Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)

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Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
Vangelis Portraits album cover.jpg
Compilation album by Vangelis
Released March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11)
Recorded 1973-1992
Genre Electronica, classical
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.

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" (Vangelis, Anderson) – 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian Albums Chart 4
German Albums Chart 13
Netherlands Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 59
Switzerland Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 14
Billboard New Age Albums 8[2]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[3] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[4] Gold 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[5] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^
Europe (IFPI)[7] Platinum 1,000,000[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Vangelis Chart History - New Age Albums chart". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Vangelis – Portraits - So Long Ago So Clear" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Vangelis in the field Interpret. Enter Portraits - So Long Ago So Clear in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  4. ^ "French album certifications – Vangelis – PORTRAITS" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  5. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Vangelis; 'Portraits So Long...')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Vangelis – VANGELIS - PORTRAIT (SO LONG AGO, SO CLEAR)". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter VANGELIS - PORTRAIT (SO LONG AGO, SO CLEAR) in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  7. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2001". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  8. ^ "Boyz And Corrs Win IFPI Certifications". 113 (47). Billboard. November 24, 2001: 65. Retrieved August 19, 2016.