Greece - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 18 - 04/12/98
Se Trohia Me Apoklisi
Though rarely discussed, Greek rock has produced a number of
influential releases from a number of notable groups. One needs
to remember Aphrodite's Child (featuring Vangelis), PLJ Band,
Akritas etc. All these groups are well known and appreciated
among the wordly collectors of progressive rock. But rarely
the public's knowledge extends beyond the few groups mentioned.
Yet, Greek rock includes a number of interesting groups that are
not easily exportable due to the language barrier. (I know that the
Northern European groups have faced the same language challenge as
did the Italian groups of the 70's that released original splendid
albums in Italian followed by horrible English versions...) One of
the core Greek rock groups is Spyridoula.
Se Trohia Me Apoklisi - Greek concept album with some roots
in the Rebetika (the songs of the 20's) structure and the rock of 60's
/ 70's, first made famous by Savopoulos. Spyridoula is a rock group in
its 2nd or 3rd reincarnation. The original line up, still in the current
realm of the Spyropoulos bros., has released two of Greek rock's most
influential records (Flou and Nailon Defia kai Psofia Kefia).
All the stuff on the current CD was written by Pavlos Vakatatsis, who
contributes the vocals on one track (along with the excellent support vocals
of Sophia Noiti). Musically the album is along the lines of nostalgic rock
interspersed with ballads but the words are full of almost "noir" Aristophanian
cynicism about life in Greece in the 50's, or thereabouts. One may enjoy the
music but I wish that they had provided a translation in the CD booklet for
all those that do not speak the language of poets and dramaturgists.
Copyright © 1998 Stavros Moschopoulos