Pete & Royce - Suffering of Tomorrow + Days of Destruction. 1980-1981 Greece


Pete & Royce - Suffering of Tomorrow. 1980 Oktohxos
Pete & Royce - Days of Destruction. 1981 Ocean

CD reissue: 2012 MusicBazz (both albums on one CD)

Pete & Royce combine the sounds of mid period Pink Floyd with a hazy early 1970s songwriter aesthetic. The kind of album, had it instead been a private American release, would have sent shock waves throughout the collector community. The Greek music scene of the early 80s is one that has proven to be fascinating, and like Spain only a couple of years before them, combines the angst of having been politically oppressed while showing a peaceful optimism for the future. "Days of Destruction" is more compact and radio friendly, though still very much a product of the underground. I think it was wise for them to release both albums together, as the market for their second album is likely to be limited - at least on a worldwide scale.

This is a great start for MusicBazz, and I very much look forward to future releases by them and their more modern Cosmic Eye label.

MusicBazz describes the music as thus: "Pete & Royce are considered as one of the top and totally unique psych/progressive rock bands coming from Greece. Wired around Panagiotis "Pete" Tsiros, during the late '70s through to the early '80s, Pete & Royce offered to the European prog underground scene an astounding blend of trippy moods and moves: flashy melodies, hard guitar biting-fuzz, night crawling rhythms, mystifying electronic shifts and strange lyrics like oracles from an unknown book of Apocalypsis (very compatibly, two key members of another top progressive Greek group named Apocalypsis were also involved importantly in the recordings of Pete & Royce, the keyboardist Vasilis Dertilis and the vocalist Giannis Palamidas). Both albums of Pete & Royce are internationally sought after for their dreamy Pink-Floydian atmosphere, the brilliant vocals and guitars of Tsiros himself, the topnotch fiery interplay of all the participating musicians (especially of the key member, keyboardist and co-composer, Vasilis Ghinos) and the rarer but equally mind-blowing cosmic funk moments."

The CD is officially titled Suffering of Tomorrow + Days of Destruction and features both albums in a really nice tin foil mini-LP package with embossed lettering. Plenty of original written content and unique photos rounds out this first class work.

Last update: July 24, 2016

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  1. If you like to buy this item please contact your local distro or shops or directly the label at : www.musicbazz.com or e-mail to : contact@musicbazz.com

    Sylvie for Musicbazz Team

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    1. And for the record, I bought mine from Ken at the The Laser's Edge.

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