Vangelis - (2012) Blade Runner [29th Anniversary Limited 2nd Edition] 4xCD

 DC Music / Pendor - 990-69-47X/B71
Credits :

Composed By, Arranged By, Performer – Vangelis
Producer, Mixed By, Remastered By – DC (15)
Producer, Mixed By, Remastered By, Artwork By – Pendor

Notes :

Recorded at Nemo Studios, London, December 1981 to April 1982 except the new music composed by Vangelis for the official 1994 release and for the Blade Runner's 25th Anniversary in 2007.
"If I Didn't Care" courtesy of Decca Records, Inc. © 1939 Decca Records, Inc., © 1989 Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., © 1989 MCA Records, Inc.
"Blimpvert" A.K.A. "Ogi No Mato (The Folding Fan As A Target)" courtesy of Nonesuch Records, Inc. © 1976, 1990 Nonesuch Records, Inc.
"Bicycle Riders" A.K.A. "Pompeii 76 A.D." courtesy of Laurel Records © 1969 Gail Laughton, © 1969 Rapture Recordings, © 1979, 2006 Laurel Records
"Qu'ran" courtesy of Sire Records Company © 1981, 1989 Sire Records Company
"Blade Runner: Sci-Fi And The Private Eye" courtesy of Riches And Rubinstein Productions & NBC Radio Network © 1982 Riches And Rubinstein Productions & NBC Radio Network
"2000 Theatrical TV Spot [Sci-Fi (Cable Television Channel)]" courtesy of Sci-Fi © 2000 Sci-Fi, © 2000 USA Networks, Inc.
"Tears In Rain [Workprint Version]" A.K.A. "Search For Clues" courtesy of Cerberus Records © 1981 Cerberus Records

This recording © 1980 Spheric B.V. & Polydor Records, © 1982 The Ladd Company, Warner Bros. Communications Company & Polydor Records, © 1989 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Polydor Records & PolyGram International Music B.V., © 1991 The Ladd Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Company & Polydor Records, © 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd. & PolyGram International Music B.V., © 1997 Westwood Studios, Inc., © 2003 Universal International Music B.V., © 2007 The Ladd Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Universal Music Operations Ltd. & EMI Music Publishing UK Ltd.

BLADE RUNNER is a trademark owned by The Blade Runner Partnership. Blade Runner © 1982, 1991, 2007 The Blade Runner Partnership.

Quote from dadadacicici :

"The Blade Runner 20th Anniversary Edition, out in 2002 and most likely not by the same person responsible for the original Blade Runner Off World Edition as stated on the cd, was a mixture of the Off World Edition bootleg and the official 1994 edition of the soundtrack without taking into account the huge difference in quality between the sources. On The 29th Anniversary all that could be done was done to even out the differences even if the makers would not count on "near perfect" quality for this 29th Anniversary version. At least same quality of the official 25th Anniversary sources and "almost perfect but not quite" quality for the rest of the unreleased cues on the Off World edition, Soundtrack Outtakes and front and rear audio channels leaked from the speeded up (compared to the original NTSC) PAL movie DVDs in some cases. This is meant to be a private release related to everything Blade Runner to celebrate its 29th anniversary and is not licenced for public sale. All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved. This is a fan-work and not for profit. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. No copyright infringement intended. Not for sale: do not support eBay piracy. It was available for members of a private forum owing the official releases of the soundtrack but sadly missing what was so laboriously included in these companion discs."

Vangelis - (1982) Blade Runner (Esper Edition) 2xCDr

 Private Release - None
Original Music Composed and Performed by Vangelis
"Harps Of The Ancient Temples" written and performed by Gail Laughton
Vocals on tracks 3‚9 (disc 1) and track 5 (disc II) by Demis Roussos
Vocals on "Rachael's Song" by Mary Hopkin
Saxophone on tracks 2 and 9 (disc II) by Dick Morrisey
Lyrics and vocals on "One More Kiss‚ Dear" by Don Percival

Limited edition release and is not licensed for public sale


In light of the sheer amount of "Esper" discs (i.e. "Esper Edition" and L.A‚ 2019) being sold on the internet over the past few years and with the emergence of new bootlegs claiming to be "Esper Productions‚" we wanted to take this opportunity to officially clarify that any vendor claiming to be‚ or selling on behalf of "Esper Productions" has absolutely nothing to do with the original people involved. These rip-off merchants have quite simply‚ stolen our "label."

