Blade Runner

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Arriving 12 years after the release of the film, Vangelis' soundtrack to the 1982 futuristic noir detective thriller Blade Runner is as bleak and electronically chilling as the film itself. By subtly interspersing clips of dialogue and sounds from the film, Vangelis creates haunting soundscapes with whispered subtexts and sweeping revelations, drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern textures and evoking neo-classical structures. Often cold and forlorn, the listener can almost hear the indifferent winds blowing through the neon and metal cityscapes of Los Angeles in 2019. The sultry, saxophone-driven "Love Theme" has since gone on as one of the composer's most recognized ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Arriving 12 years after the release of the film, Vangelis' soundtrack to the 1982 futuristic noir detective thriller Blade Runner is as bleak and electronically chilling as the film itself. By subtly interspersing clips of dialogue and sounds from the film, Vangelis creates haunting soundscapes with whispered subtexts and sweeping revelations, drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern textures and evoking neo-classical structures. Often cold and forlorn, the listener can almost hear the indifferent winds blowing through the neon and metal cityscapes of Los Angeles in 2019. The sultry, saxophone-driven "Love Theme" has since gone on as one of the composer's most recognized pieces and stands alone as one of the few warm refuges on an otherwise darkly cold but beautiful score. An unfortunate inclusion of the 1930s-inspired ballad "One More Kiss, Dear" interrupts the futuristic synthesized flow of the album with a muted trumpet and Rudy Vallée-style croon. However well done and appropriate in the movie, a forlorn love song that sounds as if it is playing on a distant Philco radio in The Waltons' living room jarringly breaks the mood of the album momentarily although with CD technology, this distraction is easily bypassed. Fans of Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film as well as those interested in the evolution of electronic music will warmly take this recording into their plastic-carbide-alloy hearts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678262326
  • Catalog Number: 82623
  • Sales rank: 2,193

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vangelis Primary Artist
Mary Hopkin Track Performer
Dick Morrissey Saxophone, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Vangelis Arranger, Producer
Raphael Preston Engineer
Raine Shine Engineer
Philippe Colonna Engineer
Fredrick Rousseau Engineer, Mastering
Mireille Landmann Mastering
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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    The music really sets the mood and atmosphere for the movie that it just works and is one of the highlights of the movie. One of my favorite movie soundtracks. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Vangelis performed a spectacular job when creating the score for Blade Runner. His other noteble efforts such as The Bounty adds to his ability to create a mood, a chemistry, or an emotional feeling when visualizing the films. Listening to different generas of music such as space, allows the endorphins to flow thus creating healing and well being in individuals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blade Runner

    My FAVORITE movie of all time and a great soundtrack. New American Orchestra did a good job at trying to capture the darkness of 21st century L.A., but they just could not convey the imagery of Ridley Scott's chilling glimpse the way Vangelis could. I was VERY happy to see that he finally deceided to release it after so many years. It has a definate place on my CD shelf.

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    Posted October 30, 2008

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