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Return To Ommadawn
Return To Ommadawn
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield in top form, 23 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Return To Ommadawn (Audio CD)
This easily met and surpassed my high expectations. Oldfield is in great form. Great melodies, all melted together in a dreamy, mystic, yet energetic album. The sound is fantastic, very clean, clear, but also vivid and lively. Definitely his best in 20 years, possibly even more.

Chariots of Fire: The Play [Music from the Stage Show]
Chariots of Fire: The Play [Music from the Stage Show]
Price: £10.47

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on target!, 26 July 2012
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I had a hard time imagining how the Chariots of Fire material could be re-envisioned, while both respecting the original material and not turning into a parody of the music from 1981. In hindsight, I now wonder: Why did I doubt Vangelis would hit the hammer straight on its head?

Chariots of Fire (The Play) is a wonderful new album. The few tracks included from the original album were updated ranging from slightly to heavily, while some of the themes are used in the new material. At the same time there is a big bunch of completely new themes and tracks, and it all works together as if time did not pass. It's not that the new music is in the style of the old tracks. I hear no CS80 or any of the defining instruments of the original soundtrack. It's just that it works!

The power of this album is incredible. Vangelis thunders away as if he's reaching for an Olympic medal himself. Of course, at other times he rests and quietly brings out the moods and emotions of the silence before (and after) the storm.

Great results! The album may not be as polished as some of this other albums, but this makes it feel as if you are sitting right in front of him, while he's flying his fingers over the keys.

With such great results......

Let the Olympics begin! Now we already have something to remember them by.

Vangelis The Collection
Vangelis The Collection
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Price: £13.09

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 CDs of top quality music, a great start to re-discovering Vangelis, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Vangelis The Collection (Audio CD)
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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Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla
Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla
by Cherry Vanilla
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.15

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!, 8 Nov. 2010
What a great read!

Cherry's life has been a wild adventure, and she describes all the ins and outs of how she got fascinated by anything to do with the entertainment industry, all the ways she got involved with it and perhaps most important of all, the places this got her, throughout the years. Including whose bedrooms...

Cherry looks back on her conquests (and failures, triumphs, mishaps, adventures, ups and downs) with all the necessary traits, including self humor, pride and paradoxal modesty, melancholy as well as wisdom. But most of all, an honest yet enduring sweetness.

Between the lines of her refreshing writing style, you can tell that throughout all the ups and downs Cherry really enjoyed the ride, never took anything for granted and appreciates the front-row seat she had on so much glamorous history. Her enthusiasm definitely rubs off.

The result is a book that is impossible to put away. It's such a pleasure to read her stories, and impossible not to get caught up in the flow of it all and keep reading to see what (or who!) else life had planned for her. And how she took control or lost it again, somewhere along the adventurous road.

The book follows her exploits up to the point where she's earned the spotlight for herself, ending with an epilogue that quite strongly impresses that the rest would be equally interesting (though perhaps less explicit) a read, which leads to the hope that Cherry will someday pick up the pen again. Until then, we have "Lick Me" to cherish and read again.

Or, as Bowie said to Cherry's delight: "Good job, Vanilla!". Great book!!!!

Blade Runner Trilogy 25th Anniversary
Blade Runner Trilogy 25th Anniversary
Price: £23.38

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!, 21 Dec. 2007
Who dared to dream of this....

Two new disks of Blade Runner related music, in one go! Sold together with the 1994 release, to have it all in one buy.

Disk 1 is the album as we knew it. Blade Runner's most famous themes in perfect sound quality, together with some unused recordings, made into one big "story". There's a reason this is one of the best loved movie scores ever.

Disk 2 provides some of the movie's themes and moods that didn't make it into the first album, as well as some wonderful pieces that weren't finally used in the movie. Of the three disks, this is the dark one; the desolate place Blade Runner's overcrowded world has turned into. This entire album is comprised of music made in 1982 for the movie, although some of it was not used in the movie, and other tracks were used but are presented here in longer, more developed versions. All the lush and major themes were on disk one, leaving this the brooding, dark, melancholic atmosphere, with a few delightfully bright breaks. An intriguing album for anyone who has complained the first release wasn't dark enough, omitting the intense and rainy music scapes. You can't listen to this CD without finding yourself in the world we saw and lived in while watching Blade Runner.

With disk 3, Vangelis expands the world of Blade Runner, with new music he created to celebrate the movie's 25th Anniversary. Vangelis seems to explore different parts of this world, and does manage to find, among all the rain and darkness, a few brighter spots as well. Undeniably Blade Runner, yet also completely new and modern. A thoroughly inspiring album of music, that needs attention to be listened to and this time will ask you to imagine your own scenes. As inspiring as it is on first listen, like all the better albums, for full appreciation it needs some getting used to, but grows with every listen. An intriguing addition to the release and a great album in its own right.

What a pity that the purists are always making themselves the loudest. Sure, this is not the full 100% exactly what a few of the purist completist fans of the movie were dreaming about. Sure, a few desirable cues are indeed still missing. But this comes with so much more, which altogether easily makes up for the omissions. But the purists are so busy complaining about what's not on there, they don't find the time to explore what actually *is* on there.

To think, while one person may complain the bootlegs' extended End Titles version is not included, another is unhappy because many of the tracks on this release extend beyond what we heard of them in the movie. You can't please everyone, it simply defies logic. One is bound to be disappointed when listening to this CD only to compare it with preconceived expectations, rather than to enjoy the music.

Did anyone ever notice how boring these bootlegs (that the purists keep referring to) actually were, to listen to? These two new official CDs instead present the music as *music*, as much as *atmosphere*, a work of art that can live on its own. Not a set of cues used in the background of a movie, but instead an actual album of music derived from its inspiring source.

Well, I guess anything linked to Blade Runner cannot be released without its share of some controversy. So, do be sure to check out this marvellous release, and remember not to be discouraged by its critics, just like all of us never let the movie critics take our "Blade Runner" away. Instead, close your curtains, turn off the lights, put on the headphones and listen to almost 3 hours of Vangelis' "Blade Runner" genius!

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