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Blade Runner Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (June 21 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Eastwest
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002IZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Product Description

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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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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "mythologue" on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bram Janssen on Sept. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 By David T. Mathias on Jan. 20 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 magnificent, futuristic soundscape by the reclusive Vangelis. The best feature for me is that they included some of the dialogue, which puts each piece of the music into it's place in the film. It's totally brilliant...just like the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesiah Heiberg on 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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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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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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