Album Review

Tournas, Kostas – “Aperanta Choraphia ” – [Anazitisi]

Thurston Hunger   1/4/2007   12-inch, International

Burt Bacharach attack on side A. Cinematic superpower horns fly over an
island of studio musicans. I know melodic symphonic rock may be Greek
to you, 21st Century Noizoid Man…but in 1973 to the Greeks, this lp
by Kostas Tournas served as a nice oasis/oracle. Don’t be bummed by its
“Hey Joe” hummability – or fuss about the big budget. The 70s were a
time for inflation. The B-side seems to work the theme a little better,
with cave-echo guitar phosphorescing, some balalaika and a vox humana
synth chorus….okay and a snipped of Led Zep III acousticity. Those
weirder strands though, are what help to unravel the commercial tapestry
of this rock opera carpet ride. Sides flow pretty strongly, so dip in
and out as you can or let it roll out… Still hoping Grecian psych
formula can be redeployed as well as those Anatolian holy rollers and
rockers from Turkey’s vaults.

-Thurstocles Hungryphon

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