Vangelis

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (March 29, 1943 — May 17, 2022) was a Greek electronic musician and composer, known professionally as Vangelis. He emerged as the keyboardist of beatsters The Forminx, which cut multiple 1964–65 singles on Decca and Pan-Vox. He then teamed with members of rival band The Minis in the psychedelic supergroup Aphrodite’s Child, which made nine singles and the 1968–72 albums End of the World, It’s Five O’Clock, and 666.

Midway through Aphrodite’s run, he recorded soundtrack music for the 1970 flick Sex Power. His albums through 1973 appeared under his modified full-name, Vangelis Papathanassiou. Starting with the 1975 RCA release Heaven and Hell, his albums bore the Vangelis moniker.

His most popular works include the 1976–77 electronic albums Albedo 0.39 and Spiral and his soundtracks to the 1981–82 blockbusters Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. Concurrently, his partnership with Yes singer Jon Anderson produced three albums and the 1981–82 hits “I’ll Find My Way Home” and “State of Independence.”

Discography:

  • Sex Power (OST, 1970 • Vangelis Papathanassiou)
  • Fais que ton rêve soit plus long que la nuit (1972 • Vangelis Papathanassiou)
  • Earth (1973 • Vangelis O. Papathanassiou)
  • L’apocalypse des animaux (tv soundtrack, 1973 • Vangelis Papathanassiou)
  • Entends-tu les chiens aboyer? (OST, 1975 • Vangelis Papathanassiou)
  • Heaven and Hell (1975)
  • La fête sauvage (1976 • Vangelis Papathanassiou)
  • Albedo 0.39 (1976)
  • Spiral (1977)
  • Hypothesis (1978, recorded 1971)
  • The Dragon (1978, recorded 1971)
  • Beaubourg (1978)
  • Opera Sauvage (OST, 1979)
  • China (1979)
  • See You Later (1980)
  • Chariots of Fire (OST, 1981)
  • Picasso (OST, 1982)
  • Antarctica (OST, 1983)
  • Silent Portraits (1984)
  • Soil Festivities (1984)
  • Invisible Connections (1984)
  • Mask (1985)
  • Ραψωδιές – Rapsodies (1986 • Ειρήνη Παπά & Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου)
  • Direct (1988)
  • Francesco (OST, 1989)
  • Blade Runner [film score] (1994, recorded 1982)

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