What do you do when you have some time to spare, and feel like
experimenting with Jazz and Funk ? Exactly, you take off for London, team up
with a few fellow musicians, and jam away :-)
Still in 1971, Vangelis played several sessions in the London Marquee
Studios, some of them together with guitarist Argyris 'Silver' Koulouris,
violinist Michel Ripoche, bass guitarist Brian Odger and drummer Mick Waller.
For some reason the recordings were never released at the time, and lay shelved
until 1978, when Charly Records suddenly released the music under the name 'The
Dragon'. Apparently this release wasn't approved by Vangelis, as he successfully
went to court to get the album off the market.
Other recordings of these jam-sessions were released at the same time, titled
Tracklist and Credits
Cover Illustration by Terry Oakes.
1978 Charly 651.030 Holland
1978 Charly CRL 5013 UK
1978 Charly/Bellaphon CR 3040 West-Germany
1980 Charly CRL 5013 Greece
1981 Oxford OX3196 Italy
1981 Legends of Music RPL-3004 Japan
West Line Coop WL111 Hungary
The LP of The Dragon is a bit rare, but still possible to find (in Europe at
least) in record stores and record fairs. The Hungarian CD is still available in
selected record stores in Hungary, at least in Budapest.
The music for this album was recorded at Marquee Studios, London
|Michel Ripoche is the violinist who would also perform on Vangelis'
revolutionary albums '666' (with Aphrodite's Child) and 'Fais que ton rÍve
soit plus long que la nuit' a year later...|
|Giorgio Gomelsky produced the recordings for both 'Hypothesis' and 'The
Dragon', but claims never to have been involved in getting them released.
Vangelis and Giorgio worked together on yet another occasion, in effect when
they recorded a two curious songs under the pseudonym 'Alpha
Beta'. Read more about Giorgio
Gomelski and his experiences while working with Vangelis at the
|Argyris 'Silver' Koulouris is also known as one of the other members of
Aphrodite's Child. Unfortunately for him, he had to fulfil his army-duty
when the band started in 1968, but he was lucky enough to re-group in 1972,
just in time for the band's last album '666'. Around the same time 'Silver'
also played guitar on the 'Alpha
Beta' single, as well as later on Vangelis
first solo studio album 'Earth'. Even later he also played on Vangelis'
album 'See you later' in 1980, and on Demis Roussos' album 'Reflection' in
|Read more about the album '666'
and Argyris Koulouris at the
Vangelis Lyrics website.|