Friday, June 26, 2009
Right: "Yessss... Come to Vangelissss...."
Without a doubt, 1982's Blade Runner was the coolest "future of the 80's" movie ever made. 27 years after its production, it still maintains a distinctly futuristic feel, diminished only slightly by the passage of time and technological advancement. Epic, classic, masterpiece, blah blah blah...
But lesser known than the film itself is the amazing soundtrack by Mr. Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, AKA Vangelis. The music is every bit as "future of the 80's" as the movie, and every bit as timeless. Swirling synthesizers, ambient noise, and a couple tracks featuring the haunting, nasal, and completely alien vocals of Demis Roussos all conspire to create one of the best and most original soundtracks in the history of science fiction.
This soundtrack (again, like the film itself) faced all sorts of problems with editing, and surfaced several times over the last few decades in several different forms, both with and without the permission of Vangelis. Many of these versions left out big chunks of incidental music and cues. But this one is the bootleg "Esper Edition", containing every bit of music appearing in the film, as well as some tasty chunks of dialogue and sound effects.
Vangelis was actually blowing minds, musically, as far back as the 60's. Get a 1972 album by his old Satanic hippie band, Aprodite's Child (entitled 666), over on Cosmic Hearse.
Posted by Shelby Cobras at 11:39 AM