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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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  • Vinyl (27 Sept. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00008FK9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hulme on 3 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I must agree that this is in my opinion my favourite compilation of Vangelis's music. This is the one I play most, then followed closely by Gift.

With Vangelis's Best Of and compilations growing almost daily, you can not go wrong with this. What makes it really good and different is that you have Memories Of Green from the elusive See You Later cd.

Overall this CD is a very good selection and has a nice flow to it, slip it on and relax. Don't worry you have 13 tracks before the Chariots of Fire theme. By that time you will have reached a chill factor of let it all play man, all is great with the world and you can spare 3 minutes 31 seconds of your life, and listen to it again like I just did.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Excellent taster of highlights from his later work. Not one duffer on here. Recording quality is good but fussy audiophiles would be better off getting the originals for a subtle increase in fidelity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
New fans can start here & old fans will find this CD irresistible. Vangelis' sound is unmistakable but his range is broad. I still listen to the entire soundtracks of Chariots of Fire & 1492 plus several other Vangelis records & CDs, but here are 14 sublime themes all at once - varied, lyrical, intense. Track 14 is - what else? - Chariots of Fire. Sometimes I play this CD twice or 3 times in a row.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Vangelis's `Themes' compilation of 1989 contains sixty-four minutes of music from his Polydor years, with a focus - but not exclusively so - on his film scores.

Thus we have here two tracks each from the films `Bladerunner', `Mutiny on the Bounty', `Opera Sauvage' and `Chariots of Fire', as well as solitary extracts from the films `Missing', `Antarctica', and `L'Apocalypse des Animaux'. This latter is the only track that does not date from the 1980s. In addition we have two tracks from his studio album `China' and one from `See You Later', the latter of which appeared in a slightly different form in `Bladerunner'. This only goes to support the assertion that those tracks here which are not strictly themes should have been or could be; and no doubt some or all of this music has appeared at some point in some documentary or other.

Four of the fourteen tracks were marked as `previously unreleased' at the time of issue, but the two extracts from the `Bladerunner' score appeared on the eponymous soundtrack album a few years later.

The downside of collections like this is that each theme is taken out of context. Having said that, there is no duff track here, and his `Bladerunner' end titles and his theme for `Antarctica' see him on the top of his form. Of course this collection did not mark the last of Vangelis's mastery of the film soundtrack: the best was yet to come ...
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Format: Audio CD
Vangelis was the best film soundtrack artist of his era, and the quality shows on every track on this Greatest Hits Of His Movie Soundtracks compilation. From the stunning atmosphere of Chariots Of Fire, through Missing to the tour de force that is the Bladerunner Soundtrack, every track is crafted to perfection.

He really was the master of the genre, extraordinary and unusual synth and keyboard playing, he really was one of a kind, nobody else sounds like Vangelis, nobody comes close to sounding like Vangelis.

A superb must buy release.

Very, very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.M.Walate on 19 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a must for the people who just listened to Charriots of Fire every night on the Olympics programmes, it's an Oldie but a goodie from Vangeilis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C J Laing on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had this on audio cassette for many years and always loved, so glad I finally got it on CD.
Love the music of Vangelis.
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By TP on 11 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
Themes is a selection from Vangelis that is very impressive.
Just the first title on this compilation from Bladerunner is an amazing audiophile experience. And yet more adventure to discover from different albums: from powerful to lyrical and romantical sides of Vangelis's music.
Sound quality is brilliant, near reference class for what is possible with CD.
A favourite for me!
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