Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire


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An evening pause: Performed live at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on June 28, 2001.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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  • Ted

    One of the best movies ever produced. What a great story, what a great contrast between two amazing men and the team that supported them. The music was unreal -especially the first beach scene. Thank for the memories!

  • Andrew

    Well now…

    I have this on vinyl. And, while it is a nice piece of music, and it is kind of cool that it’s played in Greece Vangelis’ home. The piece itself is not all that much to write home about. What made this thing famous, and worth buying the Vinyl for is that it was not originally played by a full orchestra. Here,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_Fire_(album)

    As noted in this wiki article, and why I bought the album in the first place, is that this entire thing was composed, and recorded by ONE MAN. It was one of the very FIRST times a Music Synthesizer,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_CS-80

    to compose a complete symphonic piece.

    As, literally, a one-man-band performance Chariot’s of Fire was, and remains a fantastic achievement for an age that did not have Desktop PCs. It was the technical achievement that made it great, not the actual composition.

    Sorry to burst bubbles but. . . .

  • wayne

    Edward-
    Excellent choice!

    Not to diminish your selection, but I must shill for this Gem from Jon & Vangelis, as well. (circa 1980/81, if memory serves.)
    The AM cut was only 4-5 minutes, but the FM album-version was 12 minutes long.

    Jon and Vangelis –
    “The Friends of Mr. Cairo”
    https://youtu.be/Y_PBU9a8FQY
    (12:10)

    “Sam Spade his buddy Archer first to go, he got it– he dead.
    She spelt it out, how could they know that Fatman got it– he dead.
    Her Sister didn’t really live at all, confusion — he dead.
    His chase led to the Fatman,
    to face the friends of Mr. Cairo….”

  • Joe

    Edward, great selection, enjoyed!
    Wayne, I could listen to a whole series of that, shades of radio from the 1930’s!

  • wayne

    The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater presents:
    “The Maltese Falcon”
    -Radio dramatization from 09-20-1943
    Bogart, Astor, Lorre, and Greenstreet reprise their roles.
    (29:30)
    https://archive.org/details/TheLadyEstherScreenGuildTheater430920TheMalteseFalcon

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