Options Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins: Playlist from May 24, 2022 Options

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Soundtrack music from the first silent forward. If it was written for the moving image, we'll play it. Library music included; popcorn optional.

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Options May 24, 2022: RIP Vangelis Papathanassiou

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Artist Track Album Label Year Images Approx. start time
Vangelis  Main Titles & Prologue   Options Blade Runner  Warner  1982 
Vangelis  End Credits   Options Blade Runner  Warner  1982 
0:01:27 (Pop‑up)
Aphrodite's Child  The Four Horsemen   Options The Face of Medusa  Vertigo  1971 
0:05:49 (Pop‑up)

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Venezia   Options


Mara Films 



0:17:17 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Movement One   Options Sex Power  Philips  1970 
0:17:21 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Generique   Options L'Apocalypse des Animaux  Polydor  1973 
0:19:45 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  O Thalasa!   Options Ignacio  Barclay  1975 
0:21:04 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  La Fete Sauvage   Options La Fete Sauvage  Pathé  1975 
0:23:40 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Aries   Options De Mantel Der Liefde  RCA Victor  1978 
0:26:07 (Pop‑up)

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Trashed Main Theme   Options


Blenheim Films 



0:28:14 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Hymne   Options Opera Sauvage  Polydor  1979 
0:36:53 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Theme From The TV Series Cosmos   Options Cosmos  RCA  1981 
0:36:56 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Pablo Picasso   Options Pablo Picasso Peintre  EMF  1982 
0:39:07 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Curfew   Options Missing  Silver Screen Disk  1982 
0:40:46 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Main Theme   Options Chariots Of Fire  Polydor  1981 
0:41:04 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

Gardens of Delight   Options


Sony Classical 



0:42:50 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Main Title Theme   Options Antarctica  Polydor  1983 
0:48:16 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Credits   Options The Bounty  One World Music  1984 
0:50:54 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  Strange Attractions   Options Bitter Moon  Yunanistan  1992 
0:54:14 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis  1492: Conquest Of Paradise Part II (End Titles)   Options 1492: Conquest Of Paradise  EastWest Records  1992 
0:55:29 (Pop‑up)
Vangelis/Kritikes Madares  Part 5   Options El Greco  Polydor  2007 
0:59:35 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 8:00pm ironybread:

This Vangelis guy...was kind of...unstoppable
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm The Count of Al Dente:

'good evening.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:01pm ultradamno:

Devon! Castaways!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm dale:

that last scene with rutger hauer and harrison ford was pretty damn fine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm StringOFperils:

Unstoppable because of his colossal electricity bills.
  8:03pm Glistener MW:

R.I.P. Vangelis. 🗡 🏃‍♀️
Avatar 8:04pm ironybread:

@string oh my yes, I mean just look at the number of synths on that rack
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm StringOFperils:

He must've had to crawl under the piano to get in there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm spodiodi:

hello, hello, Devon and Company. here for the good stuff
Avatar 8:08pm ironybread:

Was Vangelis an impossible, tempermental artist? Is that why there was no "Blade Runner" soundtrack for ten years after the release of the film? Or is the story much, much more complicated? Wrong answers only.
  8:10pm Will:

Vangelis: The Man Who Made Music. Doc coming soon.
  8:10pm Listener Robert:

Aw, horseys.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm dale:

warner brothers owned it and probably didn't see any money to be made from it.
Avatar 8:12pm ironybread:

@dale After what happened to the "Shining" soundtrack, I would not doubt this theory one bit
  8:12pm Jackie G:

Hope we hear some Jon Anderson stuff
  8:13pm P-90:

No one has called Vangelis “temperamental” or difficult to work with. But he picked his projects very carefully.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm DanFA:

Hello Devon. Great show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm StringOFperils:

While walking along in desert sand, you suddenly look down and see a tortoise crawling toward you. You reach down and flip it over onto its back. The tortoise lies there, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over, but it cannot do so without your help. You are not helping. Why?
A)Because I have to hear these 300 Vangelis albums.
B)Because Morricone Island's on now
C)Because I'm going to rip your head off, meatbag.
  8:15pm Will:

For me, it'll always be Ton Scherpenzeel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm spodiodi:

Bitter Moon <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm DanFA:

@Stringofperils, what's this gotta do with my mother?
  8:16pm JetBoy of Brooklyn:

I’m gonna go with C
  8:16pm P-90:

and if it took a few years for the Blade Runner soundtrack to come out, it’s almost certainly because the studio didn’t think it was worth it, nothing to do with Vangelis
Avatar 8:16pm ironybread:

@StringOfPerils They're just questions
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:19pm ultradamno:

Though that's a little weird, since Chariots Of Fire had JUST happened, which would the high visibility point for Vangelis
Avatar 8:20pm ironybread:

