• Sylvain Lupari

Neuronium & Vangelis In London Platinum Edition (2022)

Updated: Nov 17

This improvised session is more aiming to Neuronium fans than of Vangelis'

1 In London 20:05

2 In London (After Hours) 18:32

3 In London (Radio edit) 3:19

MIG Music

(CD 41:46) (V.F.)

(Improvised ambient music)

IN LONDON, also called A Separate Affair, has always been one of those mythical albums of electronic music (EM). Mythical because it featured the great Vangelis and a band that was gradually beginning to expand its vision of psychotronic EM, Neuronium. Two of its members, Michel Huygen and guitarist Carlos Guirao, visited Vangelis' Nemo Studios in London back in 1982 where they played an improvisation session with the Greek musician. By a fascinating coincidence, a Spanish television crew was visiting Nemo Studios at the same time for a special report. This improvisation session was recorded on film and was broadcast on Spanish television as part of a program called Musical Express. From then on, pirate recordings of very dubious quality of the TV show and the music invaded the market of the EM fans' circuit. What we didn't know is that Michel Huygen left with these recordings! We had to wait up until 1992 to have a better quality source with the single and the maxi single that followed afterwards. But still and always, the whole of these sessions remained the business of the bootleggers. A Separate Affair, released in 1996 on the Swiss label Tuxedo, was the first recording to reproduce the entire session. This CD included the tracks In London, with a first version of In London (After Hours) as well as the track edited for radio. I have this version that Michel sent me many moons ago and I have taken it out of my collection to make comparisons with this IN LONDON PLATINUM EDITION that was remastered with the latest technology in the field of mastering music by Michel at the very famous Abbey Road Studios. Obviously, the audio quality is enhanced with a better definition of the sounds and their provenance, especially in In London (After Hours). It's the MIG label, famous for its reissues of Ashra and Klaus Schulze's works in the field of Electro-Music, that will officially launch this old improvisation session that plunges the listener back into the torments of a floating atmospheric music where the sharp shapes of the synths, the harmonies of Vangelis keyboard, and the guitar converge towards good moments of emotivity. I remind you that we are in 1982. In the period preceding the album The Visitor of which one hears the soul quite often in this session.

The opening of In London is under the sign of meditation with the ascending push of a celestial synth layer where the shadow of a seraphic voice sets a mood conducive to meditation, or to our dreams with our mind focused on the past. We are in the territory of this psychotronic atmospheric music of Neuronium here. The synth layers spread their sibylline wings, sometimes high-pitched and sometimes morose, that Vangelis sprinkles with his keyboard chords sounding like a surreal harp or with his rather discreet orchestrations in these dense sonic flights of Michel Huygen's synth and Carlos Guirao's guitar. And so it will be for the whol