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3 stars I don't know much of the movie and about how Vangelis came to his first misknown solo work. I, too have discovered it only on PA even if I think I can be considered a Vangelis' fan, and borrowing a copy (vinyl with a lot of scratches) was not easy.

Respect to what I thought were his first works which are very jazzy, this one is unexpectedly closer to his following works. There's a good quantity of electronics but also an unexpected piece of classical guitar, quite simple and with te noise of a motorcycle coming and going in the background that I suspect has something to do with the movie. I don't know who is playing the guitar. The touch is not very professional and the harping is so simple that it could be Vangelis himself. This part is followed by gong and percussions similar to the attack of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun". The main theme that was previously played by the guitar is now played by the keyboard with a guitar harping as accompaignment. There are variations that make it a different piece, but we are still on side A or "premiere part" as it's called on the album. A sort of mandolin gives it a touch of sirtaki. Then it proceeds on the same chords by a piano and the side A is gone with some traffic noises.

Side B opens with percussions again. This is a very interesting part. The percussions have an african mood as in the first side of La Fete Sauvage, but a square wave keyboard and a flute make the difference. This is the surprise. It's not an embrionic album. It's already Vangelis. After the percussions there's a dark part. It's a predecessor to Heaven and Hell. Infernal noises and weird male voices, bells and bass sounds. This is space rock. It takes about 10 minutes before coming back to the main theme, but this time faster and with a different electronic sound. No more guitar, this time the piano makes the background harping. Another noisy part that fades into a ascending sequence of notes sung by a voice (or a keyboard?). The main theme again played by the piano closes the album. Not a great closer, just a coda.

The album is absolutely not bad, specially the spacey part on side B. It can deserve three stars and is a very good debut. I wasn't expecting anything so good, to be honest.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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