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The history of the Blade Runner soundtrack is abysmal. When the movie arrived in 1983, the first soundtrack on sale was a rescoring of Vangelis work done by an orchestra for the then practice of releasing soundtracks in "orchestral adaptations".
Nothing more was heard till 1994, when bits and pieces of what Vangelis recorded in London in 1982 finally saw release. This is what he said in April of 1994:
"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 Scotts powerful and evocative pictures left me as stimulated as before, and made the recompiling of this music today, an enjoyable experience."
And here are the tracks offered on the official 1994 release:
1. Main Titles (3:42)
In the intervening years, Vangelis himself was keen to have his original recordings heard and hence some were leaked out as private releases with 2,000 copies made.
It differed greatly from what Vangelis later compiled and had 6 extra tracks to the official edition. Here is the full tracklist of the private edition:
1. Ladd Company
Logo (0:24), John Williams
Needless to say, with Blade Runner an underground success since its release in 1983, many entrepreneurs have tried to offer their variation to satisfy the demand for Vangelis soundtrack. We counted at least 21 bootleg editions right up to 2004.
BLADE RUNNER BOOTLEGS
Blade Runner - WSM 2000 - WSM
Blade Runner - Struzan Beta - Struzan Beta
Bade Runner - Struzan UK - Struzan UK
Blade Runner - Cliffhanger and Radio Plays - WD9403
Blade Runner - WestWood Edition - A2000 Skinjob Release
Blade Runner - Tapes version - 1982 No company or catalog number
Blade Runner - Special Edition - 1999 DECK MUSIC (Japan)
Blade Runner - OWM 2000 - OWM 2000
Blade Runner - Off World version - 1993 Off World Music
Blade Runner - Los Angeles - November 2019 - Esper Production
Blade Runner - Gongo version - 1995 Gongo Music
Blade Runner - FIC. version [Director's Cut without dialog] - 1990 FIC. Records
Blade Runner - Esper Edition - Esper Production
Blade Runner - Director's Cut version - Memoires vol 5 - 1997 FIC
Blade Runner - Deck Definitive Edition - DECK ART - 765 Japan
Blade Runner - Collector Box - Deck Definitive Edition - DECK ART - 765 Japan
Blade Runner - BG 589 Version - BG 589
Blade Runner - Asian World 98 Version - AsianWorlds 1998 - Philippines
Blade Runner - Asian World 96 Version - AsianWorlds 1996 - Philippines
Blade Runner - 20th Anniversary Edition - Off World Music
Blade Runner - 2001 Version - Private 2001
But in 2004, a music collector offered as a free download, a lossless edition of Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack compiled by "Esper Productions". This was originally a limited edition of just 10 sets. Esper claimed this new edition was "exclusive [with] never-before-heard pieces that are not present on any of the bootlegs or private releases in circulation." We can vouch for this stunning 2CD set for its beautiful wide-stereo, sound quality.
This is only the second time a double CD version has been put together, the first was the 20th Anniversary Edition from Off World Music released in 2000. The Esper Edition takes virtually all the known music that was featured in the Blade Runner Directors Cut and the 1982 theatrical release into one soundtrack with exceptional sound quality.
According to an internet review, this release debuts
- "Thinking of Rachael" - the shorter and different take of the Love Theme (heard only in the 1982 theatrical release where Deckard dozes off on his piano).
- the incidental music, Rachael Sleeps, when Deckard wakes Rachael just before their escape at the end of the film.
- the eerie electronic rumblings leading into the "Love Theme" is expanded and presented in its complete form titled "I am the Business."
- "Esper Analysis" is the incidental music from the Esper photo examination film sequence.
- "Deckard Enters the Bradbury" also has expanded music not heard on any previous release.
- For the first time the complete "Tears in Rain" dialog is presented here (ie "time to die" omitted from other versions)
- Lastly this release contains interesting new mixes and transitions (ie the fusion featured on the track titled "Sushi Bar- Damask Rose")
Until Vangelis or his record company decide to offer an official expanded edition, this is the best and most complete Blade Runner soundtrack. - Betty Chestnut
Blade Runner tracks are no longer available for download.
Blade Runner -
Blade Runner is original
music composed and performed by Vangelis except:
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