Chariots Of Fire

August 15, 1983 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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3:33
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5:23
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3:18
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4:19
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2:04
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20:40
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 29, 1983
  • Release Date: July 29, 1983
  • Label: Universal Motown Records Group
  • Copyright: (C) 1981 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 42:04
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  • ASIN: B000WGUYOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,638 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The CD quality is just as good as the record.
D. A. Smith
Highly recommended, and an excellent music CD for background music.
Chris Tingom
Chariots of Fire is a great movie, and the music is as well.
J. Schmidt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is no wondering why Vangelis received an Oscar for his soundtrack to "Chariots Of Fire." It is infinitely superb, perfect for the movie, and perfect away from the movie. When I was road racing, I would listen to cut seven, also called "Chariots Of Fire," to prepare my mind for competition.

In the opening cut, "Titles," you can hear the tension of the sprint. Muscles flex with each note, and you'll feel the drive to finish first, to win. This is the song you heard in the early 80s, and, if you are lucky, still hear on soft jazz and easy listening stations.

"Five Circles" is misty-dewed mystical piece. Slowly paced synthesized winds will draw you into contemplation. Aptly named for the Olympic symbol, it has a power of lifelong dreams mixed with the imminence of the moment.

"Abraham's Theme" is a boldly sentimental, but not maudlin piece. The bells chime almost mournfully, with whale sounds piercing and overlaying through this achingly beautiful composition.

"Eric's Theme" is often played on the radio, but it never loses its message of grace. It preludes "Chariots of Fire"'s sheer intensity with its own persuasive pulse, with bass drums and cymbals beating, but not overwhelming.

"100 Meters" begins in a spacelike mysterium. It is filled with questions, and asks them as well as invites the listener to ask them. "For whom do I run?" the movie's theme, is musically weaved throughout.

Smoothly transitioning is the choral orchestration of "Jerusalem," answering the questions of "100 Meters." The sole work with words, it begins:

"And did those feet in ancient time/ Walk upon England's mountains green?/ And was the holy Lamb of God/ On England's pleasant pastures seen?
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Buie on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, but some of the reviews following this one are incorrect. This is the actual 1981 soundtrack album performed by Vangelis himself and NOT a tribute album! Vangelis' masterful score won an academy award in 1981 and it's easy to hear why. Such beautifully-crafted melodies! Everyone is of course familiar with the stunning "Titles" main theme which has been lampooned many times in film and television (to its great discredit). But the music that follows is even greater. Listen to the haunting strains of "Abraham's Theme" and you'll see (hear) what I mean. Then there's the gorgeous melodic theme of "Five Circles." Truly breath-taking! Synthesizer music has never sounded so good. This is without question Vangelis' best work and remains my favorite movie soundtrack. Needless to say, highly recommended!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If all you've heard is the short radio version of the Chariots of Fire theme (called "Titles" on this album), then you've missed out. The 20 minute version is as passionate and powerful in its popular classical style as Ravel's Bolero is in a more traditional style. It ranks as one of my favorite pieces of all time.
Unlike many movie soundtracks, this CD stands on its own. You need not have seen the movie to enjoy this. If you know the complex religious themes of "Chariots of Fire" and the genuine history behind Eric Liddle's career as a runner, you'll appreciate the music that much more. His commitment to living out his faith despite the cost to his career is relatively unheard of.
Of note is the choral piece, "Jerusalem," as performed by the Ambrosian Singers. I'm no big fan of choral arrangements in general, but I'm sold on this one.
Interesting point: Dodi Fayed of Princess Diana fame and tragedy was the executive producer of the film.
Buy this album... and be happy it is on CD, not the old vinyl LPs. Had it been vinyl, you'd've worn it out far sooner than you tire of it.
I fully recommend this CD.
Anthony Trendl
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on December 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Why does the 'Chariots of Fire' experience linger a full 22 years after its original release? Part of it has to do with director Hugh Hudson's beautifully choreographed imagery, most notably the heart-stirring beach running scenes. That's just great movie-making.
But what has kept 'Chariots' front and center for over more than two decades is the music of Vangelis. This is the Gold Standard for movie soundtracks, right up there with The Godfather and Star Wars in terms of tunes that have been burned into the collective consciousness of the world-wide movie-going public.
Of course, here you get the well-known single, known (in a bit of misdirection) as 'Titles.' The track here listed as 'Chariots of Fire' is in fact 20+ minutes of Vangelis-directed backdrop, pieced together from various moments of the film. [Great stuff, by the way.]
You also get a stirring choral recitation of 'Jerusalem' (no Vangelis participation there). This was a great fit in the film for the Harry Abrahams storyline. It's a treat to have it included on the soundtrack.
"Eric's Theme" is a personal favorite. It's redolent of 'Titles,' but it's given a lighter, almost Scottish Highland touch by Vangelis. A perfect tribute to The Flying Scot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Vangelis' riveting score is one of the best ever written. The Main Theme is an extraordinarily moving piece while the character themes are very stimulating. The final twenty minutes of the soundtrack feature some brilliant piano playing. The Ambrosian Singers give a superb performance. While viewing the conclusion of the film, I couldn't help but shed tears while the runners graced across the beach with the Main Theme in accompaniment.
I can't imagine what an extremely tough decision it must of been for the Academy's voters to choose between Chariots and John Williams' magnificent score for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Vangelis won the Oscar while Williams was the recipient of the Grammy Award in 1981.
Anyway, I highly recommend both of these excellent works to all fans of film music. They have truly set the standard for great movie music.
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