Chariots of Fire [Original Score]

Chariots of Fire [Original Score]

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by Vangelis
     
 

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Vangelis' electronic score for a film set in 1930s Britain seemed an odd match at first, but the title theme, with its echoing, manipulated rhythm box and melodic hook, became one of the most popular theme songs of the early '80s. Just hearing the opening 30 seconds conjures up -- for those who have seen the film -- shots of men running on the beach in slow motion,… See more details below

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Vangelis' electronic score for a film set in 1930s Britain seemed an odd match at first, but the title theme, with its echoing, manipulated rhythm box and melodic hook, became one of the most popular theme songs of the early '80s. Just hearing the opening 30 seconds conjures up -- for those who have seen the film -- shots of men running on the beach in slow motion, and has been borrowed, adapted, and ripped-off ever since. Suffice it to say that the other six tracks here can't quite match the punch (if that's the word for something so fey) of the title theme. Much of the rest is very sappy, if often melodic, proto-smooth jazz with a burnish of electronic screeches, washes, and fuzzy fake strings. If it works for the insular "Five Circles," it doesn't for "100 Metres," which so desperately wants to be Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" but can't quite get there with its watery synths -- suddenly you realize what a full orchestral arrangement could have added. Side two is a side-long "suite" of the themes on side one, created, one feels, to fill up space. Vangelis went on to snag more soundtrack work, notably Blade Runner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0042280002022
catalogNumber:
800020
Rank:
10798

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vangelis   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Track Performer
Nigel Davenport   Guest Appearance
Peter Egan   Guest Appearance
Ben Cross   Actor
Patrick Magee   Guest Appearance
Ian Holm   Guest Appearance
John Gielgud   Guest Appearance
Ambrosian Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Brad Davis   Guest Appearance
Cheryl Campbell   Actress
Lindsay Anderson   Guest Appearance
Dennis Christopher   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Hubert Parry   Composer
John McCarthy   Director
Vangelis   Songwriter,Arranger,Composer,Producer
Raphael Preston   Engineer
Harry Rabinowitz   Arranger
Raine Shine   Engineer
David Puttnam   Producer
John Walker   Engineer
Alwyn Clayden   Art Direction
Hugh Hudson   Director
John Walker   Engineer

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