Blade Runner Soundtrack
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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|
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.
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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I bought the official CD in the hope that I will be able to finally listen to all of the original flawless score used in the film. I was disppointed. But then again I really didn't get my hopes up too much. What really annoys me about soundtracks and whoever is involved with it is that they NEVER include every single bit of music in the film. They only give you some of it. I have never understood this. Here, this CD gives you less than a third of all the music used in the film which is a big disappointment because I believe the CD would have sold just as well (if not better) if all the music were present. I really don't understand why they complain about bootleg CD's being made when if they realease all the music, Blade Runner bootlegs wouldn't exist. However, die-hard fans have to go to the extent of buying an illegal product with bad sound quality just to hear the rest of the unreleased music. (And even still there is some of the music still unreleased whether or not you have the bootleg.) That's why the OWM/Gongo bootleggers have made quite a bit of money.
It was good Vangelis did put some effort into this soundtrack CD but he put it in the wrong area.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Quality of the SACD sound is slightly better than the CD. Played on my Oppo BDP - 103Published 19 months ago by L. Wright
Only wish the whole content of this was available on LP record! Vangelis at his best.Published 21 months ago by jay
This beautiful and timeless score by synthesizer maestro Vangelis has been meticulously mastered for this red vinyl release by Kevin Gray. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris Austin