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5 stars Well here it is ..Vangelis greatest album.After splitting from Polydor and moving away from London Vangelis set up a new studio in Greece and planned to release a series of albums that would become a project in sonic and musical exploration.Alas this was the only one to get recorded.But what a mighty effort it is.The opening track 'Motion Of Stars' is classic Vangelis and reminds me of his best seventies work on Spiral before moving into 'Will Of The Wind'.The synths sound great! The second best track on the album 'Metallic Rain' then follows allowing the great man to show off his percussion talents.This is just awesome bombastic stuff.The man means business! We then get an inventive little peice 'Elsewhere' before moving into 'Dial Out'.This starts deceptively but then gathers apace and builds nicely before giving way to yet another magnificent grandiose theme.The man is on fire!! 'Glorianna' gives us some good operatic vocals..not my favourite track on the album but OK all the same.'Rotations Logic' is a bit of a change with its vaguely oriental theme and syncopated drumming.The bass is especially nice.'The Oracle Of Appollo' is one of those lovely little ditties that Vangelis comes up with on a regular basis.You get a nice electronic representation of a harp.'Message' starts with an ominous beat and a childs voice and builds up superbly to a stirring climax .Another high point of this superb album.'Ave' is another heavily percussive sounding track which features more nifty bass work..but played on a keyboard.'First Approach' is a delicate peice with a 'violin' and some beautifull flute like sounds.Lovely.But the best is saved for last.'Intergalactic Radio Station' is a stomping attitude filled track with Vangelis pretending to be a DJ ''I've seen things so many things that you can't believe.Past designs,future designs ...second hand sounds,future sounds,synthesised dialogues.Incomprehesensible softwares, hey John lets break some rules.Polyester landscapes,niolin oxygen....Oh by the way its been a beautifull morning,great morning man!!'' Echoes of Blade Runner.Great album.Vangelis one true masterpiece.
richardh | 5/5 |


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