VANGELIS/”BLADE RUNNER” – 4 SOUNDTRACKS (1982)
Everyone obviously knows “Blade Runner” is a pinnacle of ’80s sci-fi, and that its soundtrack (by Vangelis) went a long way to help cement the film’s reputation. Its soaring synths and sharp edges has been stuck in my craw ever since my first viewing of the film almost twenty years ago; the music and the images are inextricably linked in every way.
The official soundtrack album to the film didn’t actually have a release until the mid-’90s, several years after I’d already become infatuated with the film. Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, the only CD that was available (due to legal reasons) was a re-intrepretation of the score by the “New American Orchestra”, which was serviceable, but ultimately not the same listening experience. Finally, in ’94, a single-disc collection of Vangelis music from the film was released, but there was still over an hour’s worth of stuff left out!
Over the years, there have been various bootleg compilations of Vangelis’ released + unreleased score portions, but the most complete one so far, even when taking into consideration the recent official 3-disc “25th Anniversary” release, was the “Esper edition”. I’ve presented it here for you, as well as the “New American Orchestra” release, the “Blade Runner: The Audio Cut” bootleg (which presents audio rips of the various versions of the film edited together to make it more of a “radio play”), and the “Los Angeles: November 2019″ disc (which is an edited-together montage of sound effects, music and other audio bits from the film and the ’90s “Blade Runner” video game, all intended to “place you within the ‘Blade Runner’ world” — kinda like a New Age-y meditation tape, but time-warped from near-future.)
1. “Blade Runner: The Audio Cut” (ZIP file)
2. Vangelis – “Blade Runner”: The Esper Edition (ZIP file)
3. “Los Angeles: November 2019 (ZIP file)
4. The New American Orchestra – “Blade Runner” (ZIP file)