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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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2.85 | 29 ratings
Sex Power
1969
2.38 | 25 ratings
Fais Que Ton Reve Soit Plus Long Que La Nuit
1971
3.26 | 63 ratings
Hypothesis
1971
3.72 | 72 ratings
The Dragon
1971
3.72 | 105 ratings
L' Apocalypse des Animaux
1973
3.65 | 78 ratings
Earth
1973
3.81 | 182 ratings
Heaven And Hell
1975
3.68 | 143 ratings
Albedo 0.39
1976
3.16 | 41 ratings
La Fête Sauvage
1976
3.44 | 49 ratings
Ignacio
1977
3.70 | 134 ratings
Spiral
1977
2.52 | 73 ratings
Beaubourg
1978
3.78 | 113 ratings
China
1979
3.62 | 43 ratings
Odes (with Irene Papas)
1979
3.45 | 79 ratings
Opera Sauvage
1979
2.47 | 55 ratings
See You Later
1980
2.99 | 114 ratings
Chariots Of Fire
1981
3.36 | 71 ratings
Antarctica
1983
3.04 | 18 ratings
The Bounty
1984
3.42 | 67 ratings
Soil Festivities
1984
3.59 | 62 ratings
Mask
1985
2.29 | 48 ratings
Invisible Connections
1985
2.87 | 29 ratings
Rapsodies
1986
3.56 | 71 ratings
Direct
1988
3.26 | 69 ratings
The City
1990
3.91 | 123 ratings
1492 - Conquest Of Paradise: Music From The Original Soundtrack
1992
3.27 | 11 ratings
Bitter Moon (OST)
1992
4.06 | 182 ratings
Blade Runner
1994
3.65 | 65 ratings
Voices
1995
3.18 | 79 ratings
Oceanic
1996
3.76 | 63 ratings
El Greco
1998
2.65 | 55 ratings
Mythodea
2001
2.64 | 42 ratings
Alexander
2004
2.31 | 16 ratings
El Greco (OST)
2007

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

3.56 | 9 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
3.54 | 3 ratings
Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka
2013

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

2.85 | 18 ratings
Best of Vangelis
1978
2.93 | 13 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
2.85 | 30 ratings
Themes
1989
3.75 | 8 ratings
Best In Space
1994
3.71 | 7 ratings
Space Themes
1995
3.49 | 5 ratings
Gift: Greatest Hits
1997
3.47 | 23 ratings
Portraits
1997
2.86 | 15 ratings
Reprise 1990-1999
1999
4.00 | 3 ratings
Cosmos
2001
2.51 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Vangelis
2003
2.22 | 14 ratings
Odyssey - The Definitive Collection
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Music Of Vangelis
2005
4.76 | 27 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Vangelis Radio Special
1975
5.00 | 3 ratings
Pulstar / Alpha
1976
5.00 | 1 ratings
To The Unknown Man
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hymne / Irlande
1979
3.10 | 2 ratings
Not a Bit - All Of It
1980
4.00 | 2 ratings
Silent Portraits
1984
3.09 | 3 ratings
The Will Of The Wind
1988
4.00 | 5 ratings
Missing
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Conquest Of Paradise
1992
3.42 | 8 ratings
2002 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Świadectwo - Muzyka Filmowa (with Robert Janson)
2008

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 Invisible Connections by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.29 | 48 ratings

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Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars The other unlistenable Vangelis album. That's the usual knee-jerk gloss on this 1985 oddity: one of only a few truly challenging efforts by the otherwise easy-on-the-ears Greek keyboard artist. Comparisons are typically made to his amorphous "Beaubourg" album (1978), but this equally enigmatic lab-test is miles ahead of the random tonalities of that earlier journey, and light-years removed from the middlebrow classical-synth soundtracks that made his fortune.

The difference between the two albums is obvious in the wider diversity of instruments: acoustic piano, percussive allsorts, and a variety of atmospheric synthesizers. You can likewise hear it in the more generous production, given incredible spatial depth by a heavy application of studio reverb. The end result is an unsettling 40-minute evocation of the empty space between distant stars, at times recalling the minimalism of Brian Eno, minus the soothing pre-natal calm of Eno's better ambient doodles.

But the album can also be occasionally playful, in a deadpan art-installation sort of way. After the awesome space-drift of the 18-plus minute title track, the balance of the album (Side Two of the original LP) descends to the extraterrestrial landscapes of "Atom Blaster" and "Thermo Vision", without actually touching solid ground. Both tracks call to mind the efforts of a nerdy alien repairman testing old TV vacuum tubes: bleep......blorp......bloink......etc, with the silences between each random note even more compelling than the notes themselves. The famed Vangelis soundtrack for the movie "Blade Runner" might have sounded a lot like this, if the film had been a Jacques Tati comedy set on a space station slowly orbiting the planet Neptune.

