Fresh from the success of Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis turned his hand to some much darker material with his second movie soundtrack, Blade Runner.
Though we're fast approaching the year in which director Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi classic is set, it still seems as if modern movie soundtracks — and contemporary music itself — have yet to catch up with Vangelis. Presaging the ambient music genre that would follow in the wake of house beats by almost a decade, Vangelis's music perfectly captures the mood of the dystopian, rain-lashed Los Angeles in which the film is set. Evocative and seductively melancholy, Vangelis's music is as much a star of the film as the iconic figures of Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. The soundtrack was popular among bootleggers after a disagreement between Vangelis and film studio Warner Brothers meant that it wasn't commercially released until 1994.
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