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    Vangelis New Solo Piano Album

    According to several sources, Vangelis is releasing a solo piano album at beginning of new year. Could be interesting. Or really bad. http://www.synthtopia.com/content/20...elis-nocturne/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echoes View Post
    According to several sources, Vangelis is releasing a solo piano album at beginning of new year. Could be interesting. Or really bad. http://www.synthtopia.com/content/20...elis-nocturne/
    Looks like Vangelis and his management have seen how successful Rick Wakeman has been in releasing solo piano albums in recent years of his most popular stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echoes View Post
    According to several sources, Vangelis is releasing a solo piano album at beginning of new year. Could be interesting. Or really bad. http://www.synthtopia.com/content/20...elis-nocturne/
    Anything that has Vangelis NOT retiring is a good thing.
    I'm holding out for the Wilson-mixed 5.1 super-duper walletbuster special anniversary extra adjectives edition.

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    Vangelis is in some kind of a roll, great music he's been doing but not released.

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    The thread - theater - looks like a great score too.



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    Let's hope this is happening. I'd certainly buy a copy. In the meantime I am enjoying Benny Andersson's 'Piano' album. It is made up of 24 pieces, half a dozen or so of them the beautiful piano melodies which Bjorn Ulvaeus added lyrics to and which became Abba songs. Very relaxing album at any time of day.

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    I'm hoping this could be good, thanks for the info.

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    Count me in. I'm a sucker for Vangelis, and a sucker for solo piano music. Put the two together, well, fill in the blank ___________________.
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    I'm not familiar with his solo piano work, so I'm intrigued.

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    25 Jan. No covers a la Rick. Looking forward to it.

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    Listened to it 4x now. Exactly what I expected: tranquil, relaxing, his well-known melodies sounding lovelier than ever. Without re-interpretations of pop classics it's probably unlikely it'll sell as well as Rick's first one.

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    I've now heard the Vangelis Nocturne album. Wretched. It sounds like some cheesy new age cover of Vangelis with horrible electric piano sound and sappy string pads. Honestly, I don't believe this is actually Vangelis. He's done some shlocky music but never with such a lack of taste, nuance and touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echoes View Post
    Honestly, I don't believe this is actually Vangelis. He's done some shlocky music but never with such a lack of taste, nuance and touch.
    I understand the keyboards were actually played by Jon Anderson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    I understand the keyboards were actually played by Jon Anderson.
    Damn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    I understand the keyboards were actually played by Jon Anderson.
    ... that's very likely because Vangelis was too busy working on the upcoming YES record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iris View Post
    Let's hope this is happening. I'd certainly buy a copy. In the meantime I am enjoying Benny Andersson's 'Piano' album. It is made up of 24 pieces, half a dozen or so of them the beautiful piano melodies which Bjorn Ulvaeus added lyrics to and which became Abba songs. Very relaxing album at any time of day.
    This! It's very good actually

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Krautman View Post
    ... that's very likely because Vangelis was too busy working on the upcoming YES record.
    In the mid '70s after Rick Wakeman left, Vangelis did in fact rehearse with Yes. He didn't actually join the band, they opted to hire Patrick Moraz instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    In the mid '70s after Rick Wakeman left, Vangelis did in fact rehearse with Yes. He didn't actually join the band, they opted to hire Patrick Moraz instead.
    'Patrick Moraz' was actually a gas fitter from Stoke Newington called Jim Spriggs who repaired Jon's central heating boiler one day. Vangelis is notoriously reticent to appear in public and Jon thought that Jim had the looks of a rock star, so he hired him to mime the keyboard parts while Vangelis's actual keyboards were relayed down a telephone line from his underground bunker in Athens. Unfortunately Spriggs let the fame go to his head and signed up with the Moody Blues, who were furious when they found out and excised him from the band's official records.

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    Nocturne at #75 in the UK midweek album chart.

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    Karl Jenkins has a new release out next week called, er, Piano Album. Rick's certainly started something ....................

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    Not sure how I feel about this one - the original is such a work of art.


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    I've heard the whole thing a few times now. It's not bad at all for what it is; in fact, it's quite a pleasant listen. While I would not go as far as to call it 'wretched,' side-by-side I still much prefer the original versions of this song and the few others he's rearranged for this release.

    Perhaps we should also keep in mind the Vangelis will be 76 years old soon, so it's probably not reasonable to expect Blade Runner / Chariots of Fire / Heaven & Hell / Spiral / Direct, etc. at this point. One wonders, however, at what hidden gems lurk within the vast amounts of music he must have stashed away in his own personal archive. He's said on a number of occasions that if he were to put out all the music that he creates, he'd release 40 albums per year. I do hope the world eventually gets to hear some of that!

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    That "To The Unknown Man" rework is very nice, actually. I can't imagine this album being anywhere near as bad as John says it is, but I thought it was 100% original. Guess not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iris View Post
    Karl Jenkins has a new release out next week called, er, Piano Album. Rick's certainly started something ....................
    Started something bad from my pov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iris View Post
    Karl Jenkins has a new release out next week called, er, Piano Album. Rick's certainly started something ....................
    Well, these things always existed. Herbie Hancock's The Piano came out in 1979 (albeit only in Japan originally, but very popular apparently). There's Craig Armstrong's 2004 Piano Works. But maybe Wakeman's success has encouraged some more.

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    As far as the latest flurry of piano albums is concerned, Robert John Godfrey got in before Rick. His Art of Melody album came out in 2013. He is said to be working on another one.

    I love these piano albums. I'll be buying Karl Jenkins' album for sure.

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