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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B003JIOHF4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. IT S FIVE O CLOCK
  2. WAKE UP
  3. TAKE YOUR TIME
  4. ANNABELLA
  5. LET ME LOVE, LET ME LIVE
  6. FUNKY MARY
  7. GOOD TIME SO FINE
  8. MARIE JOLIE
  9. SUCH A FUNNY NIGHT
  10. I WANT TO LIVE
  11. MAGIC MIRROR
  12. LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI
  13. QUANDO L AMORE DIVENTA POESIA
  14. SPRING, SUMMER, WINTER AND FALL
  15. AIR

Product Description

FIRST EVER UK CD RELEASE FOR THIS CLASSIC ALBUM FROM
THE GREEK PSYCH BAND FORMED BY VANGELIS and DEMIS ROUSSOS.

ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are pleased to announce the first
ever UK CD release of the album IT S FIVE O CLOCK by
Greek Psych / Prog legends APHRODITE s CHILD.
Formed in 1967 by keyboard player VANGELIS, the band
also featured DEMIS ROUSSOS on bass and vocals and LUCAS
SIDERAS on Drums. Their classic second album was released
in 1969 and featured the international hit from which the
album took its name.
The LP revealed a more experimental side to the band s
nature with such Psychedelic gems as Funky Mary and
Let Me Love, Let Me Live .
This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been re-mastered from
the original tapes and includes six bonus tracks which were
released as three singles in 1969 and 1970, including a rare
Italian only release.

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For true fans it is absolutely unnecessary to write about the band. Anyway, there is already a perfect article by Mark Powell in the leaflet of this excellent re-issue by Esoteric Recordings. If someone comes across this name for the first time, you simply must listen to it - that was a unique high-register voice of Demis Roussos (which is as unique as Mercury, Plant, Gillan), innovative composing by Evanghelos Papathanassiou (yes, THAT Vangelis later!), unusual blend of melodic psych/prog with Middle Eastern flavour and an addition of traditional Greek (or Middle Eastern instruments), or imitating their sound at least.
Aphodite's Child had a short-lived but huge success which ended up with an outstanding concept album - 6 6 6**, featuring extraordinary singing of Irene Papas (later co-operated with Vangelis on few solo albums*). They were fortunate to be out of Greece at the end of the 60s, where there was no place and no market for a vintage rock-band under the dictatorship (likewise rock was forbidden in the Soviet Union and not quite welcome in South Africa).
On the other hand, apart from enjoying rich musical tradition of Greece, Aphrodite's Child didn't grow up in a vacuum as an isolated phenomenon, and they didn't end up nowhere: listen to Socrates - Phos (prog rock, produced by Vangelis, with himself on keyboards, singing in English); first Greek rock-opera - Troikos Polemos; Akritas - Akritas(also prog).
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These remastered issues of Aphrodite's Child first two albums ( with extra tracks, only available on the Complete Aphrodite's Child, now unavailable) is absolutely brilliant and a must have for their fans. Re-mastered by Vangelis himself the quality issued by Esoteric is fantastic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a pop/psychedelic offering 3 July 2004
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoyed 666, the final album from Aphrodite's Child, you will be put in a big shock when you hear their previous effort, It's Five O'Clock, which was released in 1969. This was their second album (debut was End of the World/Rain and Tears from 1968, which Vangelis was reported with using Mellotron, despite his dislike for them). What you won't find is dark, gloomy prog rock here, but more like psychedelic pop, not unlike the debut album from Genesis, From Genesis to Revelation (released the same year). No concepts here, this is pretty much a straightforward, song-oriented album. Aphrodite's Child at this point was still a trio with Evangelos Papthanassiou (who we all know better as Vangelis, later one of the big name figures in electronic music), Demis Roussos, who I alway felt had one of the more peculiar voices in rock, and drummer Lucas Sideras. Guitarist Silver Koulouris was meant to be in the band from the beginning, but had to take military service, so he couldn't join them until around 1970. This early version of the band did able to scrape up some European hits, most specifically "End of the World", which isn't on this album, of course. The title track is a melodramatic song dominated by Demis' voice, reminding me a bit of From Genesis to Revelation or the Moody Blues. "Wake Up" is a pretty cute little singalong, where they even mention the name of their own band. "Take Your Time" features piano from Vangelis, being a rather upbeat number. "Annabella" is the one song on this album that most resembles their following album, 666, sounding like a precursor to "The Four Horsemen". You can even hear some evidence of the style Vangelis would explore on his own with the likes of Earth and L'Apocalypse des Animaux. "Let Me Love, Let Me Live" is a catchy number, especially with that constant beat. Somewhere you get to hear Vangelis use his clavinet, before the music starts gaining speed. "Funky Mary", I don't know what to think of this piece, other than they were trying to have a sense of humor. "Marie Jolie" is yet another one of those ballads like "Annabella", but doesn't quite work as well. The final song, "Such a Funny Night" is really difficult for me to get in to with the squeely vocals. Most of the album had really aged poorly. The songs have their appeal which to me, wears off aften a few listens. It's little wonder why the band got much more serious when they recorded 666. It's no doubt I far prefer that album, but if you don't mind not the most mature-sounding psychedelia and pop from the late '60s, then It's Five O'Clock is worth getting.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Take Your Time" because this one can be a yes or a no 24 Jun. 2007
By Craig Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.

