Vangelis’ 40-Year International Chart Span

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Vangelis photo by Rob Verhorst and Redferns
Photo: Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Vangelis has extended his chart span in the UK and other European countries beyond 40 years with Rosetta, his new studio album dedicated to the space probe mission of the same name.

Vangelis RosettaThe album has become a success across much of Europe, reaching No. 10 in Belgium and reaching the top 40 in France, Holland and Spain, among other territories. It entered this week’s Official Charts Company survey in the UK at No. 40, some 40 years and nine months since the Greek composer first appeared on that chart in January 1976 with Heaven and Hell.

Vangelis has made the top ten of the UK chart three times, with his collaborations with Jon Anderson (Short Stories in 1980 and The Friends Of Mr. Cairo in 1983) and with his soundtrack to Chariots Of Fire, also in 1981. His track record there also includes seven other top 40 albums, including two compilations.

Admirers of the artist have been swift to praise the album on the fan site, with one describing it as a “masterwork” and another observing that it is “Vangelis at his best.” The Arts Desk website said of Rosetta that “on certain tracks (‘Albedo 0.06,’ ‘Perihelion’) there’s a real sense of his thrusting, experimental heyday.”

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  1. Nora

    October 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Honestly, I am fan of his music for 30 years, and I’m still listening to it every night, God preserve his life and virtue, Baby Nora

  2. Ernest Kelm

    October 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Great news for the magical music of universe the one that only vangelis can hear and play. He is something else…. Long life to Vangelis.

  3. Rémiat Jean-laude

    November 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Vangelis is to my opinion a musical genious that could be compared to a 21st century’s Mozart?
    He demonstrates again with Rosetta’s new album all the subtility of the colors he only knows how to bring in his music for our entire pleasure; a great composer indeed!!. Jean-Claude.

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