FULLY AUTHORIZED REPRINT OF THE TWO ULTRA LIMITED PRIVATE PRESS ORIGINAL RELEASES OF PETE + ROYCE, 2 LP IN 1 DELUXE WITH PERFECT/APPROVED MASTER CD: GREEK DREAMY PINK FLOYDIAN PROG/PSYCH + PSYCH COSMIC FUNK with electronics '79-'81.
IT IS THE FIRST -in 30 years- AUTHORIZED Deluxe International Edition of these 2 PRIVATE PRESS albums that could shock the progressive Pink-Floydian world (GATEFOLD MIRROR SILVER FOIL EMBOSSED TEXTURED COVER + GREAT FANTASY BIG POSTER (with the MONSTER of the first lp plus rare archive photos and texts from specialists/fans) + BRILLIANT "REVINYLISED" PERFECT "ANALOG SOUNDING" MASTER authorized/approved personally by PANAGIOTIS "PETE" TSIROS (he was amazed by the sound, to say the least...), the leader of PETE & ROYCE!!!). These 2 cosmic-psych masterpieces, from 1980-1981 respectively (sounding mid seventies - the first one a conceptual hippie prog masterpiece and the second one blessed with monster cosmic funk tracks and dreamy psych oracles!!!), are the biggest and better Greek Rock Secret ever!!!
On the rear side of the big poster (with extremely rare photos of PETE & ROYCE) we find a rather interesting "manifesto", written by the Executive Producer of this official international release, Christos Tsanakas (Tsanakas Archives Foundation): Absence is not the matrix of gloriousness. Uniqueness is. And this is exactly the case with the cult Greek band Pete & Royce and their sought after trippy “spaced out” rock saga. The best progressive rock band in Greece (of any era) and one of the top ones globally (of any era), three decades after its disappearance, is “back” to prove at least that the idiosyncratic and intuitive street forms of beauty live forever. Probably this is the proper time warp for lost heroes like Pete & Royce to jump out of the cosmic oblivion and definitely prove the indisputable reality that sparks in the core of their glorious mythological status or, simply, to confirm their oracles for today!</p>
<p>Finally, the two DIY, pioneer-spirited and rare as hen’s teeth LPs of Pete & Royce, “Suffering of Tomorrow” (1980, their absolute masterpiece) and “Days of Destruction” (1981, an arc of their most appealing songwriting uplifted to Pink-Floydian quality levels), both self-financed and strictly limited PRIVATE editions, are now legally available side by side in a very carefully produced CD (the first ever international edition, authorized by Panagiotis “Pete” Tsiros himself, the mighty leader of Pete & Royce). This digital time-capsule is tenderly mastered to preserve in detail and without any kind of “corrections” the original vinyl sound (sadly, the master tapes have been lost). As a vinyl fetishist myself and executive producer of this CD reprint of these two mind-blowing albums, I had as my main concern and responsibility to give and secure a strict rigid guidance to our highly experienced technicians (among the top experts in the world): “Please, avoid any common digital treachery, like the so called “compressed” technique or any “advanced” re-mastering, and use your know-how and the highest available sound technology just in order to preserve -with laser accuracy- the wide information my mint vinyl copies have stored so elegantly”.</p>
<p>And exactly this happened, offering us at last a crystal clear, very deep and wide, “re-vinylised” digital spectrum of pure rock energy. If you are lucky enough to have the too rare original vinyls, you could easily recognize the success of our efforts. If you don’t, you will just feel it, enjoying these one-off songs (raw enough but juicy and really genius achievements, all recorded during a handful of over-busy, low-rent and exhaustedly empathic nights!), this advanced rock art of the breathless workouts Pete (Tsiros) and the Royce gave away “instantly”, without even imagining that their fiery complex oeuvre was meant to be a (sometimes sharp, sometimes dreamy) example of a fight against phoniness and compromise. Even today, every time I meet the original members of the group, I have the same solid impression of uncompromised, really rocking and unique, characters, as alive and exceptional as their unwrinkled and one-of-a-kind music, this monster collective sound that wraps –mainly- the key music ideas of a very gifted songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, Panagiotis Tsiros, the front-man and the brain of Pete & Royce (also a professional icon painter). “Pete was to Pete & Royce what Fripp was to King Crimson”, stated to me Panos Gekas, a famous multi-keyboard wizard and the latest member of the group, who replaced the mighty Vasilis Ghinos as the right hand of Tsiros in the “unknown” -criminally underrated- third LP of Pete & Royce, an album full of pulsating cosmic funk rock, not drained of progressive complexities and sci-fi sound details!</p>
<p>So, yes indeed, Pete & Royce were a “pack” of hip underground musicians “wired” around Tsiros, giving flesh and blood to his orgiastic rock vision, a blend of trippy space instrumental explorations, hard guitar biting-fuzz explosions, spontaneous communal freak-outs, strong flashy melodies, heart throbbing rhythm-bones, mystical 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). What better dream to ask for in the rock desert of a dizzy post-junta and pre-socialistic ‘70s era in this eastern suburbia of the West World? Though, then, only a few shared the same gut feeling about the “suffering of tomorrow” and the coming “days of destruction” -Greece’s dystopian present!- with Panagiotis Tsiros and his league of topnotch neuromancers.