The Best of Vangelis [Camden]

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Perhaps this Camden collection of Vangelis tracks should have been retitled The Best of Vangelis 1972-1985. It might have made more sense, but that's a small complaint because what is here is terrific. There are cuts from Spiral and Beauborg, from the Jon & Vangelis recordings, and even from the Cosmos TV series narrated by Carl Sagan. The sound is good, as is the presentation, and it's a nice little introduction -- with the word "little" being the main word in the sentence. Vangelis so often works conceptually -- and has from the very beginning -- that it's tough to size him up in a single-disc retrospective or even really introduce him. But this set tries and, for what it is, does a decent job.

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