gordian Madeka (180g coloured vinyl LP, £34.50)label: Anazitisi Records
One of the most interesting hidden treasures of the Greek '70s rock scene finally gets unearthed. Gordian was a kind of supergroup which consisted of musicians who had played with historical Greek bands such as Peloma Bokiou, Bourboulia, Olympians, Up Tight, BMW, Makedonomachoi etc. These recordings were made in London, back in late 1973 and early 1974. The story begins in 1972, when guitarist/pianist George Skliris (ex-Up Tight, Renaldi) goes to London and joins Saga, an Osibisa offshoot. He stays with them till the spring of 1973, when they split up. Some months later, Vlassis Bonatsos (ex-Peloma Bokiou) and Pantelis Deligiannides (ex-Olympians and Bourboulia) arrive in London and Gordian's birth is a fact. With the addition of two more Greek musicians, Makis Giaprakas (ex-BMW, Blow Up, Makedonomachoi) and Kostas Skliris (ex-Peloma Bokiou, Mike Rozakis) Gordian enter into an English studio and record 3 heavy progressive tracks with lots of Balkan and Greek traditional elements (like the works of Dionyssis Savvopoulos with Bourboulia and Socrates Drank The Conium and Axis). A bit later, Bonatsos has to leave both the band and London, and with the coming of the British singer Alan Kay and the Greek drummer, George Barbas, in the first days of 1974 Gordian put on a tape 6 more heavy-prog tracks. Today, 40 plus years after those legendary recording sessions took place, ANAZITISI Records presents "Madeka" in its full glory directly from the "buried" master-tapes. This is an edition of 200 copies.
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