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CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Vangelis

 

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2.90 | 92 ratings

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3 stars This is my second review of "Chariots of Fire" as my first was, well a rushed one and I failed to take into account the many times I had listened to this album and enjoyed it. I also didn't think of the electronic beauty of it either, there are many prog electronic albums, but few are as beautiful as this. "Chariots of Fire" is very good background music as it isn't intrusive or loud, which is why I listen to it when reading. That said it isn't boring and it can be listened to intently and still be very enjoyable despite the slowness of the album.

The 20 minute "Chariots of Fire" on the album is made up of repeated versions of the same theme from Titles, except they are altered in certain ways and different backing sections are added. This epic is a more solid effort than most other epics by prog Electronic bands as it just feels more real. (By solid I mean more real). When reflecting on the other shorter songs on "Chariots of Fire" I have now realized that they, in themselves are good and melodic songs. "Five Circles" has a great theme to it as does "Abraham's Theme" and "Eric's Theme." I believe certain parts to "Chariots of Fire" were used in small ways on Jon Anderson's 'Olias of Sunhillow.'

1. Titles (4/5) 2. Five Circles (4/5) 3. Abraham's Theme (3/5) 4. Eric's Theme (3/5) 5. 100 Metres (3/5) 6. Jerusalem (2/5) 7. Chariots Of Fire (4/5) Total = 23 divided by 7 (number of songs) = 3.285 = 3 stars Good, but non-essential

My new rating for this album is much fairer than my first. I don't know why I initially gave it two stars, it was too rushed I guess. "Chariots of Fire" was a very successful album and it got Vangelis the accreditation he deserves. Vangelis went on to write the wonders of 'Conquest of Paradise', 'El Greco' and many other enjoyable albums. "Chariots of Fire" in many ways opened the gate for Vangelis. I give it three stars because I know it is not the best thing he has come up with, but let's not forget three stars still means "good" and "Chariots of Fire" is a good album.

Australian | 3/5 |

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