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At least after The Friends of Mr. Cairo it is.
Jon and Vangelis then move over into the land of musical magnificence with the title track, a small symphony which plays out over 12 minutes and nine seconds. It's based on the 1941 classic film "The Maltese Falcon" and starts off with the sound of bullets flying as our hero and his posse are under the gun and on the run. The effect is amusing, the music is imaginative, and then about seven minutes in it all changes and we move into a quietly mesmerising love song, one of the most beautifully constructed pieces of music I know. It ends like this:
Silent golden movies, talkies, technicolour, long ago
My younger ways stand clearer, clearer than my footprints
Stardom greats I've followed closely,
Closer than the nearest heartbeat
Longer than expected, they were great
Oh love oh love just to see them
Acting on the silver screen, oh my
Clark Gable, Fairbanks, Maureen O'Sullivan
Fantasy would fill my life and I
Love fantasy so much
Did you see in the morning light
I really talked, yes I did, to God's early dawning light
And I was privileged to be as I am to this day
To be with you. To be with you
I still listen to this often and then stop the CD. I don't want to hear any more, which means I don't think I've ever heard the last two songs.
In short this is a masterpiece, coupling the talents of Jon Anderson and Vangelis has never been a bad idea. His haunting voice and lyrics literally transcend over the gorgeous melodies and keyboards that Vangelis is so well known for.
Oddly upon it's release, this album did not garner much favour across the pond in the USA. However, time told, and finally the CD was put out. I own three.
The best on this is probably State of Independence which is over 7 minutes long on the cd issue, and could very well have been longer as the song is a very catchy, almost jazzy, piece.
Anyone who has an ear for Vangelis at all should get this just for the fact that it's him and this explores new territory as far as his use of keyboards is concerned. I can say this, this album has not aged on bit. First time listeners will be highly impressed. I know I was.
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One of those albums that grows on you as you listen to it more and more. Always loved Yes and to me this is a more refined expansion of the prog rock that I love to listen to.Published 5 months ago by John walsh
Never like the album/cd reissue with Jon and Vangelis facing each other in pic with brown border the original fine point sharp black lines against the Snow White backdrop... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nevada james
This is a different sound than u would expect from Jon Anderson of Yes. Awesome !Published 14 months ago by Robert Smith
This Vangelis fan is happy to add this to the collection. It's Vangelis, so of course I'm going to love listening to it.Published 16 months ago by SC Artist