Vangelis

Vangelis

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Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou)
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NOTE: If credited as Evangelos Papathanassiou or any other name with Papathanassiou, please use that entry!
Born on March 29, 1943 in Volos, Greece, Vangelis started writing music when he was 4 and performed his first live concert at age 6.
In the sixties, he was a founding member of Aphrodite's Child ('Rain and Tears', 'End of the World', etc.), along with Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras.
A talented composer and musician, Vangelis is famous for composing soundtracks to films such as 'Blade Runner', 'Chariots Of Fire' and '1492: Conquest Of Paradise'.
To date, Vangelis has made over 30 albums, many of them collaborations.
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Vangelis Discography

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Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux (Album) Polydor UK 1973 Sell This Version
Vangelis O.* Earth (Album) Vertigo US 1974 Sell This Version
Vangelis Heaven And Hell (Album) RCA Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Vangelis Albedo 0.39 (Album) RCA Victor Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Vangelis La Fiesta Salvaje (Album) CAM Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Vangelis Spiral (Album) RCA Victor Argentina 1977 Sell This Version
Vangelis Ignacio (Album) CAM Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Vangelis The Dragon (Album) Charly Records Spain 1978 Sell This Version
Vangelis Beaubourg (Album) RCA Victor UK 1978 Sell This Version
Vangelis Hypothesis (Album) Bellaphon, Charly Records Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Vangelis China = 中國 (Album) Polydor, Polydor Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
Vangelis Opera Sauvage (Album) Polydor New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
Vangelis See You Later (Album) Polydor Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
Vangelis Chariots Of Fire (Album) Polydor, Polydor Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Vangelis Antarctica (Music From Koreyoshi Kurahara's Film) = 南極物語 (Album) Polydor Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Vangelis Soil Festivities (Album) Polydor Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Vangelis Mask (Album) Polydor Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
Vangelis Invisible Connections (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Vangelis Direct (Album) Arista Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Vangelis The City (Album) EastWest Canada 1990 Sell This Version
Vangelis 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise (Music From The Original Soundtrack) (Album) EastWest, EastWest Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
Vangelis Blade Runner (Album) EastWest Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
Vangelis Voices (Album) EastWest, EastWest Turkey 1995 Sell This Version
Neuronium & Vangelis Neuronium & Vangelis - A Separate Affair (Album) Tuxedo Music Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
Vangelis Oceanic (Album) EastWest US 1996 Sell This Version

