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Odyssey: The Definitive Collection Original recording remastered, Import


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18 remastered tracks including titles from 'Missing', 'Blade Runner', '1492 Conquest Of Paradise' & the Oscar-winning 'Chariots Of Fire', as well as 2 bonus tracks, 'I'll Find My Way Home' & 'State Of Independence'. Digipak. Universal. 2003.

1. Pulstar
2. Hymne
3. Main Theme From The 'Chariots Of Fire'
4. Main Theme From The 'Missing'
5. Love Theme From 'Blade Runner'
6. End Titles From 'Blade Runner'
7. The Tao Of Love
8. Theme From 'Antartica'
9. Theme From 'Cavafy'
10. Opening Titles From 'Mutiny On The Bounty'
11. Conquest Of Paradise
12. La Petite Fille De La Mer
13. L'Enfant
14. Alpha
15. Celtic Dawn
16. Movement 1 From 'Mythodea'
17. I'll Find My Way Home
18. State Of Independence

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B0000DHK5T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Less said, the better.
Michael Thomas Roe
Whether a new Vangelis fan or the compulsive Vangelis collector who must have this, than this is a proper but not perfect compilation.
Armando M. Mesa
I bought this CD because it was released in 2003, but there is ZERO improvement in sound quality from previous older tracks.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on February 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ugh ! I already have the majority of these tracks either on Vangelis' Themes compilation or the actual cds...Enough with another artist or the artist's record company releasing rehashed and retreaded compilations...In this case, the word definitive should not have been used at all. There are PLENTY of tracks or themes missing;rarities that fans would love (like me) to get their mitts on.
Themes or selected tracks from Roman Polanski's 1992 film Bitter Moon as well as more tracks from The Bounty should be included. This should have been a double cd with alternate versions and new material as an added bonus. Enough of another rehashed compilation and enough of my complaining...
On a more positive note, if you do not own Themes or any other compilation then this will whet the appetite for now. Whether a new Vangelis fan or the compulsive Vangelis collector who must have this, than this is a proper but not perfect compilation. As a beginner or novice of collecting Vangelis' works you will not be disappointed ! Whether he is the "father of new age music" or a genius composer of film scores and soundtracks this does highlight some of his best movie soundtrack work...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Cairns on December 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's absolutely no question that the music within this CD is of the highest quality. It is a celebration of 30 years of making music, and the contents of this CD span this timeline.
With such fabulous compositions as "Missing" and "L'enfant", thrown in with established classics such as "Conquest of Paradise" and "Chariots of Fire", the listener is ensured a pleasurable experience- especially as the play-time is almost 79 minutes. I must point out, however, that most of the compositions on this CD have not only appeared on their original CD, but also on other Vangelis compilation albums. In some ways, this is a compilation of compilations.
The main selling point for me was the inclusion of two new tracks. The first, "Theme from Cavafy" is so-so, but the second (an entirely new composition called "Celtic Dawn") is brilliant. As someone who got no pleasure at all out of Vangelis's last original CD, Mythodea, I found it reassuring that the Vangelis I know and whose music I love, can still do it for me. I hope this is a sign that his new album will be a return to form.
Beautifully presented, the album is supplied with well written notes. Vangelis has remastered the disc himself, and even the established classics have been "tweaked" here and there to give a perhaps slightly softer, smoother sound.
Recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to keep track of the number of compilations of Vangelis. Off the top of my head, I can think of "The Best of", "Greatest Hits", "Themes", "Portraits", and "Reprise". But they never got it right, something was always off, or one period or another of his career was not covered. Now comes "Oddisey: The Definitive Collection". While it may be pushing your luck to proclaim anything as a Vangelis "definitive" compilation", given his prolific output over the years, I am here nevertheless to tell you that this compilation is as good as it will get.
"Oddisey: The Definitive Collection" (18 tracks, 78 min.) in my opinion truly does compile all of Vangelis' best know tracks and greatest hits. Most of the tracks on here will sound immediately familiar, many because they are movie themes (Chariots of Fire being the most famous of course, but also The Missing, Blade Runner, thankfully containing both the beginning and end titles, Mutiny on the Bounty, and others), and other that became well known in commercials (Hymne, L'Enfant, among others). There can be no denying the creativity and talents of Vangelis. There are 2 bonus tracks, "I'll Find My Way Home" and "State of Independence", the 2 best known tracks of Jon & Vangelis, a nice touch to the album.
I share my frustration with other reviewers here that there is tons of great Vangelis music out there that remains unreleased. To be sure, Vangelis deserves a box-treatment of rare and unreleased tracks. But if you are looking for a single-disk overview of his best known songs, look no further: "Oddisey" is it. Released in Fall, 2003, it is a nice way to commemorate Vangelis turning 60 (say it ain't so!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas Roe on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's a given that the music here is extraordinary, uplifting, thought provoking, achingly beautiful and all that. Vangelis listeners have known this for years. And obviously, Vangelis does, too, as he presents to his fans yet another repackaged complilation with the usual suspects ("Chariots...", "1492", etc.). But isn't it about time for enough to be enough? From a strictly American viewpoint, Vangelis is not going to be selling many more CD's these days going thru retreads. For someone who is continuously discounting his successes, having us believe that artistic creation is of the essence, Vangelis seems to not have a problem trading on old successes. I find this confounding and disappointing. More aggravating is the fact that several of the tracks are heavily edited ("Antarctica" and "Alpha" - why fade out at the drum part?) The new tracks? "Cavafi", wrapped in Greek mystery, is indeed gorgeous and almost worth the CD if it were longer and had any type of build up to it. And "Celtic Dawn"? Hmmmm. Less said, the better. I'm finding Vangelis' recent playing to become exceedingly sloppy. Bring on the new music, please.
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