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There is far more to Vangelis than his Academy Award winning, platinum, #1-charting 1981 album Chariots Of Fire and its #1 title song. Odyssey - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O Records), released November 4, 2003, celebrates his most famous and enduring recordings over 30 years, from 1973 to 2003, from his pioneering electronic music to the now classic "Chariots Of Fire" to a new ... Read more in Amazon's Vangelis Store

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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008C1WV60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Physical Energy 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Home In The Glen 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Eric's Theme 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Harold's Despair 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Belief 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ballard 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Aspiration 8:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Eric's Pleasure 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Lord Lindsay 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. At The Starting Blocks 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Epilogue 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. After The Race 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Jerusalem 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gromit on 29 July 2012
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The OST was unusual because it was largely synthesiser music in what was a period film. But strangely it workEd very well. But after Conquest of Paradise, Mythodea, and Alexander, Vangelis has evolved a more classical sound and this album refects that. The 30 year old material is respectfully treated and anyone who loves the original music will not be disappointed. And the new stuff complements it perfectly. I was a bit worried that this album might be a catastrophe but instead it is a triumph.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Longhorn on 26 July 2012
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I had a hard time imagining how the Chariots of Fire material could be re-envisioned, while both respecting the original material and not turning into a parody of the music from 1981. In hindsight, I now wonder: Why did I doubt Vangelis would hit the hammer straight on its head?

Chariots of Fire (The Play) is a wonderful new album. The few tracks included from the original album were updated ranging from slightly to heavily, while some of the themes are used in the new material. At the same time there is a big bunch of completely new themes and tracks, and it all works together as if time did not pass. It's not that the new music is in the style of the old tracks. I hear no CS80 or any of the defining instruments of the original soundtrack. It's just that it works!

The power of this album is incredible. Vangelis thunders away as if he's reaching for an Olympic medal himself. Of course, at other times he rests and quietly brings out the moods and emotions of the silence before (and after) the storm.

Great results! The album may not be as polished as some of this other albums, but this makes it feel as if you are sitting right in front of him, while he's flying his fingers over the keys.

With such great results......

Let the Olympics begin! Now we already have something to remember them by.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kon-Tiki on 26 July 2012
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In the midst of the current Olympic hype, after several years of waiting for a new Vangelis album, there is a strong temptation to give all 5 stars to this record unless it is really disappointing (be assured, it isn't). However, after listening to it about 10 times, I am trying to be more balanced with my judgement. Especially that we have a very strong benchmark which is the Chariots soundtrack album from 1981.

The new stage play album also presents the heroism and emotions like the soundtrack album does, it is full of bombast yet there are plenty of tender passages too. A major difference however is, that while synthesizers seemed to be the most adequate instruments for the soundtrack, many tracks of the stage play are so classical that even an orchestra could perform. As far as my opinion is asked, I prefer synthesizers not to imitate an orchestra but find their own sounding, which was so obvious on the soundtrack album. I was happy to note, though, that after a few choral albums from Vangelis in the last decade, there is no choir employed now, all new tracks on this album have been composed, arranged and played fully by Vangelis.

The stage play album starts really strong, thanks to the well-known tracks borrowed from the soundtrack album, and also the excellent Physical Energy with all its intensity, and Home in the Glen which a highlight of this album due to its wonderful bagpipe orchestration. The second 5 tracks are rather classical: slowly flowing harmonies, usually quite restrained. Belief, Ballard and Eric's Pleasure are all pleasant songs without making strong impression, I believe Vangelis could write a dozen of them a day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Miranda on 16 Nov. 2012
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While I have not seen the play, so therefore cannot comment on how successfully this music relates to it, I must say that I quite enjoyed this album. Yet, I cannot bring myself to giving it more than three stars for the simple reason that I can think of many other works by Vangelis which I consider superior. Thus, these stars are me benchmarking this work against his other, more memorable works, which may not be altogether fair. Note that I am only including Vangelis' new music in this review.

What I loved about this new music is that it transports one to that hauntingly unique world to which Vangelis alone holds the key. It's so welcoming to finally get some new music from this man, and for it to be just him and his keyboards, and not a barrage of orchestral and choral ensembles, arranged and conducted by third parties, which have somewhat distanced the listener from his creative genius in some of his more recent work. His style is present in this new work, and I've indulged in listening to this CD over and over again.

What I was not as impressed with was a seemingly hasty arrangement throughout. As pleasant as this music is to listen to, for the most part, I can't help but feel that Vangelis could've turned it into so much more. Instead it feels more like a draft or a first pass. There are many opportunities for beautiful melodies to emerge from the palette he lays out, but instead they never mature, as Vangelis merely improvises on an instrument sound (mainly between piano and bagpipes) with plenty of layered strings to fill the gaps. Indeed, some passages are slightly sloppy, such as the awkward drum roll transition between the slightly touched up version of "Chariots of Fire" and "Physical Energy" and an obvious editing splice in "Epilogue".
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