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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000W3P0K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten diamond 9 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
Today, Vangelis is best known for his powerful film scores such as "Chariots of Fire", and (more deserved) "Blade Runner" and "1492". But during the 70s and 80s, Vangelis composed some of his best works on regular albums. This 40 minute long album from 1979 is probably one of Vangelis' very best. It contains some of his most well-known tunes such as "Hymne" and "L'Enfant" in their original and most beautiful versions. There's also the very dream-like "RÍve" and the brilliant GHOSTly "Chromatique". Finally, "Irlande" completes this (sadly) forgotten masterpiece. Apparently, the cover design was done by Vangelis himself, which just contributes to the fact that this is a very personal and wholehearted Vangelis-effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Vangelis 3 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Actually, I bought this wonderful CD only to complete the movie soundtrack of "The Year of Living Dangerously", where one important piece was missing: "L'enfant". This piece was played during the rain scene with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. A typical Vangelis new age oeuvre with a soothing sound tapestry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is Nothing Savage about this Great Album 21 Aug 2013
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
After `L'Apocalypse des Animaux' and `Fete Sauvage', the forty-three-minute `Opera Sauvage' is Vangelis's third soundtrack album for the French wildlife photographer Frederic Rossif.

Although, it is not really a soundtrack album in the sense that Vangelis does not compose to accord with the minute-by-minute, second-by-second action on the screen. Rather, here, as in other film soundtracks, he composes pieces and leaves it to the film's music editor to make the links to what is happening on screen. The result, sound-wise, is a set of true musical pieces. To that extent, this album can stand on its own as an independent work and can be enjoyed without ever seeing a minute of the film to which it ostensibly relates.

The album opens with the stately fanfare of `Hymne', famous for various commercials and subsequently reworked by Vangelis for his later `Portraits' album. This is followed by an intimate, lyrical, and tender `Reve' (`Dream'). As for `L'Enfant', many will know the music without knowing its origin: it is in the tradition of earlier Vangelis tracks such as `Pulstar' and `Spiral', but is not carried through to a denouement.

Jon Anderson re-appears on the final piece, `Flamants Roses' (`Flamingos'), making a major contribution playing the harp, so evocative of the piece's subject-matter. The only duff track is `Irlande'. It possesses a melancholy Irish air but is too simplistic. There is no development; it goes nowhere.

Overall, then, there is nothing `savage' about this album. It is truthful, for sure, but never unpleasant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top notch stuff 2 May 2013
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This really is an excellent album by Vangelis. It's good first listen & grows with every play. You may know the often used tunes "Hymne" & "L'Enfant" but it is the long tracks here which are truly stunning. If you liked the Chariots of Fire soundtrack you will no doubt love this.

As Jon Anderson would say "Wonderous".
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