In retrospect it makes sense that the LP first appeared under the bright yellow logo of the Deutsche Grammophon classical music label. The album should rightfully be segregated from the main sequence of other Vangelis recordings, sharing more common ground with the cosmic-Teutonic soundscapes of early Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese, or the primitive electronics of Karlheinz Stockhausen: a DG label-mate, briefly. But even lacking the usual melodic crutches the sound is still pure Vangelis, worth a listen when in a receptive (i.e. patient) frame of mind.

 Beaubourg by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.52 | 73 ratings

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Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars It's still the most controversial entry in the greater Vangelis catalogue: a notoriously free-form electronic interpretation of the unsightly Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The album "created a scandal" when first released in 1978 (quoting an interview with the composer, transcribed shortly afterward), at least among disappointed fans expecting another "Spiral" or "Albedo 0.39".

It's nice in retrospect to hear what such a famously romantic keyboard artist does in his spare time, when no one is looking. But he might have thought twice before trying to market the results to unwary audiences under the spell of his otherwise lush but undemanding synth-rock soundtracks. I confess to finding it a fascinating experience, but only up to a point, and that point usually arrives long before the album's full thirty-nine minutes expire.

Heck, thirty-nine seconds might be enough for most people, and with good reason. There aren't any accessible crutches here to steady the uneasy listener, and whenever the music approaches something resembling an actual melodic phrase it invariably beats a hasty retreat toward the relative freedom of uncharted atonal territory.

Well, not exactly uncharted: Musique Concète had been around a long time by 1978. Maybe Vangelis was simply trying to emulate the innovations of pioneers like Pierre Schaeffer et al. On the other hand, he might have just unwrapped another new studio toy (a Yamaha CS-80) and decided to record his self-tutorial, while blindly twisting knobs and punching buttons.

I'm usually a loud defender of the two-star rating in these Archives, as a mark of hidden quality: the fans-only treasure unfit for general consumption. But in this case the judgment is more subjective, reflecting a conspicuous lack of genuine experimentation. In the same interview quoted above Vangelis claimed he made the album "very quickly, spontaneously", but then added: "it took me a little less than a month." A month-long session...for this? That's hardly a measure of impulsive creativity.

Maybe the solitary (and now dated) keyboard sounds are the primary culprit. If Frank Zappa had arranged the same music for a small orchestra (see "The Yellow Shark", 1993) the album might be hailed today as a post-modern masterpiece. "I needed courage to release this record", said its author at the time. And you might need a little nerve yourself (or at least a wide open pair of forgiving ears) to properly hear it. Two stars...for true fans of inscrutable abstract noodling.

 Opera Sauvage by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.45 | 79 ratings

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Review by Sachis

4 stars I'm a little bit dissapointed to see that Opera Sauvage is such an underrated Vangelis album. Even if it is a documentary movie soundtrack ( another one from F. Rossif series) , the music from the album is unique in beauty and silence. Famous songs such as L'enfant and Hymne used to be openings for TV broadcastings for the last 35 years and will be in the future, for sure, making Vangelis music almost immortal. This album is, like many others, made to be played from the beginning till the last second without any stop or pause. Speaking about other songs, Reve is purely melancholic and floating, also Irlande and Muettes(the most ambiental one). The last song-Flamants roses- is a little complex because of the contribution of Jon Anderson from Yes on harp and because the use of percussion, as well.

Highly recommended for old and young prog music lovers anytime, especially after a hard working day!

 Albedo 0.39 by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.68 | 143 ratings

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Review by Replayer

4 stars Albedo 0.39 is an instrumental concept album whose theme is space exploration. I would describe it as half electronic-jazz-classical fusion, half straightforward electronica.

Pulstar is a classic Vangelis track. As the title suggests, it uses a pulsing sequencer pattern. Vangelis uses his trademark synth brass for playing the main riff. The title seems to be a play on the word 'pulsar'.

Freefall is a peaceful track that uses a Indonesian gamelan tune as its base and a flute-like lead instrument. Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility), named after the Apollo 11 landing site, is a short ambient track that includes excerpts from several Apollo missions.

Main Sequence is probably best described as lively jazz fusion played on synths (especially brass synths) and drums. It's a chaotic piece and uses a lot of staccato. It's named after main sequence stars, also known as dwarf stars.

