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|Studio album by Vangelis|
May 1971,Marquee Studios, London
|Genre||Electronica, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz|
|Label||Affinity, # CR 3037|
|Producer||Vangelis, Giorgio Gomelsky|
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.
Nevertheless, the tapes were taken, signatures forged, 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.
It has critically been considered an unsuccessful album. Vangelis himself noted that the sessions were bad and he doesn't agree with such music.
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.
- "Hypothesis, Part 1" – 16:00
- "Hypothesis, Part 2" – 16:10
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