La Fête Sauvage (The Wilderness Party) is an original score album, by Greek composer Vangelis (as Vangelis Papathanassiou in some releases), from the 1975 documentary, about animal wildlife, by Frédéric Rossif, the same who shooted L'Apocalypse des Animaux TV series about five years ago with music from Vangelis himself.
It's the most world music-oriented of his soundtracks for Frédéric Rossif, compared to the mostly electronic/ambient/spacey L'Apocalypse des Animaux and the highly melodic "classic Vangelis sound" of Opéra Sauvage. It was recorded in December 1975, three months after Heaven and Hell album release and published just next year.
The first part of the album features a mixture of electronics, percussion, animal sounds, and tribal chanting which is extremely evocative of the nature of the film project. The second part moves into more familiar Vangelis territory, with lush electronic soundscapes and sweet melodies, yet still well in keeping with the movie's themes.
The chanting and percussion was performed by a number of guest musicians whom Vangelis invited to his own studio at London, the famous Nemo Studios.
The documentary contains much more music than is available on the album, a common theme with Vangelis soundtracks.
1975, EMI/Pathe Marconi 2C066/14276, France
1975, Barclay 200.332, France
1975, CAM Y900.056, France
1975, CAM 6905, Canada
1976, CAM SAG 9096, Italy
1979, CAM SPL1-7175, Spain
1977, Polydor 2421100, Greece
1978, RCA PL-30036, West Germany
1979, EGG GP 711, Japan
1983, CAM LCM 233451, Italy (2LP, together with Entends-tu les chiens aboyer ?)
1987, LupSom 2LL2.001, Brazil (2LP, together with Entends-tu les chiens aboyer ?)
CAM 13071-2, France
CAM CSE 067, Italy
CAM CSE 800-067, Italy
CAM 493 206-2, Italy
CAM 474493, Spain
Barclay 823 756-2, West Germany/US
Polydor 841 198-2, West Germany
Side 1. La Fête sauvage I – 20:18
Side 2. La Fête sauvage II – 18:12
- A single was released from the album - Thème d'amour / Générique, (EMI/Pathe Marconi France).
- The film does not feature the prominent vocal performance of Vana Veroutis that is on the album.
- The 1992 CD edition (on the CAM label) divided the album in two tracks, but mistakenly starts with the last half of Ignacio album instead of the first half of La Fête sauvage. A new release later on changed the order of the tracks but still got the Ignacio part wrong. CAM finally corrected their mistake with a 1992 rerelease.
- The movie has only ever been released on VHS, by Belgium Production Video (PAL), and Cassette Video Hachette (SECAM). There is, as yet, no DVD release.
- Entry at Vangelis Movements site
- Entry at Vangelis Collector site
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