Chariots of Fire [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602498413982
  • Catalog Number: 9841398
  • Sales rank: 14,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Titles (3:34)
  2. 2 Five Circles (5:21)
  3. 3 Abraham's Theme (3:21)
  4. 4 Eric's Theme (4:18)
  5. 5 100 Metres (2:04)
  6. 6 Jerusalem - Ambrosian Singers (2:47)
  7. 7 Chariots of Fire, Film Score (20:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vangelis Primary Artist, Keyboards, Track Performer
Nigel Davenport Guest Appearance
Peter Egan Guest Appearance
Ben Cross
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
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
Dr. John Walker Engineer
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