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Blade Runner - Esper Edition
Label : Esper Production
Type : Private Release Interest :
Support : 2 CDR with Sticker Sound Quality :
Limited To : 10 Rarity :

Disc One

  1. Prologue And Main Titles 3:54
  2. Leon's Voight Kampff Test 1:09
  3. Sushi Bar - Damask Rose 2:46
  4. Spinner Ascent 1:21
  5. Blush Response 5:43
  6. Wait For Me 5:12
  7. Deckard Meets Rachael 1:36
  8. Rachael's Song 4:20
  9. Tales Of The Future 4:53
  10. Bicycle Riders 2:10
  11. Chew's Eye Lab 1:15
  12. Memories Of Green 5:35
  13. Blade Runner Blues 10:01
  14. Pris Meets J.F. Sebastian 1:47
  15. One More Kiss‚ Dear 4:04

Disc Two

  1. Deckard Dream 1:10
  2. Thinking Of Rachael 1:18
  3. Esper Analysis 2:34
  4. Animoid Row 2:34
  5. Taffey Lewis Night Club 2:02
  6. Salome's Dance 1:23
  7. Zhora's Retirement 1:42
  8. I am The Business 2:29
  9. Love Theme 4:58
  10. I Dreamt Music 4:32
  11. Morning At The Bradbury 3:46
  12. The Prodigal Son Brings Death 4:07
  13. Deckard Enters The Bradbury 3:37
  14. Dangerous Days 0:57
  15. Wounded Animals 10:53
  16. Tears In Rain 2:51
  17. Rachael Sleeps 2:08
  18. End Titles 4:06
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



STATEMENT FROM (THE REAL) ESPER PRODUCTIONS

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."
  Sebastian

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2008/06/12 - Dan

I can't seem to find any info or comments regarding the use of the song 'Qu'ran' by Brian Eno and David Byrne from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in the original Denver Cut/Print or the use of Orchestral music from Planet of the Apes used in the end fight scene in the Denver Print. Nothing, nowhere. Not one word or hint have I ever seen. What gives? I know there must be others who have seen the Denver Cut.

Dan

2008/05/05 - Chris

Can anyone please let me know where I can get a copy of the Esper Edition? Many many thanks to anyone able to help :-)
Chris_grif@yahoo.co.uk

2008/03/25 - FutureMusicCorp

Both "Esper Edition" and L.A‚ 2019 are wonderful souvenirs of the film and of the man Vangelis. Tracking down a copy is not that hard, while I don't have a url people should try music blogs that specialise in electronic and ambient works. I almost feel a bit guilty suggesting that but as the works are not otherwise availible I can sleep nights :)

The Blade Runner music has been an inspiration to me more than once.

2008/03/17 - Simon

I have "Esper Analysis" with a total of 35 tracks, great quality - definitely nab this double CD if you find it on the web. Also, I recently edited an article in my magazine HDVideoPro on the final cut of Blade Runner, talking about the special effects in the "re-make" - we talked to John Scheele and academy award nominee Rich Yuricich about replacing Zhora in the death scene and placing Deckard's chin in the scene where he's pressuring an Egyptian on info for Taffey Lewis... e-mail me if you'd like a copy - I have some spare issues! simonizer @ sbcglobal.net

2008/03/17

I have "Esper Analysis" with a total of 35 tracks, great quality - definitely nab this double CD if you find it on the web. Also, I recently edited an article in my magazine HDVideoPro on the final cut of Blade Runner, talking about the special effects in the "re-make" - we talked to John Scheele and academy award nominee Rich Yuricich about replacing Zhora in the death scene and placing Deckard's chin in the scene where he's pressuring an Egyptian on info for Taffey Lewis... e-mail me if you'd like a copy - I have some spare issues! simonizer @ sbcglobal.net

2008/03/10 - Ram JeT

I huge BR fan... I've been sold on the praise for the Esper Edition. Can anyone help me to find a copy? Greatly appreciated if possible. madhat7x@gmail.com

2008/01/31 - cwathin

After listened "trilogy" who don't want to here the more admirable complete version of BR music.Again,who should I contact to get this Esper Edition,please let me know? my email is cwathin@gmail.com

2008/01/20 - Van Fan

This is as far as one can get to the original soundtrack!
Too bad Vangelis did not release the complete soundtrack officially.

Nevertheless, a brilliant effort by the Esper Team. Kudos!

However, it would have been better if the soundtrack contained only the music and edited out the other movie sounds. Still, it is a very great effort. Now, if only they would release a "Conquest of Paradise" Esper edition......

2008/01/20 - Van Fan

This is as far as one can get to the original soundtrack!
Too bad Vangelis did not release the complete soundtrack officially.

Nevertheless, a brilliant effort by the Esper Team. Kudos!

However, it would have been better if the soundtrack contained only the music and edited out the other movie sounds. Still, it is a very great effort. Now, if only they would release a "Conquest of Paradise" Esper edition......

2008/01/13 - Dave Chapman

To echo the question already posted below, does anyone know how I get a copy?
My email: davechapman421@hotmail.com

2007/12/25 - CrispinSMT

a must have copy!

2007/11/12 - Steve LaFayette

Now there's the Final Cut which I just saw in the theatre, OMG, what an epic soundtrack. After some research I've landed here. While it sux many great soundtracks are incomplete in their official release form it's also awesome that DIY fans take the time to make it right. While I respect Vangelis' release, selections from the composer's POV, I really dig a fan making a faithful and more complete version. Afterall, it's the fans who keep the spirit of the movie and music alive anyway, why shouldn't they benefit from such a special and rare edition. On that note, how do I get a copy:D

2007/11/08 - Fernando Reyes

Who do I contact to get this esper copy?
I live in Myrtle Beach, SC.
My email address is: freyes1948@yahoo.com

2007/11/03 - John

The Torrent one's are MP3 not CD quality.

2007/09/12 - Tears In Chocolate Rain

Will there be an OFFICIAL re-release of the BR score coinciding with the DVD release DECEMBER 2007 ?? Any info?

2007/08/02 - channon

I am a big fan of Vangelis and Bladerunner, and have always wondered how to get hold of some of the gorgeous music used in the film but missing from the official release.
I can see plenty of other people asking, but where can I get hold of the Esper edition, the more I hear about it the more I dream of getting a copy? I know it isn't strictly legal but as one of my other favourites, Prince, is showing us, music should be available to all (if maybe not free!)

2007/07/02 - abbb

torrent OR eMule

2007/06/27 - Fred

How can I get these cd's? I have been looking for a very long time for Blade Runner Esper Edition?

freyes1948@yahoo.com

2007/06/27 - Fred

How can I get these cd's? Blade Runner Esper Edition?

freyes1948@yahoo.com

2007/06/27

How can I get these cd's? Blade Runner Esper Edition?

freyes1948@yahoo.com

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