The "Esper Edition" was made by two Vangelis/BR fans. Both of us would like to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. The intention of this private release was to give "our take" or interpretation of what the Blade Runner soundtrack should be. -that’s it.- The fact that these bootleggers have appropriated the discs and label name and started selling them on various websites‚ ebay‚ etc‚ is indeed regrettable. We’re totally against the idea of lucrative gain being derived from these kinds of fan projects. Moreover‚ let me further clarify that neither of us have ever made a single cent off this effort.

We made a total of ten original copies: five for each of us. We then distributed them to friends in the Vangelis circle. Among them‚ is Antas who has been gracious enough to let us publish this note on his site. Why only ten? It was always meant to be a homemade project.

Since‚ the "Esper Edition" has surprisingly become "stuff of legend" in many Blade Runner circles‚ mentioned on many webpages all over the internet. While secretly very flattered- we’d also like to take this moment to "de-mystify" the release.

Why did we make it? Basically‚ we were sick of so many BR bootlegs floating around that never "got it right" in terms of chronology‚ or thoroughness. They all had something unique to them‚ but there were always oversights. So‚ like taking pieces from a puzzle‚ we decided to simply "cut and paste" from all the exiting releases (official‚ bootlegs‚ private releases‚ etc)‚ 1982 video‚ 1992 directors cut and construct something fresh. We paid close attention to chronologically follow the sequences from the film. Although not agreeing at first‚ we finally decided it would be best to have the tracks flow into one another‚ as a sort of BR suite. We originally wanted to make the discs just for our enjoyment‚ but we thought it would be neat to come up with artwork and make it a "private release" for our friends. That’s all.

As for the follow-up‚ "L.A. 2019‚" we wanted to make an "ambience" cd that transported the listener to the world of Blade Runner. The sound effects are almost entirely from the BR game‚ with Vangelis stuff layered in the back. We inserted "Reve" and an unused piece from "The Bounty" as well‚ because they both fitted the mood very well.
Why the name "Esper Productions?" We thought a logo of the Esper machine would make an original pseudo trademark. Hence the name.

Lastly‚ let us stress that our intention was always to make this a project by fans for fans. It was created out of love for Vangelis’ music‚ not money. Having said this‚ if other fans want to further the "Esper" concept by adding‚ re-editing or using our "work" to get a different result‚ that’s fine -provided that they do not use the name “Esper Productions‚” which has been ripped-off just to cash-in.

"This is it. Don't look any further. Had I known this release was on its way‚ I would have found it difficult to give many of the other Blade Runner bootlegs the maximum rating in the past. This "Esper Productions" double cd private release is‚ to date‚ the most comprehensive and accurate Blade Runner version to see the light of day. Where every other BR bootleg falters‚ this version is resilient. I believe it's as close as we've ever come to the "Ultimate Blade Runner Soundtrack" so far. With so many Blade Runner boots out there‚ many reading this review might be asking‚ "so what's the big deal?" I'll give it a shot:

Basically‚ this release parts on a similar premise of the 2000 OWM release (i.e. a double disc release trying to take music from every BR source) but takes this idea much farther with never-before-heard music and excellent production quality. For the first time‚ this release has virtually ALL of the music from the film (Directors Cut and 1982 theatrical release). Highlights of new goodies on these discs:

. Most noteworthy‚ 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). A first on any release.

. For the first time‚ the incidental music heard when Deckard wakes Rachael‚ just before their escape at the end of the film is present on the track titled "Rachael Sleeps."

. At long last‚ (as in the film itself) the eerie electronic rumblings leading into the "Love Theme" is expanded and presented in its complete form‚ titled "I am the Business." (The recent Deck Music and Deck Art releases decide to "chop up" this sequence into several parts for no apparent reason).

. Incidental music from the Esper photo examination film sequence is present on the track titled "Esper Analysis."

. The "Prologue and Main Titles" track contains the original "LA‚ November 2019" sound effect cue leading into the Main Titles‚ as heard in the film itself. (The Deck Music and Deck Art releases layered a spinner effect over it)

. The track titled "Deckard Enters the Bradbury" also has expanded music‚ not heard on any BR release.

