Aphrodite's favorite child ...
Vangelis, whose real name is Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou is a Greek composer who started his musical career in a group called "The Forminx" and who experienced his heyday in Greece in the 60s.
But it was in 1968 that his fate changed when he created the "Aphrodite’s child" with a certain ... Demis Roussos, as well as Loukas Sideras and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris.
And it is with this group that he records what will become a huge planetary hit at the time namely "Rain and Tears".
Group that will produce 3 albums in all and will sell more than 20 million records. And which in the end will separate in 1971.
It was in 1973 that his solo career took off when he composed the incredible soundtrack "L’apocalypse des animaux", by Frédéric Rossif.
The same year, he also composed his first solo album "Earth".
After living in Paris, he moved to London and signed with the label RCA Records.
With whom he will release the albums "Heaven and hell" in 1975, then the sublime and avant-garde "Albedo 0.39" in 1976 and "Spiral" in 1977, followed by "Beaubourg" in 1978 and finally the majestic and imperial "China" In 1979.
Also in 1979, he again composed a soundtrack for film, still for Frédéric Rossif, soundtrack for the film "Opéra Sauvage".
He also released an album "Short stories" from his collaboration with the singer of the group "Yes" Jon Anderson.
And finally a solo album "Odes" where his favorite singer Irène Papas does wonders, notably on the sublime "Nerantzoula".
His fame grew and his compositions were used more and more to decorate certain scenes from films, advertisements or events.
The consecration arrived in 1981 when he composed the soundtrack for the film "Chariots of fire" for which he was to receive an Award.
New collaboration with Jon Anderson with whom he produced the album "Friends of Mr Cairo" from which the flagship title "I'll Find My Way Home" will come.
Shortly followed by the sublime soundtrack of "Blade Runner" which was released in 1982.
In 1983, new beautiful soundtrack for the film "Antartica" and new collaboration, still with Jon Anderson on the album "Private collections".
In 1984 a new soundtrack will be released this time for the film "The bounty", then in 1985 the dark album "Mask" and in 1988, the album "Direct" which will not remain history as its best.
In 1991, last collaboration, again and again with his old friend Jon Anderson on the album "Page of life".
In 1992, another soundtrack with “Conquest of paradise”. Followed in 1995 by the solo album "Voices" then by the album "Oceanic" in 1996.
With pieces of anthology and others more obscure each time… The artist is always in activity and is often asked to compose special hymns like those of the Olympic Games in Sydney, the football world cup in 2002, etc. …
Composer of genius, particularly prolific, Vangelis can be considered to this day as one of the major artists of the XXth and XXIth centuries and will leave in the history of the musics which will survive him and this for centuries and centuries ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Rain and tears (Aphrodite’s childs) 1968
• L’apocalypse des animaux – La petite fille de la mer 1973
• L’apocalypse des animaux – La mort du loup 1973
• L’apocalypse des animaux – Création du monde 1973
• Pulstar 1976
• Alpha 1976
• La fête sauvage 1976
• Spiral 1977
• To the unknown man 1978
• Opéra sauvage – L’enfant 1979
• Opéra sauvage – Irlande 1979
• Opéra sauvage – Hymne 1979
• China - The long march 1979
• China – Chung Kuo 1979
• Odes 1979 (Irène Papas)
• My love 1980
• Chariots of fire 1981
• Cosmos theme 1981
• I'll Find My Way Home (avec Jon Anderson) 1981
• The friends of Mr Cairo (avec Jon Anderson) 1981
• Blade runner – Love theme 1982 (version finale en 1994)
• Blade runner – Tears in rain 1982
• Antartica – Theme 1983
• Italian song (avec Jon Anderson) 1983
• The bounty 1984
• Mask - Movement 2 1985
• Direct – Elsewhere 1988
• 1492 - Conquest of paradise 1992
• Voices - Prelude 1995
• Oceanic - Bon voyage 1996
• El Greco - Mouvement X 1998
• Mythodea - Movement 6 2001
• Anthem FIFA World Cup 2002
• Alexander - Titans 2004
1968 ... surely one of the biggest hits of that year and the decade itself. The first steps of future huge stars (literally as well as figuratively ...)
