|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||progressive rock psychedelic rock psychedelic classic rock rock greek|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in Greece during 1967, the Papathanassiou Set comprised Demis Roussos (Artemios Ventouris Roussos, 15 June 1946, Alexandria, Egypt; vocals), Vangelis Papathanassiou (b. Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou, 29 March 1943, Volos, Greece; keyboards), Anargyros Silver Koulouris (guitar) and Lucas Sideras (b. 5 December 1944, Athens, Greece; drums). After recording two demos for the Greek branch of Philips Records, the group was invited to record an album in England. Minus Koulouris, who was obliged to stay in Greece to complete military service, they set off for London but were trapped in Paris by a transport strike. However, the local Philips producer Pierre Sbarro recorded the trios adaptation of Johann Pachelbels baroque piece Canon. Renamed Aphrodites Child, they enjoyed a massive European hit with this track, Rain And Tears, a haunting ballad memorable for Roussos nasal, almost sobbing, falsetto. In...