Sword of Orion is another short track, with a dreamy and wistful mood. I wish it would have been longer. The instrumentation is sparse, but effective: synth pads, a synth brass melody line and some accompanying piano and chimes. It makes me think of the famous Pale Blue Dot picture, taken by the Voyager probe in 1990 and showing the Earth suspended in the blackness of space.

Alpha is the album's highlight. Similarly to Oldfield, Vangelis builds on a simple melody, layering more and more instruments and culminating in a bombastic climax.

Nucleogenesis (Part One) starts with an unaccompanied church organ, then transitions to a sequencer section with occasional drums and percussion.

Nucleogenesis (Part Two) is more jazzy and features drums as well. For some reason it reminds me of the second half of Pink Floyd's One of These Days. The end of the track is mellow and symphonic.

The term nucleogenesis, also known as nucleosynthesis, refers to the fusion of protons and neutrons into atomic nuclei.

The title track closes the album. It is an ambient track and recording engineer Keith Spencer-Allen recites a variety of the Earth's astronomic measurements. For some reason he uses miles rather than kilometers, which are generally used in scientific measurements. I suppose it was because metrification started only a few years earlier in the United Kingdom, where the album was recorded.

I recommend this album to those who dismiss Vangelis as a new age musician, as it is one of his most progressive ones. Indeed, he even rehearsed with Yes for a few weeks after Wakeman's departure. The band found him too experimental and he also insisted on playing drums (this album shows he was a competent drummer). My favorite tracks are Alpha and Pulstar, to which I sometimes listen as standalone songs or mixes. These two are the Albedo 0.39 tracks mostly frequently included on Vangelis compilation albums.

 Not a Bit - All Of It by VANGELIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Review by Matti
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3 stars In 1980 - when he also collaborated with Jon Anderson for the first JON & VANGELIS album - Vangelis took an unexpected sidestep into techno. And especially with the help of vocals and various kinds of spoken parts he seemingly wanted to prove that he's got sense of humour too. See You Later is generally considered to be one of the worst Vangelis albums, but it surely has its peculiar charm and finer, even beautiful moments.

'Not a Bit - All Of It' (3:00) is a parody of an advertisement. The main body of the music is like a naive rehearsal piece for a little group of strings repeating a simple melody, then (at 0:35 approximately) enters a female advertising voice: "Hysteria, insomnia, stress, neurosis - please give a better impression with clever use of cosmetics!" The strings are joined by light brass and percussion for waltz-like bridges, and later by a plain silly male backing voice too, to make it clear this is humour. In the later ad speech parts the person names are censored with a high beep. I don't like humour music, but this is quite an amusing and personal slice of such thing.

The B-side is 'Multi-track Suggestion' (5:36) which is among the better tracks on See You Later, a combination of a hollow programmed rhythm, classy and elegant synth sounds and various vocals. This kind of unusual approach, without completely losing the recognizable Vangelis touch, makes the album in question a very interesting case, and this single is a surprisingly functionable sample of it in its own right. I'll shock some of you and give it three sympathetic stars.

 Chariots Of Fire by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.99 | 114 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I never have watched to the "Chariots of Fire" film. I remember that it was available to be watched to in several cinemas in my city in 1981-1982. But I don`t remember the reason I never went to a cinema to watch the film then. Maybe it was because I have never been a very dedicated "fan" of films. In fact, I prefer to listen to music on CDs or to watch to a full concert or music documentary on DVD for two hours than to spend two hours watching to a film not related to music. It seems that music is my favourite form of art.

But I remember that the "Titles" musical theme (broadcasted in the radio stations in my city titled as "Chariots of Fire") was played a lot. It really was a Hit Single here, as it also was in other parts of the world.

The music in this album in fact is not very complicated. it is very accessible. Maybe that was the reason this soundtrack album was very successful then. Or maybe VANGELIS`s talent made things easier to the general public. Maybe this album was also an introduction for the general public to the music of VANGELIS. In fact, at that time I only have listened to JON and VANGELIS`s "Short Stories" album in late 1981, and a year later to their "The Friends of Mr. Cairo" album. That was allI knew about VANGELIS`s music then.

"Titles" is the only thing related to the scenes of the film that I have watched to in video on TV and in youtube. It is a very melodic piece of music, very accessible, which still makes me remember some musical ideas that i have listened previously in his "Heaven and Hell" album. I don`t know if VANGELIS re-cycled some of those muscal ideas for this"Titles" musical piece. Anyway, it is very good.

