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Friday, November 18, 2011

Purple Overdose - Exit #4 (1988 greece, psychedelic rock revival)



The beauty of psychedelic music lies in its potential for genuine magic to occur. And if you focus your mantra in the direction of Athens, Greece you will find something very magical indeed. Purple Overdose is a band who unabashedly wear their passion for 1960's/70's era psychedelia on their shirtsleeves, creating some of the most beautiful and passionate progressive influenced psychedelia of the last several years.

Formed in 1987 by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Costas Constantinou, Purple Overdose have released five studio albums and one live album of cosmic sounds that recall the glory of days gone by, while retaining a freshness and excitement that shrugs off any accusations of being "retro".

Purple Overdose's debut album - Exit #4 - was released in 1988 on Pegasus Records. At this time a quartet, the band consisted of Costas Constantinou on guitars and lead vocals, Christophoros Triantaphilopoulos on drums & percussion (George Nikas is the drummer on 5 tracks), "Sugar" George Papageorgiades on bass and backing vocals, and Michalis Vasiliou on organ, piano and backing vocals.

On this release we hear a rawer version of Purple Overdose though the seeds of exciting things to come are firmly planted. The songs reveal the bands passion for 60's era psychedelia combining elements of Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and go-go flower power psych. The San Francisco sound really comes out on songs like "Are You There". "Yellow Mole" and "Roobie Go Round" feature classic 60's psych styled organ and keys.

Listening to "Yellow Mole" conjures up visions of go-go- girls grooving high above the dance floor. "Orange Journey" is the most Doors flavored song of the set and we're treated to the band taking off into jam territory (dig those Ray Manzarek keyboards!). "Holes" combines a Jefferson Airplane sound with Costas Constantinou's unmistakable vocals. "When You Talk About Me" is one of the heavier and intense songs on the album though the verses are classic 60's psychedelia. And "Blue Torture" is a cool trippy Blues tune. An impressive debut.
by Jerry Kranitz



Tracks
1. Exit #4 (Intro) - 1:37
2. Are You There? - 3:16
3. Yellow Mole - 4:48
4. Holes - 5:46
5. When You Talk About Me - 5:00
6. Rooby Go Round - 4:28
7. Elevation - 4:13
8. Blue Torture - 5:06
9. Orange Journey - 5:53
10.Exit #4 (Outro) - 1:35
All songs by Purple Overdose.

Purple Overdose
*Costas Constantinou - Guitar, Lead Vocals
*Christophoros Triantafilopoulos - Drums, Percussion
*George Papageorgiades - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
*Michalis Vassiliou - Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals
*George Nikas - Drums (on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8)

10 comments:

space88 said...

I know this Album with a different Cover,Thanks Marios!

ARGS said...

Πολλά ευχαριστώ Μάριε, οι Purple Overdose είναι φοβεροί. Ένα από τα πιο διαχρονικά ελληνικά σχήματα!!!

Pep Sonic said...

Un disco hiper-recomendable al igual que toda la discografía del grupo. Los discos de Purple Overdose son muy buscados por los coleccionistas de psicodelia y con razón. Thank you very much for this great post.

Hotroder said...

Only had this in lossy format, great to get it in flac. Thanks Marios for sharing such a great band.

George S. said...

Thank you very much Marios.

KarlR said...

I look forward to hearing this..sounds good. thanks for sharing Marios

Anonymous said...

Έχω το βινύλιο, έχω την επανέκδοση σε ...κιτρινάκι, και θα τιμήσω δεόντως και την e-προσφορά σου.
Θερμές ευχαριστίες, Mάριε.

Kounelarhontas

Pietro Ciraci said...

Hi Marios, could it be possible to reupload the Purple Overdose album?
It would mean really a lot to me. I knew the guys of the band personally and I spent a lot of time with them during my youth.
I take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful blog and the fantastic music you share with us.

Cheers from Rome
Pietro

Marios said...

.....Purple re-Overdose.....

Pietro Ciraci said...

So good! You made my night Marios! ;) I was in the studio with the guys during the recording sessions, unfortunately my personal record was stolen years ago, tonight I will listen to the album after 20 and more years. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I'm really grate for that.