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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • ASIN: B00FG1F6D4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of newly remastered and sonically enhanced editions of the albums recorded for the RCA and ARISTA labels by Vangelis. All of these reissues come in deluxe digi-pack designs, with new masters personally supervised by Vangelis. This Esoteric Recordings release (undertaken with the full approval and supervision of Vangelis himself) features a booklet that restores the original album artwork.

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Format: Audio CD
All these words and more can describe this album - if it can be described at all. Vangelis himself speaks of this as a "musical cityscape", much in the vein of his later "The City", but altogether a stranger album.
Eschewing traditional themes and, at times, even tonality itself, this modern-day Schoenberg-like journey takes you through different areas of this imaginary city. Tying the disparate parts together is an underlying "almost-theme", which appears, fugue-like, through the piece, at times almost unrecognisable. Like seeing faces in a cloud, the ear of the listener provides the framework to see the theme when it appears.
Like a dream that often goes to places we don't want to see, this is a disturbing work, Yes, it is challenging and frustrating by turns, but I would disagree with the notion that this is one for completists only. If you are in the right mood, and wish your music to take you beyond the normal bounds of syth, I would recommend this.
But before embarking on your journey, be aware that it is going to be a strange one, and not for everyone.
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Beaubourg is a part of Paris where Vangelis used to live. It also contains the Pompidou Centre. According to Mark Griffin's biography of the composer, "Vangelis fell in love with the coloured tubes on the outside of the building and with the album invoked his personal view of the architecture."

It must be said that this is not an easy album to listen to: it is very avant garde and experimental. Vangelis said, "I wanted to do something really non-commercial." Like his later album `Invisible Connections', Vangelis here is exploring sound rather than presenting a structured vehicle with a recognisable beginning, middle, and end. Melodious, it is not; or rather, the melody comes in short bursts. (One cannot help but wonder if this album is a form of tribute to IRCAM, which is housed next to the Pompidou Centre.)

But just as a lover of Brahms might forego the music of Schoenberg, the listener to `Spiral' might want to leave `Beaubourg' alone. But if you are prepared to open your ears and listen to a great composer explore the sounds of capabilities of the electronic (and acoustic) instruments he has to hand, `Beaubourg' can be an enjoyable diversion.
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Something that really bothers me is that far too many people approach an artists work as though the artist ought to be doing what the audience wants, rather than simply creating things for themselves, and hoping the audience can open their ears and perhaps even learn something new about themselves, the artist, or even music itself.

No this is not Chariots of Fire or Blade Runner. Its purpose is very different, and it ws created during the formative years of Vangelis. What's wrong with that?

So yes, if you only know Chariots of Fire, then you might be a tad surprised by the lack of humable melodies. But this one is something else entirely. In many ways it's more, deeper, and asks more of its audience. Some might call it "experimental" - which I won't disagree with too much.

But it's none the worse for that.

Perhaps not essential - fair enough. But to me it's entirely worthy, and if you have an open mind or what to hear something different, this might well do nicely.

If you like this then he took it to the nth degree with Invisible Connections, and even more abstract piece that I sometimes listen too.
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On initial hearing, this album has the capacity to offend everybody! Anyone familiar and used to Vangelis's more known works like Chariots of Fire and 1492 might find the lack of tunes and weird synth sounds unusual and distressing. On the other hand, anyone who is more at home in avant guard electronic music might find much in this record that could appear tacky and cheesy! Yet in spite all this, I think this record has a mastery and beauty that is unsurpassable. I think it's one of Vangelis's best works.

The album has a suggestion of one performer with one synthesiser, with much stereo panning thrown in for effect. There are many moods expressed in this record, including dramatic, reflective, slapstick and serious, with many haunting sections of great beauty. Much of the record uses sound based textures, but there are also many sections that hint at keys and tonality without indulging in it.

I have heard this album many times over many years and still find it amazing with many depths.

A much underrated work!
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Beaubourg is a weird album . It sounds quite experimental and vangelis tries to use as many sounds as possible . First listen I thought I wouldn't listen again but after a few listens now it grows on you
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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Hot on the heels of the fabulous 'Albedo 0.39' and 'Spiral' came 'Beaubourg'.

Whilst the previous two albums were rich in colour, melody and creativity this is an entirely different kettle of fish.

Here, Vangelis experiments with sounds and soundscapes to produce two very quirky movements which seem to lack cohesion and too much direction or structure.

There are fans of Vangelis who 'get' this...I kind of see what he was trying to achieve, but it is a challenging listening experience and not for the faint hearted.

If you are looking for an intro to Vangelis and his music, don't pick this one first.
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