PD-1-6326 The Friends of Mr. Cairo
Produced by Vangelis
Released on July 1981
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #64
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PD-1-6326 cover
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T his is closer to what fans expected: Vangelis' evocative arrangements channeled into actual songs with Jon Anderson's heartfelt vocals on top. The album contains some of their most enduring music together, including "I'll Find My Way Home" (a suprisingly effective cross between the old standard "Downtown" and the theme from Chariots of Fire), "State of Independence" and "The Friends of Mr. Cairo." Although the latter didn't chart, it did garner significant airplay in the US, largely due to the novelty of voice characterizations provided by David Coker and Sally Grace. Their impersonations of all manner of B&W film stars is a departure from the standard Jon & Vangelis formula, but it remains perhaps the most memorable song of their joint venture. "Mayflower," which combines the pilgrim crossing with space voyage, also utilizes the talents of Mr. Coker. True, some of the instrumentation sounds dated today (notably the electronic percussion) and the second side doesn't stand up nearly as well as the first, but altogether it's a more pleasing affair than their amorphous debut.

PD-1-6326 back cover PD-1-6326 lyric sleeve
PD-1-6326 back cover PD-1-6326 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME    4:29
  2. STATE OF INDEPENDENCE    7:53
  3. BESIDE    4:08
  4. MAYFLOWER    6:35
  5. THE FRIENDS OF MR. CAIRO    12:04
  6. BACK TO SCHOOL    5:06
  7. OUTSIDE OF THIS (INSIDE OF THAT)    5:00

    Composed by Jon Anderson and Vangelis

CREDITS

JON ANDERSON -- lyrics and vocals
VANGELIS -- all instruments, sleeve
David Coker -- voices
Sally Grace -- voices (5)
Clair Hamill (sic) -- backing vocals (6)
Carol Kenyon -- backing vocals
Dick Morrissey -- saxophone, flute
Roger Roche -- engineer
Raine Shine -- engineer
Alwyn Clayden -- sleeve
Veronique Skawinska -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1981 Polydor LP/CS POLD-5039 lyric sleeve
US/CAN July 1981 Polydor LP/CS/8T PD/CT/8T-1-6236 lyric sleeve
GER/NET 1981? Polydor LP 2302 127  
JPN July? 1981 Polydor LP 28MM 0050 insert
UK   Polydor LP POLD-5053 lyric sleeve
BRA/NET 1981 Polydor LP 2383 609 lyric sleeve
WW   Polydor LP/CD/CS 800 021  

 

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