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Velodynamic 


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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:57 pm   

Elf wrote:
Dr_Jones wrote:
Velodynamic wrote:
Why have I missed the album Voices? :o
Heard it on Youtube and found the CD at the swedish Ginza for like 9 bucks!
Very high DR scores on that one.


Not very fond of that album. The first track is a cheap Conquest of Paradise cash-in, but then it gets better. I don't listen to it that much though.


Voices was the first album where it was clear that Vangelis had lost the plot. The trend that had started on The City, where he programs a rhythm which goes and goes and then he just solos on top of it, was very clear. I do like the City, though, but from then on his albums were much more static in their arrangements. His direct approach to composing left a lot to be desired, compared to the richness of the 70s and early 80s.

I do like Ask the Mountains, though.

That's kind of funny because I found CoP to be one of the most uneventful albums I've ever heard. :)
At least something is happening in Voices. It's an entertaining album at least the first ten listenings. It feels like a somewhat more experimental Vangelis. I find a lot of associations - Mike Oldfield in the first track with the bells and bag pipe sounds. He often spices with Blade Runner strophes here and there. Echoes I think has got some mystical X-Files approach to it. Come To Me has got some Enya vibes. P.S. Is an echo of the first track. ATM is like a slow fox Twin Peaks track. Prelude is a beautiful piano piece with soft choirs and strings which can't go wrong if you're Vangelis. Losing Sleep, Messages and DIAOP goes back to the old "boring" Vangelis again, like watching a flock of lost Elephants in slow motion.
It may so be that the old classic Vangelis died there. I can't really tell as I don't listen very often to his older albums and mostly to his "obvious hits".
I think Voices was probably meant for us nincanpoops who isn't patience enough for his more classic music style. :P
The mix looks like it should for a CD from before 1997 - very nice. My subwoofer is almost too happy about this.

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Aneka65 


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Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:10 pm   

By the way. What happened to the Forum. Vangelis ??. I can not log in, ceased to exist ??
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Finaero 


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Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:44 pm   

Yeah, the Vangelis forum is closed.

Speaking of Voices, I had more or less ignored that track and the album until the release of The Collection in 2012, after which I found myself strangely fond of that track (not the album, though). Then again, I've suddenly started to like the Electronic Night album version of Together Now a lot this year, so I guess it's just the effects of time. ;)
 
Velodynamic 


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Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:39 pm   

Finaero wrote:

Then again, I've suddenly started to like the Electronic Night album version of Together Now a lot this year, so I guess it's just the effects of time. ;)

It makes me think of Crazy Frog's version of No Limit when I listen to that album. ;)
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Finaero 


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Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:47 pm   

Just got the Spiral 2013 remaster... well, it's not that bad. A bit more space/trebley and the extra track (previously released on a 7' single only, IIRC) is nice. 8)

... the packaging, however must be from the cheapest stock. Just trying to get the booklet out of the front slit/compartment resulted in a 1.5 cm tear in the front cover. A shame.
 
shadow 


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Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:21 am   

I'm not sure if there was a reprint, but I really liked the packaging on the 2013 remasters in actual 2013.The actual remasters however... Yeah those I truly didn't like (outside of Direct and Page of Life).
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Aneka65 


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Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:45 pm   

Woow. New page views, Vangelis ?? can you go there find Forum? http://www.elsew.com/vangelis.htm
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plate of chips 

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Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:00 am   

I think we can say as a composer, improviser, keyboard player Vangelis is beyond JmJ.

However in terms of brilliance Vangelis JmJ same level.

Vangelis Nocturne piano latest release classic tracks interpreted piano, new piano tracks.
 
shadow 


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Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:41 pm   

Nocturne is a really enjoy album, the old tracks sound absolutely terrific! Hearing 1492 played on the piano and harp together is godlike!
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Big time 


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Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:52 pm   

I think we can say as a composer, improviser, keyboard player, JMJ is lightyears beyond Vangelis.

In terms of brilliance JMJ is lightyears beyond Vangelis.

Any 5 year old is better on a piano than Jarre, but he makes some great sound design :)
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Robi 

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Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:11 pm   

I would argue with the brilliance part.
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shadow 


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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:40 pm   

Big time wrote:
In terms of brilliance JMJ is lightyears beyond Vangelis.


As much as I love Jarre... Yeah, no.
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plate of chips 

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Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:22 am   

plate of chips wrote:
Vangelis Nocturne piano latest release classic tracks interpreted piano, new piano tracks.

These piano interpretations hold up ever so well.

As synthesizer artists reach 60s 70s becomes
1. Far Harder to compose a synth album weaving textures sounds diverse synthesis.
2. Far Easier to improvise on one or two instruments as piano strings harp.
3. Far Easier just set a sequence play pads solos fx bits n pieces over the sequence.

Therefore at nearly 70 for JmJ to compose a synthesis album as EquInifinity is quite something.

Those here in our 20s 30s 40s wont understand this.

Thus Remember what I have said for the rest of your Creative Lives : Create NOW whilst you still have Juices Flowing in you.
 
Finaero 


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Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:37 pm   

I've been listening to the Rosetta album more often these days, and it still pisses me off that the audio distortion in "Sunlight" is present in both CD and LP versions, and to my knowledge hasn't been fixed at any point.

To me it really is so damn noticeable and ruins the track quite a lot (especially considering how climactic it's supposed to be). Crikey.
 
shadow 


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Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:18 pm   

Yeah, that distortion was never fixed. It's on two tracks and I'm surprised that it slipped through honestly.
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