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Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2009
Vangelis may be best known for Chariots Of Fire and the Titles track is here.
My most enjoyable listerns are the collaborations with Jon Anderson of Yes fame, somehow they combine their talents apparently effortlessly and with real class.
So Long Ago, So Clear, I Here You Now and especially I/ll Find My Way Home can all be played loud and often.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've many, many Vangelis albums, both on LP and CD. All his collaborations with Yes singer Jon Anderson, under the guise of Jon and Vangelis, plus many of his numerous film scores. I started this musical odyssey as a teenager back in the early 80's.

And, yes, I confess. I DO have a Vangelis compilation. THIS one. There may be newer best of's and you're never going to get a perfect snapshot of this keyboard wizard's entire work (according to Wikipedia, he has recorded 52 albums!) but for a good general overview of his best and most popular work, I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

I've lent it to others who are now Vangelis-ites, like myself, and because of listening to - and enjoying this collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2011
Since you'll only be buying this if you're a Vangelis fan, it's fair to say that you would award it either 5 stars (if it's exactly what you wanted) or 4 (if your absolute favourite track has been left off. Either way, you enjoy most if not all of this compilation.

I especially like the tracks featuring Jon Anderson and have often wondered what Yes would have sounded like if, when Rick Wakeman left, Vangelis had taken his place instead of Patrick Moraz.

As can be seen from the track listing, this is a compilation of Vangelis's best-known work and will make the cheapest stereo system sound posh.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2001
This CD allows you to live,love and travel the continents all in the comfort of your favourite armchair. The music incites and excites at the same time. I listen to it constantly and hear something different every time.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 December 2013
This `Best Of' collection from 1996 features seventy-five minutes of music that has been imaginatively segued and digitally remastered. Unfortunately, the remastering sometimes leads to losing the sense of immediacy in the original. This is particularly noticeable in `Pulstar', `La Petite Fille De La Mer', and `Alpha'. It's the same music, but not the same, if you get my drift: it's like a facsimile of the original recording. In some instance, however, the remastering has certainly made the sound fantastic. (See my comments, below.)

In addition to the remastering, there has also been a little remixing - witness the opening seconds of `To The Unknown Man'. Unfortunately, that track is here truncated so that the listener does not receive the full benefit of the superb contrasting second part. Never mind, this is a rich collection with at least six of the fifteen tracks worthy of five stars and the rest worth four.

Four of the tracks were previously released as part of the Jon & Vangelis partnership; five, if you include `So Long Ago, So Clear.' Whilst sung by Jon Anderson, the track first appeared on a purely Vangelis album. Two tracks are `new': we have a choral version of `Hymn' and a previously unreleased track from another of Vangelis's collaborations with the film-maker Frederic Rossif, `Sauvage et Beau'.

Whilst both of these `new` tracks are very good, neither of them approaches the perfection that is the remastered tracks six, seven, and eight (the Jon & Vangelis suite of `I Hear You Now', `I'll Find My Way Home', and `State Of Independence'). And the remastered `Chariots of Fire' is supreme and cannot be bettered. My only disappointment with this selection is that there is nothing from some of my favourite albums, such as `Soil Festivities', `Mask', or even `Blade Runner'.

On the basis of this `portrait' exhibition, then, some of the artist's best work is here on display, but some also still remains in his private collection, but at least we are spared some of his more abstract paintings. This collection nevertheless remains a blockbuster exhibition.
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There seem to be a vast number of Vangelis collections on the market, picking up at different stages of his career.

This is one of my favourites and on Amazon, one of the cheapest too.

It includes a host of truly beautiful compositions including 'Chariots' and his work with Jon Anderson, which is wonderful.

The way the tracks are sequenced, each track merges into the next, offering the listener an unbroken hour plus of the most delightful and creative music.
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on 19 September 2012
Yet another great CD from Vangelis, it's complete with contributions from Jon Anderson, perfect driving music. A must for any music fan.
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on 21 April 2014
This was one of my favorite albums 30 years ago so it brings back a lot of happy memories when I play this CD..
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on 3 February 2013
i had a copy of this for many years and i wanted a better cd as mine was scratched and its a very good cd
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