The illustration signed by “Fabio” looks like it is quoting from one or more historical paintings. It depicts three of the four band members sitting in a Mediterranean landscape, with a sphinx and a church in the background. Drummer Lucas Sideras (or guitarist Silver Koulouris?) is shown playing the guitar, singer Demis Roussos is reading from a folio, while Vangelis – half-dressed in a toga – gazes into the distance.
The typography uses two of the most ornate display typefaces that were available at the time. The song titles are set in Circus, a design that probably originated in France around 1820. It mixes solid Egyptian top halves that emerge from open Tuscan bottom halves – a typographic equivalent of Aphrodite , the Greek goddess “born from the foam”? The specific font in use might be Calliope, a version of Circus issued for dry transfer lettering by Mecanorma around 1967, coincidentally named after one of Aphrodite’s sisters. “Aphrodite’s Child” is shown in Romaine Genre Arabesque. The decorated capital alphabet was devised by Jean Midolle in the 1830s. Mecanorma had an adaptation as (82C) Lettres Ornees.
Vangelis died on 17 May 2022 at the age of 79. RIP.