Vangelis Papathanassiou* ‎– L'Apocalypse Des Animaux

Polydor ‎– 2393 058
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 L'Apocalypse Des Animaux - Générique 1:25
A2 La Petite Fille De La Mer 5:53
A3 Le Singe Bleu 7:30
A4 L'Ours Musicien 1:00
A5 La Mort Du Loup 3:00
B1 Création Du Monde 9:51
B2 La Mer Recommencée 5:30

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First French pressing (with white Polydor label on front jacket cover)

"Creation du Monde" is supposed to be 17:45 but there is a clear mastering error in the near end of the track where it fades to silence and then "abruptly" plays the last minute or so "again".

Bande originale du film de Frédéric Rossif "L'Apocalypse Des Animaux"
Film co-produit par Télé-Hachette/R.A.I.

Made and printed in France
Copyright C 1973 : Jam Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, machine stamped): 2393058 1 380 CIDIS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, machine stamped): 2393058 2 380 CIDIS
  • Rights Society: SACD SACEM SDRL SDRM
  • Price Code: Ⓤ

Other Versions (5 of 65) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ACBC 00258 Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux(Cass, Album) Polydor ACBC 00258 UK 1973 Sell This Version
831 503-2 Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux(CD, Album, Unofficial) Polydor (2) 831 503-2 Unknown Sell This Version
831 503-2 Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux(CD, Album, RE, Spe) Polydor 831 503-2 Unknown Sell This Version
831 503-2 Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 831 503-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
2393 058, 2393058 Vangelis Papathanassiou* L'Apocalypse Des Animaux(LP, Album) Polydor, International Polydor Production 2393 058, 2393058 Greece 1975 Sell This Version


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January 8, 2018
edited 5 months ago
Can anyone tell me why some of these releases are added to the master release and others are not?


November 7, 2015
I just listened to this album for the first time today. When track 6, Création Du Monde, came on, I recognised it within the first few seconds. As with more of Vangelis' music, it was used in the legendary TV series 'Cosmos'. In fact, it appears in the first episode. It's used as the backing music for the 'Cosmic Voyage'. Having not heard it on its own, I found it odd to listen to without Carl Sagan's voice over. It's a stunning track, especially taking into account it was released on his first album. The last track is also awesome.

I think I'd really love to see the film he composed this for, even if it is in a language I don't understand.


May 22, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
Light years beyond Eno and the whole new age music movement. Vangelis broke away from the doldrums of his early hippie aesthetics of Forminix and Aphrodities Child and went head on into a new cosmos of tonal dimensions. There is some atypical acoustic sounds i.e. the acoustic guitar on Le Petite Fille but the rest of the album is a blissful zen like meditation is quiet introspective vignettes of sound. Deep reverberant clavinette, bells, metallic objects, trumpet and organ which sounds nothing like its source. He was using the studio as an instrument to create his vision much like I dare say Zawinul did on early Weather Report albums. What distinguishes Vangelis from the common musician is an openness to experimentation while still grasping the structures of composition. He truly at least early in his career was more focused on atmosphere that melodic hooks and this makes the music of this album a timeless gem. There are no stereotypical flangers/phasers effected instruments, lead guitars or Moog synthesizer which would have left a age ring on the music. Here he has left a time capsule of musical genius and a landscape littered with subtle brilliant poetry.


October 23, 2013

Listener note - This is the original soundtrack for a movie feature animal documentary by Frederic Rossif, L'Apocalypse des Animaux, released in 1972 (the LP is dated 1973).
I have had this record in my collection for ages and never really felt like playing it, perhaps because the cover is a bit innocuous, and for some reason I remembered the movie as boring from my youth. I picked it up a few days ago and took an unbiased listen... and a few more. Overall it's a good album with two distinct sides, in a movie soundtrack format.
Side 1 has a series of tracks which sound like "ambient" but mainly with traditional instruments, but they may be disappointing if you expect the typical Vangelis stuff. One of the weaknesses of Side 1 is that the tracks have little or no continuity, and feel like a series of stories, or sequences. On the other hand most of the tracks are good and the sound is very pleasant, although it is dated and feels very much like the 1970s compared to our current listening standards.
This record is really worth it for Side 2. The tracks of Side 2 sound like a long continuous piece, and remind me of the 1970s synth bands like Klaus Schultze, Tangerine Dream or even Popol Vuh, Brian Eno etc with waves of synthetizer and some very "spacy" sound effects. If I remember correctly, those were the sequences with the birds flying for a long time (I thought I was going to die of boredom when I had to watch this in a theater). I think there are also some common points with some parts of the Blade Runner soundtrack which was composed 10 years later.
Overall a nice record to play, although Side 1 is slightly on the dull side, but Side 2 is well worth it.


July 18, 2012
This LP is very doubtful as a whole.

Label: PolyGram Iberica?

Depósito Legal 1990, if this information were true, the album would be this year.