a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
Modern music visionary Vangelis released a new 13-disc box set entitled “Delectus” on the 3rd February 2017, featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work. The mammoth collection includes all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision.
Presented in a lavish box with an essay and a plethora of rare photographs, the discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book illustrating a period of his prolific career of the iconic Maestro.
“I always welcome remastering my old work for two basic reasons” - explains Vangelis - “firstly, I get the opportunity to bring the sounds to today’s standards, secondly, it gives me the chance to go through the experiences and memories of the time.”
“Delectus” gathers together Vangelis’ seminal albums “Earth”, “L’Apocalypse Des Animaux”, “China”, “See You Later”, “Antarctica”, “Mask”, “Opera Sauvage”,“Chariots Of Fire”, “Soil Festivities” and “Invisible Connections”, plus his collaborative recordings with Jon Anderson as ‘Jon & Vangelis’ - “Short Stories”, “The Friends Of Mister Cairo” & “Private Collection”. The remastered originals are complemented with the rare tracks previously only available on vinyl singles, plus one previously unreleased track.
Vangelis is regarded a pioneer in the evolution of modern music. In his lustrous discographic career he has composed and performed numerous albums covering the most diverse assortment of genres. He is most popular for his movie scores including "Antarctica", "Blade Runner", "Missing", "1492: Conquest Of Paradise", "Alexander" and the 1981 Academy Award-winning soundtrack for "Chariots Of Fire". ‘Titles’, the theme for "Chariots Of Fire", was later chosen as background to the 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies.
Six years after turning down the opportunity to join Yes, Vangelis joined forces with Jon Anderson in 1981 and the duo released three albums under the Jon & Vangelis moniker to critical acclaim. “The Friends of Mr Cairo” included celebrated single “State Of Independence”, which also reached chart success with its 1982 cover by Donna Summer and again in 1992 with a Moodswings version featuring Chrissie Hynde released as “Spiritual High (State of Independence) Pt. II”.
Vangelis' pioneering work is recognised beyond record sales and music awards. In 1992, the Maestro was nominated Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2001 Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the President of French Republic. He was the recipient of a Public Service Medal from NASA in 2003 and had a star named after him by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for the international impact and appreciation of his work as well as his rapport with the Universe. In 2008 Vangelis received the America Hellenic Institute “Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award” for his exceptional musical achievements and lifelong dedication to the promotion of Hellenism through the arts. The same year he also received an honorary doctorate at the University of Athens - Faculty of Primary Education and in 2009 he received the University of Patras Greece Honorary Doctor/Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Physics.
SEE YOU LATER: 00600753682128
CHARIOTS OF FIRE: 00600753682135
SOIL FESTIVITIES: 00600753682159
INVISIBLE CONNECTIONS: 00600753682173
SHORT STORIES: 00600753682180
PRIVATE COLLECTION: 00600753682203
THE FRIENDS OF MR. CAIRO: 00600753682197
BONUS TRACKS: There are 4 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased:
Neighbours Above - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for "See You Later"
The other bonus tracks were earlier released on vinyl singles and have never appeared on CD before:
My Love - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for "See You Later"
Domestic Logic 1 - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for "See You Later"
Song Is (Jon & Vangelis) - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for "Private Collection"