A SMALL NOTE ON GREEK RECORDS: Most 45rpm records pressed in Greece during the 60s and the 70s are hardly in top condition nowadays. More or less, 70% are G to VG, 20% are VG+, 7% are EX and only 3% are NM. That's IF grading is accurate of course. On the other hand, due to the fact that most pressing machines (and pressing technics) in the 60s/70s were imported from the UK, the making quality of greek 45s is superb and thus even VG copies usually sound very well. So, unless you're only collecting top copies, please take some time to listen to a greek record before you make up your mind (I always do so).
Zoe & The Stormies - Girl Of Ye-Ye/Let's Shake Baby (PanVox 6052, 1965) VG+ lw wol
GREAT girl garage-beat on plugside (Ye-Ye) with superb psych groover on flip (Serge Gainsbug adaptation)! In original company sleeve.
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Steve Grecos - New In Town/Loneliness (Melody 138, 1966) multicolor NM
GREAT garage/soul/psych mixture with organ. A bit weird, but still great. Cool moody psych flip. Unbelievably rare until some multicolor NM copies emerged a few years back. Still not easy to find though.
Popi Asteriadi - I Marionetta (The Puppet)/Gitonia Hameni (Zodiac 8107, 1967) VG sol
Very rare release by a famous female artist in Greece. New wave stuff.
Charms - Wonderful/Respect (PanVox 6072, 1966) F little wol
TOP NOTCH mod soul cover of Redding's classic! Still unknown abroad and very very rare! I've searched the world until I found my VG+ copy! Unfortunatelly it has an edge crack (hence the low price), so I have to grade it F, BUT IT DOES NOT AFFECT PLAY! It plays strong VG overall! In original company sleeve.
Idols - Boys/Dam Dam Baby (Parlophone 3116, 1965) VG little wol
GREAT jangly beat on flipside with lots of organ and cool guitar! 'Boys' is a mediocre Beatles cover. Plays VG+ at the very least!
Charms - I'm Coming Back (To Stay)/Count Game (Music Box, ) G lw
A KILLER garage/freakbeat 2-sider! Low price because of the condition. I'd say it plays G+ to VG-, but jusdge for yourselves.
Erica & Margarite Broyer - Party With Erica & Margarita EP (Columbia 2616, 1965?) VG- wol
This was a surprise find! A whole EP with the Broyer sisters singing! Most tracks are pop, and/or jazzy, but 'Tiritompa' is a very cool girl beat/twist tune (listen to it)! First copy I encounter in years! Plays VG.
Polizzi Brothers - Cuore Matto/Non Pensare A Me (RCA Victor 4019, 1967) VG- sol
One of the great dancing hits in the 60s! Still there's not too much info on this club band. Very rare record nonetheless.
Zoitsa (Zoe) Kouroukli - Tzo O Tromeros (Guiseppe In Pennsylvania)/Gia Pian Etia (CBS 4454, 1968) VG to VG+ little wol
Cool pop cover by beat girl Zoe Kourkoukli (here named Zoitsa). Not found everyday nowadays. Splendid condition.
Zoitsa (Zoe) Kouroukli - Hamena Onira (Those Were The Days)/Na Methiso Thelo Apopse (Dancing With Her) (PanVox 6125, 1968) VG- little wol
Two covers by Kouroukli's. Also not found everyday nowadays. Plays with some noise.
Marina - I Hora Ton Trelon (Land Of The Crazy)/O Kouklos (Zodiac 8171, 1969) VG- noc
GREAT psych (plugside) by Marina with even some tasty fuzz in the end! Again composed and arranged by her boyfriend back then Romanos.
Marina - Arithmi (Numbers)/Sinantisi Ton Filon (Gathering Of Friends) (Zodiac 8196, 1970) VG-
Marina was a beat girl in the 60s. Here she sings 2 psych tunes arranged and composed by no other than the great George Romanos! All of her releases are rare!
Marina - Gia Sou S'efcharisto (Hello, thank you)/Palios Kaimos (Zodiac 8125, 1968) VG- little wol
One of Marina's better singles! Plugside features a magnificent girl psych beat track! Rare as all of her singles. Plays with some clicks and background noise.
Romanos - To Roloi (The Clock)/Marina (Zodiac 8108, 1967) VG-
'Marina' is superb psych by one of the best composers/singers ever from Greece! 'The Clock' is a classic, but I prefer the killer b-side. Plays with some crackle, mostly in the beginning. Rare!
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Christina - Waterloo/Ne (Si) (CBS 4466, 1974) NM signed labels
Two ABBA covers (the year they've won the eurovision contest) by an exceptional voice of Christina! First NM copy I see!
Idols - Last Waltz/Suddenly You Love Me (PanVox 6105, 1968) VG-
One of Idols' greatest hits (flipside) and definetelly one of the most popular songs at that time! Doesn't turn up everyday any more. Plays better than the grade (listen).
Olympians - O! Thee (Oh! God)/File Mou File (Friend Oh Friend) (Philips 113, 1971) VG- noc
Great garage psych 2-sider with good guitar (listen).
Charms - Glykia Agapimeni/Himona-Kalokeri (PanVox 6110, 1967) VG- noc
Two original tracks from Charms. 'Glykia Agapimeni' was a favourite in parties and gatherings. Plays very good.
If you have any specific greek records you're after, please send them to me and I'll keep an eye when a copy appears again.