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Blade Runner [Soundtrack]

Vangelis Audio CD
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1. Main Titles
2. Blush Response
3. Wait For Me
4. Rachel's Song
5. Love Theme
6. One More Kiss, Dear
7. Blade Runner Blues
8. Memories Of Green
9. Tales Of The Future
10. Damask Rose
11. Blade Runner (End Titles)
12. Tears In Rain

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For years, the soundtrack to Blade Runner held legendary status among fans of Greek synthesist Vangelis. Except for a few cuts on the Themes compilation, it had never been released on vinyl or CD, although there was an orchestral version of the score. But in 1994, 22 years after Vangelis composed the dark, edgy soundtrack to director Ridley Scott's archetypal science fiction thriller, the music of Blade Runner came out in all its cybernoir glory.

Vangelis couched his electrosymphonic score in percussive rhythms and shadowed timbres. Effectively interpolating dialogue from the film, the CD moves from the threatening tension of "Blush Response" to the ethereal wordless vocal of Mary Hopkin over a water-drop synthesizer sequence on "Rachel's Song." A few tracks, notably "Love Theme" with Dick Morrisey's smarmy saxophone solo, drip with Hollywood sentimentality, but Vangelis quickly wipes that away with the hyperdrive of "Blade Runner (End Titles)." --John Diliberto

