Real Name:
Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου (Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou)
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. He started his career as a member of The Forminx.
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, producer 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.
ACBC 00258 Vangelis - L'Apocalypse Des Animaux album art Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux (Album) Polydor ACBC 00258 UK 1973 Sell This Version
VEL-1019 Vangelis - Earth album art Vangelis O.* Earth (Album) Vertigo VEL-1019 US 1974 Sell This Version
LPL1-5110 Vangelis - Heaven And Hell album art Vangelis Heaven And Hell (Album) RCA LPL1-5110 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
SAG 9069 Vangelis - La Fēte Sauvage album art Vangelis La Fēte Sauvage (Album) CAM SAG 9069 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
RS 1080 Vangelis - Albedo 0.39 album art Vangelis Albedo 0.39 (Album) RCA Victor RS 1080 UK 1976 Sell This Version
ZDK1-7114 Vangelis - Ignacio album art Vangelis Ignacio (Album) CAM ZDK1-7114 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
APL1-2627 Vangelis - Spiral album art Vangelis Spiral (Album) RCA Victor APL1-2627 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
CR 3037 Vangelis - Hypothesis album art Vangelis Hypothesis (Album) Bellaphon, Charly Records CR 3037 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
CR 3040 Vangelis - The Dragon album art Vangelis The Dragon (Album) Charly Records CR 3040 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
INTK 5158 Vangelis - Beaubourg album art Vangelis Beaubourg (Album) RCA Victor INTK 5158 UK 1978 Sell This Version
PD-1-6199, 2310 658 Vangelis - China = 中國 album art Vangelis China = 中國 (Album) Polydor, Polydor PD-1-6199, 2310 658 US 1979 Sell This Version
2480 551 Vangelis - Opera Sauvage album art Vangelis Opera Sauvage (Album) Polydor 2480 551 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
2302 101 Vangelis - See You Later album art Vangelis See You Later (Album) Polydor 2302 101 Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
2383 602 Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire album art Vangelis Chariots Of Fire (Album) Polydor, 20th Century Fox, Polydor, 20th Century Fox 2383 602 Guatemala 1981 Sell This Version
WEA99262 Vangelis - Blade Runner album art The New American Orchestra, Vangelis The New American Orchestra, Vangelis - Blade Runner (Album) Warner Bros. Records WEA99262 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
28CM 0120 Vangelis - Antarctica (Music From Koreyoshi Kurahara's Film) = 南極物語 album art Vangelis Antarctica (Music From Koreyoshi Kurahara's Film) = 南極物語 (Album) Polydor 28CM 0120 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28CM 0395, 28MM 0395 Vangelis - Soil Festivities album art Vangelis Soil Festivities (Album) Polydor 28CM 0395, 28MM 0395 UK 1984 Sell This Version
89079 Vangelis - Invisible Connections album art Vangelis Invisible Connections (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 89079 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
825 245-1 Vangelis - Mask album art Vangelis Mask (Album) Polydor 825 245-1 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
AC 259149 Vangelis - Direct album art Vangelis Direct (Album) Arista AC 259149 Turkey 1988 Sell This Version
9031-73026-2 Vangelis - The City album art Vangelis The City (Album) EastWest 9031-73026-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
M-991014-2 Vangelis - 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise (Music From The Original Soundtrack) album art Vangelis 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise (Music From The Original Soundtrack) (Album) EastWest, EastWest M-991014-2 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
E2 96574 Vangelis - Blade Runner album art Vangelis Blade Runner (Album, Comp) EastWest E2 96574 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
0630 12786 2 Vangelis - Voices album art Vangelis Voices (Album) EastWest, EastWest 0630 12786 2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
TUX CD 5030 Vangelis - A Separate Affair album art Neuronium & Vangelis Neuronium & Vangelis - A Separate Affair (Album) Tuxedo Music TUX CD 5030 Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version

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November 21, 2020
I think for Vangelis to truly go out with a 'bang' before his inevitable death, he must do one final album with only his CS-80, like his classic 70's/80's material. People don't want the same-sounding MIDI-drenched recent material anymore, sadly. It sounds dated, samey and boring.


May 9, 2019
Oh my god. I can't believe Voices, Oceanic, and El Greco are not available on vinyl!


May 5, 2019
Could any one tell me if the Vangelis Concert from Doha Qatar is available on DVD or CD. I know this was recorded at the time,
and I have not seen it on sale.


April 23, 2019
Hi Discogs,

Nice that you liked my review.

Antarctica is not bad, but basically half of the soundtrack are different variations of the same theme. I liked but became a little boring. Then I saw the movie and noticed that a lot of great music never got to the album. So I took all the music I could find of this, and did this mix:

Blade Runner would be the best Vangelis album, but is not, just because how badly was treated by Vangelis that seemed to never get it how to build this soundtrack. On the other hand, which version should you pick? The one from 1982 o 1994 or 2007? Or the endless amount of bootlegs that fans did because Vangelis always missed something or put too much or too little. I heard all the official and bootlegs available from this film and put all the music, in a single mix, that Vangelis should gave us a long time ago...



April 15, 2019
Does anyone know anything about his recordings of IAFA Athens 97? I'm looking for a good recording, either from DVD or from a CD!


January 5, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Way back in -75 I bought the album Heaven and Hell. When I got back home I put the record on my record player and lay down on the floor. The salesman in the store had promised me “something like Yes” This was the worst crap I’ve ever heard and I fell a sleep. Years later I found in my record collection the album waiting for a second chance. Since that day this is one of my favorite albums. Definitely on my short list. 10 (10). Please don’t miss out on Aphrodites Child.


February 20, 2018
There is an amazing video on Youtube where he plays ALL pieces in a composition in one sitting. Just says alot about what genius Vangelis is.


February 12, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
As I'm listening to the remastered China from the Delectus Box, I'm looking up my tape collection (I kept the cover artwork and track lists of the tapes I compiled) and found my first Vangelis tape. It's from august 1988, containing Spiral and as an extra track Chariots Of Fire. I was 18 back then and was introduced to Vangelis by a very good friend, who already got a CD player at that time. I borrowed my father's portable CD player to record the tape. It took one more year, dec 1989, to buy my first album of Vangelis, which was in fact that Albedo 0.39, followed by China ten days later. Already back then, there was a lot to discover for me. Does someone nowadays still gets into Vangelis? That's a lot more to discover then! But, it's really worth it! The just released Delectus box would be a good start! And there's lot more to discover, because not all of his work is yet official published. So the sound journey goes on!
Sadly I lost the good friend in a car accident, so I travel on without him since 1992.


October 2, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
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 ( 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 (
(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 ( 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...


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.

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