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Short Stories [Import]

Jon & VangelisAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000008H4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Curious Electric
2. Each And Everyday
3. Bird Song
4. I Hear You Now
5. The Road
6. Far Away In Baagad
7. Love Is
8. One More Time
9. Thunder
10. A Play Within A Play

Editorial Reviews

Mid priced reissue of the first collaboration by the former Aphrodite's Child instrumentalist and the (former, at the time) lead singer of Yes. They developed a keen musical friendship during the recording of Vangelis' "Heaven And Hell" album that lasted for three full albums. This one produced the hit single "I Hear You Now".

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement and Atmospherics from Jon and Vangelis April 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collaboration, a truly miraculous and deep set of songs, one of four excellent discs by Jon and Vangelis. After a rousing introduction, quite electric and spacy, during "Curious Electric," "Each and Everyday" is a stately and welcome ballad. Jon's lyrics are evocative of innocent, caring times, and are reflected beautifully in the lovely melodies of Vangelis. "Bird Song" is an innocent march, which builds in majesty and tempo. Jon harmonizes with himself to gorgeous effect, a song about the wonder of the first embrace. "There's a road that takes me back," begins the beautiful "I Hear You Now." "In the midst of all creation, there's a road for you and me."

"The Road" begins with a chant, and tympani and bells introduce a driving, indeed manic piece. This fades into a lush, unabashedly romantic aria, for want of a better word, accompanied by shimmering atmospherics. The words are also very moving: "Although the future is so uncertain, take heart my good friend, your time is waiting, no thoughts of sadness. Of all the feelings, there's one that matters, the gift of loving, the gift of love is calling you. Oh heart of mine, be true! I know we're ready, like ships asailing, let all nights seem like this, forever I could hold you. Come to me. There we find true love."

"Far Away in Baagad" begins in a playful way, and seems truly possessed of a Middle East flavor. The depth of emotional expression reaches its deepest point on this record. "Should have known that things were getting out of hand, when you told me that you you left your father's ways behind, and you thought that you couldn't understand him and he didn't really answer the dreams that you planned.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all! October 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After a few occasional get-togethers, the on-again-off-again Yes singer and Greek instrumentalist finally release an entire LP of their own. It would be a depature from the Yes mould for Anderson. His lyrics are inspired by then-wife Jenny. The album is a bit slow and is an acquired taste. Originally released March 1980. I have the LP. I almost got the import, but I came up short!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This fantastic duo is a must for your collection September 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who thought Vangelis was too musically complex, the this production by the one and only jon Anderson its your best introduction to Vangelis opus.

This is a innocent, emotive, space filling and melodic album. The electronics are flawless as well as the intervention of Jon's voice.

more than 20 years later, I find it refreshing for the soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OTHERWORLDLY December 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
There's a mystical place out there in the stars most people can't even dream of these days, but way back when, Jon and Vangelis had a real knack for taking us there. From my first listening when this first came out on LP, I distinctly recall saying to myself,"That's it! That's the music of some distant world I've visited before in my dreams but couldn't put my finger on". "Love is" remains one of the most spellbinding melodies ever crafted by these two voyagers. This is more than just music... this is where we came from and where we're going to. Give it a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great September 14, 2008
By kewicz
Format:Audio CD
overall i'm a huge classic rock fan (beatles, who, zep, floyd, etc...) but i also love moody,sweeping, symphonic new agey music. i know this is not considered a vangelis solo effort, but it is my favorite vangelis work. i'm also a huge yes and jon anderson fan so the combination of the both of them together is a dream team.(at one point in time vangelis was asked to join yes) some may consider the electronics on this album to sound dated, but i love it from top to bottom. like most of vangelis's works this is very dreamy and atmospheric with a little bit of an edge, and add to that the angelic lead vocals of jon anderson then you have a winning combination. my favorite songs from it are "curious electric" and "the road". if you're a fan of either artist you will certainly enjoy this album. thanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon and Vangelis September 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I originally listened to this album on vinyl, in the 1970's and was smitten with the combination of Vangelis music with Jon Anderson's eery light timber voice. Its lost none of its charms, all these years later! Vangelis is indeed a genius when it comes to synthesized musical instrumentation, sounding real and yet unique.
Jon Anderson from the group "Yes" has always appealed to me with a very distinctive voice.
The album itself is a good mix of easy listening and story telling and with moody interludes that make it an interesting listen.
I would personally recommend this album to anyone who would be adventurous in their music tastes or for those who are familiar with both artists.
After all these years of not having this album in my library its now one of my favourite listens again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typically excellent Vangelis/Anderson music April 2, 2009
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About two decades ago I discovered Vangelis (thanks to Chariots of Fire), and soon after I gobbled up all works of his I could get my hands on. One of these works was Portraits, which had Vangelis and Anderson together--I fell in love w/ their music and have bought all the music I can with the two of them performing together.

Short Stories does not disappoint. Some of the music I have on other CDs, but others are new to me. All pieces are great. This is a very good addition to the library of all Vangelis/Anderson-philes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEAR YOU NOW
I downloaded this song from an LP and it plays just fine
Published 11 days ago by capernicus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Japanese import Re-Release of Jon & Vangelis debut album
Short Stories is Jon Anderson and Vangelis first album effort together. Jon & Vangelis hit the jackpot here in Europe with the single "I Hear You Now" but dont be misled,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by yesbehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing the lead singer from Yes, Jon Anderson, and Vangelis together...
Some of the most beautiful music in the world combined with one the best voices on the planet.
They made several albums together. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Oz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful song writing ....
This is a studio project written by two artists that know how to craft a song with the proper ingredients which makes this offering a beautiful piece of art.
Published on December 28, 2011 by d
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
This is one of the all time best albums. I had the vinyl lp and over the years lost it . Also turntable quit working . Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by trucker56
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This album is absolutely fabulous! One of the best albums ever. If you don't have it on your collection, don't miss it.
Published on June 28, 2011 by Luminator
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Combination
Vangelis finds his Aphrodites Child and Anderson finds his soul mate. Short stories is the perfect balance of two geniuses at the top of their game. Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
2.0 out of 5 stars Puny pamphlets
2 1/2

Despite more than a few moments delivering the warm, fuzzy goods, this disc of dueling desires simply remains a little too brief and filled with corny segments to... Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars a great blend
This cd is so beautiful and blends the gifts of two very talented musicians. Jon's voice fits perfectly with Vangelis's musical arrangements.
Published on January 27, 2010 by Dianna L. Gutoski
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