Vangelis's first studio album sees him bridge the sound of Aphrodite's Child (the prog rock band of which he was a part in the 1960s) and the more familiar `trademark' sound of his later output. The result is an interesting, varied, atmospheric and rewarding listen. There's a very tribal feel to a lot of the album, mixing largely ambient soundscapes comprising of lots of sound effects, samples and some narration (`We are all Uprooted', `Sunny Earth', `Ritual', `The City') with soaring prog rock tracks such as `Come on', `He-O', and `Let it Happen', the latter of which is probably the album's strongest cut - a groovy and rather addictive song which holds up remarkably well nearly four decades on. For this record, Vangelis collaborated with several other musicians, including different singers and the result is a very varied and fresh-sounding album. A highlight includes `My Face in the Rain', a mournful, touching song which brings some genuine emotion to the heart of the album, as well as the simply-titled `A Song', the concluding track which is haunting, beautiful and elegant. `Earth' is definitely a transition album for Vangelis and is maybe not the best stop-off point for new listeners as it sounds so totally unlike his subsequent works; but it's definitely worth checking out, paticularly if you have a predilection for prog rock and fusion. It's a fresh-sounding, experimental record, which demonstrates a creative mind experimenting with different elements as he seeks to find his own unique style.