by Dave Segal
on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sitting in the “New Age” section of the Capitol Hill Half Price Books vinyl bins (as of 10:30 am today) is a super-clean copy of Vangelis’ 1978 LP Beaubourg; it’s going for the unprincely sum of $1.99. Beaubourg is one of the Greek composer’s most adventurous records; it’s not so much “new age” as it is a Xenakis-like excursion into bizarre dissonance and unpredictable dynamics. The prevalent mood is disturbing and eerie, but not in any overtly familiar way. Beaubourg is probably the last essential non-soundtrack album Vangelis made before heading off into more accessible, big-budget film scoring. (The awesome Hypothesis and The Dragon came out in 1978 and 1979, respectively, but both were recorded in 1971.)
If you don’t get Beaubourg, I’ll probably scoop it up as a backup for my other copy.