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Morrissey – Vangelis – Nina Simone

After Aphrodite’s Child
Vangelis started his solo career and have since released a number of highly acclaimed electronic albums ,a series of collaboration with Jon Anderson from Yes, as “Jon & Vangelis” , and music for films and television, earning him an Academy Award for Best Original Score, for the 1981 British drama Chariots of Fire. Vangelis have become one of the early masters of electronic music.
Vangelis also made Music for the futuristic Ridley Scott film Blade Runner (1982). But for various reasons the original soundtrack release was delayed until 1994, despite the music being well-received by fans and critics. Today some think of this soundtrack as being Vangelis finest moment of electronic music.

The saxophone on the track was played by Dick Morrissey.
Richard Edwin “Dick” Morrissey (1940 – 2000) was a British jazz musician and composer. He played the tenor sax, soprano sax and flute. Playing in various Jazz bands and constellations, but mostly known for his British Jazz/rock, as a member of “If” (1969-1975), and later Morrissey- Mullen.
Here we have got his wonderful saxophone, in a more traditional Jazz setting.

Dick Morrissey was also part of – The Animals‘ Big Band, but they made only one public appearance at British Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond 1965.
The Animals was an English music group , featuring the charismatic front man Eric Burdon. Best known for their version of American traditional “House of the Rising Sun”, the Animals had another major hit in early 60’s with “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Originally written for Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964.

Nina Simone (1933 –2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist mostly associated with jazz music. She began recording in the late 1950s releasing her first full album in 1958, Simone’s music defied standard genre definitions. Her classical training showed through, no matter what genre of song she played, and she drew from many sources including gospel, pop and folk. She was called the “High Priestess of Soul,” or “jazz singer”. But she did not like any of those labels : “If I had to be called something, it should have been a folk singer because there was more folk and blues than jazz in my playing,” she wrote.


Aphrodite’s Child – Ciccada

Random Patchwork
The idea is, picking a random track, and use that track as a starting point. Then let the post flow from there.

The random track: Ena Pedi Ston Kathrefti – A Child. (no video sorry)
The track is from an album by Ciccada, A Child In The Mirror (2010)

Ciccada is a Progressive Folk Rock band, formed in 2005 in Athens Greece, their signature sound is high pitch female vocal, flute, and a complex combination of folk and rock elements. Stylistically borrowing from folk, classic, and from 70’s progressive bands, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Camel, ect.

This Track is from the same album.:

Greece music makes me think of “Nana Mouskouri” and pop singer “Demis Roussos”, and come to think of it Demis Roussos, also came to fame in progressive/psychedelic rock, with “Aphrodite’s Child” formed in 1967, and debuting as early as 1968, with the strange but wonderful 60’s pop album “End of the World”. Enjoy this live take, Its Kitsch, Its cult, Its just adorable. Got a big smile on my face posting this one. Just looking at the guests dancing it is a blast.

Aphrodite’s Child is best known for their last album, the epic and ambitious doublet album 666, from 1972, released after the band had already split.
The album was much more psychedelic and experimental than the previous pop oriented albums, essentially a project created mainly by the keyboard player Vangelis

Vangelis and Roussos started successful solo careers after Aphrodite’s Child.

To be continued