Aphrodite's Child ‎– 666

Label:
Vertigo ‎– 6673 001
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
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Released in a gatefold cover on a ''swirl'' Vertigo label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Cat. nr. disc 1): 6333 500
  • Other (Cat. nr. disc 2): 6333 501
  • Matrix / Runout: 6333500 1Y//1▽420 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout: 6333500 2Y//1▽420 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout: 6333501 1Y//1▽420 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout: 6333501 2Y//1▽420 11 2

Other Versions (5 of 90) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VCT 4 2-500 Aphrodite's Child 666(Cass, Album) Vertigo VCT 4 2-500 US Unknown Sell This Version
VEL 2-500 Aphrodite's Child 666(2xLP, Album, RP) Mercury VEL 2-500 US 1983 Sell This Version
6673 001, 6641 220 Aphrodite's Child 666(2xLP, Album, RP, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo 6673 001, 6641 220 Greece 1974 Sell This Version
6673 001 Aphrodite's Child 666(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6673 001 France 1972 Sell This Version
6641 581 Aphrodite's Child 666(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo 6641 581 UK 1977 Sell This Version

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music_emporium

music_emporium

April 28, 2018
Monumental doomy double concept album with a totally hell-ish feel. A killer recommended to any psych / prog buff.
ttmecvinn

ttmecvinn

July 15, 2017
I am looking for the second record. If someone is willing to sell, send me a pm
westoftheskies

westoftheskies

June 23, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
This is what 'progressive' should be: Imaginative, complex, freaky; also very psychedelic. A real trip that has aged very well. Blows nearly all UK 'monsters' out of the water. And concerning pressings: This is one of the cases where the UK press hype really makes sense: The UK pressings (also the spaceship version) sound far superior to German pressings. You can tell the reason by looking at the discs: German pressings look like 12'' singles; a lot of space in the dead wax; UK pressings are much more 'stretched out' and sound a lot more transparent, and this is definitely one of the records where great sound really matters.
plumrtp

plumrtp

October 31, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
I'm looking for Aphrodite's child on cd
TimaMachine

TimaMachine

March 14, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
On track C5 ∞ (infinity) Irene Papas delivers the most orgasmic piece of (?) ever made available to public. I doubt you'll find anything that can compete with this one on the orgasm meter.
antideath-ray

antideath-ray

January 6, 2012
This is surely one of the most important records of the 70s, and at the same time one of the most underrated records of all times. The reason why at the time very few people really appreciated it is probably due to the fact that Aphrodite's Child was considered only a pop-beat band, and this album is so strangely different from the previous AC-sound that nobody really understood what '666' was: a great great great modern-psychedelic record.
Musically it belongs for sure more to psychedelia than to progressive. It is surprisingly various, despite the fact it is a concept album, conceived essentially as a unique suite fragmented in short or long 'songs', with several kaleidoscopic flavours sometimes in apparent contradiction: from the ethnic-psychedelia (Kaleidoscope and East Of Eden) to the dark kraut-psych-progressive (Amon Duul and Can, 'Yeti' and 'Tago Mago'), from the space-hard blues to the freaky-hippy anthems (Magma and 'Hair'). Every style is perfectly amalgamated in an unique and original blend by the author/producer, Vangelis. Every step of this post-hippy trip is full of musical surprises directly coming from the best psychedelic music of the '60s. The production is perfect and '666' still sounds really 'modern', as a lot of cotemporary psychedelia try to sound close to that period and production-style.
For a long time this album was considered as a 'Black rock mass', one of the prototypes of Satanist-esotheric-rock: and it is, of course (sometimes in a very impressive way). But this is just one of the keys to understanding the real cultural meaning of this masterpiece. In fact, through this musical interpretation of the John's Apocalypse, this 'black/white musical mass' tells us the end of the Peace-and-Love dream. One of the crucial songs of '666' is 'Altamont', the paradygm of the end of the hippies' short season: but all the record is full of slogans and calls like "Here and now!" or "We got the System to fuck the System" ("The day the world will turn upside down, we'll run together round and round screaming, shouting, singing, loud, loud, loud, loud"). Another incredible song is 'Infinity' (symbol), with a 5-minutes orgasmic exorcism wonderfully cryed-shouted-screamed-murmured by a possessed Irene Papas with a tribal percussion in the background: it comes from a 39-minutes free-session (that i'd really like to listen entirely...). In the end, this is a record difficult to leave on the shelf, once you have discovered it.