Nemo Era II (1982-1987)

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There are many stories why the soundtrack was released over ten years later, in 1994. The most common story is that Vangelis was annoyed. While he was making the music, the film was edited constantly. Because of the lack of a soundtrack, many bootlegs were produced by several companies and fans. Here you can find some of those recordings. The New American Orchestra released a 1982 LP with some of the music, and is still cheaply obtainable. Ridley Scott, the director of Blade Runner and Vangelis worked together in 1992. Blade Runner was a nominee for the Golden Globes Award of 1982 in the Best Original Score catagory, but "E.T.: the extra terrestial" won the award. Vangelis was nominated for two prices, the 1983 BAFTA award for best music and the Golden Globes of Best Original Score. Unfortunately, he won none.

 

The music was released in 1994 for the first time, it came out on CD. But in Brazil, it was pressed on vinyl, making it the last official LP by Vangelis, then. It is highly sought by fans worldwide, making extraordinary prices on internet or marketplaces. After 25 years, Blade Runner hit again the musicstores. A specteculair 3 CD set came out with unreleased music as well as new music witch fit the mood of the story and the old official album of 1994.The movie is still highly appreciated by many fans all over the world.

 

As for the music, just after the movie's release, a cassettetape came out with some Vangelis original music and the New American Orchestra released an LP with orchestral music.

 

Yet, another movie Vangelis had made music for was nominated for the Golden Globe. Missing, by Costa-Gravas won several prizes on filmfestivals. On the Academy Awards, Coasta-Gravas won his Oscar for Best Writing, on the BAFTA Awards Missing won the prize for Best Editing and Best Screenplay. On several filmfestivals Missing was a good nominee. Unfortunately, Vangelis didn't win. Its soundtrack has never been released officially, but can be heard on illegal bootlegs cd's. Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman, (Jack Lemmon) Missing tells the story of an American father who comes to a South American country (in the film which country isn't specified) to search for his missing son, a journalist. His son's wife Beth joins Ed, they are in battle through the bureaucracy and dangerous political atmosphere in search of their son and husband. Little by little, Ed comes to realize that this government is not telling him the truth. The viewer can fill in in what country this story takes place, for it can be anywhere in South America.

 

 

Another film Vangelis had scored, Antarctica, directed by Koreyoshi Kurehara. Released worldwide on VHS, but on DVD in Japan exclusively. The Antarctica parts of the movie were filmed between December 1981 and February 1982 in the North of Alaska and Canada. It was released on 23 July 1983. Soon, the film recieved many good responses, as it was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Filmfestival, nominated at the Award of Japanese Academy and it won two prices at the Mainich Film Concours in Japan. Director Kurahara is also known for his film "Hiroshima". The American Humane Association which mission is to prevent animals cruelty rated the film 'unaccaptable' for supposed violence against dogs. At his studio Vangelis said in 1982:

 

"The main reason to accept is I very much like the film and by the end... if the connection between the director Kurahara and myself works as expect I belief and I hope we will have a very very good film and after all, the most important thing is to do things that you like and I like it. And I hope that the people are going to like it as well."

 

The official Japanese name of the movie is "Nankyoku Monogatari" or "South Pole Story" but released in the U.S. as Antarctica. A Japanese scientific expedition in 1958 to the South Pole is the base of the movie. A dramatic rescue from mpossible weather conditions on the return journey and the relationship between the scientists and their loyal and hard-working dogs make this movie quite heavy to enjoy.

Antarctica LP and CD sleeve

In 1983 the LP "Private Collection" came out, with some 7" in the shops but very little promotion. Beware: some of those 7" has the track "Song Is" which never made it on LP or CD! The last track, called "Horizon" lasts for a stunning 22:53. About the song "Polonaise" on the Private Collection album, Jon Anderson said in 1994 for Polish radio:

 

"This was the time of Solidarity. (anti-communist social movement in the harbourtown Gdansk, Poland) Solidarity created the breakdown of Russia. I was living in Paris, working with Vangelis, and at that moment, it was 1981, this incredible thing in Gdansk, meant that the people of the world are stronger than the governments. Coming into the 21st century we have to have a change of energy. And then, slowly we had the breakdown of the wall in Berlin, the breakdown of communism, and I think, my honest feeling is that it all started in Gdansk - the place where they had the shipbuilding place. So, that wonderful moment, I wanted to write a song. I wrote this song with Vangelis, and I said: "please play that beautiful music in the middle of Polonaise, Chopin". This was a great moment in the history of Europe. (…) The danger ofcourse was the fear, of being persecuted. But they didn't do that, they stood by it, became a world-wide theme. And naturally, it has a lot to do with the becoming of the new world. I know it sounds very big, but it's very true. You can't get away from that."