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centaury11186

centaury11186

October 2, 2016
Taking a quick look of the reviews posted here, I see that no one mentions how Vangelis came out of the dark.Don´t get me wrong,Vangelis have tasted the stardorm with his progressive band The Formix in Greece in the 60´s, just to move to London, to develop his solo career and his music. Then formed with Demis Roussos, Irene Papas and others the progressive band Aphrodite´s Child, which produced some hits.Their most iconic work was (1972)Vangelis & Aphrodite's Child - 666 The Apocalypse Of St. John, that was completed when all their members started to take different directions. Vangelis then did (1973)Earth, an album that showed the direction towards a space progressive music that would develop in future works.
His name was Internationally known when Carl Sagan used the 3rd movement of his 1975 Heaven and Hell album as the main title of his 1980 TV Cosmos Series (https://youtu.be/8Zas3cELn_8). The way that his music was used and this series were presented, changed everything. (1975) Heaven and Hell is his most brilliant work, where he accomplishes to blend electronic, progressive with classical and choral style. (1973)L'Apocalypse Des Animaux OST,(1975)Albedo 0.39 (1977)Ignacio OST (1977)Spiral (1978)Beaubourg and (1979)Vangelis - China were used in the TV series in an unique way for those days,to develop the deep atmosphere of knowledge and discovery.This albums styles vary from track to track, sometimes going to space, to progressive elelctronic and experimental music. Vangelis could be the co-father(among others like Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro, Tangerine Dream, etc) of many styles like new age,ambient, electronic, chillout, space etc. (1979)Opera Sauvage maybe is the culmination of a way to make his documentary like music, that started with Ignacio, (1975)La Fete Sauvage OST, and Apocalypse des animaux and (1984) Sauvage et beau .(1979)Odes was done with his long friend and collaborator Irene Papas about greek traditional music played with synthetizers and culminated in (1986) Raphsodies.
By 1979, Vangelis collaborations were with artists like Socrates, Mariangela, Demis Roussos, Ricardo Cocciante, Patty Pravo,Chrisma,Milva,Clauido Babglioni and Yes Jon Anderson, which collaboration resulted in (1980)Short Stories, (1982)The Friends Of Mr. Cairo, (1991)Page Of Life, and (1983)Private Collection, that I consider their best.
In 1982 Vangelis won the oscar for Chariots of Fire, which is the must famous and best sold album. Its very easy to listen to, but compared with other works of Vangelis, it sounds light and like a new age style, away from the dark/light contrasts that Vangelis reflected in other works.
Then came (1982) Blade Runner OST ,one most brilliant and complex works of Vangelis that never saw its official release until 1994 and later in 2007. This work is was so great and so wrongly commercialised, that forced fans to take music from the movie itself, making astonishing bootlegs that had what the commercial releases never manage to get (https://www.mixcloud.com/centaury37/vangelis-blade-runner-1982-ost-suite).
(1983)Antarctica OST, one of the most big motion pictures of Japan, shows the history of the crew and their dogs in the white continent. The music resembles much of the white and cold of the snow, but with astonishing tuoches of the warmth of the friendship of the men and their dogs.(1984)Soil Festivities could be considered one of the milestones of ambient music, exploring and mixing natural sounds with synthethizers. (1984)The Bounty OST was refered to the mutiny of a boat in the 18th century.Here is beautiful music but for different reasons, it was not officially released. (1985)Mask is a great album, in a electronic and choral different from the ones than Vangelis did in Heaven and Hell and Ignacio.
(1988)Direct is an electronic, agressive and fresh album, in which the sound of Vangelis changed (again) to take new directions and which sound could be heared in the cinematic like (1990)The City.
In 1992, Vangelis scored the music of Ridley Scott Conquest of Paradise. Here shows his mastership of the use of a palette of different sounds and textures with choral, electronic and acustic instruments. Vangelis did a collaboration with Neuronium in a improptu session that later become the album (1996)A Separate Affair(In London), where Vangelis returns to its roots, in dense, atmospheric,minimalistic and spacelike music style.
(1995)Voices was a good album but reflected how vangelis was pointing in a new age and comercial direction, that reflected most in the cruise like music style (1997)Oceanic, that only was broken by the unrealased (1998) Tegos Tapes (https://www.mixcloud.com/centaury37/vangelis-the-tegos-tapes-1998-ost-suite-part-i/) the exception and expectional album (1999)El Greco , dark and reflective of the days of the Holy Inquisition, reflecting the struggle between light and darkness, knowledge and superstition, that led to make a great movie and its soundtrack in 2008, and (2000)Cousteau.
In 2001, Vangelis did Mythodea, a re-turn of his music to more classical style, with sopranos Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, a classical orchestra, traditional percussion, choirs and synthetizers.It was performed in a concert in the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece, and is the only Vangelis concert released in DVD with a great production style.
Since his early works, Vangelis has been very closed to release all his music in a way that anyone can access it. Maybe someday he changes his mind...or maybe not. At this point, I would like to say that the early Vangelis liked to experiment and challenge himself in new directions, pushing the boundaries of his sound with the spirit of an explorer.But, as the Christopher Columbus in Conquest of Paradise, maybe the best and the worst is to discover the new world, because the search is over...
vandongenjohannes

vandongenjohannes

October 13, 2015
Indeed one of the greatest musicians ever. Funny to read the other opinions about his work: every individual picks his or hers favorite pieces or albums. In my opinion, the best albums are: 1: Oceanic, 2: 1492 conquest if paradise, 3: Voices, 4: Direct, 5: Spiral. And that's it. Just my own list. Vangelis covers such a wide range, each fan will have a different personal top 5. Maybe I didn't listen to other albums enough, perhaps I should. Still a lot to explore, and to get inspired to get back to the keyboard and my Cubase.
parispap

parispap

December 8, 2014
Hi to Vangelis collector's!

