September 18, 2009 Playlist


"Heaven & Hell" by Vangelis (1975)
Vangelis  "Heaven & Hell"  1975 (Greece)
I've been collecting up lots of Vangelis albums on vinyl lately, and among the greatest works by this Greek keyboard virtuoso is this 1975 concept album.  One of the more interesting aspects of this record is that it's not nearly as synthesizer-oriented as his more famous later period -- Van's overdubbed symphonic percussion and the etherial vocals of the English Chamber Choir are equally dominant in the sound of this record.  The most famous piece on this LP is undoubtedly the track "Symphony To The Powers B, Movement 3" which you may recognize as the theme music from Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV program.  Two more Vangelis albums of particular note for fans of mystical prog rock are his previous solo release Earth (1973), and the double album 666 (1972) by his earlier group Aphrodite's Child. 
Here's a video clip of a Vangelis live jam from 1982, and here's one of his more famous pieces "Pulstar" live in 1991.  For a time, he also formed the duo Jon & Vangelis with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Television See No Evil Television 1977 USA
Richard Lloyd Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix) The Jamie Neverts Story (N) 2009 (Sufi Monkey/Parasol) USA
Dinosaur jr They Always Come Bug 1988 USA
Butthole Surfers American Woman (The Guess Who) Rembrandt Pussyhorse 1986 USA
Killdozer Funk #49 (The James Gang) For Ladies Only 1989 USA
Wavves Sun Open My Eyes Wavvves  (N) 2009 (Fat Possum) USA
Peaking Lights Wedding Song Imaginary Falcons (N - cassette) 2009 (Not Not Fun) USA
Sun Araw All Night Long Heavy Deeds (N) 2009 (Not Not Fun) USA
Vangelis Bacchanale Heaven & Hell
1975 Greece
Tomita The Unanswered Question (Charles Ives) Kosmos 1978 Japan
Vangelis Symphony To The Powers B, Movement 3
(aka "Theme from Cosmos")
Heaven & Hell
1975 Greece
Tomita Conversations Of Beauty & The Beast (Maurice Ravel) Bolero 1980 Japan
Vangelis Needles & Bones Heaven & Hell
1975 Greece
Tomita Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity / Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age (Gustav Holst) The Tomita Planets 1976 Japan
Vangelis Main Sequence Albedo 0.39 1976 Greece
The Plastic Cloud Bridge Under The Sky The Plastic Cloud 1969 Canada
The Guess Who No Time (first version) Canned Wheat Packed By The Guess Who 1969 Canada
The Churls Crystal Palace The Churls 1969 Canada
Christmas Jungle Fabulous Christmas 1970 Canada
Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd with Masahiko Satoh Ichi Yamataifu 1972 Japan
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