We lost Klaus a few weeks ago and now Vangelis. I'm getting tired of doing these tribute mixes.
His music was my electronic soundtrack to the 80s. I played the daylights out of Antarctica and Soil Festivities back then. And then of course there is Blade Runner. I am still in awe of that soundtrack today.
I don't know what else to say other than I loved his music. Godspeed Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou.
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T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Vangelis - Theme from Antarctica (Antarctica 1983)
- 07:23 Vangelis - Movement 1 (Soil Festivities 1984)
- 24:46 Vangelis - Blade Runner Blue (Blade Runner 1994)
- 33:20 Vangelis - Opening Titles (The Bounty 1984)
- 37:11 Vangelis - L'Enfant (Opéra Sauvage 1979)
- 42:00 Vangelis - Pulstar (Albedo 0.39 1976)
- 47:06 Vangelis - Movement 4 (Mask 1985)
- 54:21 Vangelis - Juno's Echoes (Juno to Jupiter 2021)
- 57:50 Vangelis - Heaven & Hell pt. 1, 3rd Movement (Heaven & Hell 1975)
- 62:04 end
Thanks for listening & downloading!
This should have gone longer that the token hour for such a giant in the genre. There are hidden gems in "Entends-Tu...", "The City", "Voices", particularly the miraculous "Direct", that need to be voiced. Hopefully you will do another mix or two of Vangelis to cover the broad spectrum of this composer.
I missed his passing because I was on a hiking trip at the time. I'm of a generation where his music was used extensively in adverts and TV soundtracks, because he was one of the few 70s synth wizards who struck a balance between awesome blocks of sound and accessible melodies. As such it feels as if his music has always been around.
He did an album with Irene Papas called Odes, which in retrospect feels like a prototype for Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Ofra Haza and so forth. Of all the 70s synth wizards he struck me was the one who was least overawed by the technology, perhaps because he had an extensive career as a jazz and rock pianist before adopting synthesisers.
Apart from his music he will be forever remembered for discovering that if you feed a Yamaha CS-80 into a Lexicon 224 and give it a little pitch-bend the results sound awesome.
Ashley, thanks for sharing your Vangelis memories.
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