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Studio album by Yanni
Released 1984 (Atlantic)
1989 (Private Music)
Genre Contemporary instrumental
Easy listening
Soft adult contemporary
Length 37:50
Label 1984 (Atlantic);
1989 (Private Music)
Producer Yanni
Yanni chronology
Keys to Imagination
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Optimystique is Yanni's first album, released on Atlantic Records in 1984 and again on the Private Music label in 1989 (see 1984 in music).

Liner notes[edit]

Optimystique was recorded in 1980 and released for the first time in 1984. I considered re-recording or reworking the material before re-releasing it again, but the album has a very special sound representative of a particular time early in my career which I wanted to preserve. For me, it is a piece of my history I remember fondly.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Sphynx" – 4:10
  2. "Butterfly Dance" – 6:24
  3. "Strings" – 3:47
  4. "Twilight" – 7:32
  5. "The Chase" – 5:08
  6. "Farewell" – 2:44
  7. "Turn of the Tide" – 3:54
  8. "The Magus" – 4:45

Liner notes from Yanni's first album Optimystique (1984, 1989) say he recorded the album in 1980, when he would have been age 25.
Early in his career Yanni focused heavily on the electronic side of music.[3]

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  • Produced by Jerry Steckling and Yanni
  • Executive Producers: Mark MacPherson and Tom Paske
  • Engineered by: Jerry Steckling
  • Assistant Engineer: Chopper Black
  • Recorded at Cookhouse Studios and Sound 80, Minneapolis
  • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r83830
  2. ^ Optimystique (CD liner). Yanni. Private Music. 1984. 
  3. ^ Burnett, Richard, "From the Acropolis to America, Yanni still sits on top of the world" (WebCite archive), The Gazette (Montreal), June 14, 2012.

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