The Dragon

a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

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 'Hypothesis'.

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.

Recording Studio
The music for this album was recorded at Marquee Studios, London (June 1971).


bulletMichel 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...
bulletGiorgio 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 Elsewhere website.
bulletArgyris '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 1984....
bulletRead more about the album '666' and Argyris Koulouris at the Vangelis Lyrics website.