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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou better known as VANGELIS (the "g" is pronounced as a hard "g", as in "get") (born March 29, 1943) is a world-renowned new age and electronic musician. His best known compositions are the Academy Award-winning 1981 theme to the movie "Chariots of Fire" and the entire score to "Blade Runner". He also composed the anthem of Football World Cup 2002.

Early life and work
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou was born in Volos, Greece, VANGELIS began composing when he was 4 years old, and is largely a self-taught musician. He refused to take traditional piano lessons, and throughout his career he did not have substantial knowledge of reading or writing musical notation. He studied classical music, painting and film direction at the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens.

In the early 1960s he formed the pop group FORMINX (sometimes spelled "FORMYNX"), which became very popular in Greece. During the student riots in 1968 he moved to Paris and formed progressive rock band APHRODITE'S CHILD with Demis Roussos and Loukas Sideras. They had a hit single in Europe called "Rain and Tears." The group was disbanded in 1972, although Roussos made several appearances on VANGELIS' later work.

Beginning of solo career
VANGELIS began his solo work by writing scores to two films by French filmmaker Frederic Rossif in 1973. His first official solo album was 1974's "Earth". At about the same time, he rehearsed for a couple of weeks with another prog-rock band, YES. Although he never joined the band, he became friends with singer Jon Anderson, with whom he later worked on many occasions.

After moving to London, VANGELIS signed a deal with RCA Records, set up his own studio (Nemo Studios) and began recording a string of well-regarded electronic albums. Music from the acclaimed 1975 album "Heaven and Hell" was later used as the theme to the PBS television series Cosmos.

Work in film and commercial success
He and Jon Anderson released several albums together in the 1980s and '90s as JON & VANGELIS. In 1982 VANGELIS won the Academy Award for Original Music Score for "Chariots of Fire". The theme song topped the US Billboard charts for one week after climbing steadily for one year.

That year he also began working with director Ridley Scott; VANGELIS scored his films "Blade Runner" and "1492: Conquest of Paradise". He also scored many of the undersea documentaries of Jacques Cousteau. In 1992, France granted him the...
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VANGELIS discography


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VANGELIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.84 | 24 ratings
Sex Power
1969
2.37 | 21 ratings
Fais Que Ton Reve Soit Plus Long Que La Nuit
1971
3.25 | 54 ratings
Hypothesis
1971
3.72 | 59 ratings
The Dragon
1971
3.68 | 86 ratings
L' Apocalypse des Animaux
1973
3.64 | 69 ratings
Earth
1973
3.81 | 158 ratings
Heaven And Hell
1975
3.67 | 125 ratings
Albedo 0.39
1976
3.13 | 34 ratings
La Fte Sauvage
1976
3.34 | 39 ratings
Ignacio
1977
3.70 | 111 ratings
Spiral
1977
2.15 | 60 ratings
Beaubourg
1978
3.79 | 95 ratings
China
1979
3.62 | 38 ratings
Odes (with Irene Papas)
1979
3.43 | 69 ratings
Opera Sauvage
1979
2.36 | 45 ratings
See You Later
1980
2.90 | 92 ratings
Chariots Of Fire
1981
3.36 | 58 ratings
Antarctica
1983
2.96 | 15 ratings
The Bounty
1984
3.37 | 54 ratings
Soil Festivities
1984
3.57 | 51 ratings
Mask
1985
2.17 | 38 ratings
Invisible Connections
1985
2.82 | 25 ratings
Rapsodies
1986
3.55 | 58 ratings
Direct
1988
3.15 | 55 ratings
The City
1990
3.91 | 102 ratings
1492 - Conquest Of Paradise: Music From The Original Soundtrack
1992
3.21 | 9 ratings
Bitter Moon (OST)
1992
4.04 | 149 ratings
Blade Runner
1994
3.63 | 50 ratings
Voices
1995
3.18 | 63 ratings
Oceanic
1996
3.74 | 49 ratings
El Greco
1998
2.60 | 46 ratings
Mythodea
2001
2.60 | 33 ratings
Alexander
2004
1.91 | 11 ratings
El Greco (OST)
2007

VANGELIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.20 | 5 ratings
Neuronium and Vangelis A Separate Affair
1996

VANGELIS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.28 | 10 ratings
Mythodea-Music for the NASA mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey
2001

VANGELIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.82 | 16 ratings
Best of Vangelis
1978
2.93 | 13 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
2.77 | 25 ratings
Themes
1989
3.71 | 7 ratings
Best In Space
1994
3.71 | 7 ratings
Space Themes
1995
3.49 | 5 ratings
Gift: Greatest Hits
1997
3.40 | 18 ratings
Portraits
1997
2.85 | 14 ratings
Reprise 1990-1999
1999
4.00 | 3 ratings
Cosmos
2001
2.51 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Vangelis
2003
2.19 | 13 ratings
Odyssey - The Definitive Collection
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Music Of Vangelis
2005
4.77 | 20 ratings
Blade Runner 25th Anniversary
2007

VANGELIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Astral Abuse/Who Killed (as Alpha Beta)
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Odyssey
1974
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Vangelis Radio Special
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Silent Portraits
1984
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Will Of The Wind
1988
4.00 | 2 ratings
Missing
1989
3.44 | 7 ratings
2002 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Świadectwo - Muzyka Filmowa (with Robert Janson)
2008

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 Blade Runner by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.04 | 149 ratings

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Review by Aldebaran_Well

4 stars It is obvious that I'm a big fan of Philip Dick's work: ''Blade Runner'' movie is probably my all time favorite film and is based on Dick's novel ''Do androids dream of electric sheep?'', which is also certainly in my top-10 list. No wonder that I regard the film's OST among my favorite soundtracks too!

Judging it solely, Vangelis' work on this album has to be considered, together with J.M Jarre and M.Oldfield, as the cream of synth based music. Yet, its interaction with Riddley Scott's images and Dick's visions makes it extraordinary. So, to call it new age or electronic means nothing to me because the music Vangelis composed is iconoclastic and it has to be experienced and reviewed as such. Rumors have it that major synthesizer companies provided him access to synths that had not been released in the market, especially designed for him. Even if the rumors are true, I say that it took something more than state- of-the-art synths to achieve this musical wonder: the highest amount of inspiration, creativity and imagination was required. And granted!

As Scott created a unique hybrid consisted of two oppositional styles (sci-fi and film noir), so Vangelis' equivalent creative effort is to combine traditional musical forms (such as blues, jazz or ethnic) with a high tech orchestration approach. This also serves the metaphysical essence of Dick's concept, where humans lead robotized lives and androids yearn to live and feel like humans. Musically this is represented by ''cold hearted'' synths that aim to sound soulful, warm and organic. For example, ''Blade Runner Blues'' (one of the greatest musical moments ever captured on film) is an atmospheric blues piece performed by space-effected keys. It's all about a game of contradictions creating nothing but pure instrumental poetry.

Vangelis' compositions are simple but super intelligent conceptually and majestically arranged. He has never been a virtuoso (or never acted as one) but his expressiveness is flawless. There are few but very successful guest performances: Mary Hopkins performs ''Rachel's song'', while Dick Morrisey's saxophone solo in ''Love theme'' is as sexy and tender as it gets (if you don't believe me, ask your wife's opinion!). Don Percival's voice in ''One more kiss, dear'' trips the listener into a distant past. By the way, this 1940's style tune may seem in a completely different mood but if you see the film, you'll understand exactly its role in it: it represents lost memories. Finally, in ''Tales of Damascus'' Demis Roussos joins in for a jaw-dropping performance, definitely one of his career highlights. This is also a bittersweet demonstration of what Aphrodite's Child could have achieved if they had stayed together for a longer period.

The antithesis between natural and artificial, past and future, humanistic and mechanical, is obvious in every other track too. ''Main titles'' immediately transfers us to a dark and rainy futuristic L.A, where people are crowded in vast numbers, lost in consumption and devastation. It can send shivers down your spine. ''Blade Runner (End titles)'' is a legendary theme, one of the best tunes in the cinematic history, still delivering the same powerful feeling of awe, mystery and agony.

