Vangelis ‎– Blade Runner

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Audio Fidelity (3) ‎– AFZLP 154
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered, Red Translucent, Gatefold
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A1 Main Titles 3:42
A2 Blush Response 5:47
A3 Wait For Me 5:27
A4 Rachel's Song
Performer – Mary Hopkin
4:46
A5 Love Theme
Saxophone – Dick Morrissey
4:56
A6 One More Kiss, Dear
Lyrics By – Peter Skellern (Pendulum Music)*Performer – Don Percival
3:58
B1 Blade Runner Blues 8:53
B2 Memories Of Green
Engineer – Raphael Preston
5:05
B3 Tales Of The Future
Performer – Demis Roussos
4:46
B4 Damask Rose 2:32
B5 Blade Runner (End Titles) 4:40
B6 Tears In Rain 3:00

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Tracks A5, B2 and B5 licensed by courtesy of PolyGram International Music BV

Film stills courtesy of Warner Brows. Pictures and The Blade Runner Partnership

Initial reissue pressings limited to 5000 numbered copies. Numbering on golden sticker placed on the back saying "Audio Fidelity Numbered Edition No. XXXX". Unstickered copies exist as well.

Pure virgin Vinyl
Analogue Pressing

"Most of the music contained in this album originates from recordings I made in London in 1982, whilst working on the score for the film BLADE RUNNER. Finding myself unable to release these recordings at the time, it is with great pleasure that I am able to do so now. Some of the pieces contained will be known to you from the Original Soundtrack of the film, whilst others are appearing here for the first time. Looking back at RIDLEY SCOTT's powerful and evocative pictures left me as stimulated as before, and made the recompiling of this music, today, an enjoyable experience."
- VANGELIS. Athens, April 1994

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 80014 21541 5
  • Matrix / Runout: AFZLP 154 A / KPG+MZ@CA
  • Matrix / Runout: AFZLP 154 B / KPG+MZ@CA

Other Versions (5 of 53) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4509-96574-2 Vangelis Blade Runner(CD, Album) EastWest 4509-96574-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WIXD 41 Vangelis Blade Runner(CD, Album) EastWest, Tusk Music WIXD 41 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
4509-96574-2 Vangelis Blade Runner(CD, Album) Warner Music 4509-96574-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
na Vangelis Blade Runner Trilogy(3xCDr, Album, Promo, 25t) Universal Music TV na Europe 2007 Sell This Version
4509-96574-2 Vangelis Blade Runner(CD, Album) EastWest 4509-96574-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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Tonepusher

Tonepusher

August 7, 2016
edited 10 months ago

Audio Fidelity lives up to their name once again with this release of a remastered, 2013 edit of this Vangelis movie score. My copy is among the best sounding records I have heard. The signal to noise ratio is perfect, a truly high fidelity recording that makes a person glad they still collect vinyl ( or at least for certain releases like this! ).
This edit of the movie score is laden with well placed, dialogue excerpts from the movie.
It's a perfect home run that pays homage to the movie it brings life to, but also becomes its own great piece of art as an album. The movie samples are perfectly queued and serve well as narration through the landscape of this perfectly engineered and mastered piece of audio work.

A must have for any collector of vinyl for movie soundtrack, original film scores or electronic music.
PopeNewb09

PopeNewb09

February 18, 2016
great sounding album love the red color of the vinyl
bjorkfan

bjorkfan

June 19, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

Music Reviews

Vangelis • Blade Runner

Audio Fidelity AFZLP 154 180-gram LP 1994/2013

Music Sound

by Guy Lemcoe | May20,2013

Ridley Scott’s movie Blade Runner, released in 1982, is one of the most influential sci-fi motion pictures of all time. Its noirish depiction of a bleak, dank and depressingly chaotic Los Angeles circa 2019 has never been surpassed. Its popularity has generated numerous re-releases of the film in various editions, starting in 1992 with the 10th Anniversary Edition. Following this release in 1997 came the Director’s Cut and finally, in 2007, the Final Cut. But where was the soundtrack promised with the release of the first domestic cut of the movie? It was well received by fans and critics, including Best Original Score nominations for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and a Golden Globe. In 1982 there was a version of the soundtrack released by WEA featuring the New American Orchestra. This adaptation bore little resemblance to the original --the less said about it the better. There have been several bootlegs of this music made available to fans over the years, as well as a vinyl version that for some reason originated in Brazil. In 1994, Atlantic finally released the soundtrack album on CD.

