Albedo 0.39/Heaven and Hell

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Most two-fers are of albums early in an artist's career. With the advent of digital technology, many of them are two LPs on one CD. Some are even three-fer-twos -- three LPs on two compact discs. Albedo 0.39/Heaven and Hell is a double feature on two CDs from early in Vangelis' career. The set is pure electronic bliss. Both albums are from 1975, before Vangelis was using symphony orchestras. He still used some heavy rock & roll influences that complemented his aggressive style. These two albums are very complementary. Heavy sequences and gritty rhythms dominate the soundscapes. There is nothing here that even resembles an atmosphere. This is hard-charging electronica with definite rock & roll timbres and textures. It is some of the most unique electronica of the '70s -- or any other decade. Even the five minutes of Jon Anderson's irritating falsetto does not detract from this excellent listening adventure.