If someone could add the El Greco Box set collectors edition Made in Greece by Cobalt Music I would appreciate.

Regards
Iceferno

Iceferno

November 20, 2010
This legendary man's melodies left imprints on memories of my childhood. I've only just started venturing into buying his albums, as my appreciation for Ambient and Chillout grows by the minute, but I immediately recognise songs I heard decades ago as if time had never passed.

Vangelis was truly ahead of his time. Centuries ahead of his time, with such futuristic beauties. Of course many of us, if we know of him at all, know him for Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner, but there's so much more to appreciate him for than just those landmark soundtracks. Antarctica, L'Apocalypse Des Animaux and China, to name a few. I always feel that the late-70s to early-80s was when he was in his prime, though there are all kinds of gems riddled in albums outside this timeline.

I think anyone who's a fan of Ambient owes it to themselves to seek out work from this talented musician. He is one of the pioneers of the resonant sounds found in music today. I enjoy Vangelis for his ambient and symphonic, yet futuristic masterpieces. But as others have pointed out, he has a lot of range too. And that's something all musicians should strive for. Vangelis will always be remembered.
DutchRebelP

DutchRebelP

September 23, 2010
easily said, on of the two best Composers ever together with Ennio Morricone
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

July 8, 2010
edited over 2 years ago
Let me guide you through Vangelis a bit! As a collector, I know all his possibile works. I have ca. 120 albums from him. (The good portion of it all were never released officially so there's still much more to dig for as a collector). Some are popular, some are almost unknown. Vangelis had decades and different styles he have tried. Here's my rank. Don't mind the numbering! Altough Vangelis is a monster, he have also produced some waste. During the 70's he was always new, fresh, and exceptional and even later, once having made some less enjoyable albums, he was able to renew from time till time.
I find the followng Vangelis albums the best. I mean bombastic, freaking out energy, deep, emotional, electronic-pioneering:

Best album of Vangelis:

1.- Odes. (No comment. Just run and get it in NO remaster release please.)
2.- the B side of Heaven and Hell is just perfect and original like not much else in the music history.
3.- Mask is an instant KO! The most grandioso, adorable. In style, like, say Carmina Burana. Pity it lacks a bit of the electro-feeling but you will be knocked out and won't be able to stand up from then on...!
4.- Soil Festivities. Meditative journey inwards. The deepest thing ever...
5.- Direct. The technocratics father's rebirth...
6.- City. Just great, fresh and new again.
7.- 1492. Grandioso. His last great album.
8.- The A side of Spiral (3 tracks) is a blast and a typical example of the 70's electro discoverings.
9.- Earth. Ancient, original, energetic, versatile. A bit flower-power era but the good is that he was dare enough to energetise it all with electro-spice.
10.-Opera Sauvage. Emotional and dramatic like never. Bit underrated maybe due to the accent only to the dramatic melodies instead of the technochratics developements.

