Soundtrack Review: Blade Runner

Soundtrack Review: Blade Runner

Blade Runner Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Blade Runner by Vangelis.

At a glance:

11 tracks
54 minutes of score
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 53.68
Album Excellence: 100%
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Blade Runner is Ridley Scott’s famous 1982 sci-fi about a blade runner that must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” this movie has been one of the most influential sci-fi movies of our time. The score is composed by Vangelis and this review is part of Composer Of The Month. I remember when I first saw Blade Runner. It must have been in the mid to late 80s on VHS. I was blown away and I haven’t seen anything like it since. The mood, the city, the characters and perhaps most of all, the music by Vangelis which never seize to amaze me.

The score is around 54 minutes of pure synth music and I understand it if not everyone loves this, but this is an amazing album. I have the 1994 Atlantic release and there have been many, none of them quite complete. In fact, this album that is probably the most popular of the releases is more of a concept album while there are other more true to the actual film score. I love this one the most, probably because I have been in love with this ever since I got this in 1994. Cues like ‘Main Titles’, ‘Blush Response’ and ‘Wait For Me’ include dreamy voice-overs by the cast and I love it. It’s such an integral part of the movie and score for me.

For most people, the only cue they have ever heard is ‘Blade Runner (End Titles’ and it’s a good one, but when I listen to this score I can’t just listen to one cue and leave it, I have to listen from ‘Main Titles’ until the end. It’s a journey for me, a wonderful journey that takes me away to vision of the future, it takes me to the city in the future and it’s like I’m there.

It’s honestly very hard to pick out favorites from this score, it feels like one big 54 minute cue to me and every minute is very special. Each and every cue exceeds my 5 star rating scale and goes beyond into 6 star territory. The lovely ‘Rachel’s Song’ and the amazing saxophone in ‘Love Theme’, how can you beat that? Well, the almost 9 minute ‘Blade Runner Blues’ is possibly the best cue on the score if I had to chose.

This score is very special to me as you might have gathered in my review. I can’t think of a score I have heard more over the yeard than this one and it’s always the full thing. Once I hear the ‘Main Titles’ I have to hear the rest as well. One of the very best scores in existence and I hope that the complete score is released one day.

1. Main Titles
2. Blush Response
3. Wait For Me
4. Rachel’s Song
5. Love Theme
7. Blade Runner Blues
8. Memories Of Green
9. Tales Of The Future
10. Damask Rose
11. Blade Runner (End Titles)
12. Tears In Rain

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Blade Runner, 8.8 out of 10 based on 16 ratings


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