Jon And Vangelis* ‎– The Friends Of Mr. Cairo

Polydor ‎– 800 021-2
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 I'll Find My Way Home 4:31
2 State Of Independence
Backing Vocals – Carol KenyonFlute – Dick Morrisey*
3 Beside 4:12
4 The Mayflower
Vocals – David Coker
5 The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
Vocals – David Coker, Sally Grace
6 Back To School
Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon, Clair Hamill*Saxophone – Dick Morrisey*
7 Outside Of This (Inside Of That)
Flute – Dick Morrisey*

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Davout Studios, Paris with engineer Roger Roche & assistant engineers Loic Richman and at Nemo Studios, London with engineer Raine Shine.

℗ 1981 Polydor Ltd., (U.K.)
CD is manufactured by PolyGram in Hanover, West Germany.
Printed in West Germany by Neef, Wittingen ▪ Made in West Germany.

On CD:
℗ 1981 Polydor Ltd., London.

Made in W.-Germany.

A very similar (later) version exists with slightly different CD silkscreening (Made in W.-Germany is removed).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 42280 00212 1
  • Label Code: LC0309
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Price Code: POL 900
  • Matrix / Runout: 800 021-2 08 % YE MADE IN GERMANY

Other Versions (5 of 88) View All

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
JPCD 02030 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label JPCD 02030 Unknown Sell This Version
SAW 261 Jon & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr Cairo(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Sawiton SAW 261 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
POLD 5053 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album) Polydor POLD 5053 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6326 Jon And Vangelis* The Friends Of Mr. Cairo(LP, Album, RE, Pre) Polydor PD-1-6326 US 1981 Sell This Version



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May 20, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

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.