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Album Review

Themes is one of the most entertaining and thorough of any of Vangelis' collections, with excerpts spanning such albums as Opera Sauvage, China, and the ever-popular Chariots of Fire release from 1981. Most of the selections from Themes speak for Vangelis' movie contributions, including the infamous "Chariots of Fire" track as well as the lonesome-sounding theme from Missing and the powerful openings from Mutiny on the Bounty. With this music, Vangelis has implemented some variations in rhythm and some noticeable fluctuation in his synthesizer work, making these tracks much more colorful and animated than his new age meanderings of the '70s. Also, his ability to cast visual imagery through his keyboard playing is represented by many of these excerpts, but proven best on tracks like "Antarctica," in which the white, barren wasteland is conjured up perfectly through his wispy synthesized textures, and then again on "End Titles From Bladerunner," which was previously unreleased, simulating the impersonal, android-like world in which the movie was based. Both of his cuts from China include oriental-flavored backdrops, while Bladerunner's love theme remains one of Vangelis' most beautiful pieces. Themes is a definitive purchase as far as compilations are concerned, since a majority of his best material lies in the 14 tracks.

Customer Reviews

Panoramic Emotion

This is without a doubt one of the best albums I have ever owned, and one of the best ways to get a well rounded survey of panoramic emotion. Drizzilled with mystery, romance, heartache, longing and wonder. With a little sound of the future, and from the past, Themes carries you on a worthy adventure. Some of Vangelis' best material from a variety of Soundtracks is here for you to enjoy... easily one of my top 10 albums to be lost anywhere with. With rare tracks like the closing theme from the Bounty, plus the End titles from Bladerunner, Love theme from Bladerunner, Antarctica, Five Circles, The Tao of Love and a few others that might sound suprisingly familiar, a lush sound and great songs reside here. Well worth it!


L'Enfant is the love theme from the movie 'The Year of Living Dangerously.' It is a hauntingly beautiful song, one I've searched for, for many years. If you don't know the movie, make sure to see it. Set in Jakarta, Indonesia before the attempted coup of 1965, the knowledge of the story will make this song resonate for you. I have all the music from this movie and listen to it often. It's modern without being cloying. Happy listening.

Vangelis is a great composer

This is a pretty good introduction album, but lacks much of his incredible work on Alexander. Vangelis is an incredibly diverse composer whose work can fit in a sci-fi setting just as easily as an anciet greek setting. He has a deep understanding of SOUND and how it can be utilized to evoke deep emotion. Check him out.


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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