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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Theme From Antarctica (7:26)
2. Antarctica Echoes (5:54)
3. Kinematic (3:44)
4. Song of White (5:15)
5. Life of Antarctica (5:56)
6. Memory of Antarctica (5:26)
7. Other Side of Antarctica (6:50)
8. Deliverance (4:29)

Total Time: 45:00

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Line-up / Musicians

- Vangelis / all instruments

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CD Polydor 815732-2 / CD Arista P33P20068 (1983) / CD PolyGram 815732

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VANGELIS Antarctica ratings distribution


3.36
(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
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Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by soundsweird
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3 stars Certainly one of his best later albums, not unlike "Chariots of Fire" sonically. Go ahead and lump him in with other New Age artists if you must. Personally, I think that stuff like this gives New Age music some credibility.

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Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Review by greenback
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4 stars After the hit "Titles" on "Chariots of fire", Vangelis proceeded in a similar way to produce another great radio friendly hit: "Theme from Antarctica": very floating, symphonic, ethereal, majestic & emotional, the sound is absolutely crystal clean. The VERY sophisticated & refined overall sound is a bit like the "Soil Festivities" and "Blade Runner" albums. Along with the "Blade Runner" album, it is the beginning of his best created atmospheric soundscapes: the deeply floating, echoed & sustained keyboards sounds occur, like on the "Mask" album. The weak point is the repetitive parts in the compositions: despite the involved tracks do not use the same keyboards sounds, one may consider some of them as catchy variations on a same theme, i.e. variations on the first track "Theme from Antarctica". I find that the album has a rather dynamic & cold atmosphere, absolutely not as warm as "Mask". Nevertheless, it is an excellent album from Vangelis.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Posted Saturday, July 30, 2005

Review by Chris S
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3 stars Definitely a step up from the previous Chariots Of Fire. This soundtrack has all the cold, lonesome, vast qualities of a massive ice shelf drifting aimlessley around the South Pole.Musically much stronger and the themes blend well in depicting the solitude of the Antarctica. Highlights would have to be ' Anarctica Echoes', ' Song Of White' and the sombre ' Other Side of Antarctica'. A good piece of work from that genius composer Vangelis.

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Posted Friday, January 26, 2007

Review by Matti
COLLABORATOR Neo-Prog Team
2 stars The music on this soundtrack is very well produced, and musically it can be compared to the Oscar-winning Chariots Of Fire soundtrack, which is a good album. But still, I must say I wasn't very impressed when I listened this album completely, knowing three - probably best - tracks in advance. I'll round my 2½ stars down even if it's clearly better than 'collectors/fans only'.

So what's wrong? Is it perhaps as the review on allmusic.com says, that the music fails to capture the iciness of Antarctica? No, actually I disagree on that. The music is atmospheric all right. I haven't seen the Japanese film, but I can imagine Vangelis' music works pretty well on it. Instead, it's the usual fault of the film music: as the main theme, wonderfully introduced in the bright opening track 'Theme From Antarctica', is being repeated in various ways throughout the album, the listener gets frustrated and bored before the end. The second track 'Antarctica Echoes' is however another highlight even if it's just a meditative, slowed down version of the opener.

The rest of the album has a couple of fine tracks that easily fill up the quality standards of Vangelis though not anyhow spectacular, but as a whole, to me this album per se is a bit boring. It's miles from the greatness of Blade Runner or 1492 - The Conquest of Paradise, both of which are among my all-time favourites of soundtrack albums. But their secret lies in the way they were further worked out to function perfectly as individual albums. And this is true about Chariots Of Fire also: if you watch these films and listen to the music on them, those brief music passages have quite a little to do with the album. Now if Vangelis had had the same goal with Antarctica, he could have ended up with another strong soundtrack album.

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars After the award claiming « Chariots Of Fire », here goes Vangelis with another album containing another of his best known theme: "Antartica".

This opening song is quite delightful, very well known: spacey, atmospheric, and ambient. You name it! It holds a superb and repetitive melody but it is never boring during these seven minutes and a half. Great stuff for sure, it is.

The theme is recurrent and comes back at some other points later in the album ("Song Of White"). I must say that I quite like this (same during "Memory Of Antarctica" but in a much slower mood).

The well named "Antarctic Echoes" is another fine track. It is even more spacey than the opener and should please any fan of electronic prog. So far, this album is quite good and it should reconcile a lot of fans who might have been disappointed by the artist lately.

This album is fully embracing the electronic prog genre; but on the melodic side. It is accessible, beautiful and quite well achieved. Ambient and spacey atmosphere is also on the list ("Other Side Of Antarctica"). What else do we need? Another great melody I guess? You'll get it as well under the form of the fine closing track "Deliverance". It is a great ending for this fine album. As a whole, it is one of my Vangelis favourite album.

Four stars.

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Review by octopus-4
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2 stars Max result with the lesser effort. This time, instead of writing five tracks for the side A and repeating them together for the side B, he writes a single track good for a 3 minutes radio edit and extends it to cover 45 minutes of the same soup with different sauces.

The main theme is not bad, able to capture the icy ambient of the movie. The music was great in commenting the speachless story of a dozen of dogs abandoned in the frozen antarctic winter, but that's all.

A simple and captivating melody based on four chords can't be repeated for 45 minutes just increasing or decreasing the tempo. It can work fine for the movie, by taking different pitches and tempos when they are most appropriate, but not for a whole album.

As Chariots of Fire, this doesn't deserve more than two stars.

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5 stars I'm not a great Vangelis fan. I would say that there are only few albums from Vangelis that I like, China, Heaven and Hell and of course Antarctica. Bladerunner and Chariots of Fire are hugely overrated as are 1492 and El Greco. But one of his soundtracks/albums rises above them. Antarctica is wi ... (read more)

Report this review (#395561) | Posted by BrainStillLife | Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Now this is much better, a true return to form. Lush and melodic, the bright tones and dramatics reflect the cold, hard Antarctic environment. And yes, it is another soundtrack, this time for a Japanese documentary on an Antarctic expedition, which was apparently one of the most popular film ... (read more)

Report this review (#292770) | Posted by Progosopher | Friday, July 30, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I don't see the film... But I 'see' its 'O.S.T.'! I have the perception that this O.S.T. be a great album also if independent respect to the film. Furthermore Vangelis don't do anything to look like a great composer but manages to convey very well the atmosphere of the film in music. I have ... (read more)

Report this review (#223677) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Definetly one of Vangelis most beautifull albums.The synths are as lush as ever and the melodiies are full of richness.You get the atmospehere of Antartica perfectly.Every single peice of music here is a gem.As a synth album it would rate 5 stars but in truth it will get labelled 'New Age' alt ... (read more)

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