The third album by Jon and Vangelis "Private Collection" is
definately my absolute favourite! Almost every song on the album made it to a
single release one way or another, except for "Italian Song" and the
long and epic "Horizon". Many singles contain the otherwise
unavailable "Song is", a six-minute track which might as well have
been included on the album. Not to be missed!
Tracklist and Credits
- Italian Song
- And when the night comes
- He is sailing
Music composed by Vangelis.
Lyrics by Jon Anderson.
Arranged, produced and performed by Vangelis.
1983 Polydor 813 174-1
1983 Polydor Japan/United Kingdom/Ireland/Argentina/Mexico/Canada/Venezuela/South
1983 And when the night comes / Song is
Polydor 813106-7 West-Germany/Holland/Italy/Portugal
1983 And when the night comes / Song is Polydor France
1983 And when the night comes / Song is Polydor JV3 United Kingdom
1983 And when the night comes / Polonaise Polydor PDS 2230 Canada
1983 Deborah / And when the night comes Polydor 81552427 Brazil
1983 Deborah / Song is Polydor 813 837-7
1983 He is sailing / Song is Polydor
1983 Polonaise / Song is Polydor 813 884-7
1983 He is sailing / Song is Polydor JVX4 United Kingdom
Polydor 813 174-2 West-Germany/France/Canada/South Korea/United States/Argentina
Polydor Japan/South Africa
Recorded in Paris and at Nemo Studios, London, England.
|In 1980 Jon and Vangelis release their first album "Short
|In 1981 Jon and Vangelis release their second album "The
Friends of Mr. Cairo".
|To re-package the success of Jon and Vangelis, Polydor releases a Best
Of-album in 1984, of which also a single is released, "State
|Vangelis contributes to Jon Anderson's 1985 album "3
Ships", composing the song "Easier said than done".
|In 1986 Jon and
Vangelis recorded a few try-outs which never evolved into a new album. The
songs have appeared however on several Jon or Vangelis-related bootlegs.
Curiously, some of these songs have later been 'covered' by Jon's group Yes
! In the same year on Anderson performs live with Vangelis in Los
Angeles at the UCLA University
|In 1991 Jon and Vangelis release their fourth album "Page
For all the lyrics of this album, go to Jon and Vangelis lyrics:
is the third in a series of, at present, four Jon & Vangelis albums. At the
time of making, Jon Anderson had just previously rejoined prog-rockers Yes for
their 1983 album '90125' and it shows here, because his voice appears a bit strained
at times and needed a bit of post-production here and there, most notably on 'Horizon'.
Mind you, it was still very good, and nowhere more so than on the beautifully
romantic opening piece 'Italian Song'
which he also "performed" at the 1991 Rotterdam concert with Vangelis
(apparently, it was a play-back). Next follow a couple of sweet love-songs set
to nourishing melodies, both of whom were also released as singles, but not
doing much chart-wise. The lyrics to 'Polonaise'
refer to the political events in Poland going at the time, "common
people" against the communist rule.
The last two pieces on the album are the most ambitious musically, with more
elaborate orchestration and multiple vocal parts as well as various
percussion-effects. 'He Is Sailing'
has the same sort of free-going spirit as 'State
Of Independence' on their previous album. The very pretentious long closing
track 'Horizon', when taken as a
whole, must be considered a failure. The long form is not one of Vangelis'
strengths, except in rare cases like the 'Chariots
Of Fire' piano-concerto. It starts off impressively enough with a dramatic
section which however fails to really develop, Jon Anderson going on far too
long trying to get his "message" across. But, after some 10 minutes,
Vangelis redeems the situation with a really inspired piano-piece, in fact, one
of his all-time best. It deserves a better place than smack in the middle of
this track. Its spirit remains in the rest of the piece where Jon returns with a
few more vocal sections and Vangelis finally elaborates a bit more on the music
that started off the piece, the pair of them managing to bring it all to a
satisfactory conclusion, but only just about.
Having a sound-picture of its own (more strings along with the familiar piano), 'Private
Collection' certainly stands equally tall next to the other Jon &
Vangelis albums, but it took another eight years before their next one would be
released, which was probably just as well.
Review by Ivar de Vries