 

Back to the friendship between Jon Anderson and Vangelis. Again they work together. Jon & Vangelis had a huge success with their song "State of Independence", which was covered by several artists worldwide. A very well known cover of the song was brought to life by Donna Summer. (December 31st 1948 born as LaDonna Andrea Gaines, passed away May 17th 2012) The song or snippets from State of Independence by Donna was or were used again and again by other several artists like Art of Noise. Their track called "Donna" was built up from a snippet for the real State of Independence and some sounds from synths played by Art of Noise. You can find the track of the albums "Draft" and "Into the Battle with The Art of Noise".

 

In 1984, Vangelis recorded his album "Soil Festivities". It was inspired on memories of his own childhood and 'the things you see under a microscope'. The album contains six tracks, or movements as how they are called, which are longer than standard musictracks. The album sold worldwide. A year later, in 1985, another LP came out on the Polydor label. It was Mask, again a LP with movement 1 - 6 as tracknames. It took two weeks to finish this album and it was released on March 29th 1985 (Yes, indeed, his birthday!) Again, this album sold worldwide, in Argentina named as " la Mascara".

In Holland the music of Spiral was used as main theme for the famous televisionshow "Wondere Wereld", in which new technological inventions were showed.

Frédéric Rossif and Vangelis worked together again on a video release, called "Sauvage et Beau". There were some rumours then, this music would be pressed on LP for the public. But no proof whatsoever has been found yet this really happened.

 

Also in 1984 Demis Roussos came to London to record their new project: "Reflection". They recorded the album together with Argyris Koulouris (Aphrodite's Child) and Dick Morrisey (Apocalypse des Animaux) This album isn't very popular, for some people find the tracks cheesy. You can find this album secondhand if you're looking good enough, the 1999 Korean pressing on CD is a real rare find. Easier to find is the 1995 Korean CD on the BR Music label called "Attitudes", it even has six songs from Reflection as bonus tracks.

 

The next score Vangelis made was for Roger Donaldson's "The Bounty". This music was never released, just the (remade) 'End'- and 'Openingtitles' of the film. In the nineties a bootleg album was made and came out under the OWM label. Click here to see some posters from all over the world of "The Bounty".

Roger Donaldson / Dino de Laurentiis / Anthony Hopkins / Tevaite Ternette

The producer and actors of The Bounty at the 37th Cannes Film Festival (March 1984)

Filmscore on bootleg CD

Original filmtrailer of "The Bounty" with music by Vangelis

The British Broadcasting Company, BBC, used a new composition for the main theme of their " Great River Journeys" televisionseries. Broadcasted in the UK only existed of six episodes made by six directors. Every episode had one river as subject: the Congo, Sepik & Waghi, the Sao Francesco, the Murray, the Nile, and the BAFTA award winning episode the Mekong, directed by William Shawcross. Other directors were Michael Wood, Russell Braddon, Germaine Greer, Brian Thompson and Christina Dodwell. Every episode had it's own music, for example Terry Oldfield, Brian Eno and others. Vangelis made the main theme of the series.

 

One of the most controversial albums Vangelis released in his musical carreer, is a peculiar album on the Deutsche Grammophon label in 1985. Instead of what people might expect, this record consists of several 'booming' sounds, without any rythm or musical structure. The LP is quite easy to find, but the CD is much harder to obtain, but it is nearly impossible to find the Japanese pressing.

Invisible Connections on Deutsche Grammophone

In 1986 Jon and Vangelis made their new album, but it never saw daylight. Now, it is only illegaly obtainable on bootlegs. Songs like "All Through The Night", "Say What You Will" and "The Arms of Love" are not so easy to find. They are included on the bootlegs "Another Page of Life" and "Jon and Vangelis Demos".

 

In this year, 1986, a worldwide televisionevent took place. All around globe people start running to collect money to help support famine relief in African countries. Famous musicians, such as The Cars, Tears for Fears, U2 and The Police made their music available to make this event, called "Sport Aid, The Race Against Time" possible. All around the world the event was broadcasted. Vangelis made it's main theme, while Spiral got a fresh new edit, especially cut for this event. For about 20 milion participants were running in 274 cities all around the world.

 

Also in 1986, Vangelis and the Greek actress Irene Papas released their second album together, the first one being Odes (1979). In 2007 both albums were rereleased. Irene helped the boys of Aphrodite's Child with some vocals on 666. Another co-operation has seen daylight in 1986. This second record has only been released in Greece. Papas' and Vangelis' name and the records' title are printed in Greek.

Rapsodies is the second LP Vangelis and Irene Papas released together

With famous cellist Andrew Lloyd Webber, Vangelis recorded Un Après-Midi in 1986. The first release of this track was on Webber's LP Encore! Travels with my cello volume 2 wich came out on CD as well. It has been rereleased in 1992 on the CD "Harmonie", 1993 on the CD "Encore! Travels with my cello volume 2" and in 1994 on the CD "The Julian Lloyd Webber Collection". The last time a CD hit the stores of Andrew with Un Après Midi was "Gentle Dreams" and "Made in England" (2004).

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