Saturday, March 03, 2018

Raining Pleasure : Flood 2001

Raining Pleasure is an indie/rock band originating from Patras, Greece, often credited with spearheading the newest wave of Greek bands with English lyrics. The band was formed in September 1990 under the name "Rest in Peace".
A year after their formation the band started appearing live locally. In 1992, they changed their name to Raining Pleasure and started touring Greece. In 1994, the band self-recorded and released a demo of their work (limited to 160 copies); since then, most of its songs have been rerecorded and included in their studio albums. For two more years, the band continued touring Greece and, in 1996, had three of its songs released through Pop & Rock 's magazine compilation Dytiki Akti '96.

Near the end of 1996, the band signed a contract with Lazy Dog Records based in Thessaloniki; in early 1997, they released their first full-length studio album Memory Comes Back which was well-received from the independent press at the time.

Their second release, Nostalgia, appeared in August 1998 also under the Lazy Dog banner. Raining Pleasure had the chance that two of their songs be included in two compilations produced by the European collaboration of great radio stations.

Also in 1998, one of the issues of the Greek fanzine Fractal Press included a 7 inch vinyl single including the songs "Winters of Waiting" and "Love" (both recorded during the Memories Come Back sessions but left out of the record).

In fall 2000, Raining Pleasure signed a contract with Chrysalis Records, originally obtaining the label as an imprint for their Minos EMI releases. This made them one of the relatively few English-speaking band in Greece to sign with a multinational record company (the short list includes Closer, Ziggy Was, and, predating them both, The Last Drive). However, no albums were released by Chrysalis Records while under contract and subsequent releases were only available in foreign markets as imports. Around April 2001, the band recorded and released the EP Capricorn before returning to the studio to record their third full-length studio album, their first for a major label.

In December 2001, Raining Pleasure's major label debut Flood was released to critical acclaim. The album
performed exceptionally well on the charts, spending 15 weeks on the international chart where it peaked at No. 1 before chart regulations necessitated the album's move to the local repertoire chart where it peaked at No. 5 (an unprecedented feat for a Greek act performing in English). The album spent well over a year on the Top 40 Artist Album Charts and has been certified Gold. It spawned three airplay hits in Greece, the biggest of which, "Fake," has become a pop and rock radio staple, and has been used in several commercial spots as well as in the soundtrack of the film "The Best of Times" directed by the Taiwanese director Tso-chi Chang. "Fake" was followed by the hits "Capricorn" and "Only Through You".

Το 2005 κυκλοφόρησε μια διασκευή του άλμπουμ REFLECTIONS του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι από το Πατρινό συγκρότημα Raining Pleasure, με τον τίτλο Reflections και τους αγγλικούς στίχους.

In 2007, they formed their own independent record label Celesta Records under which they released their newest album Who's Gonna Tell Juliet? Physical and digital distribution for the label is handled by Minos EMI.


Band members

    Vassilikos - Vocals, Guitar
    X-Jeremy - Guitars
    Bassakis - Bass & Synths
    Jay - Drums


01. Overture
Clarinet – Giorgos BourdopoulosOboe – Panagiotis TsagronisProducer, Mixed By, Recorded By – R.P. Violin, Viola – Nikos Mavridis  1:13
02. Fake     4:06
03. Only Through You     5:17
04. Capricorn
Drums – Costas KondylisProducer, Remix – R.P.  Programmed By – Theodoris Zefkilis Recorded By, Loops – Aris Christou  4:11
05. Song Of The Wolf
Violin [Screaming Violins], Arranged By [Screaming Violins] – Panos GhikasViolin, Viola – Nikos Mavridis 5:12
06. The Approaching Of The Hour
Keyboards – Christos Lainas  2:49
07. Ride - A - Loop     3:26
08. Free!  Drums – Costas KondylisGuitar [Additional Guitar] – John VerverisProgrammed By – Theodoris Zefkilis Recorded By – Aris Christou  5:12
09. I Won't Hurt You   Producer, Mixed By, Recorded By – R.P.Written-By – Markley, Harris, Lloyd  2:50
10. Another Song     6:05
11. All This Beauty  Bass – Coti K  6:56
12. Sacrifice   Recorded By [Trombone] – Aris ChristouTrombone – Vassilis VassilopoulosViolin, Viola – Nikos Mavridis  4:45

Raining Pleasure – Flood: [Coming Of A] Great Quantity Of Water
Label : Chrysalis – 7243 5 37803 2 6
Format : CD, Album
Country : Greece
Released : Dec 2001
Genre : Rock
Style : Alternative Rock

MP3 Size : 122 MB 

FLAC : SIZE : 342 MB 

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