Beaubourg Laid The Groundwork For Some Of The Most Innovative Artists Of The Latter 20th Century




Beaubourg is a studio album by Vangelis, released in July 1978. It was the fourth album produced by Vangelis in Nemo Studios, London,
and his final album for RCA Records. It is an avant-garde-experimental album.

It is a concept album inspired by the architecture of the homonymous complex area, specifically Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He
visited the area in 1977, and recalls “I was very impressed. I returned to London and I recorded my album Beaubourg quickly,

spontaneously. So I ‘felt’ Beaubourg, but that does not mean that Beaubourg is only this: I can redo Beaubourg in 30 different ways”.
The recording took him less than a month

Vangelis noted that many people in the beginning had difficulty listening to it, but later appreciated it. He said it can be played in

the background.

Vangelis expressed that he “needed courage to release this record” as RCA “has not believed in any of my four albums”, or in his

artistic activity, and he was “accused of purposely recording a disc of very ‘different’ electronic music”; nevertheless the album sold
well. Thus he decided to leave RCA for Polydor Records.

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