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3. Is the sound track available? (Blade Runner)




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This article is from the Blade Runner FAQ, by Murray Chapmanmuzzle@cs.uq.oz.au with numerous contributions by others.

3. Is the sound track available? (Blade Runner)

In July 1994, Vangelis released the Official Blade Runner Soundtrack for
the first time. Vangelis' notes accompanying the album say:

"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

The Soundtrack:
BLADE RUNNER
VANGELIS
Warner Brothers 4509-96574-2

1. Main Titles (3.42)
2. Blush Response (5.47)
3. Wait for Me (5.27)
4. Rachel's Song (4.46)
5. Love Theme (4.56)
6. One More Kiss, Dear (3.58)
7. Blade Runner Blues (8.53)
8. Memories of Green (5.05)
9. Tales of the Future (4.46)
10. Damask Rose (2.32)
11. Blade Runner (End Titles) (4.40)
12. Tears in Rain (3.00)

The cover of the album is a closeup of the movie poster, showing Deckard,
Rachael, and the roof of police headquarters. There are various photos
inside, including a shot of Ridley Scott directing Harrison Ford.

Vangelis' decision to release the soundtrack might have been prompted by
a bootleg copy of the Blade Runner Soundtrack which appeared in select stores
a couple of days before Christmas 1993:

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Blade Runner
Limited Edition of 2,000 (not licensed for public sale)
Off World Music, Ltd., no. OWM 9301
Compact Disc (ADD)

1. Ladd Company Logo (0:24), John Williams
2. Main Titles and Prologue (4:03) Vangelis
3. Los Angeles, November 2019 (1:46) Vangelis
4. Deckard Meets Rachael (1:29) Vangelis
5. Bicycle Riders [Harps of the Ancient Temples] (2:05) Gail Laughton
6. Memories of Green (5:39) Vangelis
7. Blade Runner Blues (10:19) Vangelis
8. Deckard's Dream (1:12) Vangelis
9. On the Trail of Nexus 6 (5:30) Vangelis
10. If I Didn't Care (3:03) Jack Lawrence [only used in workprint]
11. Love Theme (4:57) Vangelis
12. The Prodigal Son Brings Death (3:35) Vangelis
13. Dangerous Days (1:02) Vangelis
14. Wounded Animals (10:58) Vangelis
15. Tears in Rain (2:41) Vangelis
16. End Titles (7:24) Vangelis
17. One More Kiss Dear (4:00) Skelling and Vangelis [theatrical release]
18. Trailer and Alternate Main Titles (1:39) Robert Randles

Total disc time: 72:42

The bootleg CD includes an 8-page booklet containing 6 movie stills. Cover
art is from the British one-sheet movie poster that accompanied the 1982
release. The back cover is a color still from an aborted sequence in which
Leon's photo turns out to be a hologram that shows Batty's head turning
(Cinefex no. 9, July 1982). The inside back cover is a bird's eye view of
Deckard's spinner as he and Rachael escape the city (Official Blade Runner
Souvenir Magazine, 1982). Another photo possibly unfamiliar to many is
Deckard looking at Holden in a life-support machine (a similar photo appeared
in Video Watchdog, Nov-Dec 1993).

According to the booklet, Scott contacted several composers in case the score
by Vangelis didn't work out. His ultimate decision to supplement the film with
other source music led to a contractual dispute with the composer. As a
result, Vangelis refused to release the soundtrack album. Notes on the various
pieces were interesting like the fact that the Love Theme and Rachael's
piano playing are a variation on Chopin's 13th Nocturne. (The love theme used
in the workprint is not included in this album.) The music for several
pieces is heard complete for the first time and will prove fascinating
listening for fans of the film, particularly nos. 9, 12, 13, and 14. Those
familiar with the Warner Bros. New American Orchestra CD [see below] will also
appreciate that Blade Runner Blues is more than twice as long on this CD.
The producer (Christopher L. Shimata-Dominguez) displays a sense of humor
with his name and Off World Music label. He also warns that unauthorized
"replication" is a violation of applicable laws. The quality of the disc
is quite good but the price tag may be a bit daunting; while not for public
sale a contribution of US$34.95 was sufficient to obtain a copy of this
individually numbered limited edition.

[I don't have this album and I don't know where to get it. Any questions
about it will be ignored.]

A record album called "Blade Runner" (WEA 1982) is available but it is NOT
the actual movie soundtrack, rather it is an orchestral arrangement of the
soundtrack performed by the New American Orchestra. It contains the
following tracks:

Love Theme (4:12)
Main Title (5:01)
One More Kiss, Dear (4:00)
Memories Of Green (4:50)
End Title (4:17)
Blade Runner Blues (4:38)
Farewell (3:10)
Love Theme (4:12)

Vangelis released an album called "Themes" in 1992, which contains the
following music from the movie soundtrack:

End Titles from "BLADERUNNER" (4:57)
Love Theme from "BLADERUNNER" (4:55)
Memories of Green (5:42)

"Memories of Green" was originally released on Vangelis' album "See You
Later". Scott used the orchestrated version of "Memories of Green" in his
film "Someone to Watch Over Me".

Vangelis also wrote the score for "Antarctica", which includes tracks very
similar to those used in Blade Runner. His 1979 album "VANGELIS: Opera
Sauvage" also contains tracks similar to those in Blade Runner.

The Japanese vocals associated with the Blimp are from:

"Japan: Traditional Vocal and Instrumental Music, Shakuhachi,
Biwa, Koto, Shamisen" [compact disc]
Performed by Ensemble Nipponia, 1976
Electra Asylum Nonesuch Records/Warner Communications Inc.

The lyrics tell of the tragic and utter destruction of one Japanese clan by
another.

Gail Laughton's "Harps of the Ancient Temples" is used as the bicyclists pass
by Leon and Batty on their way to Chew's Eye World. This album is listed in
old CD catalogs on the Laurel label, cat #111.

 

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