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)Oceanic1996
Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
(1996)
El Greco
(1998)El Greco1998
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 (unreleased new mix)
  12. "Antarctica" – 3:43
  13. "Sauvage et Beau" – 3:17 (unreleased track)
  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]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[3] 89

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[4] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[5] Gold 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
Europe (IFPI)[8] Platinum 1,000,000[9]

*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. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ "French album certifications – Vangelis – PORTRAITS" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  6. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Vangelis; 'Portraits So Long...')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Vangelis – VANGELIS - PORTRAIT (SO LONG AGO, SO CLEAR)". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter VANGELIS - PORTRAIT (SO LONG AGO, SO CLEAR) in the search field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2001". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  9. ^ "Boyz And Corrs Win IFPI Certifications". 113 (47). Billboard. November 24, 2001: 65. Retrieved August 19, 2016.