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The Friends Of Mr. Cairo

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JON AND VANGELIS AMIGOS DE MR. CAIRO

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001F29
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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