Release date 1980
Label Polydor Records
|Recorded Nemo Studios, London|
|See You Later
(1980) Chariots of Fire
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Vangelis see you later
See You Later is a album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, released in 1980. It breaks quite violently with the style he had employed in the late 1970s and later, relying much more on vocals and being more experimental and returning (in many respects) to his early 1970s work like Earth or 666. It was never released in the United States, and is one of his rarest albums.
- Vangelis see you later
- Vangelis i can t take it anymore 2011
- Instruments and style
- Track listing
Vangelis i can t take it anymore 2011
It is his most diverse work of the 1980s, with radical musical and lyrical themes compared to his other albums. The concept album is without typical Vangelis sentiments, instead there is negative and satirical intonation of dystopian future. It covers many diverse subjects about funerals, multi-track suggestions, masks, ready-to-wear and ready-to-eat things.
Its lyrics are written by Vangelis, with dialogue in English, French, and even Italian, and uses electronic teminology with references of lost love, and kind of humanity downfall due to technology influence, an apocalypse. The title track lyrics say "See you later then... alive or dead". Track "Suffocation" was inspired by the Seveso disaster in Italy.
The albums sleeve shows a desolate and deserted ice covered planet, with a solitary woman wearing very bizarre looking sun glasses to protect her eyes. The inner sleeve is also disturbing, displaying a character seated in a greenhouse wearing an eerie looking gas mask.
Instruments and style
Vangelis plays all instruments: synthesizers, electric piano, grand piano and drums. The Roland CR-5000 drum machine is used extensively. Michel Ripoche plays the violin on #4. Vocals featured are by Jon Anderson (tracks #5 and #6), Peter Marsh (track #1), Christina and Maurizio Arcieri from the group Krisma (track #5) and Cherry Vanilla (track #4 narrative).
"I Can't Take It Anymore" is sung by Peter Marsh through a vocoder over a deep synthesizer glissando bass, a synthesizer choir and CR-5000 hihats. "Multitrack Suggestion" is Kraftwerk-style and Eurodisco, which builds on a polysynth and upbeat CR-5000 pulse; the choir sings some terms associated with analog synthesizer technology (VCO, VCF). "Memories of Green" is a slow piano-based piece with a backdrop of synthesizer sounds and bleeps from the 1978 Bambino electronic game "UFO Master Blaster Station". The piano used on this piece was a Steinway Grand piano. Its distinctive "drunk" sound was achieved with the use of an Electroharmonix Electric Mistress flanger pedal. This song was used in Vangelis' subsequent soundtrack to the 1982 film Blade Runner.
"Not A Bit – All Of It" has vocals by Cherry Vanilla. "Suffocation" employs the CR-5000 and a saw wave synthesizer melody, followed by an eerie brass and megaphone emergency announcements in Italian. The second (slower) half of the piece features vocals by Jon Anderson and a narrative in Italian, by Krisma (Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser). "See You Later" has Vangelis on electric piano and staccato male atonal choir. About halfway through, there is a child narrative in French, with Anderson's vocals used in the finale.
All songs composed and written by Vangelis.
- "I Can't Take It Anymore" – 5:42
- "Multi-Track Suggestion" – 5:36
- "Memories of Green" – 5:48
- "Not a Bit – All of It" 3:00
- "Suffocation" – 9:26
- "See You Later" – 10:22
A test 8-track test pressing (but was never officially released) has also surfaced without the title track, but including the track "My Love" which was featured on a previous single "My Love/Domestic Logic 1", along with two additional tracks "Neighbours Above" and "Fertilization".
- "My Love" - 4:02
- "Not A Bit - All Of It" - 2:55
- "Neighbours Above" - 4:48
- "I Can't Take It Anymore" - 5:38
- "Memories of Green" - 5:42
- "Fertilization" - 7:28
- "Suffocation" - 9:22
- "Multi-Track Suggestion" - 5:25
1I Can't Take It Any More5:42
3Memories of Green5:47