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Frankie Flowers
4 stars Vangelis really shows his genius here. 1979 was a particularly productive year for this artist and China turned out to be one of his finest, most creative works. Think orchestral and synth harmonies with many Eastern flavours. The opening "Chung Kuo" has plenty of grandeur while still maintaining a calm, relaxing vibe. "The Long March" is the second piece and it is a really lovely piano solo which follows with the same melody. There is a hint of sadness in this track. It's one of my favourite moments, as is "The Plum Blossom" with its folk violin, piano and synthesizer backing. Another one to listen out for is "The Tao Of Love". It is a stunning piece and very catchy as well. "Himalaya," is the best of all though. It paints a chilling, swirling picture, just as you can picture yourself ascending the Himalayas, but this is one of the most calming compositions I have heard from Vangelis. It is worth listening to this album with headphones on to get the full effect. Highly recommended.
Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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