See You Later

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See You Later
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ReleasedNovember 1980
RecordedNemo Studios, London
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See You Later is an album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, released in November 1980.[2] It breaks quite violently with the style he employed in the late 1970s and later, relying much more on vocals and being more experimental and returning (in many respects) to his early 1970s work like Earth or 666.[3] It was never released in the United States,[4] until it was remastered in 2016 as part of the Delectus boxset.


See You Later is Vangelis' most wide-ranging work of the 1980s, with more radical musical and lyrical themes than are found in his other albums. The concept album is bleaker than most of his records, incorporating negative and satirical intonations of a dystopian future. Subjects touched on include funerals, masks, and ready-to-wear and ready-to-eat things.[5]

The lyrics are written by Vangelis in English, French and Italian; they use electronic terminology and incorporate references to lost love, and the downfall of humanity due to the influence of technology. The title track lyrics say "See you later then... alive or dead".[5] Track "Suffocation" was inspired by the Seveso disaster in Italy.[6]

The album's sleeve shows an ice-covered ocean with a young woman wearing sunglasses to protect her eyes; the image uses optical compression in the horizontal axis. The inner sleeve is also disturbing, displaying a character seated in a greenhouse holding a lifeless child in its hands, both wearing eerie-looking gas masks.[5]

Instruments and style[edit]

Vangelis plays all instruments: synthesizers, electric piano, grand piano and drums.[4] The Korg KR-55 drum machine is used extensively. Michel Ripoche plays the violin on #4. Vocals featured are by Jon Anderson (tracks #5 and #6), Peter Marsh (track #1), Christina and Maurizio Arcieri from the group Krisma (track #5) and Cherry Vanilla (track #4 narrative).[4]


"I Can't Take It Anymore" is sung by Peter Marsh through a vocoder over a deep synthesizer glissando bass, a synthesizer choir and KR-55 hihats. "Multitrack Suggestion" is Kraftwerk-style and Eurodisco, which builds on a polysynth and upbeat KR-55 pulse; the choir sings some terms associated with analog synthesizer technology (VCO, VCF).

"Memories of Green" is a slow piano-based piece with a backdrop of synthesizer sounds and bleeps from the 1978 Bambino electronic game "UFO Master Blaster Station". The piano used on this piece was a Steinway Grand piano. Its distinctive "drunk" sound was achieved with the use of an Electroharmonix Electric Mistress flanger pedal.[7] This song was used in Vangelis' subsequent soundtrack to the 1982 film Blade Runner.[4]

"Not A Bit – All Of It" has vocals by Cherry Vanilla. "Suffocation" employs the KR-55 and a saw wave synthesizer melody, followed by an eerie brass and megaphone emergency announcements in Italian. The second (slower) half of the piece features vocals by Jon Anderson and a narrative in Italian, by Krisma (Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser). "See You Later" has Vangelis on electric piano and staccato male atonal choir. About halfway through, there is a child narrative in French, with Anderson's vocals used in the finale.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and written by Vangelis.

1."I Can't Take It Anymore"5:42
2."Multi-Track Suggestion"5:36
3."Memories of Green"5:48
4."Not a Bit – All of It"3:00
6."See You Later"10:22
Delectus bonus tracks
7."Neighbours Above"4:53
8."My Love"4:11
9."Domestic Logic 1"3:19

A test 8-track test pressing (never officially released) has also surfaced without the title track, but includes the track "My Love" which was featured on a previous single "My Love/Domestic Logic 1", along with two additional tracks "Neighbours Above" and "Fertilization".[4]

Side One:

  1. "My Love" – 4:02
  2. "Not A Bit – All Of It" – 2:55
  3. "Neighbours Above" – 4:48
  4. "I Can't Take It Anymore" – 5:38
  5. "Memories of Green" – 5:42

Side Two:

  1. "Fertilization" – 7:28
  2. "Suffocation" – 9:22
  3. "Multi-Track Suggestion" – 5:25

The track "Memories of Green" was later used by Vangelis in his soundtrack for the 1982 film Blade Runner.[8]


  • Vangelis - synthesizers and all instruments, Vocalese [Uncredited] on "Not a Bit – All of It"
  • Jon Anderson - vocals on "Suffocation" and "See You Later"
  • Raphael Preston - noises [Bambino Ufo Master Blaster Station, Uncredited]
  • Krisma (Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser) - Italian voice (Uncredited) on "Suffocation"
  • Peter Marsh - vocals [Uncredited] on "I Can't Take It Any More" and "Multi-Track Suggestion"
  • Cherry Vanilla, Andrew Hoy - vocals on "Not a Bit – All of It"
  • Michel Ripoche - violin on "Not a Bit – All of It"


  • Vangelis : Producer, arranger, photography, design
  • Raphael Preston, John Walker : Engineers
  • Raine Shine : Studio assistant
  • Veronique Skawinska, Alwyn Clayden : Design, photography


  1. ^ "See You Later". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (1995). The Great Rock Discography. p. 865. ISBN 9780862415419.
  3. ^ "Vangelis – See You Later". Synthtopia. 3 January 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "ReDiscover Vangelis' 'See You Later'". uDiscover. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Jean-Michel Reusser (1980). "An interview with Vangelis". L'Autre Monde. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Album Review: Vangelis – See You Later". uDiscover. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  7. ^ Clews, Richard. "VANGELIS: Recording At Nemo Studios". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  8. ^ Nick Soulsby (4 October 2017). "The Myth and Majesty of Vangelis' Timeless Blade Runner Soundtrack". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 25 May 2022.

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