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 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I just got the 2003 Vangelis compilation album. I think the album is very much focusing on his film music, eschewing many other important releases. You can of course not get a 100 % representative collection on a 75 minute album, but I think two tracks each from Blade Runner, L'Apocalypse Des Animaux and The Friends Of Mr Cairo were unneccessary. Why not put in a track each from Direct, The City and Voices, for instance, instead of two each from the aforementioned ones?

That said, the two tracks from Animaux (La Petite Fille De La Mer and L'Enfant) were, musically, a real positive surprise. Already in 1973 Vangelis were composing listener-friendly and professional-sounding electronic music, while Tangerine Dream was releasing abstract sound-collages, and Jarre was clearly more primitive with Deserted Palace and Les Granges Brulees. Kraftwerk too, really.

Chariots Of Fire is really a bit too much Richard Claydermann-sounding for me - Antarctica only two years later is far better IMO. Theme From Cavafy is an exciting ambient-like piece, Celtic Dawn is quite enjoyable too, and I can even get some enjoyment from the 2002 Football World Cup theme.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey:_The_Definitive_Collection

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 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't have that one, but I do have the famous and brilliant THEMES compilation which includes many of the same tracks.

The best track from ANIMAUX (incidentally my favourite Vangelis album after BLADE RUNNER) is "Mort de Loup" -- it's even more haunting than the also wonderful, but slightly overplayed, "Petite Fille de la Mer".

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Like Thor, I don't have this collection but I do have 'Themes' and another compilation, 'Portraits'. It too features mainly film themes, but I always thought it strange that it included several Jon and Vangelis songs. It's a good collection though. I also have another compilation called 'Reprise', which focuses on his work from the 90s. I actually have that 2002 World Cup Theme on CD single.

There is also a new, budget Vangelis compliation CD released..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shadow-Best-Vangelis/dp/B00DEOTQXQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1377861833&sr=1-1&keywords=vangelis

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Like Thor, I don't have this collection but I do have 'Themes' and another compilation, 'Portraits'. It too features mainly film themes, but I always thought it strange that it included several Jon and Vangelis songs. It's a good collection though. I also have another compilation called 'Reprise', which focuses on his work from the 90s. I actually have that 2002 World Cup Theme on CD single.

There is also a new, budget Vangelis compliation CD released..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shadow-Best-Vangelis/dp/B00DEOTQXQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1377861833&sr=1-1&keywords=vangelis



Actually, Light & Shadow may be my favorite Vangelis comp... it avoids Chariots Of Fire, has a number of tracks from 1492 and a pair from Blade Runner... the tracks were very well chosen and flow together to create a lovely Vangelis ambient experience. It can be had for a reasonable price ( got mine around a month ago from an Amazon reseller for under $5 ) and I really recommend this one.

01. Conquest Of Paradise
02. Voices
03. Blade Runner (Main Titles)
04. Tears In Rain
05. Rachel’s Song
06. Ask The Mountains
07. Twenty Eighth Parallel
08. Light And Shadow
09. Song Of The Seas
10. Memories Of Blue
11. Theme From Bitter Moon
12. Dream In An Open Place
13. Monastery Of La Rabida
14. Fields Of Coral
15. Come To Me
16. Dawn

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 2:50 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Like Thor, I don't have this collection but I do have 'Themes' and another compilation, 'Portraits'. It too features mainly film themes, but I always thought it strange that it included several Jon and Vangelis songs. It's a good collection though. I also have another compilation called 'Reprise', which focuses on his work from the 90s. I actually have that 2002 World Cup Theme on CD single.

There is also a new, budget Vangelis compliation CD released..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shadow-Best-Vangelis/dp/B00DEOTQXQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1377861833&sr=1-1&keywords=vangelis


Well, Odyssey has also got 2 Jon & Vangelis tracks.

 
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