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CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Vangelis

 

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2.91 | 94 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This is the best known album from Vangelis, but to my judgment it is not his best one.

Of course, there are some beautiful soundscapes available like "Five Circles" but they sound a bit shy in comparison with "La Fête Sauvage" IMHHO. Before this track the very well known (and quite good, let's be honest) "Titles" had opened this album in a brilliant way: bombastic, flamboyant and moving. It is a very good song indeed even if some consider it too commercial. I quite like it.

It is also true to say that the other (short) tracks of the first side are quite average. There is nothing from the other world amongst "Abraham's Theme" and the likes. This confirms that we are not facing a masterpiece. The closing track of this first side is "Jerusalem". But it falls very shy from the ELP version.

The epic from side two shares some themes from face one; but in an extended version. It is quite ambient, melodic and well performed. I would have appreciated some more bombastic moments, but I have to cope with the artist's vision.

This is a good Vangelis album, even if some parts like "Abraham's or Eric's Theme" are average. Still, some more composition skills would have been welcome. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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