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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 (25 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000006TIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bon Voyage
2. Siren's Whispering
3. Dreams Of Surf
4. Spanish Harbour
5. Islands Of The Orient
6. Fields Of Coral
7. Aquatic Dance
8. Memories Of Blue
9. Songs Of The Seas

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VANGELIS Oceanic (1996 UK 9-track CD album from the Greek electronic composer including the single Song Of The Seas picture sleeve)

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Principally fêted for his film scores--of which Chariots Of Fire, Blade Runner and 1492: Conquest Of Paradise are the most noted--Vangelis was composing music for wildlife documentaries as far back as 1972. So it's little surprise that Oceanic began life as part of a film project about whales before waxing into an electro-symphonic poem about all things deep, aquatic and Aegean-blue in hue. At face value, a concept album about the ocean from a Greek keyboard maestro, who once almost joined Yes, sounds as ominous as a tidal-wave warning. But Oceanic is not, to the chagrin of long-standing fans, topographical prog-rock twiddle but cleansing New-Age navel-gazing hydro-hypnosis--and pure Greece travel-brochure-perusing therapy to boot. With tracks as titularly enticing as "Dreams Of Surf", "Siren's Whisper" and "Fields Of Coral" and the whole album awash with pleasurable synth-strings, harps, pianos and blissed-out Clannad-style choristry, Oceanic gently beckons a finger and says "Come on in, the water's lovely". --Kevin Maidment

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 7 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This beautifully created album is a masterpiece of instrumentation. Beautifully played by magician and maestro Vangelis, the listener is transported to a world of mermaids and fishes swimming freely with seagulls flying overhead. I just love the way the tracks are linked by waves crashing and rolling into the next track. It's full of majesty and Vangelis uses the keyboards and synthesizers to great effect with waves and seagulls mixed with synth strings and great music. A great companion for when you just want to relax and chill out. I love this album because it is so seductive.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dryad on 23 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
I generally don't think of Vangelis as writing music that I'd call fun or romantic or even lighthearted, although I do find his music beautiful and moving. I love Oceanic because it really conjures up the images of mermaids, of deserted islands, of the tropics, basically all the good stuff one associates with the sea. I wouldn't necessarily say it was sailing music, if that makes any sense, however. But if you're looking for something to take you away to sunnier climes when it's dreary outside, this cd is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Ruth Mills on 26 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
On first listen, I would have probably given this disc 3 or 4 stars, but on subsequent listens, I've discovered such a lot more in the music and have found it easily worthy of the full 5 stars.

The opening track, "Bon Voyage", is one of my favourites on the album, with a sumptuous orchestral sound, reminiscent of the Hans Zimmer score to the film "Paperhouse" (particularly the scenes set in Devon towards the end of the film).

Track 2, "Siren's Whispering" features some lovely voices and harp glissandi; my only criticism of this track is that it's perhaps a bit long, and some of the other sounds and rhythms on the track are almost a bit "Bontempi-organ" ish at times, to my ears.

Track 3, "Dreams of Surf" opens with some gorgeous piano arpeggios, perhaps reminiscent of the Bach piece from the "Well Tempered Klavier" that Gounod used as the basis for his "Ave Maria"; this is joined later on in the track by a flute, giving a mood reminiscent of part of the second movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. To me, this track could have done with being a bit longer; it has some lovely themes and almost seems as though it's over too soon.

Track 4, "Spanish Harbour"'s highlight is the gorgeous guitar, giving it the Spanish feel; it's more up-tempo than the previous tracks on the album, with a "chillout" type beat, whilst still being fairly laid back. There's echoes of some of Vangelis's earlier albums if you listen carefully though, e.g. there's a "screechy" sound at around 4 minutes 10 seconds in the track which could have come straight out of "Heaven and Hell", and some of the bass in the track is reminiscent of Albedo 0.39.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Burland on 24 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD back in 1997 without knowing anything about it other than knowing a number of Vangelis' other works most notably 1492, Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire. I can quite honestly say I fell in love with this CD from the moment I first heard it. It is quite simply wonderful. An ideal distraction from the stresses of everyday life.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By V. Thomas on 4 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's so hard to find "chill out" music of any substance. Vangelis always succeeds where others lack any musicality at all. You can't simply dismiss the guy as a purveyor of film music.
This album is Vangelis in his "layed back" mode. Highlights around track 4. Spanish Harbour. Definitely a CD to put on and make love to, but stands up for a serious listen too.
Treat yourself and have a look at "Voices" by Vangelis too.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
`Oceanic' was released in 1996 and its just over fifty minutes of sound was inspired by the sea. Jean Michel Jarre produced a similar CD called `Waiting for Cousteau', whilst Tangerine Dream did the same with `Underwater Sunlight'. Out of all three, Vangelis's effort probably has the edge. His use of effects adds to the nautical atmosphere.

The opening cinematic fanfare that is `Bon Voyage' sends us on our way followed by a pleasant eight-minute `Sirens' Whispering'. This is then followed by `Dreams of Surf', a short piano rhapsody with Vangelis's usual orchestral effects. So far, this listener - whilst appreciative of the composer's skill in writing and arranging his music - felt that perhaps the music is too saccharine, too laid-back, too pleasant.

That's as maybe, but tracks four through to six take a different tack. Here the music has soul, sophistication, and edge: `Spanish Harbour' (the best of the set) is music as/in motion with added reflection - I just wanted it to go on and on. Then `Islands of the Orient' and `Fields of Coral' contribute to feeling of deep meditation.

The last three tracks gradually return us to a lighter mood with `memories of Blue' reminding me of a cinematic piano ballad with effects, whilst the end - `Song of the Seas' - is reminiscent of the end of the `1492' soundtrack as we head for home across the wide waters.

Vangelis's `Oceanic' is a good experience, allowing the listener to reflect upon the world's waters and upon the deeper waters within the man - or woman. However, perhaps the journey is too easy, the waters too tranquil: there is not even a hint of a North Atlantic squall, no sign of a whirlpool or even the threat of shipwreck.
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