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Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
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All Artists: Vangelis
Title: Mask
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: Electronica, Meditation, Progressive, Electronic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042282524522, 042282524546

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Anyone who sees Vangelis as the Godfather of New Age...
(5 out of 5 stars)

" in for a wakeup call here. Literally. This work runs the gamut between the crashing, thunderous grandeur of a Tchaikovsky or a Beethoven and the subtle magnetism of what industry pundits pretentiously call "world music". Movement 1 has the scurrying arpeggiation reminsicent of "Blade Runner". Movement 3 has an emphatic alternation of choral chords and tympani thunder ("awww"...CRASH!..."awww"...CRASH!...) in the main body of the passage (knowing Vangelis, the choir and tympani are real). Movement 4 has a vocal solo chant over some melodic percussion that sounds to me like a cross between marimbas and Carribean steel drums (so who says Bartok had a monopoly on folk roots, and who says you can only draw on Old World sources?). This is where Vangelis' strength lies--being able to draw on sounds usually found in various eras of what is now called "techno" and fusing them with Classical influences. And unlike most "synth players", Vangelis uses traditional instruments when they'll either enrich the tonal color or electronics just won't provide the timbres he needs (as far as I know. you still can't do tympani on a sampler). Don't forget what the main instrument was in the main theme to "Chariots Of Fire"--the grand piano. Anybody looking for the soporific sound of New Age (which is valid enough in its own context) will find this one-man Philharmonic either a rude awakening or a breath of fresh air. Consider what you're looking for before you buy. For my own part, his name is enough to make me add it to my Shopping Cart. I can't say that about all that many artists."
Another one of his greatest recordings
jim | USA | 05/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This, along with Soil Festivities, is a distinct break from his earlier works. This one opens with a gong, agitated rhythm, punctuated theme followed by a thunderous intense (synthetic?) wordless latin-like syllabalic chorus-like voices on top. I don't see any vocal attributions to a single person let alone a whole collection of voices, so I assume it is some pretty sophisticated synthesizer stuff. Nevertheless, it could be real humans not listed in the credits. In other movements, in addition to the chorus voices, there are lyrical passages in the alto/tenor range with similar wordless syllabalic nature that I also assume are synthesized. Throughout the movements (6 of them) Vangelis explores themes and motifs ranging through lyrical, light, majestic, dark, brooding, abrupt, agitated and thunderous. The material is interesting, complex and rich. If you're looking for elevator/supermarket/reception/on-hold fluff, then this is not the place to find it. Its tensions never get strident or dissonant. If you are familiar with orchestral works, then, by comparison, the intensities and tensions don't reach the levels found in Ralph Vaughan Williams' 4th or 6th symphonies, Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique or Gustav Holst's Planets. You won't need therapy and it won't wear you out. If you listen to all the movements in one sitting, the last movement will give you some well placed light etherial majestic relief and closure to the set of movements. I listened to this CD along with Soil Festivities while driving a motorhome up Red Mountain Pass in Western Colorado in 1985. On board were my family, mother-in-law and a guest British/Welsh family. The material gave great sonic material to accompany the visual material around us as we drove through some of the steepest and narrowest mountain highways in the US. The passengers found it a riveting experiance visually and aurally and one that they all remember years later. This is one of my most listened to CDs. If I had to liquidate my CD collection, this one would be one of the last to go."
One of his best
jim | 07/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is so strange and can't be classified, really. It's too exotic to be classical music, much more elaborate to be simply stuffed under 'new age', it's a class of its own - haunting vocals, strange sound effects adding to Vangelis' superb use of synthethisers to create an orchestral sound... again, a unique listening experience. Together with 'Soil Festivities' as its purely instrumental counterpart, it's a must-have for every fan of good, multilayered atmospheric music."