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The Collection
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2012
The Collection

Vangelis' wonderful new compilation album. Absolutely the best way to get to know this composer, whose timelessness is reconfirmed. The combination of tracks works like a charm, and very few of the really famous tracks are missing. Of course, a lot of great work has to be left out, even for a double CD, but a compilation should never be more than a great starting point.

There's something extra for the avid fans as well: The Blade Runner main titles finally include the spectacular start of the movie, which was never before released, and Line Open is pretty rare. Finally there is a completely new track, called "Remembering". Great material, both relaxing and inspiring.

The tracks are mostly separated (except for the occasional sound effect to break the silence), sound quality is of course sublime. Both CDs are filled to the top. This is great value for money!

Together with the brand-new Chariots of Fire stage play soundtrack release, hitting the market on the very same day as "The Collection", this is proving to be a good summer for Vangelis music. Enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In years to come this man should be revered and talked about in the same manner as many of the past masters (like Beethoven, Pachelbel, Vivaldi). He writes such beautiful and romantic pieces of music but is also able to write dramatic and edgy pieces too.

There have been almost endless 'collections' of Vangelis works but this double album is drenched in quality. It's pleasing to see that Tears In Rain has been released outside of the Blade Runner soundtrack. This is an ambient/romantic piece that just oozes with class. I am though bitterly disappointed that Antarctica (and Antarctica Echoes) have failed to be added. These are two incredibly beautiful pieces (a shortened version of Antarctica can be found on previous Vangelis collections) and anyone who is only just coming around to Vangelis should also download these tracks!

Some of his chart success was alongside Jon (Anderson from Yes) in the late 70s/early 80s and there are some tracks from this collaboration. I'll Find My Way Home is a personal favourite; there are some keyboard-sound similarities with Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo) here. Like Clarke, Vangelis stretches the production of the keyboard sounds to create epic soundscapes full of tweets and trembles (listen to it around 2.28 on a good quality CD system) - beautiful, sublime and awe inspiring songwriting.

This is an incredible album and reminds people of the lost art of writing quality music and the ability to write from the heart. This is synth-pop, synth-classical and classical of the highest order. Many of the tracks are from a time when you didn't need to be a Justin Bieber(!!) to get a record contract and that's exactly why it isn't throw-away like much of what equates to music today.

A must buy album. Enjoy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2012
Having been a fan of Vangelis for a while I was interested to hear about a new Vangelis best of as there has been many before. What a present surprise to see the track listing for this, yes it has everything you would expect but also some tracks that are harder to find and rare. There is also an unreleased track called Remembering on there.

Not sure who came up with the track listing or the running order but it plays beautifully.. Maybe it was vangelis himself.. does anyone know.
So a great collection of you are already a fan and a great collection if you have never owned a Vangelis album before. Highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2013
Good easy-listening for car journeys or just walking in the countryside. Soothing rhythmic pieces to delight. Clear your mind and relax.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Really quite the Absolute best vangelis compilation in my unhumble statement!
And i am unanimous in that! lol,
A real treat! An aphex aural exiter!.
It is the best box of electronic chocolates my ears have eaten up in years!.
go on - buy it - go on then!, unzip that big aural package and let vangelis's Big synth make love to all of your hearing.
As i said, Chariots bringing gifts, really can travel!
Very very well.
Music and Fire
for our souls.

To those of you who didn't like my review.., huh!!! (Sulks and rooolls eyes)
Your just jealous
Cause someone's house Fell on your Sister!!!
so there!!
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on 22 July 2013
From the outset, I should warn the viewers at home that, when you first listen to this cracking album, you'll experience a LOT of deja ecouter moments, as in 'where have I heard THAT song before?' But fret not, you know more Vangelis than you think you do! Just to help you out, 'Pulstar' was used in the end credits of Johnny Ball's show 'Think Again', and 'Ask the mountains' in a washing machine advert! My favourite track is 'Rachel's Song', the first track on cd2, which is haunting and beautiful, and I swear it's been sampled on a club track,but, which one? Answers on a postcard please! Overall, it's a fabulous listening experience, and it's very difficult to determine which musical genre he belongs to. It's one of those rare albums where you don't skip tracks to get to the good stuff because, they're ALL good! Everyone should have this in their cd collection! So...what are you waiting for?
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on 26 May 2015
I used to have a cassette tape called 'Magic Moments with Vangelis' which I really liked. To replace this, I purchased this compilation, but was a bit disappointed. Most of disc 1 is OK, containing music from Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner and a little more of his earlier work, but most of disc 2 is 'ambient music' which for me is pleasant enough but lacks variety and substance. Also for me there are too many vocal tracks. Much better for my taste is the original album classics set of the first 3 albums (see separate review) which contains much more inventive and original music. I'll keep the current collection for the occasional good track (Chariots of Fire etc) which is missing from the original album set, but on the whole I much prefer the earlier music which was covered on my old tape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
You listen to a couple of songs like "Chariots Of Fire" or "Hymne" and it's already worth it.
And then, you have 29 more songs....!
Oh boy, what an artist Vangelis is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2013
Some cool music...Chariots of fire theme and many many more. Makes for great background listening when busy with your household chores,,,HIghly recommended.
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on 18 July 2013
As a fan of Vangelis having first heard his music many years ago I wanted this CD to fill in the gaps of his compositions I haven't yet heard. Some of the tracks I already have but the others go on my must have list.
The haunting 'Rachel's Song' and the dramatic 'Conquest of Paradise' are all here, as are some of the older very successful songs in partnership with Jon Anderson.
This is a good introduction to anyone just catching on to Vangelis and will encourage them to further enjoy this gifted composer.
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