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Blade Runner was one of the finest sci-fi movies ever made, yet, due to contractual difficulties, Vangelis' moody score was never made available. But here 'tis, with some soundscapes not featured in the film.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark, nocturnal album May 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
In many ways, this is less a true film score than an album: 1) some of the pieces included here have not been used in the movie; 2) although it works when envisioned in conjunction with the original film (as emphasized by the well-chosen audio clips inserted in a few tracks), it is also successful as a stand-alone work. This CD's soundworld has an internal coherence that is matched by few of Vangelis' other albums. And this coherence is such that it comes through both when listening to the work from the first track to the last (the sequencing order is partly inspired by the film's progression) and when using the random option to navigate in it. This is a strange and wondrous world in which you can easily lose yourself: I suffer from tinnitus and this is an album I often go back to - a very nocturnal work, one that can relax the listener and induce him/her in a dreamlike state.
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Blade Runner has become one of the world's most iconic science fiction movies, and that is not simply due to Philip K. Dick's evocative narrative; nor is it merely Ridley Scott's photography and SFX - nor the actors' talents (especially Ford and Hauer). It is these factors combined that makes it the classic that it has become.
Vangelis' composition of moody strings and hypnotic percussion provides the glue. More than any other element, does the music set the necessary dreary, midnight atmosphere that prevails through the entire picture.
Normally, I do not like excerpts of conversation throughout soundtracks, but this album is the sole exception. In some way, the dialogues become instruments playing along with the background music, adding to the whole of melancholic arrangements.
Are you eager to have a Vangelis soundtrack in your collection? Have you heard some of his music and wish to explore his oeuvre? Together with Conquest Of Paradise (also a Ridley Scott movie), this is the soundtrack to acquire.
This one gets four stars.
Bram Janssen
The Netherlands
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully mastered! April 30 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I own a lot of vinyl, and this is easily the best sounding pressing I have. Audio Fidelity took a lot of care in remastering and pressing this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-review of a Review Nov. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
I reviewed this once elusive soundtrack by the master of electronic music a few years ago...I just recently popped this in my player the other day and am still taken aback by how fresh and futuristically timeless this work by Vangelis still holds up! While every critic has used terms like ethereal, mesmerizing, other-worldly, dream-like, etc., etc., one thing remains; This is the ultimate soundtrack for any future sci-fi film out there (some would claim maybe John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack is the king---but remember, we're talking electronic wizardry here, not symphonic or classical).
The bonus tracks not in the film are very intriguing and captivating in their own right and blend in so well with the on-film tracks. The strongest non-soundtrack tracks are the seductively hypnotic Wait For Me and the melodically enchanting Rachel's Song. One can feel the tension or the build up in Blush Response with it's electronically thundering and repetitve clashing cymbals and slapping percussion(for those that remember the scene in the film this is where Detective Deckard is testing Rachel Tyrell to indulge creator Eldon Tyrell's purpose or point). Blade Runner Blues,Memories of Green and the Love Theme are the soothing jazz-like("electronically warm"), melancholy counterpoints to some of the other tracks which paint a very dark and bleak and sometimes chaotic and menacing future world in 2019 drenched and flooded in cold night rain and hot neon-ad lights.
Essentially, what you get from Vangelis is a richly and texturally painted musical sci-fi panorama that beneath it's cold synthesized surface (as described by some)emanates a sound of escapism that to this day is not duplicated by any other artist. It can't be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Create a space-age bachelor pad...get this CD! Jan. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a bachelor who lives on their own in a small apartment, this CD is the music of my choice when I'm at home (whether I be shaving, waking up, doing errands or simply relaxing. The music on this CD transforms my apartment into some sort of space-age futuristic bachelor pad - just like Deckard's apartment in the movie "Blade Runner". After a hard day's work, returning home to the sounds of "Blade Runner Blues" soothes the soul. "Memories of Green" is perhaps my favourite track and never fails to get me sentimental and nostalgic about friends, relationships and family. The background sounds on many of the tracks give you the feeling that outside you really are living in the cold futuristic L.A. portrayed in the movie. While some say the track "One More Kiss Dear" is out of place, for me it adds to the overall atmosphere of the CD and perfectly recreates images of Harrison Ford's moody P.I. eating in a neon-soaked rain-drenched city of the future.
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By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
A truly amazing album; the greatest electronic soundtrack ever. My favorite soundtrack along with Dances With Wolves. Vangelis succeeds with many different styles of songs here, from cold electronic soundscapes to haunting, beautiful orchestrations. It absolutely goes perfectly with the movie. There's nothing I like more than a fat, fat synth just laying out a thick melody. Powerful stuff.
Main Titles-Sets the stage for the amazing visuals. Breathtaking highs and lows. Fat analogs-love it.
Blush Response-I love the dialog. That devious hum in the background keeps you unnerved.
Wait For Me-Decent.
Rachel's Song-An incredible minimalist composition for any genre. Mary Hopkin's ethereal vocals seem like an angel lost in liquid space, gently calling to you. The choral synth voices towards the end portray a grandiose experience, just overwhelming you. Beauty turns to awe and danger. What a beautiful song.
Love Theme-Kind of cheesy, until the end. A great resolution in the last 10 seconds.
One More Kiss, Dear-Very cool! Old 30's style love song. Love it.
Blade Runner Blues-Kind of cheesy, portrays that bar scene feeling.
Memories of Green-Just like Rachel's Song, totally gorgeous on it's own. Piano coupled with synth, that harsh, subtle digital background with the beauty of the melody. Like a computer or robot trying to become human. Cold mechanics trying to feel emotions.
Tales of the Future-An interesting electronic-Eastern experiment.
Damask Rose-A beautiful Eastern-sounding meditation. Spirituality coupled with the mechanations of humanity. Beautiful redemption in the melody towards the end.
End Titles-A dissonant ending-what will the future hold? The melody seems unsure, questioning our intentions.
Tears in Rain-I like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flooring. Jaw-dropping audio quality.
Better than I could ever have hoped for. Worth every penny.

The clarity and purity of the sound is outstanding, and whoever snubs this album because most of it is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Seb
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
Third time I buy this release; this one I got for the rumored vinyl remaster. Oh. Boy. Never have I heard it like this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jean-François Poirier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good priceand good quality
Every Blade Runner movie lover shoulg have that record.
Very nice made LP edition, geate sound and geate look - big plesure see it and hear it.
Published 11 months ago by faljan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack ever.
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Published 12 months ago by Pawel Falkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recording
this was better than I expected. Great score that guides you through a musical journey of the movie. Well worth the money
Published 15 months ago by Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersting.............
Great back ground or if your feeling very contemplative - good all around listening! And a good value with premo packaging!
Published 15 months ago by Greg B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A master piece
The two extra disc are fantastic. It ways worth it to own. It is the kind of music that you can't stop listening over and over again. That is how I recognize a masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 5 2011 by E. Swann
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
This is an awful CD collection. I love Vangelis and was expecting to find distinct tracks in the Vangelis style. Not so. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2008 by Kenneth L. Sala
5.0 out of 5 stars Like tears in the rain...
This is absolutely the best sountrack CD I have ever heard. The film itself was recently rated as the best sci-fi picture of all time, and I think a lot has to do with the... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2008 by David T. Mathias
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