The Friends of Mr Cairo

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] The album was #2 in Canada for 3 weeks, and was #15 in the Best of 1981.[3] "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 Friends of Mr Cairo
TheFriendsOfMrCairo2FrontB.jpg
Cover of second release
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1981
StudioDavout Studios, Paris, and Nemo Studios, London
GenreElectronic, progressive rock
Length45:42
LabelPolydor
ProducerVangelis
Jon and Vangelis chronology
Short Stories
(1980)
The Friends of Mr Cairo
(1981)
Private Collection
(1983)
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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The title track and its accompanying music video serve as an ode to classic Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s, including references 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.

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

Track listingEdit

First editionEdit

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 editionEdit

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

CDEdit

  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

PersonnelEdit

Technical
  • Roger Roche – engineer
  • Raine Shine – engineer
  • Alwyn Clayden – sleeve
  • Veronique Skawinska – photography

ChartsEdit

Chart Position[4]
Austria Albums Chart 8
Canada Albums Chart 2
Germany Albums Chart 13
Netherlands Albums Chart 3
Sweden Albums Chart 35
UK Albums Chart 6
Billboard Pop Albums 64

CertificationsEdit

Album

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Singles

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Official charts". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1981 - December 26, 1981" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Jon and Vangelis - The Friends of Mr Cairo". DutchCharts. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – Jon & Vangelis – The Friends Of Mr. Cairo". Music Canada.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Jon & Vangelis – The Friends Of Mr. Cairo". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Friends Of Mr. Cairo in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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