Aphrodite's Child666

Label:Vertigo – 6673 001
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style:Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental


A1The System0:25
Guest, Tenor Saxophone [Tenor-sax]Michel Ripoche
Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Demis Roussos
A3Loud, Loud, Loud2:45
A4The Four Horsemen
Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Demis Roussos
A5The Lamb4:40
A6The Seventh Seal1:35
B1Aegian Sea5:23
B2Seven Bowls1:25
B3The Wakening Beast1:07
B5The Marching Beast2:00
B6The Battle Of The Locusts0:56
B7Do It1:45
B9The Beast
Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Lucas Sideras
C1Seven Trumpets0:30
C3The Wedding Of The Lamb3:45
C4The Capture Of The Beast2:49
Guest, Lead VocalsIrene Papas
C6Hic Et Nunc
Guest, Tenor Saxophone [Tenor-sax]Michel Ripoche
Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Demis Roussos
D1All The Seats Were Occupied19:27
Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Lucas Sideras

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Europasonor

Released in a gatefold cover on a ''swirl'' Vertigo label.

℗ 1972

Michel Ripoche courtesy Disques Riviera
Irene Papas courtesy Polydor, Italy

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: VO
  • Other (Cat. nr. disc 1): 6333 500
  • Other (Cat. nr. disc 2): 6333 501
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label ): 6333 500 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D label ): 6333 501 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 1): 6333500 1Y//1▽420 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 1): 6333500 2Y//1▽420 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, stamped, variant 1): 6333501 1Y//1▽420 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, stamped, variant 1): 6333501 2Y//1▽420 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 2): 6333500 1Y//1▽420 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 2): 6333500 2Y//1▽420 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, stamped, variant 2): 6333501 1Y//1▽420 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, stamped, variant 2): 6333501 2Y//1▽420 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 3): 6333500 1Y//1▽420 1 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 3): 6333500 2Y//1▽420 1 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, stamped, variant 3): 6333501 1Y//1▽420 1 1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, stamped, variant 3): 6333501 2Y//1▽420 1 1 2

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666 (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Vertigo6673 001France1972
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Break (LP, Album)Vertigo6333 502Brazil1972
666 (2×LP, Album)Vertigo6673 001Italy1972
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666 (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)VertigoVEL 2-500Canada1972



  • pocket.calculator's avatar
    Nice poly lined inners, but mine are split straight out of the sleeve. Vexing.
    • Monumental doomy double concept album with a totally hell-ish feel. A killer recommended to any psych / prog buff.
      • westoftheskies's avatar
        Edited 6 years 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's avatar
          Edited 8 years ago
          I'm looking for Aphrodite's child on cd
          • TimaMachine's avatar
            Edited 11 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's avatar
              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.


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