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The Friends Of Mr. Cairo

Vangelis, Jon & VangelisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001F29
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Find My Way Home
2. State Of Independence
3. Beside
4. The Mayflower
5. The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
6. Back To School
7. Outside Of This (Inside Of That)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical slice of Jon & Vangelis May 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that there is a musical foundation for Jon Anderson that fits better than Yes, but The Friends of Mr. Cairo suggests that such a foundation might exist, and his name would be Vangelis. The real standout on this album is the extraordinarily melodic and lyrical "Friends of Mr. Cairo." Vangelis creates a sonically lush yet notewise spare framework over which Jon Anderson lays a picture of movies, gangsters, and sentimentality. Absolutely stunning and worth the price of the album if you don't listen to anything else. Assuming you do get beyond it, though, you'll likely hear some other familiar melodies. "State of Independence," for example, whose Donna Summer cover is better known than the (quite good) original. It can be argued (and I'd be happy to) that no one has rendered Jon Anderson's ideas into music better than Vangelis, and it is almost impossible to imagine anyone else singing atop a Vangelis melody.
At least after The Friends of Mr. Cairo it is.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, atmospheric, and moving February 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love this recording and have listened to it again and again. Donna Summer's cover of "State of Independence" is inspirational, anthemic, but the musicians here obviously have a lot of fun as well. The title song is a wonderful tip of the hat to forties films. The Spanish singer, Ana Belén,was moved by "I'll find my way home," a song which she covered on "Geminis." "Back to School" is silly and grating, but provides comic relief. For me, however, the most spectacular track is "The Mayflower," which beautifully captures the loneliness of human existence, the desperate need to leave the comfort of home, and the alienating effect of technology on our lives. A group of humans are marooned in space, unable to communicate with or return to Earth. Atmospheric music and the innocence of Jon Anderson's tenor are punctuated by a crackling of radio transmissions across vast distances. It is such a sad, beautiful work of art. For fans of Vangelis at his loveliest, there are a couple of other tracks sure to please, "Beside" and "Outside of This (Inside of That)." This twenty year old recording remains fresh and delightful.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost count July 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have lost count how many times I have purchased this CD. I lend then to others and never see them again. It great.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for the mesmerising title track February 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's rare you experience a state of anticipation as intensely as with this album. The first track, the standard electronic pop tune I'll Find My Way Home, was a big hit in the early 1980s. Next comes State of Independence, a more complex song, and then comes a dip with Beside. The fourth track is The Mayflower, where Jon Anderson lets his vocals out to play for a while and the duo toss in some imagination.

Jon and Vangelis then move over into the land of musical magnificence with the title track, a small symphony which plays out over 12 minutes and nine seconds. It's based on the 1941 classic film "The Maltese Falcon" and starts off with the sound of bullets flying as our hero and his posse are under the gun and on the run. The effect is amusing, the music is imaginative, and then about seven minutes in it all changes and we move into a quietly mesmerising love song, one of the most beautifully constructed pieces of music I know. It ends like this:

Silent golden movies, talkies, technicolour, long ago

My younger ways stand clearer, clearer than my footprints

Stardom greats I've followed closely,

Closer than the nearest heartbeat

Longer than expected, they were great

Oh love oh love just to see them

Acting on the silver screen, oh my

Clark Gable, Fairbanks, Maureen O'Sullivan

Fantasy would fill my life and I

Love fantasy so much

Did you see in the morning light

I really talked, yes I did, to God's early dawning light

And I was privileged to be as I am to this day

To be with you. To be with you

I still listen to this often and then stop the CD. I don't want to hear any more, which means I don't think I've ever heard the last two songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this music! February 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was born only 2 years after this album was released and came across a copy of it (on cassette) from my step dad. He recommended it to me, noting its story telling qualities (Friends of Mr. Cairo) and thought I might like it for my lyrical ballet class. I'm hooked! So entertaining and smooth, I'll definitely use "Find my Way Home" for a recital piece next year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis and Jon at their best August 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
We are only allowed 1,000 words to review items, which is a shame as this album surely would exceed that in one review.
In short this is a masterpiece, coupling the talents of Jon Anderson and Vangelis has never been a bad idea. His haunting voice and lyrics literally transcend over the gorgeous melodies and keyboards that Vangelis is so well known for.
Oddly upon it's release, this album did not garner much favour across the pond in the USA. However, time told, and finally the CD was put out. I own three.
The best on this is probably State of Independence which is over 7 minutes long on the cd issue, and could very well have been longer as the song is a very catchy, almost jazzy, piece.
Anyone who has an ear for Vangelis at all should get this just for the fact that it's him and this explores new territory as far as his use of keyboards is concerned. I can say this, this album has not aged on bit. First time listeners will be highly impressed. I know I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted.
I love the work Jon and Vangelis do. I love this album. The "Friends of Mr. Cairo" is the best.
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Egg O
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds as great as when I first heard it upon its original ...
Sounds as great as when I first heard it upon its original release. Was so excited to find it so easily.
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Langan
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time since I last heard this
Jon had said that after he and Vangelis released this album in 1981, he spoke with Quincy Jones who in turn told him that he and Michael Jackson listened this album when making... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Boruch
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a fan for a long time
Not sure how many folks listen to music that is "off the beaten path", but this is it. I really like Jon Anderson and Van gelis, combined, the two make good music. Enjoy!
Published 6 months ago by Cost of Progress
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon At His Best
Just a great album, clearly the best by the duo, never tire of hearing this brilliant piece of work. Sensational.
Published 8 months ago by Daryl Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I have missed this album
I purchased this album when it came out originally on cassette
after 25 years I tried to purchase it on ITunes and amazonmp3 not available;(
so my back up buy the cd I am... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis
State of independence... such a spiritual song. Really like the 1st 2 songs and the rest are great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jane R. Mangrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Anderson
I have been a fan of Jon Andersons collaborations with Vangelis. The audio quality of the recording is very good it is unfortunate that it was overlooked (for the most part) when... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric Tarbox
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique !
The friends of Mr. Cairo is the reason I bought it, but the rest ain't bad. If you don't know the Mr. Cairo song, get to know it, it's way cool man ! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Glen F. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, poor sound quality
Good songs, especially the title track, but the sound quality could be better. No matter which stereo I use, I have to turn the volume way up (compared to any other CD) in order to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sarah E. Linney
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