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Outstanding with the film alongside,
This review is from: Chariots Of Fire (Audio CD)
This CD was excellent first-time round, but now digitally remastered, it is even better sounding. Vangelis is a genius - no argument. Chariots of Fire will always remain his most commercial output.
"Titles" is the main familiar theme. "Five Circles" is well known as well, having been added to compilation CDs. This CD is a soundtrack and nothing else but there are some ommissions from the film, for instance "Hymn" was used in the film but doesn't appear on the CD. "Hymn" can be found on a 1970s recording "Opera Sauvage" which is now available also on CD and is recommended. Watching the film recently, I chanced on hearing Vangelis calling on previous recordings and experiments. In "Abraham's Theme" I can hear "Reve" again from "Opera Sauvage". The main sequence track here is a 20mins "Chariots of Fire" and indeed there are influences from his previous recordings of "Heaven and Hell", "L'Apocalypse des Animaux", "Spiral" and "Beaubourg". Nonetheless, this 20min track is outstanding and often was not played when a vinyl - originally it was side two of the vinyl.
To really appreciate this CD, you really do need to see the film and understand the characters involved and each of their stories. The film is now available on a special 2-disk DVD. I believe the film is one of the greatest british films ever made and the soundtrack is a Vangelis masterpiece without question. It is timeless and certainly enhanced in this new CD 25th anniversary pressing.
Finally, I disagree that the main theme has become dated and over used. It can never be said as dated. There are other Vangelis recordings that perhaps sound far deeper and enlightening, but the main theme is exceptional and one can never grow tired of hearing it - I say PLAY IT LOUD and really hear Vangelis for all his worth. May I also suggest that you buy MYTHODEA on DVD and really see the great man in action - the MYTHODEA DVD has a live exclusive version of Vangelis playing the main theme from Chariots of Fire... simply brilliant!