32 years after its original creation and 20 years after its proper release, the production is still perfect, making this score an amazing sonic experience. Some criticize Vangelis for the recourses he had at his disposal, I choose to enjoy the result of these recourses' use. With a pair of good speakers, I'm sure you will agree!

I believe this work to be Vangelis' best by far. He has never achieved something of equivalent artistic value, neither before nor after ''Blade Runner'' (and I mean his solo career of course). For me, this is one of the highest rated albums of my collection, scoring an incredible 98/100. Despite this, it is not a prog album, it has nothing to do with progressive music and by Progarchives definition, I don't see it as an essential album for a prog collection. This is the ultimate prog site so I have to be fair and rate it with four stars. I would recommend it though to anyone whose sense of hearing is active! Read the novel, see the film, enjoy the music!

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 Invisible Connections by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.17 | 38 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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2 stars This album really has "Invisible Connections" to music, in my opinion. No "formal music" at all. It has three tracks of random noises, isolated keyboard notes, no chords, some percussion instruments sounds, some silences, all repeated with some echoes added. The three tracks are very similar, and they sound like a continuous piece of sound with not variety at all. A very strange release from Vangelis, which surprisingly has some interesting moments only thanks to Vangelis`s talent. In fact, it is a very easy album to review due to the "uniformity" of its content. I could listen to the three tracks of this album thanks to some people who uploaded them to be listened in youtube. So, at the same time, it was very easy to find this album there. I was very curious to listen to it. Well. My curiosity has been satisfied.

It is also a very strange release from Vangelis because it is very atypical and very different from some of his albums. Very experimental. It also is a very strange release because it was released by a Classical Music label (his only album released by Deutsche Grammophon), a label which also released some albums by other experimental artists like Karlheinz Stockhausen, some of them which I have listened to. I am not really a fan of this kind of Experimental / Avant Garde music, but sometimes it is interesting for me to listen to this kind of "music".

I still have to listen to other albums by Vangelis that I still have not listened yet to say that this is his most "obscure" album. It is very strange, but not bad.

For collectors / fans only.

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 Blade Runner by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.04 | 149 ratings

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Review by Frankie Flowers

3 stars What an extraordinary album. No other composer could have conveyed the mood of Blade Runner's futuristic world as perfectly as Vangelis with his slow and dark atmospheres. Tracks which stand out for me are "Wait For Me", one of the most romantic and immensely relaxing. "Rachel's Song" with the ghostly dripping sound from the keyboards and mysterious vocals. The album sticks to the chill-out ambience with "Love Theme" and "One More Kiss Dear". There are some changes to the pace however and unfortunately "Blade Runner Blues" although likeable enough, loses its way and is less engaging. "Memories of Green" on the other hand is probably the most soul stirring of all. Three and a half stars.

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 Albedo 0.39 by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.67 | 125 ratings

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Review by Frankie Flowers

2 stars Vangelis created some of the most incredible electronic music, especially in the 1970's, and he was years ahead of the time. This is an interesting effort, but for the most part, it is far too bombastic and self-indulgent for my liking. Pulstar is a solid piece, and as the album moves along it seems pleasant enough until reaching the track called 'Main Sequence', which is horrendous. I would best describe it as uneasy listening. It is very tough to sit through this one. The following two pieces are much nicer, especially 'Alpha' but apart from that, things go back to experimental mode with 'Nucleogenesis' parts I & 2 so I can only really recommend it to a fan of this artist.

