a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
After a commercially successful time in the USA, Demis Roussos returned to London in 1981. Just over the height of his career Demis had decided to lose weight, which shows on all his photo's from the era. Together with Veronique Skawinska, Vangelis' girlfriend at the time, Demis even wrote the book 'A question of weight' about his slimming experiences. Read it if you can find it, apart from Veronique's slimming recipes it contains very interesting stories by Demis about his time during Aphrodite's Child, including several anecdotes involving Vangelis!
Curiously, on both the CD and LP Vangelis is only mentioned for composing 'Race to the end'. Apart from Demis getting the credits for producing the album, further credits are scarce on this album. Fortunately more information on the special edition box set 'The Phenomenon' (BR Music box 1008-2 ), which contains both 'Race to the end' and 'Lament'. Both songs were actually produced by Vangelis, and recorded in Nemo Studios in 1981 and 1982. Jon Anderson is credited for composing 'Lament', writing lyrics for both songs, as well as another song on the album 'Song for the free'. Unfortunately there is no other information about this third song, which makes it unclear if Vangelis was somehow involved in it....
Like with 'Magic' a few years before, Demis recorded this album in several languages. Both the French and the Spanish print of the LP contain six songs in the local language, as the following table explains:
The French versions of these songs have unfortunately never appeared on CD. However the Spanish versions of 'Lament' and 'Race to the end' are included on the double CD 'Lo Mejor De Demis Roussos'.
Most of the songs for this album are recorded in Red Bus Studios in London. Both songs produced by Vangelis however are recorded in Nemo Studios, London.
LyricsFor the English lyrics of 'Demis', go to: Demis, or here for the Spanish lyrics: Demis
For the lyrics of 'Race to the end', go to: Race to the End, or here for the lyrics of: La Course Infinie