VANGELIS : HEAVEN AND HELL [1975]

Από το Heaven And Hell, άλμπουμ που ο Vangelis κυκλοφόρησε το 1975, διαλέγουμε το Movement 3. Μερικά χρόνια αργότερα θα χρησιμοποιηθεί ως υπόκρουση στη σειρά – ντοκιμαντέρ ‘Cosmos, A Personal Voyage’ του Carl Sagan. Ταυτόχρονα αποτελεί το πρόπλασμα για το “οσκαρικό” Chariots Of Fire .
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“So Long Ago, So Clear” από το ίδιο άλμπουμ, σε στίχους του Jon Anderson.

From Heaven And Hell, an album
Vangelis released in 1975, we choose Movement 3. A few years later it would be used as soundtrack for the documentary series ‘Cosmos, A Personal Voyage’ by Carl Sagan. At the same time it is the raw model for the Oscar-winning Chariots Of Fire.
It’s followed by
“So Long Ago, So Clear” from the same album, lyrics written by Jon Anderson.

Once, we did run
How we chased a million stars
And touched as only one can
Once, we did play
How the past delivered you
Amidst our youth we’d dream away, away
As if I knew the words I’m sure you’ll hear
Of how we met as you recall so clear
Once, we did love
Long ago how did I forget
Holding you so closely
Look, how I move
Chance would have me glance at you
To know how you move me, me
All barriers fall around us as we hear
Of memories known and matters so long ago, so clear
Once, we did run
How we chased a million stars
And touched as only one can

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  1. trentpmcd May 22, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    My introduction to Vangelis’ music. I watched the show as much to hear the music as for the content. Still sends shivers down my spine…
    I have heard that Jon Anderson once tried to get Vangelis to join Yes. Now that would have been a very different iteration of the band! Though Jon’s voice does work great with Vangelis’ music, they are both so ethereal.

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    1. Oannes May 22, 2022 at 10:17 pm

      I also loved Carl Sagan’s show also for the music!
      I agree about the ethereal element of course, after all, Anderson’s voice has a distant relation with the …ethereal voice of Demis Roussos from Aphrodite’s child.
      I think these are by far the best parts of Heaven And Hell, which also contains some unfortunate attempts in the field of pseudo-classical [especially the first 2 sections of Part 1]. It is for stuff like this that I’ ve never been a hardcore Vangelis fan – my keyboard heroes have always been Banks, Emerson, Wakeman.
      I don’t think Vangelis would fit in Yes. His musical thinking was not advanced as it should for being in such a band.

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      1. trentpmcd May 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm

        I think Jon was looking for Vangelis when they were working on what would become Relayer – I think Patrick Maraz was the perfect replacement for Wakeman there!
        I’ll admit that although Vangelis played a huge role in my music developemnt, it was mostly in the background – someone gave me 4 CDs of his music about 10 years ago, and I was surprised to discover that so much of it was music that had created the soundtrack to my childhood! But until that time, I had never sat down and listened to one of his albums.
        Pretty much the same influences for me, except I would add Rick Wright – Wish You Were Here has been one of my favorite albums since I was 13 or 14.

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        1. Oannes May 23, 2022 at 4:47 pm

          Yes, Patrick Moraz is impeccable, perfect for Relayer – I just can’t imagine Vangelis participating on this dazzling project. Maybe Vangelis, clever guy as he was, anticipated that Wakeman’s replacement would be …temporary, like Moraz’ place in Yes was.
          I’ve also been a huge Rick Wright’s fan, not only as a keyboard player [his work, especially in Wish You Were Here was pretty inspirational to me at the same age!] but as a composer also. There may be not many, but each and every one of his songs is a fav of mine! I was very saddened by this guy’s death.

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  2. Resa May 27, 2022 at 12:44 am

    I love listening to him forming… even though he was already beyond many others.

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