Composer, lyricist/singer Pavlos Sidiropoulos (July 27, 1948 – December 6, 1990), only lived until the age of 42, though he left behind a remarkable musical legacy and influence amongst young artists. He was the great-grandson of Zorba, nephew of the poet Elli Alexiou and since his early age showed a musical aptitude. A true legend, despite the few musical releases in life, today’s entry is simply considered as the most important rock album of all time in Greece! Fortunately, there’s plenty of information (in greek) available about Pavlos, your site/tribute, deserves a lookout!
Over time other albums will come and we’ll try to bring more details about the life of this fabulous artist, we count on to help from our Greek friends, rest in peace Pavlos.
Let’s go to our artist:
Sidiropoulos began his career in 1970 in Thessaloniki, where he was studying maths at Aristotle University. Together with Pantelis Delleyannidis they set up the folk-duo Damon and Phintias; though he does not graduate he returns to Athens, disappointed with the revolutionary youth, where he worked to his father’s factory. He soon met, at Kittaro’s, Dionysis Savvopoulos and his group Bourboulia, he joined the band and released the 45 release Damis The Tough (Ντάμης ο σκληρός) in 1972. There, he stayed until 1974, and therefore first experimented with combining folklore and rock.
Afterward, Sidiropoulos collaborated with the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos, singing his compositions with lyrics by the poet Dimitris Varos. In 1976, together with Spiropoulos brothers, he founded the music group Spiridoula. It took three years for their first release, the cornerstone album Flou, with the homonymous theme song that inspired many musicians, opening a completely different path to Greek audience!
In 1975, he made its two film appearances. He had the leading role in the film (and OST) O Asymvivastos, directed by Andreas Thomopoulos, at the same time, he starred with Dimitris Poulikakos another movie by Thomopoulos, Aldevaran.
Sidiropoulos joined the band Οι Απροσάρμοστοι (The Misfits), in 1980 where he remained until his death. They released 3 studio albums and numerous live performances. En Lef̱kó̱ was published in 82′, and many of the songs were censored!
In 1985, Zorba the Freak came out and in 1989 they released (its lastly) Without Make-up, which was recorded live at Metro club in Athens. In the summer of 1990 and after his mother’s death, his left hand started getting paralyzed, as a result of his long term drug use that he was trying to overcome for many years. He continued his live performances but the deterioration of his health had serious implications. On December 6, 1990, he died from a heart attack, caused by heroin overdose. (RIP)
Let’s go to our album:
Considered by many the most important album in Greek rock music, I was completely surprised the first time I heard him a and it touched me really deep!
Pavlos is simply the best, always with a tight band, he delivers nice guitars, horns, elements from prog, psychedelic and jazz, folk and (beautiful) classic rock, wow!
The ‘IM’ Highlights are Oi Sovaroi Klooun (Serious Clown) and I Ora Tou Stuff (The Time of Stuff). Safar Wanaagsan!
Tracks Include (polytonic, romanized and translated):
A1 Ο Μπάμπης Ο “Φλου” – O Babis O Flou (The Father Flou)
A2 Μου ‘πες Θα Φύγω – Mou Pes Tha Fygo (You Told Me I Will Go)
A3 Που Να Γυρίζεις – Pou Na Gyrizeis (Where To Turn?)
A4 Ξέσπασμα – Xespasma (Outbreak)
A5 Οι Σοβαροί Κλόουν – Oi Sovaroi Klooun (Serious Clown)
B1 Το ’69 Με Κάποιο Φίλο – To ’69 Me Kapoio Filo (The ’69 With a Friend)
B2 Στην Κ. – Stin K. (In K.)
B3 Η Ώρα Του Stuff – I Ora Tou Stuff (The Time of Stuff)
B4 Τω Αγνώστω Θεώ – To Agnosto Theo (Tm Unknown God)
B5 Εν Κατακλείδι – En Katakleidi (In Conclusion)
- Alto Saxophone, Clarinet: Γιάννης Φαναριώτης (John Fanariotis)
- Bass: Τόλης Μαστρόκαλος (Tolis Mastrokalos)
- Bass, Guitar (Slide): Νίκος Πολίτης (Nikos Politis)
- Drums: Ανδρέας Μουζακίτης (Andreas Mouzakitis), Τάσος Φωτοδήμος (Tassos Fotodimos)
- Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar: Βασίλης Σπυρόπουλος (Vassilis Spyropoulos)
- Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Flute: Νίκος Σπυρόπουλος (Nikos Spyropoulos)
- Music, Lyrics: Παύλος Σιδηρόπουλος (Pavlos Sidiropoulos)
- Piano: Δημήτρης Πολύτιμος (Dimitris Valuable)
- Tenor Saxophone: Μάκης Παπαθεοδώρου (Makis Papatheodorou)
- Trombone: Ανδρέας Γκαβογιάννης (Andreas Gkavogiannis)
- Trumpet: Δημήτρης Λεονταρίδης (Dimitris Leontaridis)
- Violin: Γιώργος Μαγκλάρας (Yorgos Maglaras)
- Vocals, Percussion: Παύλος Σιδηρόπουλος (Pavlos Sidiropoulos)
- Female Vocals: Dimitra Galani
Recorded: Γιώργος Κωνσταντόπουλος (George Konstantopoulos)
Engineer (Assistant): Γιώργος Τζάννες (George Tzanes), Εμμανουήλ Ψαρράς (Manolis Psaras)
Cover, Design, Photography: Γιώργος Μανιάτης (George Maniatis), Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης (Dimitris Arvanitis)
Producer: Θόδωρος Σαραντής (Theo Sarantis)
Coordinator: Μάνος Ξυδούς (Manos Xydous)
- Made, Printed: EMI Greece S.A.
- Pressed: Columbia, Athens – 7608
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