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Blade Runner - O.S.T. [Soundtrack]

VangelisAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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There is far more to Vangelis than his Academy Award winning, platinum, #1-charting 1981 album Chariots Of Fire and its #1 title song. Odyssey - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O Records), released November 4, 2003, celebrates his most famous and enduring recordings over 30 years, from 1973 to 2003, from his pioneering electronic music to the now classic "Chariots Of Fire" to a new ... Read more in Amazon's Vangelis Store

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,032 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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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, 12 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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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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471 of 485 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Dreamt Music... December 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When it was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2007 that a new "extended" 3-disc soundtrack of Vangelis' Blade Runner score would be released by the end of the year to coincide with the release of Ridley Scott's "Final Cut" Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition), fans rejoiced with the assumption that the complete film score was finally getting an "official" release after numerous releases and bootlegs of varying lengths and sub-standard quality. Unfortunately if you are looking for the complete film score, this is not the CD you're looking for.

Disc 1 is a re-mastering of the 1994 Vangelis album (although it sounds identical to my original CD) which featured music from the film edited together with numerous dialog samples from the film as well as newly composed music by Vangelis that did not appear anywhere in the film. As an album, it was interesting thematically in its own right with some beautifully composed themes like "Rachel's Song" and "Damask Rose" but it was still not the original film soundtrack and was considered to be a disappointment.

Disc 2 features officially unreleased cues, some of which are not even heard anywhere in the film. Some are outtakes from the workprint but most of the memorable cues from the film are completely omitted such as the opening "Prologue" with the somber haunting Asian motif that establishes the dark tone and atmosphere of the film as well as the Egyptian Taffey Lewis club ambiance and the cues from when Deckard enters the Bradbury are not included.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastatingly Beautiful January 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There has been a lot written regarding this soundtrack. We still wonder why on earth it took Vangelis twelve years to finally release this treasure. There is still much speculation as to the reason why this happened, but in any case, after being forced to listen to grim renditions of the soundtrack and bad-sounding bootlegs, Vangelis' "Blade Runner" is well worth the wait. Many have attacked this work for having certain exerpts of dialog from the film on some of the tracks. I, however, find that this inclusion makes the tracks more interesting. Deckard's exchange with Rachael and Tyrell is a great introduction to "Blush Response" with the eerie music in the background. "Wait For Me," apparently inspired by the film and written in 1994 when the disc was released, is a hypnotic and seductive track with select,very well-chosen lines from Rachael.
Unlike the bootleg, Vangelis makes each track flow into one another. He does so with such fluidity and grace that one has to marvel at the production. Additionally, many have attacked this disc because Vangleis decided to leave out some crucial themes from the film, such as the "Main Titles and Prolouge" (which is included on the bootleg). I agree that the disc could have been more encompassing of all the music from the movie, but if you notice on the disc itself, it does not say "music from the official motion picture soundtrack" anywhere-it's essentially a Vangelis album with Blade Runner as its theme.
Another attractive aspect of the disc is, while there are some themes missing from the film, it does include four unreleased tracks not included in the film or the bootleg.
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123 of 141 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suffering from the usual syndrome... December 18, 2007
By Zaroff
Format:Audio CD
...of Vangelis NOT releasing more often than not what is actually the soundtrack of the movie it's supposed to be.
Let's see here: we find, on CD 1, the exact same record we had in 1994 - but that was expected and announced, so why not. On CD 2, labelled "unreleased and bonus material from BR", there is, actually, very little music heard in the film itself, except from two cues that are well-know, namely "D & R duel", and "Tyrell's Death". That ends here. "Tyrell's Owl", for instance, is anything but the actual music as heard in the film at that moment. As for CD 3, it's nothing more than a hackneyed collection of muzak, with fashionable world music overtones and indistinct speech put in the mix, and absolutely doesn't justify the purchase of the set alone. I doubt I'll listen to it twice.

All in all, I'm super tired of Vangelis NOT releasing, and never will now as it appears, the TRUE, ORIGINAL motion picture soundtrack of Blade Runner. Whatever artistic endeavour there was behind this project, it still is NOT, far from it, the ultimate ressource for BR music, I'm sorry to say. It's different music for the most part, perhaps to some pleasant or good music, but not the BR soundtrack by a long margin.

One word of advice: Keep your Deck Arts bootlegs preciously... They are the most comprehensive collection of BR music that were ever made.

This record set isn't.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Add my high regards to the bunch February 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I add my comments to help overwhelm anyone who's unsure whether to buy this soundtrack. It's very beautiful and haunting. It will linger in your head long after it's stopped playing. I'm thrilled Vangelis included pieces that weren't used in the film. "Wait For Me" and "Rachel's Song" make me feel as though I'm watching the film for the first time, despite having seen it dozens of times. And it was brilliant for Vangelis to blend each song into the next to create a seamless whole.
However, I also feel I don't need the dialogue from the film. And I thought the booklet had too many wasted pages with stills from the film. I can get all that from my DVD or my copy of the book about the making of Blade Runner.
Aside from those two minor carps, this is a must-have for any fan of the film, as well as for any music lover with a taste for a haunting, beautiful, and unusual soundtrack. They sure don't make them like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 1 day ago by Morgan Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Score - Super Recording
I've always loved this score and the film. I had an old CD, a burn from a much used library copy. It had numerous drop-outs. This recording is superb. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Figaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
There is nothing warmer than listening to 'Blade Runner Blues' on 180 grams.

This is a lovely edition to my collection of vinyl. Read more
Published 11 days ago by IVRunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Unless you're a diehard fan of Blade Runner music, ...
Unless you're a diehard fan of Blade Runner music, skip this and buy the regular album.
Published 16 days ago by Geezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful
Vangelis perfectly utilizes the music technology of the future to create a symphony of the future. The orchestration is brilliant, from the sound of the saxophone to eastern... Read more
Published 18 days ago by bravhat1234
5.0 out of 5 stars The album art is fantastic and I really dig the translucent red disc
My dad used to put me to sleep with this album when I was a babe; twenty years later, it still has a relaxing effect on me. Read more
Published 25 days ago by no.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 25 days ago by jaime
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love the movie, this is your music!
I would not normally like the music on these disks. But because I associate it so closely with the movie that I love, I can't help but love these disks. Read more
Published 29 days ago by B. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic soundtrack for a very deserving film.
Not only is the film an icon of 20th century film-making, the music created by Vangelis is just as memorable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dwayne A. Smoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis is amazing
It's truly an amazing soundtrack, and this collection includes "sweet solitude", so what more can I say?
Published 1 month ago by Albert Smith
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