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4.68 | 22 ratings | 2 reviews | 52% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Vortex - 49:52
1. Haroun'thasckouack (10:40)
2. Ahsquoumboum (6:55)
3. Delicieuse Creature (14:32)
4. Abominable Creature (1:10)
5. C'est Cool, Raoul (11:43) (Bonus)
6. Prolego 1 (5:01) (Bonus)

CD 2 - Les Cycles De Thanatos - 50:48
1. God Is Good For You, John (4:28)
2. Prolegomenes (11:43)
3. Les Cycles De Thanatos (25:16)
4. 4. Hipopotalamus Negrus (5:46) (Bonus)
5. Ivanoe (4:35) (Bonus)

Total Time: 100:40

Line-up / Musicians

Line-up of Vortex:
- Jean Pierre Vivante / Fender Rhodes guitar
- Jacques Vivante / bass
- François Gerald / drums
- Gérard Jolivet / saxophone
- Jeff Trouillet / flute

Line-up of Les Cycles De Thanatos:
- Jean Pierre Vivante / Fender Rhodes guitar, Yamaha organ, piano
- Jacques Vivante / bass
- Gérard Jolivet / saxophone
- Christian Boissel / Fender Rhodes guitar, hautbois, English horn
- Jacques Guillot / saxophone
- Jean-Michel Belaich / drums
- Alain Chaleard / percussions
- Maurice Sonjon / percussions

Guest musicians:
- Sunny James / violin (1)
- Michel Boissel / bassoon (3)

Releases information

Reissue of both albums with bonus tracks on a 2cd in one jewel case

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VORTEX 1975-1979 ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(52%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (5%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Sean Trane
5 stars An excellent compilation that reissues two difficult-to-acquiure albums and gives on each disc some superb bonus tracks that add much value to the the respective albums. Vortex was one of France's more bscure group, but in no way was that justified as they were probably one of the most gifted. While most will prefer the second album, Les Cycles De Tanathos, I have a weaknesss for the debut album which is not only happier jazz-rock, rather than sombre chamber prog, but also sounds much like the great Out Of Focus group.

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5 stars What a hidden gem this group Vortex is! I had not heard of them, but gave them a try through our good friend Syn-Phonic Music. Surprise, surprise, RIO giant. The playing is superb, the usage of the instrumentation's voicing is stripped down, yet huge. But what makes this so ir ... (read more)

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