Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)

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Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
Compilation album by Vangelis
Released March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11)
Recorded 1973-1992
Genre Electronica, New-age
Length 74:40
Label Polygram
Producer Vangelis
Vangelis chronology
Oceanic
(1996)
Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
(1996)
El Greco
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear) is a 1996 compilation album of works by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis.

The album features some of the most-renowned Vangelis' solo work, as well as songs from Jon & Vangelis, his collaboration with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson.

Chart performance[edit]

The album won gold sales awards in 9 countries, platinum in Portugal and quadruple platinum in the Czech Republic. The album reached #3 in Austria,#4 in Netherlands, #7 in Switzerland, #13 in Germany, #14 in the UK and #59 in Sweden. The album also won the "Platinum Europe Award" for sales exceeding one million copies on the European continent.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Vangelis, except where noted.

  1. "To the Unknown Man" – 6:33
  2. "Italian Song" (Vangelis, Jon Anderson) – 2:49
  3. "Pulstar" – 5:37
  4. "La Petite Fille de la Mer" – 5:48
  5. "Alpha" – 5:32
  6. "I Hear You Now" (Vangelis, Anderson) – 5:05
  7. "I'll Find My Way Home" – 4:26
  8. "State of Independence" (Vangelis, Anderson) – 6:07
  9. "Himalaya"" – 6:50
  10. "Conquest of Paradise" – 5:30
  11. "Hymn" – 5:05
  12. "Antarctica" – 3:43
  13. "Sauvage et Beau" – 3:17
  14. "Chariots of Fire" – 3:22
  15. "So Long Ago, So Clear" (Vangelis, Anderson) – 4:56

Certifications[edit]

Territory Certifier Certification Sales
Austria IFPI Gold 10,000
Belgium IFPI Gold 10,000
Czech Republic IFPI 5x Platinum 100,000
Europe IFPI Platinum 1,000,000
Portugal AFP Platinum 20,000
Switzerland IFPI Gold 15,000

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