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Jon & Vangelis - The Friends Of Mr. Cairo (1981)

Artist:  Jon & Vangelis
Title:  The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2383609

Jon and Vangelis is the collaborative effort between the singer Jon Anderson (the lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Yes) and the Greek synthesizer musician Vangelis Papathanassiou. Together they released a number of successful albums in the 1980s.
“The Friends of Mr Cairo” is the second album by Jon and Vangelis, released in 1981. There are two editions of this album, with different sleeves. Both versions were released in 1981 within a few weeks of each other. The title track, “The Friends of Mr Cairo”, peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian singles late 1981, though this track was not a hit elsewhere. The second edition of the album includes the single “I’ll Find My Way Home” and “State of Independence” was later a hit single for Donna Summer.
The title track and its accompanying music video serve as an ode to classic Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s. Most notable references are to the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon. The track incorporates sound effects and voice impressions of the stars of the era most notably Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and Jimmy Stewart.

Side one
1.  The Friends Of Mr. Cairo  (12:04)
2.  Back To School Boogie  (5:06)
3.  Outside And Inside  (5:00)

Side two
1.  State Of Independence  (7:53)
2.  Beside  (4:08)
3.  The Mayflower  (6:35)

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