Progrography

Vangelis
Some composers’ roots reach deep into the soil, drawing from it the essence of a culture so that the fruits of their labor become a form of national identity. For Finland, it was Jean Sibelius. For Greece, it is Vangelis. From his beginnings as a member of Aphrodite’s Child, Evangelos Papathanassiou has served as a musical oracle, scrying visions of the apocalypse at one moment, strange new worlds the next. This is the language of the Gods, or so it seemed in the ‘70s when the composer released ambitious works like Heaven And Hell, Albedo 0.39 and Beaubourg. His facility for haunting melodies soon weaved their spell on the world; at first in the “Cosmos” television series featuring Carl Sagan, then in a popular television commercial for Gallo wine, and culminating in the Academy-Award winning score to Chariots of Fire. It was during this period that Vangelis teamed up with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson to bring their talents to bear on songwriting; the stars aligned, and Vangelis was elevated from marginalized magician to international star. When the stars shifted elsewhere, the public’s fascination with Vangelis spent, the composer wisely continued to evolve and follow his own muse, cultivating a committed core of fans in the process. The journey has taken him down many roads: idiosyncratic soundtracks (Bladerunner, 1492: The Conquest of Paradise), modern classical works (Invisible Connections), new age albums (Direct, Oceanic) and presumably personal works that celebrate Greece (Rapsodies, El Greco). Still a vital musician/composer (Mythodea was released in 2001), Vangelis is a national treasure, his place in the pantheon of music secure for many ages to come.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1973 L'APOCALYPSE DES ANIMAUX
1974 EARTH
1975 Heaven and Hell, 3rd Movement (Theme from "Cosmos")
1975 November HEAVEN AND HELL
1976 August So Long Ago, So Clear
1976 September ALBEDO 0.39
1976 October Pulstar
1976 Alpha
1976 LA FETE SAUVAGE
1976 La Fete Sauvage
1977 IGNACIO
1977 Ignacio Part 1
1977 December SPIRAL
1978 January To The Unknown Man (Part 1)
1978 July BEAUBOURG
1978 THE BEST OF VANGELIS
1978 HYPOTHESIS
1978 THE DRAGON
1979 April CHINA
1979 May The Long March (Part 1)
1979 ODES
1979 OPERA SAUVAGE
1979 Hymne
1980 June My Love
1980 November SEE YOU LATER
1981 March CHARIOTS OF FIRE
1981 April Chariots of Fire - Titles
1981 ZIJN GROOTSTE SUCCESSEN (GREATEST HITS)
1982 November TO THE UNKNOWN MAN VOLUMES 1 & 2
1982 BLADE RUNNER
1983 ANTARCTICA
1983 Theme From Antarctica
1984 June MAGIC MOMENTS
1984 October SOIL FESTIVITIES
1985 March 19 MASK
1985 March INVISIBLE CONNECTIONS
1986 RAPSODIES
1988 September The Will of the Wind
1988 October 18 DIRECT
1989 July THEMES
1989 Missing
1990 November THE CITY
1992 October 20 THE CONQUEST OF PARADISE
1992 October 1492: The Conquest of Paradise
1993 March Twenty-Eighth Parallel
1993 April ENTENDS-TU LES CHIENS?
1994 December BEST IN SPACE
1995 October Voices
1995 October VOICES
1995 Ask The Mountains
1995 SPACE THEMES
1995 THEMES II: THE VERY BEST OF
1995 FOROS TIMIS STON GRECO
1995 THE BOUNTY: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
1996 April PORTRAITS (SO LONG AGO, SO CLEAR)
1996 A Separate Affair
1996 GIFT... GREATEST HITS
1997 January 28 OCEANIC
1997 March THE COLLECTION
1997 April Spiral
1998 EL GRECO
2000 March 7 REPRISE 1990-1999
2001 October 23 MYTHODEA
2002 April 24 Anthem
2002 THE BEST OF VANGELIS (BMG)
2003 November 4 ODYSSEY
2004 November 9 ALEXANDER ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
2007 December 20 EL GRECO ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
2010 WHO KILLED THE DRAGON? (THE BYG SESSIONS)

SEE ALSO...
JON AND VANGELIS discography
The Music of Cosmos
Polar Shift: A Benefit For Antarctica

 

Search the world for your music!


 

© 2011 Connolly & Company. All rights reserved.