Jon And Vangelis* ‎– The Friends Of Mr Cairo

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The second Jon & Vangelis album.
The first editions have six songs and a black-and-white cover. Initial copies in the UK had a unique embossed sleeve and later the better known cover.
The album was re-released in most countries later the same year, adding the single "I'll Find My Way Home", swapping the sides, and using different artwork with a brown background. In the UK this meant a change to the Cat. No. from POLD 5039 to POLD 5053.

In Canada, the LP and cassette releases remained with the six-song version and artwork, although the CD release used the seven-song track listing and cover. "I'll Find My Way Home" was added to the Canadian LP of "Short Stories" as a bonus 12" instead.

Tracklist

The Friends Of Mr. Cairo 12:04
Back To School 5:06
Outside Of This (Inside Of That) 5:00
State Of Independence 7:53
Beside 4:08
The Mayflower 6:35

Versions (58)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POLD 5039 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor POLD 5039 UK 1981 Sell This Version
PD4-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(Cass, Album) Polydor PD4-1-6326 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 UK 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
2442 188 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2442 188 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Malaysia 1981 Sell This Version
9113 1696 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Opus Studio, Pezinok 9113 1696 Czechoslovakia 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
POLD 5053 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor POLD 5053 UK 1981 Sell This Version
2383609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383609 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 France 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
2442 188 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2442 188 France 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
24 42 188 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 24 42 188 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
POLD 5039 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album, Emb) Polydor POLD 5039 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CT-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(Cass, Album) Polydor CT-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
POLDC 5039 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(Cass, Album) Polydor POLDC 5039 UK 1981 Sell This Version
POL 565 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(Cass, Album) Polydor POL 565 France 1981 Sell This Version
CT-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor CT-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Australasia 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
POLD 5053 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor POLD 5053 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Israel 1981 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 609 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
2302 127 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 127 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
28MM 0050 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor 28MM 0050 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version
23 02 127 Jon & Vangelis The Friends of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor Ltd. (UK) 23 02 127 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
LPR 16426 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor LPR 16426 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album) Polydor 800 021-2 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
2383 609 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 2383 609 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(CD, Album) Polydor 800 021-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album) Polydor 800 021-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
SX 2974 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(LP, Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2974 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album) Polydor 800 021-2 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
POCP-2112 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album) Polydor POCP-2112 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
JPCD 02030 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(CD, Album, Unofficial) Grammy JPCD 02030 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
UICY-9376 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE, RM, Ltd, Car) Polydor UICY-9376 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr Cairo(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 800 021-2 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
S 123 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Stebo S 123 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 800 021-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 800 021-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 800 021-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE, RP) Polydor 800 021-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
800 021-2 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, RE, RP) Polydor 800 021-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Clogwhistle

Clogwhistle

March 31, 2012
referencing The Friends Of Mr Cairo, LP, Album, POLD 5039
This black and white cover should go with the 6 track edition of the album but just to confuse things further back in the eighties I saw a demo copy where the cover had embossed female figures (thirties style) on an even more plain white cover design. Why didn't I buy it when I saw it?
oldgoat

oldgoat

July 1, 2009
referencing The Friends Of Mr. Cairo, LP, Album, PD-1-6326
The second outing for Jon Anderson and Vangelis (Papathanassiou). Far more accessible for listening, with some fine, very original songs.
Highlights of the album include the title track, using various sound effects and audio snippets from gangster films to paint a picture of (I guess) the jazz era and 1920s gangsters! 'Back to School' is one of those surprising, off the wall songs that catches you unawares, whereas 'The Mayflower' is closer to the Yes canon for length and themes.

A little time after the album was released, the single "I'll find my way home" was released. It charted, got the duo a spot on BBC's Top of the Pops, and prompted Polydor to reedit the album, including the single, with a new sleeve - the familiar brown one - and the two sides reversed for order.

A little ironically, the track 'State of Independence' was recorded and released by Donna Summer several years later, gaining it much greater chart success - a disco/soul remix at that!
ReeferMan

ReeferMan

May 20, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing The Friends Of Mr. Cairo, CD, Album, 800 021-2

Roll up, roll up! Come listen to the album that defined a production standard for modern dance music! Seriously!

This is a real enigma of an album. At face value this should be nothing more than an oddball collection of tunes featuring a dash of Vangelis magic. However it is much more than that...

On this disc you will find house music that is about 10 years ahead of everyone else ('State Of Independence') and lush ambient that would not be out of place on a 'Best Of' album by the Orb ('Friends Of Mr Cairo'). In between is electronic music that stills sounds as good as anything from the current crop of killer artistes.

You will also discover audio production so good for 1981 that it makes most modern (2005) digital techniques seem grossly heavy-handed by comparison. Lush is the best single word to describe the sounds here - the Vangelis magic is indeed in evidence. And finally you will discover the hugely emotional voice of Jon Anderson, a man who should have been singing deep house music for the likes of Murk.

This CD is the audio equivalent of a finding a platinum diamond ring inside a Christmas cracker. Receiving a copy of this album 20+ years after having heard it on vinyl is a real revelation. Unknowingly this album probably went a long way towards defining my emergent musical tastes.

I'd suggest to anyone interested in electronic music that they blag a copy of this and listen to it on a good sound system.