Audio Fidelity has hit the ball out of the park with this vinyl release of the original Vangelis soundtrack. It's on 180-gram red translucent vinyl, the dozen tracks mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. The vinyl is pressed at Chad Kassem’s 21,000-square-foot Quality Record Pressings plant in Salina, Kansas. As a physical object, the album is a lovely thing. The jacket’s front is a heavy, glossy, beautifully rendered full-color reproduction of the artwork seen first on the CD. The back of the gatefold carries the same art as the back of the CD. Inside, all but two of the photos found in the CD’s booklet are duplicated, and the missing photos are used for the record labels. Neat!

When the stylus finally hit the groove for the first time, I heard dead quiet and then the slow, deep, ethereal synthesized drone (courtesy of a Yamaha CS-80) setting the stage for Harrison Ford’s voice. From that point on I knew I was in for a ride into the magical world of Vangelis’s soundscapes, the music ebbing and flowing in and around the various melodies etched into my memories of the movie itself.

The soundstage was deep and suspended behind the speakers, not as wide as I expected, but satisfying nonetheless. Where this recording excels is in the bass, which was awesome in its impact and truly subterranean in spots, with much more extension and information than my Acoustat speakers could handle. Those of you with subwoofers are really going to enjoy this record.

The mids were spot on, with beautiful rendering of the voices and saxophone. On "Love Theme," I could easily tell that Dick Morrisey’s saxophone was a reed instrument. It had the texture and "brassiness" of the real thing. Mary Hopkin’s voice was stylistically disembodied, but it still sounded like that of a real human. The nostalgic ambience of Don Percival’s "One More Kiss, Dear" transported me to a much earlier place in time. The fine mastering allowed the personalities of the various synthesizers to emerge.

The treble was airy and fast, just what‘s needed for music with a lot of percussion effects. Check out the cymbal crash on side one. It had impact and sounded like hammered brass as it shimmered in its own cushion of air.

This music has been beautifully characterized by Paul Sammon in his book Future Noir as "futuristic nostalgia. . .a dizzying melange of unabashed romanticism, ominous electronic rumblings, gutter-level blues, delicate celestial shadings, and heartbreaking melancholy." I wholeheartedly agree. Add to that state-of-the-art sound and you have a treasure, and one long overdue.
MOS2000

MOS2000

February 17, 2015

I must say: I'm not that pleased with the playback quality of my copy. The surface noise is very present. The sound itself is near to perfect for a recording of that age...but some very audible surface flaws ruin especially the extra quiet parts (start of A4 - Rachel's Song for example...). Could be a problem with my copy only of course. Could also be a problem with my setup, but I doubt that as there are many records that produce nearly no surface noise on my team.
Try to verify it with another copy if I have the chance to get my hands on another...
Repertoire and music itself is a clear 5* for me.
If there will ever be a version with no voice overdubs and full score-tracks (with pauses) - that one will get 6* :D
Sonically it is nice to enjoy it with that "vinyl warmth" - but my stone old CD-version outperforms it clearly when it comes to very low level parts.
daanlochs

daanlochs

October 1, 2014
Just picked this up sealed in a local shop for 19 EUR's. The owner said he couldn't get rid of it... jikes, great find! :D
HSKS

HSKS

September 10, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
This is the soundtrack to the 80ies. Such cinematographic power. Fell in love with it the first time I saw the movie. Pure Class!
ruperts

ruperts

September 2, 2013
I listened to this on headphones when it arrived this weekend. Apart from some surface noise at the start of each side, I didn't notice much else. For coloured translucent vinyl it sounds very, very good. Lots of atmosphere, amazing clarity and great bass response. I'm amazed it isn't a heavy weight double LP, as it sounds that good. And, its just great that its on LP.
Elysio

Elysio

May 31, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

All in all a magnificent album, the audio quality is outstanding, the details are more present than in the digital version, the atmosphere is staggered more in the depth.
But there is one black mark, it is not really a problem, because its on the end of each side, there is a permanent subtle sound of noise, it seams like a noise which comes from the needle that runs through the groove, I never heard that before on a disc. But anyway its not really a problem.
One thing is for sure Kevin Gray made a good job.
@Starkwood. I didnt hear those clicks.
I,m happy to own this album.

Regards Elysio.
records1972

records1972

May 20, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
The matrix/runout information listed for the Audio Fidelity vinyl issue is incorrect... it was cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio... with the aid of someone else, whom I don't know....It is a bit hard to read though as his handwriting is not neat. Should be something like KPG@CA
Starkwood

Starkwood

May 15, 2013

Having lots of kinda rhythmic clicks throughout side 2, starting in the middle of "Blade Runner Blues", does anyone else have the same issue? :( Got my copy from amazon.ca, vinyl looks clean & shiny, and the needle is brand new.