Good albums:

1.- China. (Himalaya is one of his greatest)
2.- Albedo 039 (2 Instant mega classics there)
3.- L' apocalipse des animaux. The birth of ambient! Just calm, haunting...
4.- Dragon. Try getting it on CD! A very "offtopic" from the later releases. Jazzy, flower-power, prog.
5.- See you later. With some excellent tracks as: Multi track suggestion. Look for the rare version with BONUSES! I have it.
6.- Short stories. (with Jon Anderson of Yes.)
7.- Friends of Mr. Cairo. The 1st. and last track is the thing. (with Jon Anderson of Yes.)
8.- Private collection (with Jon Anderson of Yes.It's not a sampler).
9.- Page of life. (with Jon Anderson of Yes once again.)Superb tracks there: Money, Be a good friend of mine... Watch-out: US-CD has different tracks: the best song is missing and it opens with a different track. Strange.. Also look for the Another Page of life with 5 rare different tracks!
10.- Mythodea. There are some good movements developing but never building up. Album of ever-promising next minutes which never satisfies the expectation. But the main theme at the end is simply shocking!!...

Meditative, experimental (nonmusic) albums which are hard to rank due to lack of "music":

1.- Beabourg
2.- Invisible connections

Boring albums, not bad though:

1.- Ignacio
2.- Hypothesis (early 1971 release, space-jazz, organs, drums, 70's psy-prog.)
3.- Voices (with some good tracks though)
4.- Oceanic (with some good tracks though)
5.- Le Féte sauvage (with some good tracks though)
6.- Chariots of fire. (with 1-2 good tracks though but almost no electro-feeling)
7.- Custeau
8.- Mounty on the Bounty (it will disappoint you if you grab it)
9.- Cavafy
10.- Bitter moon
11.- Nurenberg
12.- L'Arbre de vie
13.- Missing
14.- Francesco
15.- Sex power
16.- Blade Runner. Please notice: I've met this CD first and saw the movie LATER. Without having seen the film, I've found this CD boring and ranked it here. The movie is absolutely one of the best ever and the soundtrack is just perfect but not as a standard Vangelis serial-release. It's boring me and I find it very uninteresting, little kitschy and very lack of the electronic-progress. It's a background music, a soundtrack and not a stand-alone something. I know, Blade Runner fans like I am (!) defend their beloved and will attack me. I'm sorry to say, but I've had almost 30 years to get deeply involved into this CD but I find almost nothing interesting there and I can't tell any better despite of my best intentions, sorry... (Hearing the sax first time was an immediate disappointment...) Interesting thing is, that this album has sooo many different releases, that I can't even follow after. Different tracks, versions... OK, I think to grab the official 3-CD box is the best. The other 2 CD is new material and were only inspired by the movie. A little filler but a must.

Worst Vangelis albums (what not necessarily means that one can't listen or for heaven's sake, enjoy it, but somehow I had to create a ranking and self-explanatory not every releases can fit to the highest standard even if it's the fabulous Vangelis work of art:

1.- Alexander.
2.- Antarctica (Hmmm... not that soo very bad, but...)
3.- Rhapsodies (The last track is great)
4.- Fais Que Ton Rêve Soit Plus Long Que La Nuit (with French singing all along, like on a camp-fire.)
5.- El Greco. (Filler, bad, plastic electro sonic timbres.)

Once again: the ranking is a matter of subjective feeling altough I'm very much into the electronic music since my childhood and I make music also. So you can maybe take a little account on me because I even have a bit deeper innersight as a pro-synth collector and user. Pity, the great Vangelis doesn't pioneering the electronic music anymore. He used to be as original, path-finder as: J-M. Jarre, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream but after having the early years passed, he just relies on his good old equipments and mastery. In every 8-10 years he renews his equipments and the ways of approach to them and that certain albums brings us something new side of Vangelis. Pity, his last change, renewing can be pointed at ca. the album of "City" which was 20 years ago. Hm... Everybody loves Vangelis and we all wish all the best renewing for him and wait for a new work of art.
wfkroll

wfkroll

October 19, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
I'll be the first here to say what a genius this man is. His music has stood the test of time and more. I think the album "Opera Sauvage" is highly underrated in the electronic music underground. It needs to be heard...the track "Reve" is an instant classic, that unfortunately is pretty much unknown. Obviously there is Bladerunner, but take some time to check his other works and you'll surprisingly find many more gems hidden throughout his vast recording career.

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