New age art rock guru Vangelis has been making music for over 30 years. His progressive, electronic, and highly melodic soundscapes paved the way for artists like Enya -- her debut record borrows liberally from his early-'80s compositions -- and brought instrumental music to the forefront of the pop charts. Hip-O's 18-track retrospective plays like a soundtrack within a soundtrack, chronicling all of his various projects like a well-paced novel. Classic compositions like the theme from Chariots of Fire and the moody, noir-heavy Blade Runner sit comfortably among collaborations with Jon Anderson of Yes and ambitious solo works such as "Celtic Dawn." Vangelis collections tend to be esoteric, focusing on specific time periods or styles as opposed to taking a linear approach to his vast and diverse catalog. Finally, with Odyssey: The Definitive Collection, consumers have access to the most comprehensive overview of this influential electronic pioneer's illustrious career to date.
Odyssey: The Definitive Collection Review
by James Christopher Monger
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