|Studio album by Vangelis|
|Recorded||Nemo Studios, London, 1978|
Esoteric Recordings (2013)
Beaubourg is a studio album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, released in 1978. It was the fourth album produced by Vangelis in Nemo Studios, London, and his final album for RCA Records. It is an avant-garde-experimental album.
It is a concept album inspired by the architecture of the homonymous complex area, specifically Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He visited the area in 1977, and recalls "I was very impressed. I returned to London and I recorded my album Beaubourg quickly, spontaneously. So I 'felt' Beaubourg, but that does not mean that Beaubourg is only this: I can redo Beaubourg in 30 different ways". The recording took him less than a month.
Vangelis noted that many people in the beginning had difficulty listening to it, but later appreciated it. He said it can be played in the background, and approved the case that the people should identify with the track, to narrow down the beginning and end of the album due to brevity of the melodies.
Vangelis expressed that he "needed courage to release this record" as RCA "has not believed in any of my four albums", or in his artistic activity, and he was "accused of purposely recording a disc of very ‘different’ electronic music"; nevertheless the album sold well. Thus he decided to leave RCA for Polydor Records.
It is entirely synthesizer-based and highly experimental and abstract; together with Hypothesis (recorded in 1971 and unofficially released in 1978) it is often considered to be one of Vangelis' least accessible works. It's musically expressive, with dramatic transformations of tonality, with short melodies which suddenly drift into distorted noises.
Steve McDonald of Allmusic noted that the album is a "difficult listening" due to its style and "great dark synthesized tone poem". Henri Stirk from Background Magazine similarly rated the 2013 edition by Esoteric Recordings with 2/5 stars.
All songs composed and arranged by Vangelis.
- "Beaubourg, Part I" – 18:09
- "Beaubourg, Part II" – 21:05
- Vangelis – keyboards and other instruments
- Vangelis – producer, arranger, original LP design
- Keith Spencer-Allen – recording engineer
- Marlis Duncklau – assistant engineer
- Louis East – graphics
- John Dyer – art director
- Veronique Skawinska – photography
- "Beaubourg (Official Vangelis Supervised Remastered Edition)". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- "Vangelis - Background Magazine Review". Background Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- Mark Powell, Sleeve note from the 2013 album edition
- Dali De Clair (June 1979). "An interview with Vangelis". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- "Vangelis – Beaubourg". Synthtopia. December 7, 2003. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- McDonald, Steven. "Beaubourg". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013.