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New age art rock guru Vangelis has been making music for over 30 years. His progressive, electronic, and highly melodic soundscapes paved the way for artists like Enya — her debut record borrows liberally from his early-'80s compositions — and brought instrumental music to the forefront of the pop charts. Hip-O's 18-track retrospective plays like a soundtrack within a soundtrack, chronicling all of his various projects like a well-paced novel. Classic compositions like the theme from Chariots of Fire and the moody, noir-heavy Blade Runner sit comfortably among collaborations with Jon Anderson of Yes and ambitious solo works such as "Celtic Dawn." Vangelis collections tend to be esoteric, focusing on specific time periods or styles as opposed to taking a linear approach to his vast and diverse catalog. Finally, with Odyssey: The Definitive Collection, consumers have access to the most comprehensive overview of this influential electronic pioneer's illustrious career to date.

Customer Reviews


いやいや、ヴァンゲリス、久しぶりに聞いて懐かしい。 日韓ワールドカップのテーマ曲もよかったけど、このアルバムの「Theme from Antarctica」を聞いて昔を思い出した。この曲って映画「南極物語」に使われてたんだよなぁ。その当時まだ小学生だったけど、妙に頭に残る曲でした。


まだ高校生ですが。テーマの映画はほとんど知りませんが。 それでもM3は知っている方も多いと思います。 炎のランナーとか関係なく、ジャケットにあるような夜空のオーロラ、いや、宇宙を感じることさえできます。 M7は日本映画の「南極物語」のテーマソング。最近よく耳にすると思います。 ただ、ひとつ残念なのが、ワールドカップで使われていたアンセムがないことですかね・・。




Born: March 29, 1943 in Volos, Greece

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his lush, Oscar-winning score to the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, Vangelis was among the most successful and admired electronic composers of his era. Born Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou in Volos, Greece, on March 29, 1943, his nascent musical talent was recognized at an early age, but he refused to take piano lessons, instead teaching himself. After high school he formed the early-'60s pop group Formynx, soon the most popular act in Greece. After achieving superstardom at home, Vangelis...
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