Best known for his lush, Oscar-winning score to the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, Vangelis was among the most successful and admired electronic composers of his era. Born Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou in Volos, Greece, on March 29, 1943, his nascent musical talent was recognized at an early age, but he refused to take piano lessons, instead teaching himself. After high school he formed the early-'60s pop group Formynx, soon the most popular act in Greece. After achieving superstardom at home, Vangelis relocated to Paris in 1968, and was in France at the time of the student riots; unable to go back home, he formed the progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child with fellow Greek expatriates Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras, soon scoring a major European hit with the single "Rain and Tears."
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Live in Rotterdam (full concert), Compilation, Oceanic
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Cosmos (full album), The City (full album), Albedo (full album), The Conquest of Paradise (full album),
Blade Runner Trilogy (3 CD), Heaven and Hell (full album), Private Collection (full album), Page of Life (full album), Opera Sauvage (full album), Odes (full
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