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Spiral [CD]

Vangelis, 311 Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000074QR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spiral
2. Ballad
3. Dervish D.
4. To The Unknown Man
5. 3 + 3

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VANGELIS- CD-RCA BMG 1977-EAN-035627056826

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Produced at a time when Greek keyboard wizard Vangelis was at the height of his success during the late 1970s, SPIRAL leaves behind the overtly classical pomp of 'Heaven and Hell', whilst also avoiding the obscure sonic experimentation of later albums. The result is not only one of Vangelis' most accessible recordings, it remains essential listening for fans of electronic music in general. Vangelis is one of the pioneers of instrumental rock, and the title track of SPIRAL highlights the keyboard sequencing technology which was then just being developed. The breathtaking flurries of notes twist and turn with mechanical precision, while the spiralling arpeggios are brought together by a series of percussive impacts. Vangelis is generally associated with dazzling keyboard virtuosity, but this album also emphasises his stunning talent as a percussionist. The most celebrated track on the album is 'To The Unknown Man', a title which now lends itself to the recently published Vangelis biography also available from Amazon. For many, this piece personifies the majestic, romantic sound which typified the composer's work during this period, and its popularity as a soundtrack to television programmes helped to send him into the soundtrack stratosphere of 'Blade Runner' and his Oscar-winning score for 'Chariots Of Fire'. Elsewhere, SPIRAL offers a commercial mix of electronic rock, jazz and fusion elements. This combination is especially effective on the track 'Ballad', with its strange vocal overlay making it one of Vangelis' most appealing musical experiments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece 30 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A masterpiece, remastered and made it remasterpiece. I love the sound, the quality and the beauty of the music. Hope to get more chances to listen to this man's music, remastered and digitally enchansed.Love the sound on my BOSSE surround.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequencers! 19 July 2013
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There is one word that matters most to this offering from Vangelis in 1977: sequencers!

It was around this point in time that the smaller size of micro-computers started to allow the manufacture of feasible digital sequencers (and drum machines) on a large scale, and the results can be found not only in the sound of Vangelis but also with Tangerine Dream and the likes of Jean Michel Jarre. These instruments made it easier to, for example, play a sequence of notes repeatedly at a speed that would be impossible to perform by a single human player. As Mark Griffin writes in his biography of Vangelis, it is apt that `Spiral' is the title of the album.

So the five tracks on the `Spiral' album all rely heavily on the new technology, although the simpler `Ballad' of track two edges more towards the romantic soundworld of its title with its accompanying Stevie Wonder-esque harmonica. He does, however, toy with a synthesised vocal on this track.

All five tracks are worthy of repeated listenings, but the best has to be `To the Unknown Man', a noble composition possibly celebrating the civilian casualties of war that possesses an ingenious coda where the slow march collapses into a more relaxed - and relieving - rhythm.

This is one of Vangelis's best albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC ALBUM FROM THE SEVENTIES 25 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
Vangelis has produced a masterpiece here. Keeping in mind the limitations in synthesiser technology in 1978, this was really very much ahead of its time.

Some of the reviews for this album are patchy, but I adore it for its broad sound, depth of composition and sheer creativity. So much of this album is uplifting and much of its sounds as fresh now as it did when it was first released.

A highly enjoyable listening experience.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not sufficiently communicative 18 Jun 2007
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Vangelis's music for "Spiral" is both melodic and rhythmic, involving as it does the clever and imaginative use of sequencers. There are five tracks on the album, all of which are equally interesting. Unlike some of Vangelis's other albums, however, I don't find that "Spiral" communicates much depth of feeling - it seems to me more of a technical achievement rather than an artistic one. As a result it's not an album I tend to play very often.

The running time is 39 minutes and 1977 sound is of high quality.
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