Not only is Bladerunner one of my favorite films of all time, I wore that soundtrack out! The atmospheric, evocative, otherworldly yet nostalgic score by Vangelis was the perfect synthesis of vision and emotion. He was an aural genius. #RIPVangelis
This year is the 35th anniversary of the original release of Ridley Scott's \"Blade Runner\", a limited edition picture disc on 140 gm vinyl of Vangelis' soundtrack is being released exclusively for Record Store Day, both in the UK and the US. The title will be available from independent record shops on Saturday 22nd April for Record Store Day. The title is limited to 3500.
Upon hearing the album Rosetta from Vangelis, I got the feeling that it sounds more like a personal demo than a commercial album release. At times Vangelis has selected certain instruments that sound out of place for an album released in 2016. For example a sampled trumpet is heard on the track Rosetta that may have sounded impressive last century but now sounds passé and slightly ruins the quality of the track. A few session musicians employed like he has done for past albums would have helped improve the overall sound of the album. Don't get me wrong, I'm not reviewing it as bad album. It's simply a matter of sonic taste and besides, Vangelis is not an artist that follows musical trends or needs to prove anything. I believe that this album still delivers the winning formula that has served him well throughout his career. It's enough to satisfy the fans and introduce new listeners to his unique sound of majestic sweeping strings, crashing percussion and at times, an almost child like fascination with space that through it's ambient passages, sound not unlike Brian Eno's album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. We haven't got from Vangelis a Bladerunner 2 soundtrack to look forward to in 2017 but listening to the track Return To The Void, a hint is given at what could have possibly been from the master of atmosphere...
As if Mike's style, he's written a PDF file with detailed notes. I'll leave most of the explanation to him in those notes. But I'll just briefly say that when the movie first was released, it wasn't popular enough for a proper soundtrack release too. Over the years, the movie grew to classic status, so various official soundtrack releases did happen. But each of these was botched, including music not in the movie and leaving out other music actually in the movie. Mike has been working on this for many years, and has put together an \"ultimate edition\" from lots of different sources. 153554b96e