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Chariots of Fire
(1981)
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1990 Polydor
1995 Polydor
Album 2 Cover Art
2000 Polydor
Album 3 Cover Art
2006 Polydor
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Arranged, Performed, and Produced by:
Vangelis

Co-Arranged by:
Harry Rabinowitz
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Polydor Ltd
(October 25th, 1990)

Polydor Ltd
(April, 1995)

Polydor Ltd
(September, 2000)

Polydor Ltd
(November 13th, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990, 2000, and 2006 albums are all regular retail products from Polydor, each one a remastered presentation of the previous edition. Most of these pressings originated in Europe (the 2006 one from the Netherlands) but are available worldwide for discount prices. The 1995 Polydor album was a "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab" Polydor product (UltraDisc II, 24 karat gold CD) that has since sold for more than $150.
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AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award and nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... only if you specifically appreciated the short, but incredibly obvious contributions by Vangelis in the disparate context of this overrated film.

Avoid it... if you expect anything more substantive than the catchy title theme, for Vangelis' score as a whole is ridiculously undeveloped for the plot and doesn't even make for an engaging or coherent new age listening experience on album.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,398
WRITTEN 9/30/09
Vangelis
Vangelis
Chariots of Fire: (Vangelis) Throughout the history of film, there have been popular productions that have defined themselves as proven classics and those that expose themselves as temporary fads, and one of the more interesting and contested examples of the latter category is the 1981 oddity Chariots of Fire. Coming from Great Britain and eventually storming through the Academy Awards, this depiction of the British running team's preparation for and participation in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris concentrated on two, specific real-life characters. The stories of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell were compelling in their original forms, though screenwriter Colin Welland, who won an Oscar for his work here, took substantial liberties with the exact circumstances of those and other characters, as well as the games themselves. A heavy religious hand held Chariots of Fire in place, for the substance of the plot dealt with the effects that the two men's religions had on their running and placement on the team. Tackling anti-Semitism, devoted religious practices, and various prejudices, the film had a progressive message to go along with its nearly G-rated inspirational tone. Being that it was set in 1924, the film's period sensibilities were notable, including much praise for the costumes and art direction. One awkward but ultimately popularly successful aspect of Chariots of Fire was its music, perhaps the most memorable part of the production in hindsight. Director Hugh Hudson used a combination of church choir music, traditional anthems, and Gilbert and Sullivan showtunes all in source-like contexts, each seen performed on screen extensively. A fair amount of the conversational scenes would either be addressed by the peripheries of these pieces or receive silence. It's not uncommon for some of the most engaging moments of Chariots of Fire to feature no music at all. For the remainder of the scenes, Hudson hired Greek electronic composer Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou to provide a low-budget solution for his inexpensive production. The director had been impressed with the composer's music for other small projects of the 1970's, but little did he know that Chariots of Fire would turn the composer's mainstream name of Vangelis into a chart-topping sensation. Vangelis' music for the film, while short in length, was destined for the level of hype and album sales that few soundtracks ever achieve, despite the plethora of problems that the score posed in context.



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VIEWER RATINGS
435 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.7 Stars
***** 236 5 Stars
**** 41 4 Stars
*** 27 3 Stars
** 54 2 Stars
* 77 1 Stars
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Great album (a masterpiece)
chariots - March 31, 2010, at 11:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:56
• 1. Titles (3:34)
• 2. Five Circles (5:21)
• 3. Abraham's Theme (3:21)
• 4. Eric's Theme (4:19)
• 5. 100 Metres (2:05)
• 6. Jerusalem* (2:47)
• 7. Chariots of Fire (20:41)
* written by Sir Hubert Parry and performed by the Ambrosian Singers

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts typically include a short note from Vangelis about the production. On all versions of the product, Abrahams' name is misspelled as part of the title of the third track.
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