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Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)

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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Portraits So Long Ago, So Clear is a set of 15 pieces covering approximately 20 years of Vangelis' career. He is, undoubtedly, the most commercial electronic musician ever. He has recorded dozens of major motion picture soundtracks and dozens of delightful albums. This CD is an accurate cross section of those efforts. Vangelis is a brilliant musician. One of the major events of his career, however, was his unfortunate pairing with Jon Anderson, the vocalist from Yes. Anderson's high-pitched falsetto is an excellent compliment for that band's progressive rock & roll. As the accompaniment for the deep atmospheres and sequences of Vangelis' soundscapes, however, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Portraits So Long Ago, So Clear is a set of 15 pieces covering approximately 20 years of Vangelis' career. He is, undoubtedly, the most commercial electronic musician ever. He has recorded dozens of major motion picture soundtracks and dozens of delightful albums. This CD is an accurate cross section of those efforts. Vangelis is a brilliant musician. One of the major events of his career, however, was his unfortunate pairing with Jon Anderson, the vocalist from Yes. Anderson's high-pitched falsetto is an excellent compliment for that band's progressive rock & roll. As the accompaniment for the deep atmospheres and sequences of Vangelis' soundscapes, however, Anderson's vocals are grating and irritating. So, about two-thirds of this disc is excellent; one-third of it is a throwaway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453115125
  • Catalog Number: 531151
  • Sales rank: 43,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To the Unknown Man (6:34)
  2. 2 Italian Song (2:50)
  3. 3 Pulstar (5:38)
  4. 4 La Petite Fille de la Mer (5:49)
  5. 5 Alpha (5:34)
  6. 6 I Hear You Now (5:06)
  7. 7 I'll Find My Way Home (4:25)
  8. 8 State of Independence (6:08)
  9. 9 Himalaya (6:53)
  10. 10 Conquest of Paradise (5:31)
  11. 11 Hymn (5:06)
  12. 12 Antarctica (3:44)
  13. 13 Sauvage et Beau (3:18)
  14. 14 Chariots of Fire (3:21)
  15. 15 So Long Ago, So Clear (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vangelis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Keith Jarrett Composer
Georges I. Gurdjieff Composer
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