. For the first time‚ the complete "Tears in Rain" dialog is presented here (i.e. "time to die" omitted from other versions)

. Lastly‚ this release contains interesting new mixes and transitions‚ (i.e. the fusion featured on the track titled "Sushi Bar- Damask Rose")

As gathered from reading many BR reviews in the past‚ some fans might find the brief dialog sequences distracting‚ preferring the musical purity principle of the "Gongo" or "BR 2001" releases. Nonetheless‚ it's clear that this Esper Productions release is extremely true to the film's atmospheric offerings while presenting all of the major themes in a very coherent and original manner. For this‚ and it's many new additions I find this "Esper Edition" BR release as close to perfection as it gets. Truly‚ a must have."

Blade Runner - (1982) Los Angeles - November 2019

Private Release - None
Original music on tracks 3‚ 6‚ 7‚ 10‚ 11 and 12 composed and performed by VANGELIS.
Additional music on tracks 2 and 8 written and performed by Frank Klepacki.
"Harps of the Ancient Temples" on track 9 written and performed by Gail Laughton.
Copyright 2003 Esper Productions Ltd. All rights reserved. Made in the E.U.
This is a special limited edition release and is not licensed for public sale.

"This Esper Productions follow up to last year's impressive EsperEdition discs is a subtle release‚ but a very good one. In short‚ it'san answered prayer for any serious Blade Runner fan. It basicallyintends to transport the listener to the world portrayed in the film. Well‚ it does so admirably. Listening to the first few tracks youcould close your eyes and almost be taking nocturnal stroll down arainy street with spinners whisking overhead and advertisementsemitting from lumbering blimps. The myriad of sound effects such asthe police station sounds‚ Tyrells office with the VK machine buzzingamid ethereal chimes are very well chosen and mixed together. Mypersonal favourite is the signature low‚ swaying hum in "Apartment9732." It goes on for quite some time‚ so putting in on in your ownhome will give you the same atmosphere as in Deckard's apartment!

Music: There is Vangelis music in this release but it plays a secondaryrole. It blends in seamlessly with the rain‚ spinners‚ and other soundeffects. Track four "Downtown"‚ for example‚ has an interestingunidentified Vangelis theme in the background‚ which gives it a greathypnotic feel. The tracks titled Apartment 9732 and Urban Blues mix"Memories of Green" and "Blade Runner Blues" which eventually blends inwith "Reve." (a very nice choice‚ since it compliments the atmospherevery well) Only a few Blade Runner musical tracks are present‚ butthey are all very well chosen and contribute to the disc's rainy‚nocturnal thesis.

The ambiental sound effects are obviously taken from the Blade Runnergame and the film itself (with some other effects added on- Ibelieve).This is done very delicately making the whole release flowseamlessly. Instead of straight listening‚ I believe the disc worksbest when put on as a background effect. It's very ethereal andsoothing almost like a Blade Runner "chillout" disc. It's worthnoting‚ however‚ those expecting a to find conventional (musical) BladeRunner bootleg‚ might be disappointed with this "Los Angeles‚ November2019". But in a market which is already saturated with BR bootlegs‚this is a refreshing and original release. In sum‚ this disc is alabour of love by Blade Runner fans for Blade Runner fans.

Blade Runner - The Audio Cut

 Bootleg - None
This is an attempt to create something new and original with Blade Runner, making use of the material made available with the Final Cut release.

Note that this is NOT a music soundtrack. Instead I'd like to think of it as a audio adaptation of the film, like a radio play or audio book. It's all original BR sounds and music but presented in such a way to make it suitable for listening rather than watching. Simply ripping the soundtrack and listen to from start to end just doesn't work very well (IMHO!). A strict audio environment places quite different demands on material originally made for a visual one. No visual points of reference will inevitably make it come across as messy and hard to follow.

This is, to put it simple, BR re-cut for audio with emphasis on the storyline and narrative rather than anything else. To do this I've taken full artistic freedom, tweaking the original in literally hundreds of places. That includes omitting a considerable amount of material and adding quite a bit too. I've made an effort to shorten it considerably, making it a lot easier to handle and listen to. Changing the order of events has been necessary in a few places. Jumping between story lines works very well when you see things. Not so when listening to it. In order to make all pieces fit better the dialogue and narrative has been heavily cut up and altered in many places. You'll understand when you hear it...

It is based on the Final Cut but has elements from all available versions (no bootlegs) of the film plus a lot of Disc 4 material.

The cover was made for use with a single audio DVD.

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