The City (Vangelis album)

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The City
File:Vangelis-The City.jpg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1990
Recorded Hotel de la Ville, Rome and Mega Studios, Paris
Length 43:08
Label Atlantic
Producer Vangelis
Vangelis chronology
The City
1492: Conquest of Paradise
(1992)1492: Conquest of Paradise1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The City is a 1990 album by the Greek artist Vangelis. Reportedly, it was produced entirely in a Rome hotel room, where Vangelis was staying to witness the filming of the Roman Polanski film Bitter Moon. It can be seen as a concept album, citing concepts from urban life and alluding to the big city atmosphere.

Track listing

All tracks written by Vangelis.

  1. "Dawn" – 4:16
  2. "Morning Papers" – 3:55
  3. "Nerve Centre" – 5:30
  4. "Side Streets" – 4:12
  5. "Good to See You" – 6:51
  6. "Twilight" – 4:57
  7. "Red Lights" – 3:55
  8. "Procession" – 9:33


Vangelis plays all instruments: exclusively synthesizers and drum machines. Vocals are by various guest artists, with narrative by Roman Polanski and Emmanuelle Seigner.


Vangelis employs a wide range of styles, from jazz (2) and rock (3) to new age (5, 6). Instrument patches are all synthesizer-based, but sound very convincing (trumpet on 1, guitar on 3, cello on 8).

Although The City is the first album after Direct (1988), there is no mention of the "Direct series" as discussed in that album's sleeve notes. It can also not easily be linked with his subsequent work, such as the 1492: Conquest of Paradise soundtrack. Vangelis would later compose the soundtrack for Polanski's Bitter Moon film.


  1. Connolly, Dave. "Review: The City". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 October 2010.