"Five Circles" has some Clasical Music influences, but it still is in the New Age music style that VANGELIS helped to create.

"Abraham`s Theme" and "Eric`s Theme"`, as long as i know, are the musical themes for the main characters of the film. "Two runners with different motivations to participate in the 1924 Olympic Games". Both themes are very "atmospheric" musically.

"100 Metres" by VANGELIS is more like a brief musical link to the Traditional British Hymn "Jerusalem", which is sung by the Ambrosian Singers with a Church Organ. I like this Hymn a lot, and the arrangement in this case is very good.

Maybe the best part in this album is the long musical piece titled "Chariots of Fire", with a duration of 20 minutes. It really is a long piece of music on which VANGELIS does variations of some of the musical themes which were presented in the previous musical pieces (with the exception of "Jerusalem", of course). The main instrument in this long musical piece is the piano, with "Orchestrations" done with other keyboards. It is also a very "atmospheric" musical piece. VANGELIS really plays the piano very well in this long musical piece.

Maybe one day I`m going to watch to the film. But as a soundtrack album, I think that it is a very enjoyable album.

 Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka by VANGELIS album cover DVD/Video, 2013
3.54 | 3 ratings

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Review by Matti
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3 stars I had mixed feelings for this documentary film about the Greek maestro whose music I've enjoyed since my teens. 119 minutes is a very long and tiresome time when the majority of the contents is various persons speaking to the camera. They include e.g. musicians from the classical scene such as Julian Rachlin, Jessye Norman, Mariss Jansons, Martha Argerich and Montserrat Caballé; movie people (directors Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and Ridley Scott, actors Gerard Depardieu and Sean Connery together with his wife, producer David Puttnam); the director of Institute of Modern Art in Valencia; a lead scientist of NASA; a Russian mime artist who acts to the music of Vangelis; and of course also Jon Anderson is seen briefly. Vangelis himself is interviewed the most, plus seen receiving various awards and sitting on the backseat of a car (yawn).

The film avoids chronological approach and there's no voice-over to tell facts about Vangelis' life and career. Nor are there scenes (except the rather moving mime performance) that use Vangelis' album music as the artistic starting point. In my mind that would have been a very fruitful approach! The interview clips are all without music and get quite boring during two hours. Therefore the music that is heard is mostly from movie clips ("Alexander", "1492 - Conquest of Paradise", "Bitter Moon", "Blade Runner", "Chariots of Fire" and the NASA-themed "Mythodea"). To my surprise there's also a film "El Greco" from 2007 - the album of the same name is a decade older though. But I must not forget the superb scene of Vangelis playing in his studio. That man is really an orchestra! More of that kind of contents would have been great.

To me the most interesting new thing was about his painting hobby. He's a gifted painter but he refuses to sell his works that are like children to him. In Spain's Valencia - and in some other places, I suppose - there was a retrospective exhibition of his paintings. The character of Vangelis is also quite interesting, and naturally the film manages to show a lot of light into it. But in general the character of this film is a bit too dry and serious. Can't rate it higher than three stars.

 The City by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.26 | 69 ratings

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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4 stars Vangelis' 1990 album `The City' sees the electronic/avant-garde artist delivering a very focused, modern sounding, inspired and varied work. A concept album based around a day in the life of a city, beginning and ending with dawn through to dusk, it's full of sleek synths bringing a very city-urban, almost industrial flavoured instrumental sound, with little traces of late-night lonely jazz, plenty of ambient atmospheres and even some big symphonic bursts. There's plenty here that will appeal to fans of several of his other works, yet it also hints at some fresh and new directions the artist could have taken. Each album the Greek artist has delivered sounds completely different to the last, so this one is no exception!

Sedate and soothing opener `Dawn' is a lush and gentle new age/ambient synth drift, with just the very slightest hint of Rick's Wrights floating intro to Pink Floyd's `Shine On, You Crazy Diamond'. `Morning Papers' opens with panning footsteps, vocal snippets and clockwork chimes to set the scene before delicately melancholic soft jazzy pattering, electric piano tip-toes and synthesized flute weave an urban soundscape. By comparison, `Nerve Centre' will come as a shock! Clanging, metallic, industrial percussive programming loops twist around gutsy electric guitar grinding that sounds like it's stepped off one of those late 80's/early 90's Tangerine Dream albums, with dramatic staccato male and female synth choir punctuations in the second half. It's really quite a daring piece, with a cold, decadent sound and almost a heavy groove as well. A looped female cry, murmuring low-key bass with cello, saxophone and acoustic guitar - but all synthesised - move together throughout `Side Streets', but some big booming orchestral interjections are a little intrusive.

