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Good, but too sketchy
on 13 June 2001
If 1,000 Vangelis fans complied their own favourite Vangelis tracks then you would get 1,000 different albums and for a commercial release 'Portraits' includes pretty much what you would expect. Although the brilliance of tracks such as To the Unknown Man, Italian Song and Hymne cannot be denied,the track selection on this album is far too pedestrian to make it a great compilation. It would have been great to see some lesser known Vangelis stuff on here for those people who would probably not buy another Vangelis album and think that all the man is about is Chariots of Fire and Conquest of Paradise. Nothing from Direct, or The City and even the title track from Antartica is cut off in its prime. The albums still remains good, but it was a great chance to compile something much better.