|Studio album by Vangelis|
|Recorded||1984, Nemo Studios, London|
This 1984 release was the first in what could be very loosely said to belong to a trilogy of his 80's albums, the other two being Invisible Connections and Mask, both from the following year (1985). It is a concept album which derived inspiration from the natural elements, life processes taking place on the Earth's surface and beneath our feet.
He recalls that it "was made because I wanted to make music, not sell a million records. I don’t think it’s possible to guarantee commercial success for an album anyway, because nobody really knows what is commercial and what isn’t. Even if I went out of my way to make an album that was more accessible to the public, that would not guarantee its commercial success".
The album cover art features the rear view of a great diving beetle.
Vangelis uses exotic synth-harmonies, creative percussion and melody-lines, as well rare use of double bass plucking sounds.
The first movement is accompanied by storm and rain-effects, and on top of this is loose improvisational skills to probably indicate the many forms of life springing into existence. The second movement has tune-like quality, and is the most tranquil piece, in contrast to the next three which are darker in atmosphere.
The third movement shows the violent side of nature, indicating the struggle to survive, whilst the fourth movement is more contemplative and a bit gloomy, perhaps indicating slowed-down nightlife activity.
The fifth movement is a wonderfully loose piece of improvisation, going through many moods and tempos before setting up an emotional conclusion to the life.
Jim Brenholts of Allmusic notes that Vangelis "surrounds a subtle drone with heavy sequences and dense atmospheres. He uses a symphonic synth to create pastoral textures", and that "is a very accessible album".
All songs composed by Vangelis.
- "Movement 1" – 18:20
- "Movement 2" – 6:20
- "Movement 3" – 6:06
- "Movement 4" – 9:54
- "Movement 5" – 7:20
- Vangelis – producer, arranger
- Jess Sutcliffe – engineer
- Vangelis, Alwyn Clayden – design
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- Soil Festivities at Vangelis Collector