`Good To See You' is a slinking mid-tempo chill-out, and the mix of drowsy synth sax, clicking beats and placid comforting synths sound like something French band Air would deliver years later! Album standout `Twilight' could have easily appeared on his fragile little `Antarctica' soundtrack from back in 1983. A constant gentle synth breeze lightly bristles the background, and a careful pulse ebbs behind a sombre but pretty electric piano melody, one of those impossibly lovely themes you instantly associate with this artist. `Red Lights' is a fairly throwaway buoyant funky piece with AOR sax and lively chattering female voices that lets the album down a little. But the almost ten minute album closer `Procession' more than makes up for it. With plenty of build and tension carried by a Greek folk-influenced stirring synth cello theme, then later accordion, grandiose synth choirs and marching drumming grow in bombast into a massive fanfare in the climax.

Despite faltering slightly on that second last track, `The City' is mostly full of fresh influences and colourful arrangements, and there's actually a sense of fun to some of it as well! Listen to `The City' as one complete continuous piece for the best results, and although there's probably not a lot of actual depth to it, you'll still discover plenty of multi- layered and tasty instrumental concoctions. Vangelis has always been a multi-faceted, definitely unique and distinctive artist, doing whatever takes his fancy and presenting a bewildering range of styles and ideas. That just means a fascinating and unpredictable catalogue of work, and followers of his many musical personalities should find much to interest them here.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.

 Beaubourg by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.52 | 73 ratings

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Review by admireArt
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4 stars Out of the blue!

Raw experimental electronic music, is probably the less known facet of the otherwise more amiable and rampant and epic/riff -friendly , Vangelis.

"Beaubourg", 1978, released in the somewhat very early decline years of a high speed ascencion musical carreer with his super famous "Heaven & Hell" 1975, and between "Spiral" 77 and "China" 79, which still are interesting albums. But out of nowhere music-wise in his own discography, without forewarning, Vangelis releases this quiet personal, uncompromising, unapologetical "modern electronic music" project.

Vangelis fans were not amused. One thing is to have an enormous amount of electronic keyboards but another is to sound solely like them. Where are the trumpets, horns and heroic themes? NOWHERE to be seen.

But someone´s losses can be someone else´s gifts. I myself an electronic music buff, could not be more than satisfied with this "bastard" prog/electronic release.

Raw to the bone, like early electronic music is known for, but with a keen sense for surprises and brief refinements, therefore distancing himself completely from his own previous works, he is daring and epic without sounding like that. He plays by the "early electronic music composition" rules all way through, and still imprints his own signature on this 2 set of songs constructed with dozens of mini-structures, album.

I, who just kept his "Albedo 0.39",1976 project, will add this one as his new "out of nowhere" sibling.

****4 "daring and uncompromising songwriting, as a solid to the bone performance" PA stars.

 Ignacio by VANGELIS album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.44 | 49 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars This is a fairly unknown album from Vangelis that was actually music from a French film entitled "Entends ? Tu Les Chiens Aboyer?" which means "Can You Hear the Dogs Barking?" Well, I couldn't hear any dogs (except for the neighbor's) and I haven't seen the film, but I can still rate the music. This is made up of a single track (divided in 2 for the vinyl version: Part 1: 20:42 and Part 2: 17:45), but the actual music is separated by occasional track breaks, so it could have been intended to be individual tracks.

As for Side 1, you get a nice, beautiful and melodic sound. Of course the music is electronic, but there is an abundance of piano throughout the side with a lot of atmospheric keyboards sometimes taking the lead and at others providing the atmosphere surrounding the piano. This side is some of Vangelis' most beautiful work and would appeal to many listeners. Side 2 is a lot more experimental, but flows nicely. It is not experimental in the same vein as "Beaubourg" or "Invisible Connections" because it is not sparse or non-melodic like those albums were. One section consists of a lot of percussive sounds but they are arranged in a way to not be considered avant-garde. The flow is constant and easy to listen to, nothing too challenging, but still very interesting and moody. At other sections, the music becomes more tense, but throughout the record, things don't stray too far from the norm. This is more of a psychedelia sound than it is unconventional.

All in all, this is a very good album with enough variety between the two sides to make it interesting throughout. Not necessarily essential, but still excellent and I believe it should appeal to the fans of Vangelis' more conventional sound like "Chariots of Fire" or "Spiral" and venturing a bit into "Albedo 0.39", but not commercial as was "See You Later". 4 stars. Worth searching for.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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