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In Case You Missed It: Rhino U.K. Goes the Distance for Vangelis

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At this summer’s Olympic Games in London, if there was going to be any film score coming through the speakers, it would be the theme to Chariots of Fire. Vangelis’ synthesizer-based piece has resounded in the popular consciousness for more than 30 years. Running along a beach or looking for energy to complete a task? That piano riff – which helped the film win one of four Academy Awards and topped the Billboard charts for a week in 1982 – will likely play in your head until you finish the task.

Inspired by the Olympic fervor of the past season, Rhino U.K. recently released a double-disc set, simply titled The Collection, in honor of the Greek composer. The man born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou has been at the forefront of electronic, New Age and European popular music for decades, as well as in high demand for film scoring, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), chronicling Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World.

The set includes a healthy amount of soundtrack material, as well as some of Vangelis’ more pop-oriented work. This includes four tracks in collaboration with former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. (The pair had met when Vangelis was considered to replace Rick Wakeman in Yes in 1974; Anderson sang on several Vangelis LPs afterward, and four official collaboration albums were released between 1980 and 1991.) The 31-track set also includes one new track, “Remembering.”

The Collection is available as an import title and can be ordered after the jump. (Thanks to super reader Ludo for the tip!)

The Collection (Rhino U.K. 2564658108, 2012)

Disc 1

  1. Conquest of Paradise (from 1492: Conquest of Paradise)
  2. Titles (from Chariots of Fire)
  3. End Titles (from Blade Runner)
  4. Pulstar
  5. Eternal Alexander (from Alexander)
  6. Anthem (2002 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem)
  7. Line Open (from 1492: Conquest of Paradise)
  8. To the Unknown Man
  9. Hymne
  10. Voices
  11. Up and Running (from Blade Runner)
  12. Main Titles (from Blade Runner)
  13. Tears in Rain (from Blade Runner)
  14. So Long Ago, So Clear – Jon & Vangelis
  15. I’ll Find My Way Home – Jon & Vangelis
  16. State of Independence – Jon & Vangelis
  17. I Hear You Now – Jon & Vangelis

Disc 2

  1. Rachel’s Song
  2. Theme from Missing
  3. Love Theme from Blade Runner
  4. Ask the Mountains
  5. Theme from Bitter Moon
  6. Dream in an Open Place
  7. Twenty Eighth Parallel (from 1492: Conquest of Paradise)
  8. Memories of Green
  9. La Petite Fille de la Mer
  10. Song of the Seas
  11. Memories of Blue
  12. L’enfant
  13. Echoes
  14. Remembering

Disc 1, Track 1 and 7 and Disc 2, Track 7 from 1492: Conquest of Paradise – Music from the Original Soundtrack (Atlantic, 1992)
Disc 1, Track 2 from Chariots of Fire (Polydor, 1981)
Disc 1, Tracks 3 and Disc 2, Tracks 2-3 and 8 from Themes (Polydor, 1989)
Disc 1, Track 4 from Albedo 0.39 (RCA, 1976)
Disc 1, Track 5 from Alexander: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony Classical, 2004)
Disc 1, Track 6 from non-LP single (Sony Classical, 2002)
Disc 1, Track 8 from Spiral (RCA, 1977)
Disc 1, Track 9 and Disc 2, Track 12 from Opéra Sauvage (Polydor, 1979)
Disc 1, Track 10 and Disc 2, Tracks 4, 6 and 13 from Voices (Atlantic, 1995)
Disc 1, Track 11 from Blade Runner Trilogy: 25th Anniversary (UMe, 2007)
Disc 1, Tracks 12-13 and Disc 2, Track 1 from Blade Runner: Original Motion Picture Score (Atlantic, 1994)
Disc 1, Track 14 from Heaven and Hell (RCA, 1975)
Disc 1, Tracks 15-16 from The Friends of Mr. Cairo (Polydor, 1981)
Disc 1, Track 17 from Short Stories (Polydor, 1980)
Disc 2, Track 5 from Reprise 1990-1999 (EastWest, 1999)
Disc 2, Track 9 from L’Apocalypse des Animaux (Polydor, 1973)
Disc 2, Tracks 10-11 from Oceanic (Atlantic, 1995)
Disc 2, Track 14 is a new track

Written by Mike Duquette

September 10, 2012 at 10:34

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  1. No title track from The Friends Of Mr. Cairo?????


    September 10, 2012 at 10:53

  2. Blade Runner obsessives need to know that “Main Titles from Blade Runner” (CD1, track 12) is the film version complete with drums and the eerie synth lines… this has NEVER been released on CD before. Also, “Line Open” is not from the 1492 soundtrack album, but a b-side from the CD single. So that one’s sort of rare.

    Otherwise, this collection is a missed opportunity. Some of the tracks cut off abruptly rather than segueing into one another as on the previous “Reprise 1990-1999” compilation. I think the vocal tracks with Jon Anderson don’t really fit well with this comp, either.


    September 10, 2012 at 12:57

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