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Vangelis Records Life On Earth With ‘Soil Festivities’

Vangelis went right back to the soil for the album with which he entered the UK chart on 13 October 1984.

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Soil Festivities

Always a musician with an appetite for the wonders of the earth, Vangelis went right back to the soil for the album with which he entered the UK chart on 13 October 1984. Soil Festivities was inspired by the processes of nature literally taking place beneath our feet, as a celebration of the springtime cycle of new life.

By the time of the album’s release, the Greek multi-instrumentalist had built on the audience for his 1970s albums such as Heaven and Hell and Albedo 0.39. After the huge success of his 1981 soundtrack to the Oscar-winning Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis was hot property, but decided that his next project would be much more low-key: in 1983, he created the soundtrack for a Japanese film called Antarctica (the original Japanese title was Nankyoku Monogatari), which was only released locally at the time, with wider release not until 1988.

Soil FestivitiesSoil Festivities, recorded as usual at Nemo Studios in London and produced by the artist himself, was Vangelis’ return to more mainstream releases, and was the first in a loose trilogy of albums that continued the following year with both Mask and Invisible Connections.

‘Festivities,’ which reached No. 55 in a four-week UK chart run, consisted of five movements, the first lasting fully 18 minutes, and is warmly regarded by Vangelis devotees as one of their favourites among his catalogue.

The vangelismovements.com site describes it as a “jewel” in his oeuvre, noting: “Vangelis manages to get across this feeling of ‘the miracle of nature’ really well and presents a very direct close-up view of the (microscopic) natural world. Accordingly, it’s almost completely devoid of the human factor, his usual nostalgia isn’t really apparent here and no voices are used.” Vangeliscollector.com adds: “It would have been difficult to release a single from this album. It really needs to be heard in its entirety to be appreciated.”

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    October 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Superb, as always.

  2. Anders

    October 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Movement 1, Epic!

  3. Sergio

    October 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Maravillosos sonidos, sólo creados por genios

  4. David

    October 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Movement 1 is one of my all-time favourite of Vangelis; it’s beautiful and so relaxing.

  5. Jeter

    October 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Blade Runner

  6. Harry

    November 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Antarctica and soil festivities are really great scenic album!

  7. mesijani

    August 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Vangelis műveit hallgatni számomra nagy öröm . közel 200 albuma van meg . Nagyon vájt fülű vagyok , némely elaltat ,megríkat felébreszt PL Heaven and Hell – The City a mostani kedvencem ostatni mohikanin (az utolsó mohikán). vissza térve eme albumához .nekem a mozgások úszás , tekergés , cikázás , és a lassú lomha mozdulatok . a viharról az ereje jön be a leki szemeim elött . jó zene halgatást . üdv mesijani

  8. Randal

    October 14, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Great album but I still wish he would release all of the soundtrack for The Bounty.

  9. Reinaldo Kramer

    February 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Excelente álbum.
    Um dos meus preferidos é o MASK, uma Obra Prima.

  10. Erik

    April 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Epic it is ☺

  11. Reinaldo

    October 14, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Excelente obra. Assim como Mask, Blade runner e China, que estão em minha cabeceira.

  12. Paul

    October 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Truly awesome album! I hope it will be available on 180 grams hq vinyl!

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