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Chariots Of Fire

6 Nov 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 41:54
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  • ASIN: B001KEPCDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,304 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
They don't call Vangelis the keyboard wizard for nothing. This album only emphasizes that he is. Baring in mind this 25th Special Edition of the 1981 Oscar winning soundtrack was digitally remastered by Vangelis himself.

There are some terrific tracks on this album. For example we kick off with "Titles" which is the theme everyone is familiar with. In between we have "Five Circles", "Eric's Theme" and the epic closing track "Chariots of Fire" which goes on for 20 minutes 41 seconds. In fact I found the whole album extremely enjoyable and an incredible edition to any CD collection.

I think that Vangelis is the master of the keyboards and the synthesizer. The sounds that he's able to produce on them is astonishing. For example, on this album he conjures up trumpets, piano, strings and the odd percussion. Also he creates sounds of wind noise and bell sounds on the closing track along with added percussion. What an album.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A rhythm person on 2 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD was excellent first-time round, but now digitally remastered, it is even better sounding. Vangelis is a genius - no argument. Chariots of Fire will always remain his most commercial output.

"Titles" is the main familiar theme. "Five Circles" is well known as well, having been added to compilation CDs. This CD is a soundtrack and nothing else but there are some ommissions from the film, for instance "Hymn" was used in the film but doesn't appear on the CD. "Hymn" can be found on a 1970s recording "Opera Sauvage" which is now available also on CD and is recommended. Watching the film recently, I chanced on hearing Vangelis calling on previous recordings and experiments. In "Abraham's Theme" I can hear "Reve" again from "Opera Sauvage". The main sequence track here is a 20mins "Chariots of Fire" and indeed there are influences from his previous recordings of "Heaven and Hell", "L'Apocalypse des Animaux", "Spiral" and "Beaubourg". Nonetheless, this 20min track is outstanding and often was not played when a vinyl - originally it was side two of the vinyl.

To really appreciate this CD, you really do need to see the film and understand the characters involved and each of their stories. The film is now available on a special 2-disk DVD. I believe the film is one of the greatest british films ever made and the soundtrack is a Vangelis masterpiece without question. It is timeless and certainly enhanced in this new CD 25th anniversary pressing.

Finally, I disagree that the main theme has become dated and over used. It can never be said as dated. There are other Vangelis recordings that perhaps sound far deeper and enlightening, but the main theme is exceptional and one can never grow tired of hearing it - I say PLAY IT LOUD and really hear Vangelis for all his worth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Je Weight on 20 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I just love this music. Had it on Vinyl but CD is great for the car.Play it all the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D Burin on 30 May 2012
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Whilst there's no doubt that 'Chariots of Fire' is an excellently scripted, acted and directed piece of cinema, Vangelis' soundtrack is the absolute highlight of the film, which chronicles the story of Olympic winning athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. Vangelis' score is a masterful melding of heraldic, classical music, much of it with pastoral overtones, with the chilly ambient synth music that characterised other Vangelis releases of the '80s, such as 'Antarctica' and 'China'. 'Titles', the piece which will be most familiar to listeners, is the opener - an evocative, shortened variation on the closing theme, replete with tripping synths and a gliding classical melody. The gentle, lilting 'Five Circles', which follows it, is the album's most traditional-sounding piece; a yearning piece, which sounds more the work of Elgar, than of most of Vangelis' other releases. The contrasting character traits of Abraham and Eric, are evoked nicely in their respective themes; the former a memorable, if overly bombastic piece, the latter a reserved one, awash with electronic sounds.

'100 Metres' is probably the only less than excellent track on 'Chariots of Fire', and whilst it is rather aimless and disappointing, it is not so bad as to take away anything really, from the quality of this soundtrack. The version of 'Jerusalem' on show here, is not the one used in the film itself; but is rather an equally captivating, but more modern variation, with the voices hidden behind vocoder. Which leads to the closer, the self-titled 'Chariots of Fire'. It's a long, at times slightly rambling, but fitting close, to a superb soundtrack. Its distinctive explorations of the melody from 'Titles', as well as its near-eerie, opening, makes it a piece of truly Vangelian scope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Leedskalnin on 17 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD
So you've heard the Chariot's of Fire theme, love it, can't get it out of you head and now want to know if the rest of the soundtrack is worth investigation. Well yes it is and so is the rest of the Vangelis back-catalogue as it happens.

By the early 80's when Charitos of Fire was being filmed Vangelis had already been involved in a very large array of soundtrack projects and had become very adept indeed at expressing the emotion of film through sound. As a prolific composer of many non-film works he was also in a rich vein of form and an artist willing to push the boundaries, more so in fact than he is given credit for.

The rest of the album, as we may call it as many readers may only be familiar with the main theme, is everything from highly emotional, extremely tuneful, profoundly triumphant and deeply atmospheric to give you just a few of the many potential expletives. This album works very well outside of it's duty as a film soundtrack, in fact, much of what I still refer to as side 2, one long 20 minute piece entitled Chariot's of Fire, didn't actually feature in the film at all.

I feel something must also be said of Vangelis's reputation as a meastro of the keyboard. Everything you have heard is true, Vangelis though was perhaps the ultimate keyboard genius because you never feel like you are listening to a bunch of soundbanks; his work has a much more human brush-stroke then you might be expecting. A very wide palette is used that includes many acoustic instruments also.

Another recommendation; if you enjoy Vangelis's ability to create expansive, ambient, tuneful, musical landscapes take a listen to Mohribold by Andrew Taylor (google it!). Not as synthy but still a very broad pallette of acoustic instruments, I downloaded from a site called bandcamp.
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