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 Spiral by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.70 | 111 ratings

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Review by Frankie Flowers

3 stars Spiral is an album of quality without a doubt.Vangelis displayed a fine futuristic sound here. The album is more melodic than "Albedo 0.39" and I find it more favourable in that respect but it doesn't share the same atmosphere and emotion as some of the composer's early works such as "Heaven And Hell". On a positive note though, this really sets off to a fabulous start with the flurries or 'spiralling' sounds from the sequencer, a new and impressive technology in 1977, so it is hard not to admire Vangelis both for his expertise and innovation apart from it being a solid composition. 'Ballad' is next. It is quite odd but certainly very different to anything he had done up to that point which is important to note. I've always loved the way Vangelis twists many styles which is often very clever and hard to notice at first, such as the bluesy synth solo on 'Dervish Dancer'. The highlight on the whole album has to be the much celebrated To The Unknown Man' it is a slow, majestic one with a very nice build up. Three solid stars

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 Albedo 0.39 by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.67 | 125 ratings

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Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Some people consider this as the ultimate Vangelis album that represents his peak in terms of music making. He is considered as genius as he has made many experimentations with his love t analog synthesizers at his studio that he treats it as his own audio laboratory. Indeed he is a good composer whom some compare him with great names like Mozart and Beethoven. Of course he is not as big as Mozart nor Beethoven even though his work is brilliant. Albedo is the results of his own musical explorations using analog synthesizers as his main love even though he plays all other instruments right here in this album.

"Pulstar" was very popular in my country as one television station dare to play this track as musical introduction right before the news segment sometime @ 9 PM everyday. The track builds on a synthesizer pulse sequence, a main line and various other synthesizer brass lines. It ends with a recording of the speaking clock. "Freefall" leans itself a gamelan sequence and a synthesizer line. "Mare Tranquillitatis" demonstrates his overall capability and taking full control of the music through bias synthesizer virtuosity. "Main sequence" is heavily using a consistent pulsed synthesizer sequence, combined with drums work played in jazzy style. This is unusual of any Vangelis album where usually the space style is quite dominating, this time he blends it with jazz and a bit of blues. "Sword of Orion" indicates the combination of good melody and percussion. The "Nucleogenesis" suite is a music with a dark mood combining the sounds of church organ, organ synthesizer pulse, various synthesizer brass, acoustic drums and basses. It has some elements of prog and jazz. The title track, "Albedo 0.39" is ambient in nature, demonstrating synthesizer chords and arpeggios.

It's a highly recommended album especially for those who like the work of Vangelis. Keep on proggin' ?!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Hypothesis by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.25 | 54 ratings

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Review by BORA

3 stars Jazz, you may not miss, but won't hurt a bit.

I am not a Vangelis fan, but I quite enjoyed "The Dragon" - albeit a shamefully short album. Short of obtaining all other works, I asked my fellow countryman Aussie-Byrd-Brother for an input. Without endorsing this piece, he drew my attention to a similar line-up to "The Dragon" here.

Well, for starters, this release is even shorter, barely falling over 30 mins. Two side long, but short-ish pieces comprise this work. A couple of established British Jazz musicians are listed as "guest musicians" next to Vangelis as a sole performer.

Collectively they deliver somewhat enjoyable, but rather uneventful -Jazz. Soft, mellow and largely devoid of any sense of innovation, it would serve best as inoffensive "elevator music", or a background to a dinner party.

I wouldn't recommend it to any Jazz fan, unless they have plenty of CD rack space and money to burn.

Good-ish by Vangelis standards, but hardly essential in a Prog sense.

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 Hypothesis by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.25 | 54 ratings

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Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Is this Vangelis or an imaginary Herbie Hancock on Bitches Brew? I'm confused.

"Hypothesis Part 1" After a dissonant bit of organ and wailing, the music shifts to wild jazz, complete with the walking (running?) bass. The keyboard elements alternate between assertive jazz and mild symphonic elements, but the dominant factor is the spunky series of bass-led grooves. Switching to spastic piano with free drumming and impressively turbulent (and well-structured) bass lines, Vangelis delves deeper into his own early versatility.

"Hypothesis Part 2" Disturbing organ and haunting cymbals produce a musical about-face from the giddy, headlong fare from before. This is eerie as hell, and very well put together. Raucous avant-garde experimentation fills this piece until the arrival of the violin. It's like wandering through some misbegotten cavern, never knowing if the shadows are cast by something evil or benign. We may never know: The music is the work of diminutive cave-dwellers who either want to entertain or bewitch. Whatever their magic, it's in 9/4 and is wickedly hypnotic. In a word, if you are a jazz rock / fusion fanatic, and you don't mind finding your gems in dark and unexpected places, this belongs in your library.

