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Comment: VANGELIS Blade Runner (Out of print 2013 US limited edition Audio Fidelity 24kt Gold digitally remastered Audio Fidelity 12-track Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD] soundtrack album playable on SACD & CD players compiled & remastered for this release by Kevin Gray. The original soundtrack for this iconic sci-fi film was for years only available as a recording by the New American Orchestra due to licensing/contractual issues now here in its full glory is the complete Vangelis score with additional material recorded at the time but unused in the film all newly remastered and sounding better than ever. This edition comes with a 12 page booklet picture sleeve with an un-numbered die-cut picture slipcase AFZ154)
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  • Audio CD (16 July 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00D8H3Q2G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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Format: Audio CD
I'm getting a little annoyed by some people giving negative reviews of this 3CD set when they simply don't appreciate what they have here. Now, don't get me wrong, this is NOT the complete Blade Runner score. For some reason, they've never seen fit to release it. But taking a balanced look at what IS in this release, here is a break down of the tracks on CD 2, which is the disc containing previously unreleased pieces of the score.

1) LONGING. This track does not appear in the movie as far as I'm aware, although it isn't listed as a bonus track. Instead, it offers a fairly short introductory piece which leads nicely into Track 2. Yes, these tracks are abridged, as Vangelis did with the 1994 soundtrack release (CD 1 in this album set).

2) UNVEILED TWINKLING SPACE: This cue is the last piece heard in the film, when Deckard 'rescues' Rachael and they flee his apartment. It includes the beautiful, haunting tones where Deckard is looking at the origami unicorn.

3) DR.TYRELL'S OWL: This cue is mixed quite low in the movie but plays all through Rachael's Voight-Kampff test at The Tyrell Corporation. It begins with Deckard's line "It's too bright in here."

4) AT MR.CHEW'S: all this music corresponds to the scene in the freezer where Roy and Leon ask Chew questions about Tyrell. In the movie this cue is around 3 minutes whereas here it is 4:47, which suggests that Vangelis may have scored a longer cut of this scene.

5) LEON'S ROOM: (erroneously called LEO'S ROOM on the back of the CD). This music is actually the music covering Deckard's Esper analysis of Leon's photo in his appartment. You can hear it quite clearly in the movie, although occasionally it's mixed low and those lovely Esper bleeps get more of your attention.
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I've discovered this 3CD set rather late in the day but love it. CD1 is the previously released Vangelis Blade Runner "soundtrack" - not a soundtrack album in the strictest sense, of course, more a collection of themes and riffs used in the film supplemented by some extraneous material sung by the likes of Demis Roussos and Mary Hopkin. It's an album I always liked because it conjures up the feel of Ridley Scott's epic film so well, aided by the inclusion of some choice bits of dialogue at the start and end, even though I would not count myself a fan of much of Vangelis' musical output. I'm surprised how much I like CD2 though. It's a sort of ambient take of the first album, comprised solely of instrumentals with no added dialogue. As other reviewers have pointed out, you can hear some of these throughout the film and it notably contains the music to Dr Tyrells death scene and the following scene where Batty takes the lift back down the Tyrells building, plus music from the ensuing chase and fight between Deckard and Batty, and an instrumental version of Tears In Rain, minus Batty's final lines of dialogue (here it's called Fading Away). What makes it for me is the atmospherics - there's lots of tinkling bells and such, plus street noises, clicks and bleeps from the film which evoke perfectly images from the film for me, such as on Empty Streets and Leon's Room - and the two tracks that are listed as bonus tracks (One alone and Desolation Path) which add some melodic structure to the whole CD. The third CD is a bit of a curate's egg though. It's a Vangelis album of new music inspired by the film and his original (i.e. CD1) release and works well overall, but is a bit bland and featureless at times.Read more ›
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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
..a lot is missing, and if you wanted anything close to a full score then this isn't where you'll find it. The only place where one can conceivably find such a thing is on the bootleg of an 18 track 'Private Release' which was limited to 2000 copies only. Yet, as this album contains re-performed pieces as well as completely new ones I can't help but think of this as more of an "original" Vangelis composition rather than a soundtrack to a film which, judging by the flow of the arrangements and relatively short tracklist, was perhaps its intended purpose and the reason it is so infinitely listenable - which can rarely be said of a lengthy OST.
The pieces speak for themselves - "Blush Response", "Love Theme", "Blade Runner Blues", "Memories Of Green" and "Tears In Rain" are for me the highlights, all sweeping synth and aching piano refrains combined to form a tragic yet strangely beautiful urban dystopia, each one as evocative as the next.
A truly influential album which can still be heard throughout the world of IDM & Neo-Electro
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The Blade Runner soundtrack is one of those epoch making moments in soundtrack history. It set the tone for a lot of what was to come in sci-fi and, as the cliché goes, has been often copied but never surpassed. The distinctive soundscape that Vangelis achieved was very analogue, melancholic, nostalgic and like the film a jumbled mixture of past, present and possible future.

I have been excited by this release ever since I heard about it because of Disc 2, which contains previously unreleased material from the Blade Runner soundtrack. The troubled history of the sound track has meant that, to date, much of it has remained available only on dodgy quality bootlegs.

Disc 2 is well worth the money as it contains some beautiful material from the film. However, the 3 CD box set is still incomplete. I must confess that I am an obsessive completist when it comes to this music: I own the (rubbish) American Orchestra version, the 1994 version, the 5 DVD box set and the 1992 bootleg. For a long time I have been looking forward to having the whole original score in a high quality format. Sadly, the new material on Disc 2 only goes part of the way to achieving this. There are still some lovely bits of the original score that are unavailable. Additionally, some of the tracks have been extended or altered. Track 3 for example clearly starts with the original film score, but it does not develop as the music does in the film, consequently, the lovely string melody that accompanies Rachel and Deckard's first meeting is still unavailable. What is more it has been replaced by some fairly inconsequential keyboard noodling.

I can't place some of the music on Disc 2 in the film.
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