Vangelis ‎– Who Killed The Dragon? (The BYG Sessions)

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Finders Keepers Records ‎– FKRMAXI 01, Finders Keepers Records ‎– FKRMAXi01
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition
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A1 Alpha Beta (4) Astral Abuse
Written-By – Koulouris*, Papathanassiou*, Vilma*
5:10
A2 Vangelis Stuffed Tomato
Written-By – Papathanassiou*
6:16
B1 Alpha Beta (4) Who Killed?
Written-By – Papathanassiou*, Gomelsky*
5:07
B2 Vangelis The Dragon
Written-By – Papathanassiou*
15:11

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Combines the original single 'Who Killed' by Alpha Beta (BYG single 129.032), and a truncated version of The Dragon LP by Vangelis.
Missing is the full-length version of 'Stuffed Tomato' from the original LP, as well as the entire track 'Stuffed Aubergine'.

Made in the EU.
℗&© Finders Keepers Records 2009. All tracks licensed from Licensemusic.com ApS. An original BYG Recording. A Cosmic Fish Production.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 060099 502026
  • Barcode (String): 5060099502026
  • Matrix / Runout: FKRMAX 1 01, A, MPO
  • Matrix / Runout: FKRMAX 1 01, B, MPO
  • Rights Society: MCPS

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Sole_Venture

Sole_Venture

November 5, 2018
This was such a poorly conceived release, and a huge missed opportunity. Vangelis' work during the 'BYG sessions' is fascinating, and one of my favourite periods of his work. Encompassing both The Dragon and Hypothesis LPs (released in the late seventies without Vangelis' permission), and the two 7" singles by Inter-Groupie Psychotherapeutic Elastic Band and Alpha Beta, I feel like these sessions see the man at his experimental best; traversing jazz, prog rock, psych, and so much more terrain. It's that missing link between Aphrodite's Child's 666 and Earth, and so much of his later work.

This could have been a perfect opportunity to finally bring all of these sessions together in one package. But instead, we get this woefully incomplete mess. The lone positive is that we get the two Alpha Beta tracks in their entirety, and they sound great. Everything goes downhill from there. There's no sign of the Hypothesis or Inter-Groupie Psychotherapeutic Elastic Band tracks, and even more bafflingly, we don't even get the full Dragon LP. The Dragon itself is here in its full glory, but we get an edited down version of Stuffed Tomato, and arguably the greatest track from these sessions, Stuffed Aubergine, is omitted completely! Why? How? Were there drugs involved?

Honestly... I have no idea what Finders Keepers were thinking. This could have been an essential release, and a beautiful tribute to a largely fragmented and lost period in Vangelis' history. Instead we get what feels like a further butchering of his work at BYG, and an LP which makes no argument except to seek out the original releases. Brutally disappointing.