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Soil Festivities - Vangelis

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Soil Festivities is a 1984 release by Vangelis and is a concept album which got inspiration from the natural elements, life processes taking place on the Earth's surface and beneath our feet. Vangelis 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.

Vangelis used exotic synth-harmonies, creative percussion and melody-lines, as well rare use of double bass plucking sounds. The first movement is accompanied by storm and rain-effects, and on top of this is loose improvisational skills to probably indicate the many forms of life springing into existence. The second movement has tune-like quality, and is the most tranquil piece, in contrast to the next three which are darker in atmosphere. The third movement shows the violent side of nature, indicating the struggle to survive, whilst the fourth movement is more contemplative and a bit gloomy, perhaps indicating slowed-down nightlife activity.The fifth movement is a wonderfully loose piece of improvisation, going through many moods and tempos before setting up an emotional conclusion to the life

Track Listings:
    "Movement 1" – 18:20
    "Movement 2" – 6:20
    "Movement 3" – 6:06
    "Movement 4" – 9:54
    "Movement 5" – 7:20
Artist Name(s):
Release Year: 1984
Ambient, Minimal, Symphonic
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Vangelis, Alwyn Clayden
Studio Name:
Nemo Studios, London
Engineer(s): Jess Sutcliffe
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
823 396-2
London, UK
Editions / Reissues
  1. POLH 11 UK
  2. 823 396-2 US
  3. P33P 50003 Japan
  4. 823 396-4
  5. POLHC 11, 823 396-4
  6. 823 396-1
  7. 28MM 0395
  8. ES 2089 Poland
Synthesizers Used
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