Blade Runner [Original Soundtrack]by Vangelis
Ridley Scott's visually imaginative science fiction film has become a classic of '80s cinema since its original release and initial failure at the box office. The evocative, spellbinding score by Vangelis -- who had just come off his Oscar-winning triumph on CHARIOTS OF FIRE the preceding year -- wasn't officially released until 1994. Vangelis's score is a marvel of electronic sounds and textures, incorporating ethnic Japanese instrumentation ("Tales of the Future"), pulsating themes ("Blade Runner [End Titles]"), and surprisingly lyrical tracks best described as "futuristic jazz" ("Memories of Green," "Love Theme"). To make the soundtrack more cohesive, Vangelis added new music ("Rachel's Song") specifically for the album. Some film dialogue also finds its way onto this recording, which fortunately doesn't detract from the power of the striking score.
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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.
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.
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.