I certainly would hope that my initial impression of Vangelis was correct, that he was concerned above all about the quality of the product put out under his name; however the 1994 Warners CD of "Blade Runner" included a liner note by Vangelis saying "Finding myself unable to release these recordings at the time, it is with great pleasure that I am able to do so now", which raised a tiny red flag with me...did he have a beef with the studio? Or were there other extenuating circumstances?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm StringOFperils:

Probably some sort of international publishing rights/marketing complications. Who gets what share of what when and how and for how long.
Avatar 8:22pm Marshall Stacks:

Memory is hazy, oh so hazy, but I believe I saw Vangelis perform in *Jersey City* as the keyboardist for Yes in, dunno, 1976?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm dale:

they couldn't afford a real graphic designer for this last album.
  8:24pm Jackie G:

That may have been Patrick Moraz at Jersey City. He replaced Wakeman as keyboardst on one album.
  8:24pm P-90:

The inside story is that Vangelis actually did accept the offer to join Yes, provisionally in the basis that he would have a chance to play with the band and see if he was comfortable playing Wakeman’s parts on songs in the repertoire (as well as participating in writing new material.) They tried it, he just couldn’t deal with the thought of touring and having to replicate Wakeman’s style night after night. So Vangelis and Yes moved on, quite amicably.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm StringOFperils:

They blew the graphic design budget on the Letraset for his last name.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm dale:

string - ha ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm dale:

they had to buy another sheet for the consonants...
Avatar 8:30pm ironybread:

@String Hey man, it's simply a fact that every circumflex E, hachek A, or umlaut you put on an album automatically adds 30 cents to the replication costs
  8:30pm P-90:

Once Vangelis signed the contract and did the BR soundtrack it was the studio’s to release. They were down in the movie and didn’t want to spend the money for a soundtrack album of nom-pop music. That’s what Vangelis was referring to.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:33pm ultradamno:

But tildes are free!
Avatar 8:34pm ironybread:

@P-90 Warner Bros. certainly didn't have any love to spare for the Ladd Company or any of their product in 1982, despite the fact that Ladd brought "Chariots of Fire" and its attendant Oscar nomination into the Warners stable
Avatar 8:34pm ironybread:

And bless Laddie for greenlighting the likes of Blade Runner and Twice Upon a Time and Star 80
Avatar 8:35pm ironybread:

And now I have to stop commenting for a few minutes so I can cry over this "Cosmos" theme.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:35pm ultradamno:

The band Höt Levels had to pay extra...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm dale:

claudia cardinale - no one wants fmu to be super professional. thar would take away from the homespun feels
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm dale:

  8:37pm Androu B.:

Good Evening, Devon & Castaways!

Well, this one seemed quite in the mail. For the past few mpnths, I'd been going through his many soundtracks and solo projects. An amazingly vast body of work, only equal to the likes of Andrzej Korzynski and Jean-Michel Jarre, which will endure for future generations to enjoy and be fascinated by. RIP "Papa".
  8:38pm chresti - in Frisco:

Avatar 8:38pm ironybread:

hiya chresti!
  8:38pm P-90:

It wasn’t about the Ladd Company, it was just about a movie they were pessimistic about, it cost a lot of money and didn’t look like it could be very successful in theaters ( which it was not.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm spodiodi:

aloha, chresti! \\//
  8:41pm P-90:

How’s Frisco?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm dale:

this is so richard clayderman.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm DanFA:

Good movie.
  Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Thomas:

ReneTLevins - I definitely agree the levels sound hot - hearing a lot of scratchiness, clipping...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm DanFA:

Every Oliver Stone is controversial for one reason or another.
  8:47pm Androu B.:

I remember a fellow GYBO-mate from a while back made a mashup, successfully putting the Chariots Of Fire theme together with The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star". And it sounded excellent!
  8:48pm chresti - in Frisco:

Hola spodi\\// wasn’t to Mario’s today with Baba Bee!

P-90 great, warmer today more than I like (still cooler than SanGabriel) cooler tomorrow

This time of day the google buses are bring workers back so they can become chariots of fire along the Panhandle
  8:49pm chresti - in Frisco:

*WENT to Mario’s
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm spodiodi:

cool, chresti. i don't think i've ever been. hope it was great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm dale:

thanks devin. logging out but listening on the radiola.
  8:52pm P-90:

“Google busses” [shudder]
Avatar 8:52pm ironybread:

@chresti Is Vicki's "Gone Gone Beyond" on your to-do list?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm DanFA:

This sounds like No Quarter by Zeppelin
  8:57pm Androu B.:

Thanx for another excellently curated postmortem tribute, Devon!
  8:57pm GiB:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm joe mulligan:

just missed this show but will go back and play as soon as it's on the archives. Thanks Devon for the well needed tribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm spodiodi:

thanks, Devon!
  8:58pm P-90:

Thanks Devon
  8:59pm rich:

thanks devon
Avatar 8:59pm ironybread:

Thanks Devon, this was the tribute show I was waiting for
  9:00pm Androu B.:

This really deserves a part 2.
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