Boomkat Product Review:
*PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED EARLY ARCHIVE TRACKS FROM ONE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC'S MOST INFLUENTIAL CHARACTERS - BUY ON SIGHT* Finders Keepers have done themselves proud again, following up on the promise of the BYG sessions compilation with four vintage psyche and prog rock jewels from Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou, better known to you and I as Vangelis. As the juicy sleeve notes tell us, in 1968 Vangelis was delayed by visa problems and student riots in Paris on his quest to make it big in the UK. He ended up giving a demo tape to the offices of Phillips and scored success with a string of French hits as Aphrodite's Child. Shunning a tour with bandmate Demis Roussos because of a dislike of travel he created the studio band Alpha Beta, delivering a fusion of "Folk Rock Rhythms, futurist Funk elements, beat poetry, street noise and rampant vocal assaults". Breaks hunters will revel in the clarity of 'Astral Abuse' while psyche heads will surely melt under the influence of 'Who Killed'. In 1971 Vangelis embarked on his debut solo album 'The Dragon'. The Byzantine psyche-rock mystique of 'The Dragon' fuses early synthesizers with fuzz guitars and dense layers of slow, sweaty percussion from drummers Micky Waller and Tony Oxley, while 'The Stuffed Tomato' is a headrush of intense prog-complexity. All tracks are mindblowing in their own right, and while they sound very little like his future work scoring 'Blade Runner', its easy to hear the embryonic stages of a very far out mind whose influence is written over a generation, from Leyland Kirby to the Aphex Twin. Very Highly recommended!