Jon and Vangelis’ “The Friends of Mr. Cairo” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

The title song was a melange of classic Hollywood lines and sound effects, orchestrated by the keyboardist of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner fame, and vocalized by the lead singer of Yes.

And it was the twelve-minute introduction of  a very cool concept album.

This early 1980’s concept album, The Friends of Mr. Cairo, featured Jon Anderson and Vangelis Papathanassiou, just sparkles on so many levels.  It’s art rock mixed with synthesizer trippiness, and it just works.

Of course, if you don’t have twelve minutes of your time to jam to this track, the 4:11 single will work nicely.

In addition to the track “The Friends of Mr. Cairo,” another track from this album, “State of Independence,” received plenty of airplay on AOR radio stations, and was later re-recorded as a minor hit for Donna Summer.

Now here’s the thing.  This album had  a decent international run … not so much in the United States, but worldwide.  And it still has many fans who still appreciate this sonic adventure.

And then the album was re-released in the States … with an additional track added to the lineup, a pop single called “I’ll Find My Way Home.”

I dunno … I’m not really enamored with “I’ll Find My Way Home,” and when they added it to the US re-release of the LP, they re-arranged the songs on the LP to make the concept album less thematic.  So I’ll take the original release of this LP, thank you very much.

So let’s find room in the afterlife iPod for this LP.  Another track for me when that next great adventure of life happens, whenever that day may come.