The Friends of Mr Cairo

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The Friends of Mr Cairo
TheFriendsOfMrCairo2FrontB.jpg
Cover of second release
Studio album by Jon and Vangelis
Released July 1981
Studio Davout Studios, Paris, and Nemo Studios, London
Genre Electronic
Length 45:42
Label Polydor
Producer Vangelis
Jon and Vangelis chronology
Short Stories
(1980)Short Stories1980
Friends of Mr Cairo
(1981)
Private Collection
(1983)Private Collection1983
Alternative cover
Artwork on 1981 Polydor LP release
Artwork on 1981 Polydor LP release
Singles from The Friends of Mr Cairo
  1. ""The Friends of Mr Cairo" (4:20) b/w "Beside" (4:09)"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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 chart in 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", which stayed for 14 weeks in the Swiss charts and peaked at No. 1 on 7 March 1982. It also peaked at No. 6 in the UK.[2] "State of Independence" was later a hit single for Donna Summer, and a decade later for Moodswings with Chrissie Hynde on vocal. Anderson also later re-recorded that song on his solo album Change We Must, released in 1994.

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, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Jimmy Stewart. At the beginning of the track, the screeching of tires and a car horn are heard, presumably as a car makes an attempted getaway, which then gives way to the sound of gunfire. This screeching sound/car horn is identical to that heard in the 1971 feature film Get Carter (at 1.1.52-1.1.56), and was probably sampled for use on the track.[citation needed]

Joel Cairo (Mr Cairo) is the name of the character played by Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon.

Track listing[edit]

First edition[edit]

Side A

  1. "The Friends of Mr Cairo" – 12:04
  2. "Back to School" – 5:06
  3. "Outside of This (Inside of That)" – 5:00

Side B

  1. "State of Independence" – 7:53
  2. "Beside" – 4:08
  3. "The Mayflower" – 6:35

Second edition[edit]

Side A

  1. "I'll Find My Way Home" – 4:29
  2. "State of Independence" – 7:53
  3. "Beside" – 4:08
  4. "The Mayflower" – 6:35

Side B

  1. "The Friends of Mr Cairo" – 12:04
  2. "Back to School" – 5:06
  3. "Outside of This (Inside of That)" – 5:00

CD[edit]

  1. "I'll Find My Way Home" – 4:29
  2. "State of Independence" – 7:53
  3. "Beside" – 4:08
  4. "The 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

Personnel[edit]

  • Jon Anderson – vocals, composer
  • Vangelis – composer, producer, arranger, performer
  • Dick Morrissey – saxophone, flute
  • David Coker – voices
  • Sally Grace – voices (5)
  • Dennis Clarke - saxophone
  • Claire Hamill – backing vocals (6)
  • Carol Kenyon – backing vocals
Technical
  • Roger Roche – engineer
  • Raine Shine – engineer
  • Alwyn Clayden – sleeve
  • Veronique Skawinska – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Position[3]
Austria Albums Chart 8
Germany Albums Chart 13
Netherlands Albums Chart 3
Sweden Albums Chart 35
UK Albums Chart 6
Billboard Pop Albums 64

Certifications[edit]

Album

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Singles

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

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