1973 ... the soundtrack with incredible lyricism which will reveal him and launch in a shattering way his solo career
1973 ... always the same soundtrack. After "La petite fille de la mer", here comes La mort du loup", a 2nd WONDER !
1973 ... we end up with the "Création du monde", a 3rd WONDER with transcosmic inspiration !
1976 ... the title which will elevate him definitively and spectacularly to the rank of planetary star. A beginning of consecration which makes this totally extraordinary composer one of the biggest phenomena of the moment
1976 ... the confirmation of an incredible talent. But where is he going to get it all ? No one at this stage is able to compete with him, that's clear !
1976 ... new soundtrack, new success. Official supplier of HUGE BO . Each title released from now on is an event in itself
1977 ... new sound shock that once again amazes the world, never heard before. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1978 ... and what about that one. A real monument in itself ! Surely one of his most emblematic pieces. MAS-TER-FUL !
1979 ... another dream soundtrack sublimated by an inspiration from who knows where. The composer's inspiration is limitless and constantly renews herself. This is called genius !
1979 ... after "L'Enfant", "Irlande". There are no longer enough superlatives to describe what it feels like to listen to a song like this. We are squarely touching the supernatural and almost perfect. MA-GIC !
1979 ... still from the same soundtrack, "Hymne". Another piece among the best known of the artist and which definitely consecrates him as one of the greatest composers of his time, just that !
1979 ... sudden inspiration from the Far East, it's simply beautiful. In total opposition to what he had done so far. But that's also genius !
1979 ... an incredible inspiration capable of embracing all cultures and all planetary sounds. Unique in it's genre !
1979 ... listen to me this other WONDER ! An Irene Papas at the height of her vocal possibilities and who literally transcends this extraordinary song once again
1980 ... small transition phase between 2 eras. After a 70s decade which consecrated him as one of the greatest composers of the decade, the following decade prepared to consecrate him definitively as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century
1981 ... the title which will definitively make him enter the musical legend of this end of the XXth century. A movie that will go down in history in part thanks to this sublime soundtrack and among the best known of this end of the century. MAS-TER-FUL !
1981 ... live from Cosmos ! It is clear that his inspiration comes from there ... Hence exactly, good question ...
1981 ... when 2 huge stars of the moment meet, the result is necessarily up to par. The proof with this first title which works perfectly. HU-GE !
1981 ... the duo is incredibly effective and the voice of Anderson mixes wonderfully with the music of Vangelis. All good little guys !
1982 ... a cult film, a cult soundtrack ! Everything is cult. This film remains to this day as one of the most significant of this end of the XXth century, in particular thanks to this absolutely incredible music
1982 ... the film's finale, an INCREDIBLE sequence, filled with beauty and emotion rarely seen in cinema. The composer has reached perfection !
1983 ... another soundtrack of remarkable inspiration. We are dumbfounded by its ability to find new, unexplored musical paths year after year
1983 ... new delirium between friends. And it still works just as well between these 2 artists with very different but oh so complementary profiles !
1984 ... listen to that, royal ! Another film that can thank Heaven for having such a soundtrack. How many films would have known a very different future without these soundtracks ...
1985 ... an inspiration rarely seen in the 20th century ! Already more than 10 years of delivering to ordinary people songs of absolutely extraordinary intensity ... a near record !
1988 ... the years go by and everything is in balance. Notes flow through his head like an inexhaustible fountain ...
1992 ... 500 years later, he too has reached paradise. One would have thought that after 3 decades at the peak of his possibilities, it would be time for him to breathe ... What the hell ! It starts again from more beautiful on the decade 90 !
1995 ... his compositions are incredibly timeless. They are still at the top of the era and take no wrinkle ... unheard of !
1996 ... an ocean of tranquility where everything is peaceful. Nothing changes, we are touching on perfection, once again !
1998 ... 30 years separate "Rain and tears" from this song. 30 years of almost uninterrupted huge compositions. Who says better ?
2001 ... like a Verdi ... The Maestro begins his fifth decade here at the height of his art ...
2002 ... a hymn to the glory of futcheboal. He will have done everything to us. Everything, I mean, everything !
2004 ... another film carried at arm's length by an awesome soundtrack. How many directors have to say thank you ... dozens, that's for sure ! At least...
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