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1492: Conquest of Paradise
(1992)
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Composed, Arranged, Produced and Performed by:
Vangelis

Ensemble Vocals by:
The English Chamber Choir
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic/Warner Music
(October 20th, 1992)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A European album contains two extra score tracks.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if, obviously, you consider yourself any basic kind of Vangelis enthusiast or if you're a fan of new age albums in the style of the group Engima's early 1990's material.

Avoid it... if you expect to be convinced in any way that Vangelis' style is true to the settings of the 15th Century.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #66
WRITTEN 1/17/97, REVISED 12/31/07
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1492: Conquest of Paradise: (Vangelis) In the rush to release films marking the 500-year anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World, director Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise succeeded Christopher Columbus: The Discovery by a short while and is considered the vastly superior production. His examination of Columbus is far more rooted in the facts of the man's life, aided in their well-researched presentation by screenwriter Roselyne Bosch. The film explores both the magnificent heights of the man's discovery of the Americas, as well as the tragic betrayals, a final bittersweet return to America, and the dictation of his memoirs before his death. Scott collaborated famously with Greek classical and new age composer Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou, known to the world as Vangelis, for both Bladerunner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise, alternating between and eventually choosing Hans Zimmer as his later provider of music. Some have argued that Zimmer's electronically-laced music for Scott's films like Gladiator owe some inspiration to Vangelis, though Zimmer has far more obvious sources that have been documented to even the halls of the courts of law. The scores for Bladerunner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise are both cult classics in a sub-genre of the film score-collecting world, fueled by the extremely wide following of Vangelis, especially in his native Europe. It's hard to argue with the effectiveness of music for Bladerunner in the context of its film, for the future seems to be a remarkably apt pairing for Vangelis' style of composition and synthetic rendering. The past, however, is an entirely different issue, and while 1492: Conquest of Paradise is a far superior score in its beauty and presentation than Bladerunner, it's a simply terrible distraction within most of the film itself. Despite the score's Golden Globe nomination, critics slammed Vangelis' score almost as uniformly as they would for Oliver Stone's Alexander a dozen years later (despite, once again, an outstanding standalone piece of music written by Vangelis).

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4,819 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.09 Stars
***** 2,139 5 Stars
**** 1,561 4 Stars
*** 745 3 Stars
** 206 2 Stars
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Enigma is not a group
invitadodeinvierno - August 26, 2010, at 5:43 p.m.
1 comment  (1219 views)
So good
David Lounsberry - November 13, 2008, at 1:20 p.m.
1 comment  (1934 views)
Rip-off !!   Expand >>
roybatty - March 4, 2007, at 10:39 a.m.
2 comments  (3227 views)
Newest: November 21, 2009, at 5:22 a.m.by Edmund Meinerts
A score which is excellent and which is popularize New Age genre
Sheridan - June 30, 2006, at 4:17 a.m.
1 comment  (2173 views)
The best song of all times!!   Expand >>
mark - March 6, 2006, at 2:07 a.m.
2 comments  (5487 views)
Newest: July 29, 2006, at 11:39 a.m.by Lawrence
vangelis
nashaat morgan - December 26, 2005, at 7:12 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:50
• 1. Opening (1:21)
• 2. Conquest of Paradise (4:47)
• 3. Monastery of La Rabida (3:39)
• 4. City of Isabel (2:16)
• 5. Light and Shadow (3:46)
• 6. Deliverance (3:28)
• 7. West Across the Ocean Sea (2:53)
• 8. Eternity (1:59)
• 9. Hispanola (4:56)
• 10. Moxica and the Horse (7:06)
• 11. Twenty Eighth Parallel (5:14)
• 12. Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Into Eternity) (13:19)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about both the film and the score. It also features a menacing, downright evil (and almost humorous) picture of Vangelis adjacent to those notes.
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