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Greek multi-instrumentalist Vangelis Papathanassiou was a child prodigy, eventually studying music in Athens. He spent his early career with in the beat band Formix, later forming Aphrodite's Child in 1968. By early 70s, he would emigrate to Paris then London to embark on a solo career, alternating between studio recordings and soundtracks. His earliest studio recordings, Hypothesis and The Dragon, are unauthorized releases that reveal jazz improvisation. Earth was released on the heels of the 666 album, and is a great companion. However, Vangelis' RCA recordings are his definitive 70s output. Alternating between symphonic rock and electronics, they are highly original and all worth investigating. Later in the decade he would team up with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson in the highly successful Jon & Vangelis. Yet his soundtrack for Chariots Of Fire would earn him a No. 1 record and single in the US and unfortunately a "new age" tag.

Founded: 1943

Location: Volos, Greece

Website: VANGELIS HOMEPAGE

Albums

Original Releases
Title Recording Type Datesort icon Average Rating
  Sex Power Soundtrack 1970
3.666665
  Fais Que Ton Rêve Soit Plus Long Que La Nuit Studio 1972
3.666665
  L'Apocalypse Des Animaux Soundtrack 1973
4.5
  Earth Studio 1974
5
  Can You Hear The Dogs Barking? Soundtrack 1975
5
Strawberry Bricks Entry Heaven And Hell Studio 1975-11
4.666665
  La Fête Sauvage Soundtrack 1976
5
  Albedo 0.39 Studio 1976
5
  Spiral Studio 1977
5
  Beaubourg Studio 1978
4.5
  Opera Sauvage Studio 1979
4.75
  China Studio 1979
4.6
  See You Later Studio 1980
5
  Chariots Of Fire: Music From The Original Soundtrack Soundtrack 1981
4
  Antarctica (南極物語): The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack 1983
5
  Soil Festivities Studio 1984
4.5
  Mask Studio 1985
4.666665
  Invisible Connections Studio 1985
3.666665
  Direct Studio 1988
4.333335
Compilations, Reissues, etc.
Title Recording Type Datesort icon Average Rating
  Hypothesis Studio 1978
4.5
  The Dragon Studio 1978
4.75