ΤΑ 4 ΕΠΙΠΕΔΑ ΤΗΣ ΥΠΑΡΞΗΣ-S/T (4 LEVELS OF EXISTENCE)VENUS -V1013GREEK MEGA RARE HEAVY PSYCH 1976 ISSUE ON 200 COPIES!!THE RARE OCASSION YOU SEE THIS ALBUM IN NM/NM CONDITION.RATED FOR RARITY BY POKORA IN HIS BOOK AS R6!!
PICTURES ARE FROM A COPY I OWN,AND IS UP FOR SALE NOW.
01. Μεταμορφη (Metamorphic)
02. Σαν λιωσουνε τα χιονια (When The Snow Melts)
03. Ο Ταχυδρομος Του Χωριου (The Village Postman)
04. Ερημια (Wilderness)
05. Του Τρελου η Σαλπιγγα (The Fool's Trumpet)
06. Ο Αγωνας Μας (Our Fight)
07. Απογοητευση (Dissapointed)
08. Παιδικο τραγουδι (Child's Song)
09. Χωρις τιτλο (untitled)
10. Καποια Μερα Στην Αθηνα… (Someday In Athens..)
The band story begins somewhere in 1974 -'75 when Thanasis Alatas and Xrhstos Blaxakhs, both ex-members of another Greek Band ''Frog's Eye'' meet Mario Giamalakh and Niko Grapsa , Grapsas was an ex-member of the band ''Paralos''
This four people join forces and created ''The 4 Levels oF Existence'' a name which they took out of a philosophy dictionary. One year later (1976) they released their only, self titled album, in a very small quantity of 200, under the ''Venus'' label. The material of LP is reissued by the good people of the Canadian (!) label of ''Lion Productions'' in 2005.
Copies of the original lp are rare as hens teeth,with the last sold reaching 2301 euros in 2013!
It was reissued in 1995 (Wipe Out! Records), in 2002 (Ίκαρος), and in 2009 (Anazitisi Records).
In 2009, Jay Z used a sample from the band's "Κάποια μέρα στην Αθήνα" ("Someday in Athens") on his song "Run This Town" (featuring Rihanna & Kanye West). The song won 2 Grammy awards in 2010 (best song & best rap song) and Athanasios Alatas, who was the original composer, awarded as a co-writer.
Now about the music. The 4 Levels Of Existence is a -stunning- hard edged psychedelic album. A really folk-flavored fuzz monster with superb guitar leads and solos, melancholic lyrics (sung in native Greek) and majestic melodies. The guitar work is excellent and very fuzzy!!, giving the album a heavy taste, with a proto-stoner flair.