Mining the depths of lost classics of the 60’s and 70’s, these songs are on the most part unrecognizable at first listen but many will remember them playing on the greek radio years ago. Anastasia’s voice carries them to the present and they morph into brand new songs that sonically are lush and layered yet evoke the same joy as they did decades ago.
There is the standout original track (#3) co-authored by Composer Konstantine and Anastasia herself, along with the timeless classic Odos Aristotelous from 1974, which in this new rendition will stir ghosts of those that first heard it in 1974 at the end of the Greek Dictatorship, even though the song was recalling even worse times during the Occupation of Athens in World War Two.
This album reaches far deeper than just a tribute or a collection covers. The soul of each song has been left untampered while Anastasia’s new renditions serve as a poignant bridge to contemporary listeners.
It is a robust emotional musical experience that is invested with all the great themes and notes of Greek passion and longing.
It is also a timely gateway to songs that deserved to be shared with the world once more. The dedication and sincerity in Bethanis’ voice for these wonderful gems is at once alluring and defines this beautiful work.
Piano and keyboards, programming
– Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Bouzouki, Baglama, Accordion
Upright and Electric Bass
Bass Guitar, Track 5
Violins, Track 4
Violins, Track 11
Flute, Track 6 & 7
Bansouri & Ney, Track 6
Clarinet, Ney, Track 11
Recorded & Mixed at Koncreates Studios, Markham, ON
Bouzouki, Baglama & Accordion recorded at Odeon Records
Bass Guitars tracked at Number Nine Studios, Toronto, ON
Mastered by Chris Phillips
Produced, arranged and mix engineered by Konstantine Arnokouros
Photography By Roe M Pamphile
Landscape Photo & Liner notes by Dannis Koromilas (Greece Year Zero)
Makeup + Hair By Nicole Ostonal
Graphic Design by Konstantine Arnokouros