Hypothesis (album)

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Vangelis Hypothesis.jpg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1978

May 1971,

Marquee Studios, London
Genre Electronica, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz
Length 32:10
Label Affinity, # CR 3037
Producer Vangelis, Giorgio Gomelsky
Vangelis chronology
The Dragon
(1978)The Dragon1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Hypothesis is a studio album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, unofficially released in 1978.


In May 1971 Vangelis had played several sessions in London's Marquee Studios, joined for some of them by violinist Michel Ripoche, bass guitarist Brian Odgers (called Odger on the sleeve) and drummer Tony Oxley, the rhythm section of the famous Extrapolation recording released by John McLaughlin. Two albums' worth of material had resulted from these sessions, but were unfinished and never intended for release.[2]

Nevertheless, the tapes were taken, signatures forged,[2] and in 1978 two albums duly appeared in shops, on the Affinity label (a subsidiary of Charly Records) - Hypothesis and The Dragon. Vangelis subsequently took the label to court to have both LPs taken off the market and won the case.[2]

It has critically been considered an unsuccessful album. Vangelis himself noted that the sessions were bad and he doesn't agree with such music.[2]


Musically, the album may be considered to be among Vangelis' most idiosyncratic and unusual releases, as it takes the form of an extended jam session of experimental Jazz or Jazz fusion.

An alternative release of Hypothesis was titled Visions of the Future.

In Germany Hypothesis and The Dragon were issued together as a double album titled Portrait.

The cover artwork for Hypothesis is by Angus McKie, and is merely a "borrowed" illustration he drew for a series of novels by SF author Brian Stableford, featuring the spacecraft Hooded Swan, mentioned in the books.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hypothesis, Part 1" – 16:00
  2. "Hypothesis, Part 2" – 16:10


  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Hypothesis". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d John Schaefer (June 1985). "New Sounds". Spin. Vol. 1 no. 2. ISSN 0886-3032.