Soil Festivities

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Soil Festivities
File:Soil festivities albumcover.jpg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1984
Recorded 1984, Nemo Studios, London
Genre Electronic
Length 47:59
Label Polydor
Producer Vangelis
Vangelis chronology
Soil Festivities
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Soil Festivities is a 1984 album by the Greek artist Vangelis.

Track listing

All songs written by Vangelis.

  1. "Movement 1" – 18:20
  2. "Movement 2" – 6:20
  3. "Movement 3" – 6:06
  4. "Movement 4" – 9:54
  5. "Movement 5" – 7:20[2]


This 1984 release was the first in what could be very loosely said to belong to a trilogy of his 80's albums, the other two being Invisible Connections and Mask, both from the following year (1985).

He derived his inspiration for the collection from the life processes taking place on the Earth's surface. "I work like a bridge between nature and what comes out through my fingers" Vangelis told Jereme Jones in People.

"I write music primarily for myself, though it’s lovely, everybody goes out and buys the records. My new album Soil Festivities 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". 1


  • Engineer : Jess Sutcliffe[3]
  • Sleeve design : Vangelis, Alwyn Clayden
  • Creative assistance : Green Ink Projection
  • Studio ambience : John Martin


On the Japanese LP, Movement 5 ends a few minutes early. On the CD, there is a break in the middle of that movement. It was originally meant to be the end of Movement 5, after which Movement 6 would play to finish the album. Movement 6 ended up being "deleted" by combining it with Movement 5. This was all later corrected on a subsequent pressing.

The photograph on the front cover appears to be the rear view of a great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis).

Movement 4 is a minimalist elaboration of a single theme, which (likely by coincidence) is now widely known as the "Mockingjay call" from The Hunger Games films.

Album Versions

Polydor 27209 (Argentina) 1984
Polydor VAN 08 (Canada) 1984
Mercury 823 396-1 (France) 1984
Polydor 823 396-1 (W Germany) 1984
Polydor 823 396-1 (Greece) 1984
Polydor 823 396-1 (Italy) 1984
Polydor 28MM 0395 (Japan) 1984
Polydor 823 396-1 (Spain) 1984
Polydor POLH 11 (UK) 1984
Polydor 823 396-1 (USA) 1984
Polydor 80100982 UK)
Polydor 823 396-2 (Canada)
Polydor 823 396-2 (W Germany)
Polydor POCP 2109 (Japan)
Polydor 823 396-2 (USA)


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