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 Hypothesis by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.25 | 54 ratings

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Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars The second door on the right above the ceiling in the middle

I'm sailing for Greece after my longish stay in Italy. Coming into the sandstone coloured harbours and marine blue patterns ornamenting house facades and sun blinds of the small street-shops, you get the feel of a country that can trace it's cultural roots waaay back to ancient times. Now whether Vangelis purposely set out to break all rules of tradition when he first started out, remains uncertain, but what he later on did with his keyboards and synths practically re-wrote the book on making soundtracks for movies. On Hypothesis though, it's the organs that rule.

This album along with The Dragon was never meant to be released, that is until the record company thought otherwise in 1978. Whatever the reasons may be for these two rather raw sounding recordings got to see the light of day, this listener remains most grateful for the possibility of hearing Vangelis in a stage of his life, where he was finding his way, experimenting - feeding off different musicians like the great prime fighters engage their sparring partners for new inspiration and discovery. I really dig the immediacy of it - the instant composition - the urgency of throwing arbitrary organ riffs out there in the sonic perimeter and see what the other guys decide to do with them.

With two long cuts both clocking in at about 16 minutes, the album both feels short and incredibly long. The reason for this pseudo factoid is actually in the proof of the pudding. Listening to this kind of music for a good half hour will certainly get your pulse going and have your senses doing somersaults. A country mile from his later electronic lead albums, Hypothesis utilises dissonance, discord, throbbing rhythms and sections of free association, and then all of this magically gets funnelled into an exciting brand of wild spacy jazz rock. Often when I'm through with this album, I need to go lie down in a dark room...

There's an element of Krautrock in here as well. The gluey texture of the violin that joins in for the second track often recalls multi instrumentalist Chris Karrer off of Amon Dl ll. Together with the big slabs of shimmering thick organ drones, you effectively get a naturally unhinged music that instantly blurs your mind and sends you staggering down the street like a deranged wino seriously pondering the ground.

The first side is more of a witches brew. A strange concoction of electronic experiments and volume fiddling segueing into a frenetically paced jazz rock that grows in both size and funky lunacy - culminating in some wonderfully spiralling piano playing by the maestro himself. This sounds like he's playing the damn thing while skiing down a mountainside. It is disturbingly brilliant.

Other than those terrific organs and tricky beep beeps, you're treated to a real hazy jangly rhythm section on this record. These cats sound like they emerged from the melting reality of an opium den - jumped in a big swimming pool of slush ice, drank 4 Irish coffees and then dropped by the studio. Instant shock therapy warm up before the big jam - Together they manage to conjure up a twitchy, lazy and bonkers drive, at times even developing a gelatinous quality to it.

A lot of this is improvisation, no doubt, and for many of you out there that effectively means: airhead noodling and a whole lotta big nothing. The mission of this album though, is not to nurse your lust for melodies and high soaring orchestration; it is to mislead you.......... and guide you down dark alleys, have you lose yourself in strange angular corridors, where deceiving light tricks you into thinking that you're upside down, and that the moon isn't the moon, but a jolly white face whistling bizarre violin notes. So please, by all means necessary, allow a little confusion into your life. This album is a pure joy, when you've finally figured out just how thrilling of an experiment it is to get lost.

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 1492 - Conquest Of Paradise: Music From The Original Soundtrack by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.91 | 102 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars Definitely, one of the best soundtracks ever (along with Zimmer's Gladiator). If this page would focus on new age music or soundtracks, without a doubt this album would be rated with 5 stars. Notwithstanding, this is an excellent album with excellent arrangements and a wonderful sequence song after song. One of the many elements a prof album contains is the story behind the album, the concept; Conquest of Paradise contains that, because it is the soundtrack of the movie 1492, what else do you want? From the beginning you can start picturing the movie in your mind, and if you haven't seen the movie, you imagine all the scenes with the musical arrangements of Vangelis. The choral aspects are amazing, the instruments used are as well amazing. I have listened to this album at least 100 times and never get tired of it!

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