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1492: Conquest of Paradise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

VangelisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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There is far more to Vangelis than his Academy Award winning, platinum, #1-charting 1981 album Chariots Of Fire and its #1 title song. Odyssey - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O Records), released November 4, 2003, celebrates his most famous and enduring recordings over 30 years, from 1973 to 2003, from his pioneering electronic music to the now classic "Chariots Of Fire" to a new ... Read more in Amazon's Vangelis Store

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: October 20, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening
2. Conquest Of Paradise
3. Monastery Of La Rabida
4. City Of Isabel
5. Light And Shadow
6. Deliverance
7. West Across The Ocean Sea
8. Eternity
9. Hispanola
10. Moxica And The Horse
11. Twenty Eighth Parallel
12. Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Intro Eternity)

Editorial Reviews

1. Opening 2. Conquest Of Paradise 3. Monastery Of La Rabida 4. City Of Isabel 5. Light And Shadow 6. Deliverance 7. West Across The Ocean Sea 8. Eternity 9. Hispanola 10. Moxica And The Horse 11. Twenty Eighth Parallel 12. Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Intro Eternity)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis's genius confirmed...again. January 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
"Chariots of Fire", "Antarctica" and "Blade Runner" were three of the most memorable soundtracks of the 80's. How Vangelis manages to be so consistently good is something of a mystery, but with "1492" he does it again: this is one of the most memorable soundtracks of the 90's. The title track is sheer brilliance, with its eminently hummable central melody and rousing, dramatic vocals. The melody is revisited towards the end of the album ("Twenty Eighth Parallel"), while the vocally rich intervening tracks range from darkly atmospheric ("Monastery of La Rabida", "Light and Shadow") to soft and ethereal ("Deliverance, "West Across the Ocean Sea").

The album's transition from the dark ambience of low-pitched vocals ("Conquest of Paradise") to the higher pitch of piano melodies ("Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria") produces in the listener a sense of having been taken on a journey. This is precisely what one would hope for in a soundtrack that parallels Columbus's sea voyage. The tracks flow effortlessly into one another to create a rare and deeply evocative musical experience.
Although the title track is available on compilation albums such as "Portraits", only the full album can produce the full experience. "1492" is one of Vangelis's best works, and I strongly recommend it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into Eternity January 31, 2000
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Vangelis is the master, the grandmaster. No one else can blend, layer and weave melodies and textures like Vangelis.
This is a very non-soundtrack-sounding album - if that makes sense. It sounds complete and not like a collection of various tunes and atmospheres from a movie, which usually don't work together as a whole. Anyway it's incredibly beautiful and moving. It's his best work so far.
I must say a little about the last track (Into Eternity) which just blows me away. I can't remember hearing this in the movie but praise the lords it's a spiritual experience. 12 minutes of music that'll elevate you into the stratosphere and leave you feeling bloody great. Perfect.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music - who needs the movie? September 5, 2001
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This CD is simply magnificent. A friend of mine turned me on to Vangelis, and I started collecting his music religiously. I have always had a thing for soundtracks as well. However, I always want to see the movie first before I buy the soundtrack, so that I can have something to imagine while I'm listening to the music.
My friend kept urging me to get this CD, but I hadn't seen the movie, and I was having trouble mustering the desire to, from what I've heard about it. Finally, he just bought it for me. I listened, and I've been hooked ever since.
What a combination of mood and majesty. The music just washes over you, giving you a sense of the explorer that Columbus was, voyaging out into the unknown. I could listen to this CD over and over again. Vangelis has the ability to draw out many emotions in the listener, to make the listener see images in the mind.
I could see the adventure, I could see the fear and the excitement of the strange new world that they had discovered. The music lifts you up and then brings you back to earth.
I still haven't seen the movie, but I sometimes feel like I have after listening to this CD. It's well worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start by saying, that pretty much all the music on this CD is brilliant. "Conquest of Paradise", the end title theme has to be the most brilliant and moving ever composed. "1492" was a brilliant film and like nearly all of Vangelis' work, it is one with the film. You really have to watch the film to fully appreciate the music. However there is a surprizing amount on this CD that isn't used in Ridley Scott's masterpiece all at and, much of the music in the film doesn't appear on this disc, or has been altered in some way, such as "Hispanola", the beginning title theme that lapses into a screeching electric guitar sound half way through that was never, thankfully used in the film. However, this aside all of the music is excellent whether it was used in the film or not, and I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest soundtracks, ever! January 20, 2001
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Ordinarily, one would not think that an electronic sountract would be appropriate for a movie which takes place 500 years ago. However, in the masterful hands of Vangelis, one cannot fathom this soundtrack being done any other way.
The music for this film brings out the the most poignant aspects of Columbus' audacious journey. The glory & honor of exploring, as well as the feeling of an almost morose fear of unknown waters, are all visualized trenchently via Vangelis' music. Crossing the Atlantic has become so commonplace nowadays that it is difficult for us to conceive of it as being anything extraordinary. Vangelis' score takes us back to a time when "Nina" "Pinta" and "Santa Maria" were the only ships to have travelled that far west, ever (with the exception of Leif Erickson). Truly Columbus & his men were the pioneers of trans-Atlantic travel (even though they did not end up where they planned).
I would recommend this CD to just about everyone - even if they have not seen the movie (although I would also urge people to watch the film, as well). This album is a melodious blend of Renaissance and New Age magic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Vangelis
Vangelis is the modern Mozart. His themes and compositions are touched by God and this collection is no exception. Glad to have this CD that makes my travel by car more enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by LaurentG
5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis is at "his best".
I enjoyed the sound track music by Vangelis, better than the movie, which showed the depressing end to Columbus's life.
Published 3 months ago by Marion G. Craig
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not the soundtrack from the movie 1492 The Conquest of...
You couldn't tell it from the cover or the description on the CD. Vangelis misrepresents a beautiful orchestration of the original soundtrack by substituting one he made out of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle O'Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis music
Like the cd very much. Vangelis music is very moving and inspiring. You can feel the emotions as you listen.
Published 10 months ago by B. Mehaffey
3.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis 1492
This CD has many fabulous tracks, as it starts out great and you are hoping that the rest of the CD is just as good, but it disappoints somewhat. I love Vangelis ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by carolannimal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Excellent - Excellent
Vangelis at his best - what a fantastic CD. Friends comment on the wonderful background music - gets the heart going in a nice way.
Published 14 months ago by Tony Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sound Track
First heard this sound track on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest - each time we left a port, the Captain played the main theme of the CD throughout the ship - an amazing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rex C. Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Score Music Which Will Test Your Woofer!
The previous reviewers have pretty much said it all. I like Jon Vangelis' music and I think he did an excellent job with this score. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T. E. Layman
5.0 out of 5 stars 1492 Conquest Paradise Original Soundtrack
This CD is fantastic and I sent it as a gift to my girlfriend and she loves it very much.
Published 18 months ago by Mrblue
5.0 out of 5 stars 1492
This was one of those soundtracks that got very little publicity as was the movie.. It was fantastic and very well done. I was pleased with the delivery and the packaging
Published 20 months ago by Richard G. High
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