one of those albums which works best as a totality so there's no need for choosing any standout tracks.
The instrumental work is pretty solid but nothing exceptional. This Greek progressive rock classic gets three stars from me. It's a decent effort overall but nothing very unique I think. The album is worth a listen if you're a fan of symphonic prog but I've never considered this one as a personal favourite of mine Stavros Logaridis was the leader of this band. The two other main members were Kostas Tournas and Robert Williams.
Kostas Tournas made an excellent prog-folk record called "Aperanta Horafia" Endless Fields with greek lyrics - worth checking out. After that he continued with a nice Ziggy Stardust-like album and then recorded many albums of average pop-rock and ballads. The only album ever released is in my opinion a great prog album especially for 70's Greece where imported records were hard to get, and there were no concerts of foreign bands so musians were based mostly on their own inspiration and the Greek tradition.
Not as folky as POLL but still with a Greek flavor it reminds me of early Yes without, unfortunately, the technical skills to back it up. Although divided into small songs, it is meant as a single piece concept album though the greek lyrics do not focus on a particular story. It is worth noticing that the lyrics were provided by Kostas Ferris who also wrote the lyrics for Aphrodite's Cdild - If the band was more daring they could have surely developed their very good ideas and melodies further.
After the indifference of the public, Akritas disbanded and Logaridis released more commercial rock music trying to appeal to the mass audience.
He rarely succeded although he is still trying What is interesting though is that in his album "Manoula Ellas" Mother Greece he included an instrumental theme that some years later Vangelis used for the main theme of Chariots Of Fire and won the Oscar!!
He used it without crediting Logaridis or asking the rights to it and never to this day admitted it is the same theme. However, although differences do exist, those who have listened both myself included tend to agree with Logaridis This is kind of a strange album from a band that quietly released it and then disappeared.
I know very little about the band, but the album consists largely of very short tracks most of them around two or three minutes , some instrumental, with lots of rather disjointed keyboards and sporadic but pretty animated electric guitar. The vocals are Greek, or at least I assume they are, and at times the timbre and timing remind me a little of Bad Company or very early Moody Blues. The drum and bass work is pretty muffled pretty poor production , and not all that complex.
For the most part the tracks seem like unfinished samplers of riffs the band starts to develop, but then loses interest in. Nothing special, but worth a few spins if you come across it. About 2. Nothing of their past can be compared to Akritas. AKRITAS created a unique piece of art, Greek in nature vocals in Greek, though there are not many vocal parts, Mediterranian tunes throughout the album and similar to Italian symphonic prog in approach, when lots of musical ideas change each other in a short period of time, making the music always unpredictable.
There are also hints of jazz and some ELP influences. Lots of contrasts, powerful organ chords, propulsive and at times aggresive drums, testful use of synthesizers, interesting guitar passages are the components of this short record. My only complaint is the final part of the album, it seems to me a little crumpled, while I expected some impressive coda.
A treasure from Greece, by right deserving better recognition. This is without a doubt one of the best recordings to come out of Greece. Released in this album seems to have far more in common with some of those Italian greats from the same time period than anyone else. This is different but very interesting. The album cover is stunning! A calm with vocals and piano follows then it kicks back in to end it.
Great track. This changes before a minute as the vocalist cries out. This is a moving section full of passion. Piano a minute in replaces the organ. Guitar follows. Mellow stuff. Piano over top.
The tempo picks up before 3 minutes. Spacey synths late. Great sound. Guitar before 2 minutes. So good. I like it. Things get intense late. Man the early seventies must have been such an exciting time for both the musician and the music fan….. I had a little break from writing reviews, actually more than a month which is a lot for me, this album was in my list of albums to review, now i feel that i could share my opinion with you.
Again back in when progressive rock movement was at its best and being more and more recognized 8and practised all over the world, a 3-member band released their eponimus album, sadly as thousands of bands, they dissappeared and never released a second effort, i would have loved to see if they could reach their boiling point. This album is pretty short and consist in 13 songs with an average of 2. All Things Hyped: Last. Love this track. More Love this track Set track as current obsession Get track Loading.
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