Blade Runner [Original Soundtrack]

Blade Runner [Original Soundtrack]

5.0 4
by Vangelis
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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.See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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 Vall�e-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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678262326
catalogNumber:
82623
Rank:
40193

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >