Will-O-the-Wisp is a band that comes from Athens, Greece. They were formed in 1997 as a sextet (guitar, bass, drums, flute, keyboards and vocals) and play Progressive Rock featuring a signifcant psychedelic orientation. Their music very much resembles the sound of the bands of the '70's, especially those of Camel and Caravan. Their lyrics are in English and balancing between fantasy and reality.
On 1st of January 1999 they released their first self titled album on CD digipack and 180gr vinyl with a beautiful double cover. This first record is an excellent example of how a band can play nice melodic Progressive Rock in our days. On the cover of this record writes 'this record is dedicated to the new born child and J.R.R Tolkien'. With the beautiful 'Elbereth' there's also featured a song inspired from the world of Tolkien. The album gained positive reviews from the Greek music press, and it was characterised as 'Album of the Month' twice.
On January 2001 they released their second album with the title 'Second Sight'. Again in a very beautiful digipack (book size) CD, and a limited edition of 230gr vinyl record with a double cover (800 copies). Although they maintained the same style in their music, this records compositions are a bit weaker in comparison with their first record. But the production is better, and it succeeded a few sales in Europe. In March 2002 they released a single including Billie Holiday's cover version of 'God Bless The Child', again in limited edition.
While the band was working on their 3rd album, they set up their own music company Wow Records, and under its label they released their new record 'Ceremony Of Innocence'. This album had the best production of all three, and it was released as digipack CD with a triple cover, and on limited edition vinyl (800 copies) with a triple cover as well. 2005 saw a line-up change and they continued as a quartet.
February 2007 they released their 4th album 'A Gift In Your Dreams'. Again a very expensive production. The CD is at a book size pack with hard cover and a 20 pages booklet. The vinyl record is again limited edition (800 copies) with a double cover. Here their sound has changed, as the band seemed to find a new approach to their music style.
A masterpiece of psych/prog rock (vinyl rip) Year:
Costas Pagonas : bass
Nikos Manousopoulos : drums
Agelos Gerakitis : vocals
Takis Barbagotas : guitars
Sofia Rapti : vocals
Nikos Halikias : flute
1) SMOKE SUSPENDED IN THE STILL AIR
2) THE RABBIT UNDER THE TEARDROP'S SHADE (OF ALLIS)
3) SHADOW OF DAYLIGHT
4) THE REAPER'S RAPER BOAT
5) HEW A DREAM IN THE TWILIGHT
6) HAZE SECRETS
7) A WILLIAM BLAKE'S SONG
8) FAIRIES WALTZ