839 518-2 Themes
Produced by Vangelis
Released on July 1989
US NEW AGE CHART POSITION #10
Find it at GEMM
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K ronomyth 22.0: THEME BONES. This collects the best of Vangelis’ work from film and tv commercials to date. Although a good half of this had already appeared on earlier Vangelis albums, Themes did the kindness of collecting for the first time music from Bladerunner, The Bounty and Missing. What emerges here is a kind of companion disc to 1978’s Best of Vangelis compilation; in fact, in Spain they pitched this as The Best of Vangelis with an extra pair of tracks (“Eric’s Theme” from Chariots, “Mouettes” from Opera Sauvage). Although the decision to open with the End Titles from Bladerunner is an odd choice, the rest of the record flows as smooth as digital honey. If you’re just discovering the music of Vangelis, Themes is a fine place to start. What’s missing here isn’t insubstantial (Heaven and Hell, Spiral, Albedo 0.39), but Themes picks up the story from there with smart choices from China, Opera Sauvage, See You Later, Antarctica and even dipping back in time for the beautiful “La Petite Fille de la Mer.” As for the unreleased soundtrack music, the selections from The Bounty are amazing and the Love Theme from Bladerunner is a personal favorite of mine. Some years later, a great injustice was corrected when the original soundtrack to Bladerunner was released (the 1982 album featured only an orchestral treatment of the film’s score). Soon after, a second injustice was partially corrected when Vangelis’ soundtrack to The Bounty was released as a limited edition double-disc set in Europe. An official soundtrack to Missing is still MIA, but that seems about right. For all intents and purposes, Themes is The Best of Vangelis: The Polydor Years, and should be approached as such.

839 518-2 back cover
839 518-2 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. END TITLES FROM "BLADERUNNER"    4:57
  2. MAIN THEME FROM "MISSING"    3:59
  3. L'ENFANT    5:00
  4. HYMN    2:45
  5. CHUNG KUO    5:29
  6. THE TAO OF LOVE    2:45
  7. THEME FROM "ANTARCTICA"    3:55
  8. LOVE THEME FROM "BLADERUNNER"    4:55
  9. OPENING TITLES FROM "THE BOUNTY"    4:16
  10. CLOSING TITLES FROM "THE BOUNTY"    4:58
  11. MEMORIES OF GREEN    5:42
  12. LA PETITE FILLE DE LA MER    5:51
  13. (CD bonus track:) FIVE CIRCLES    5:18
  14. CHARIOTS OF FIRE    3:31

    All songs composed by Vangelis

CREDITS

VANGELIS -- performer, arrangements
Shoot That Tiger! -- art direction and design
Stathis Zalidis -- front cover photography
Guy Protheroe -- liner notes

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GRC/US/BRA/CAN/GER July 1989 Polydor LP/CDX/CS 839 518-1/2/4 gatefold cover, CD w. bonus track
UK July 1989 Polydor LP/CS VGTV/VGTVC-1 gatefold cover
KOR 1989 Polydor LP SEL-RG1480 gatefold cover
SPA 1992 Polydor 2LP 847 746-1 repackaged as THE BEST OF VANGELIS
gatefold cover w. 16 tracks

 

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