666 (The Apocalypse of John, 13/18)
is a double album
/progressive art rock
group Aphrodite's Child
. It is one of the early cult albums in rock history, and is still popular among fans today. It was released in 1972, and was the primary vehicle/effort for the Vangelis
project. It had a minor Album Oriented Radio
hit in "The Four Horsemen," and a nearly pop hit with "Break." The album was ostensibly an adaptation of Biblical passages from the book of the same name, but was also very experimental in lyrics and composition, including a curious piece of performance art
in which Greek actress Irene Papas
performs a struggle to chant a mantra while in the throes of hysteria and sexual climax.
was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris
. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666
was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before. The music itself was an impressive display of Vangelis' abilities, combining psychedelic and progressive rock with ethnic instruments, choral chanting, recitations, and very advanced use of synthesizers
for the time. In time the album became recognized as one of the most important early progressive rock works, and a defining example of the concept album
also made Vangelis an underground name to watch, and in 1974 earned him an offer from Jon Anderson
to join Yes
following the departure of Rick...