Evangelos Papathanassiou may not be a household name but what about Vangelis? To most, his claim to fame is the amazing success of the 1981 song "Chariots Of Fire" from the film of the same name. To fans of psychedelic and progressive music, his resume is much longer and substantial.

Vangelis was part of a psychedelic band whose metamorphosis into progressive rock territory in 1971 gave the world a stunning accomplishment with the "666" album.

"It's Five O' Clock" although a year removed from "666" could be centuries. The nine tracks are the recording are short and all based around a psychedelic sound. While it is interesting to hear a different phase of the band the lyrical and musical direction had not arrived at their pinnacle. This isn't to say there aren't catchy tunes. The title and opening track has a tasty keyboard presentation from Vangelis. "Let Me Love, Let Me Live" sounds similar to Traffic's "Hole In My Shoe."

The music contained on "It's Five O' Clock" is pleasant but may not satisfy your craving for adventure. Vangelis will more then quench your appetite on "666" and the numerous solo keyboard based albums over the years. In fact, if you are interested his long time friend Jon Anderson from Yes does a vocal appearance on the brilliant song "So Long Ago So Clear" found on Vangelis's 1974 album "Cosmos" and a myriad of compilations.

Enjoy the music and be well,
Craig Fenton
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique band, unique voice 6 Oct. 2010
By Golovanov Alexey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"It's five o'clock" was the second album (1969) by famous Greek trio, a sequel of a kind to the first - End of the World and a step to forthcoming eponymous 666: Apocalypse of St John. It's not an even album (the debut was more consistent, I would say deeply influenced by the events of 68' in France), the musicians drifted from psychedelia towards experimenting with other genres as well. But it's still a showcase of their creativity and skills, featuring sad and melancholic "Marie Jolie" and almost symphonic "Spring, summer, winter and falls", "I want to live" and bestselling title song "It's five o'clock".
The legacy of "Aphrodite's Child" is better understood in a context: the musicians merely escaped the dictature (in any case, the domestic audience - or, to be more precise, record industry - was still under a spell of the first wave British invasion*) and settled down in France (as emigrants).
After the first singles they were propelled to stardom, but the demand and pressure of touring was almost unbearable.
It is necessary to mention that Aphrodite's Child was (and still is) the best known Greek band, but not the only one: Vangelis himself later produced and played keyboards with the cult act "Socrates" - Phos. One shouldn't forget also Four Levels of Existence, Akritas...
Apart from above, it is not so known, but still there is "Troy" (or "Trojan War") - Troikos Polemos- first Greek rock-opera, featuring Elpida and Marina - in the same league with Yvonne Elliman of "Jesus Christ Superstar" fame.
Most regretfully, "Aphrodite's Child" was a short-lived institution - they split after highly controversial (for Orthodox Christians) album "666", which was the top of their career (featuring rising star of Irene Papas, who years later returned to work with Vangelis - Odes, Rapsodies - believe it or not, but the masterpieces of Vangelis are not limited to "Chariots of Fire" and his collaboration with Anderson).
There is no need to write about Demis Roussos - his voice is unique. Loucas Sideras released a very decent solo album (to my humble knowledge).
This CD is an excellent re-issue by "Esoteric" - with bonus tracks from previously unavailable singles and solid notes. Really worth every penny
* Future "Aphrodite's Child" , or Vangelis at least - in his first incarnation as "Forminx" - were quite successful in early beat (if you won't find "Forminx", you are not missing anything)
5.0 out of 5 stars Aphrodites Child Greatness 31 July 2015
By Carl E - Published on Amazon.com
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Aphrodites Child was a great group from the days of real music 666 is their best album
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Take Your Time" this can be a yes or a no! 24 Jun. 2007
By Craig Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.

Evangelos Papathanassiou may not be a household name but what about Vangelis? To most, his claim to fame is the amazing success of the 1981 song "Chariots Of Fire" from the film of the same name. To fans of psychedelic and progressive music, his resume is much longer and substantial.

Vangelis was part of a psychedelic band whose metamorphosis into progressive rock territory in 1971 gave the world a stunning accomplishment with the "666" album.

"It's Five O' Clock" although a year removed from "666" could be centuries. The nine tracks are the recording are short and all based around a psychedelic sound. While it is interesting to hear a different phase of the band the lyrical and musical direction had not arrived at their pinnacle. This isn't to say there aren't catchy tunes. The title and opening track has a tasty keyboard presentation from Vangelis. "Let Me Love, Let Me Live" sounds similar to Traffic's "Hole In My Shoe."

The music contained on "It's Five O' Clock" is pleasant but may not satisfy your craving for adventure. Vangelis will more then quench your appetite on "666" and the numerous solo keyboard based albums over the years. In fact, if you are interested his long time friend Jon Anderson from Yes does a vocal appearance on the brilliant song "So Long Ago So Clear" found on Vangelis's 1974 album "Cosmos" and a myriad of compilations.

Enjoy the music and be well,
Craig Fenton
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
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