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Birdy [Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Peter Gabriel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000068PV9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At Night
2. Floating Dogs
3. Quiet and Alone
4. Close Up (From 'Family Snapshot')
5. Slow Water
6. Dressing the Wound
7. Birdy's Flight (From 'Not One of Us')
8. Slow Marimbas
9. The Heat (From 'Rhythm of the Heat')
10. Sketch Pad With Trumpet and Voice
11. Under Lock and Key (From 'Wallflower')
12. Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain (From 'San Jacinto')

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Peter GABRIEL Birdy CD

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm listening to my remastered Birdy CD as I type this and after much deliberation I have to say that I am of the belief that this remains Gabriel's finest soundtrack work.
I also have (and adore) his contributions to Passion (Last Temptation of Christ) and Long Walk Home (Rabbit Proof Fence), but this CD continues to blow me away even more.
Perhaps it's the fact that some of these tracks are effectively "instrumental" versions of some of Peter's finest early songs (San Jacinto was an incredible experience for me Live at the Sheffield Arena recently - epic and amazing stuff)
I think it's fair to say that not all of this CD will please everybody - we are talking about Peter Gabriel here after all. He really seems to thrive on challenging the listener - even if that means on occasion his fans (witness his most recent studio album "UP" for more on that! - a superb release, but it was a slow-burner for me ... but I got there in the end!)
Overall, Birdy is Peter's strongest soundtrack score in my humble opinion - and it's also his most varied in terms of style. At this price (especially for the remastered edition) it has to be worth a listen, doesn't it?
-John
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet and Alone 7 Jan 2007
By L. Hutchinson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album that showcased Gabriel's skill of not only making wonderful music, but also a film score: however, there is a difference here. This difference is that this album is not only a mixture of new material but also tracks from his two previous albums: "Peter Gabriel, Vol. 3" and "Peter Gabriel, Vol. 4", but they are now instrumental.

I have to say that I was delighted when I first listened to this album for the first time, which still continues with subsequent times I have played this album. There have been times when I have heard a number of tracks and wondered what it would be like if they were simply instrumental or some of the instruments were altered, as well as some of the production effects. Well this album does just that with further added experimentation that you would expect from Gabriel. However, please do not let the word "experimentation" put you off: Gabriel does experiment, but it is highly listenable, with his musical talent always bursting forward.

Unlike most soundtrack albums, this can be listened to as an album in its own right. It is very rewarding, it is an album that can be only described as "ambience". It is very relaxing and takes you on a journey. This may sound slightly clichéd, as most albums are journey carriers by some definition but this is just soothing and you can easily relax with it and let it take you on a mental journey. This has helped me with some self-therapy: by helping me delve into my mind. That is how powerful this album is. Please buy it. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 15 Nov 2006
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album blew me away because it is a soundtrack with a difference. Most of the tracks are based on instrumental versions of the songs from Peter Gabriel's fourth album but treated in a much more experimental way. Hugely impressive for a first soundtrack album, this is a great album, and gives hints of the genius that was to come with "Passion" a few years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriels First Film Score 30 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1984, Alan Parker Asked gabriel whether he would be interested in writing a score for his film about friendship during the Nam war, Birdy. Gabriel quickly discovered that the film created atmosphere of Claustraphobia. he then uses this within his work. Gabriel was also interested in reworking his earlier ideas and in this album he reworks, 5 Tracks from his 1980 album 3 and 1982 album 4. The Fairlight Synthisizer features hugely in this album and creates an atmosphere not creatable from organic instruments.
Gabriel Certainly in this album shows the now how to create atmosphere, feelings and even fear within his music. this is certainly a mini project against his epic 'Passion- The score from the last temptation of Christ' - 2 Thumbs Fresh! Keep them Coming!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A serene delight from Gabriel 24 April 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
Before his mega-selling album So, Peter Gabriel released the soundtrack to the movie Birdy in 1985. I haven't seen the movie so I came to the soundtrack without preconceptions. It's a highly atmospheric set of tracks, largely instrumental with occasional vocals. With titles like At Night and Quiet And Alone, it's a contemplative work, mainly keyboard led with flute and drums, not too far away from Eno. Apparently some of it is reworkings of Peter Gabriel's older work, though I'm not familiar enough with it to detect this.

It's difficult to isolate any one track though Dressing the Wound stands out a bit, which starts out quite sparse until some wordless vocals from Gabriel come in. The whole thing is very serene, but the next track Birdy's Flight totally changes the mood with feverish percussion right through it. Most if it is classic mood music. The final track, Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain is very Zen, and probably the most Eno-like track.
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