Sunday, May 22, 2022

Vangelis - Soil Festivities (1984)

Vangelis Papathanasiou - Soil Festivities (1984)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"Movement 1" – 18:20

"Movement 2" – 6:20

"Movement 3" – 6:06

"Movement 4" – 9:54

"Movement 5" – 7:20



Vangelis Papathanasiou Band Members / Musicians

Vangelis – keyboards and composer


Vangelis – producer, arranger

Jess Sutcliffe – engineer

Vangelis, Alwyn Clayden – design



Soil Festivities is a studio album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, released in 1984.

This 1984 release was the first in what could be very loosely said to belong to a trilogy of his 1980s albums, the other two being Invisible Connections and Mask, both from the following year (1985). It is a concept album which derived inspiration from the natural elements, life processes taking place on the Earth's surface and beneath our feet.

He recalls that it "was made because I wanted to make music, not sell a million records. I don’t think it’s possible to guarantee commercial success for an album anyway, because nobody really knows what is commercial and what isn’t. Even if I went out of my way to make an album that was more accessible to the public, that would not guarantee its commercial success".

The album reached #55 position in the UK album charts, and #45 position in the Netherlands album charts in 1984.

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