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Passion : Music for The Last Temptation Of Christ [Soundtrack, Import]

Peter Gabriel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OR5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Feeling Begins
2. Gethsemane
3. Of These, Hope
4. Lazarus Raised
5. Of These, Hope (Reprise)
6. In Doubt
7. A Different Drum
8. Zaar
9. Troubled
10. Open
11. Before Night Falls
12. With This Love
13. Sandstorm
14. Stigmata
15. Passion
16. With This Love (Choir)
17. Wall Of Breath
18. The Promise Of Shadows
19. Disturbed
20. It Is Accomplished
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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To call Peter Gabriel's Passion a pivotal recording in the development of the world music genre would be a significant understatement. What makes Passion so undeniably huge is, of course, its global reach but also its expert handling of what could've easily become polyglot babble. Vocalists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Mal bring strong Middle Eastern and African voicing to the project, and Balkan textures come via the ney flute and doudouk. But Gabriel is the glue, offering electronic ambient flows between the multiple streams. Gabriel also brings something even less tangible: an awesome visual imagination that takes often seamless sounds and makes them impress the listener with picturelike colors and phrasing. This is, however, far more than an ambient global mix. To be certain, the intertwined rhythms stand out but always do so both unto themselves and as brushstrokes on a larger canvas. Never mind that Passion helped launch North American careers for N'Dour and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this is a stellar musical achievement by any standard. --Andrew Bartlett

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Peter Gabriel ~ Passion: Music For The Last Tem

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm and passion 27 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply Peter Gabriel's masterpiece. It encapsulates all that is magical about his music; his love of rhythm, his ear for melody, his love of all musical forms, especially those of Africa. The music is eery and passionate, quiet and immense, bold and beautiful. No home is complete without a copy of this work; I bought it on vinyl in 1989 and then again on CD a few years later. It still moves me when i hear it today like it did 14 years ago.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody, exciting, compellingly different. 27 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So unexpected from a rock artist. Gabriel has surpassed himself. The music carries a theme throughout the album, yet each track has its own individuality, even though they often run into the next one without a break. Such a smooth understated beginning to Track 1, but wow, how it continues! A promise of the fantastic musical experience to follow. The driving rhythms, the off beat 'vocals', the sudden change of tempo; so easy to imagine the Holy Land and visualise of the story of Christ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars his second best album 29 Oct 2012
By robert
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion this is PG's best album apart from PG4. Gabriel steps back from the commercialism of 'So'.
It is a purely instrumental album, and provides the music for Martin Scorcese's film 'The Last Temptation of Christ.' As with PG4, it combines world music with Western electronic music. The album features the Armenian instrument the duduk, which has been featured on the score of most epic films ever since. eg Gladiator. Come to think of it 'Passion' has been a heavy influence on the scores of nearly all epic films over the last 20 years (most especially John Debney's music for Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'). Don't the composers have any ideas of their own?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel and Realworld's intense ambient start. 23 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Distilling Eastern music for European ears. Peter Gabriel is a pioneer in the field of electronic and avant-garde music; here he created a masterpiece which helped to launch both his Realworld label, and became an essential album for many an 'ambient/electronic/world/eclectic' listener.

Sound-checked by both white label and established electronic artists [I can think of the Future Sound Of London offhand], this melds alternate-scale vocals [of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N'Dour among others] with his beloved [Nord] synths, awesome percussion [listen to the low-pass filters ending 'A Different Drum' without the hairs on the neck standing on end, I dare you] and abstract samples. A similar approach can be found on Damon Albarn's wonderful collection 'Mali Music'.

My personal favourite is the delicate melody of 'Of These, Hope', but this whole album flows as a journey, and easily surpasses any description of "soundtrack". I still haven't seen the film, and I won't; I luckily got to this first, and I don't intend to spoil things.

If you don't enjoy the cinematic intensity, the superb layered arrangements, the cross-cultural references, and the sheer musical talents on offer here, then I would suggest you need to listen once more with the lights down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoyed this music the first time I heard it, it was performed with modern dance. The combination of the images and the music left me with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to touch the music. The interplay and tension of the harmony with the beats and Middle Eastern themes is lovely. Do listen to the little snippets and see what you think.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .....the begining of the 'end.' 2 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Over 12yrs ago, on hearing the Last Temptations of Christ; I subsequently felt compelled to review my appreciation of all that musically stirred and focused me. If you want to be moved emotionally and spiritually, this is an offering truly worthy of it’s title; Passion.
I have followed Gabriel’s music since his first solo album, and have my own varying levels of appreciation of his works. I am not some eerie or obsessive Gabriel fan who felt it most fitting that their musical ‘icon’ should have been invited to score the controversial Scorsese film. However, if another definition of baptism could be borrowed at this time, then I was truly immersed in a similar fashion when I first heard this passion-led soundtrack.
This really is a remarkable demonstration of spirit, performance & cultural diversity.
For me, without a shadow of a doubt, this album surpasses any collection of sounds ever attributed to Peter Gabriel. It would have been inconceivable that Gabriel could have bettered this work. As expected, his subsequent offerings although good in parts, are but poor relations that seem to scavenge on the inspired bones of Passion.
This album feels bigger than the emotions it so tirelessly haunts to visualise……..it’s even bigger than the composers themselves. My only frustration is in the albums ultimate credit. This is the work not of one man, but of a gathering of geniuses in the ultimate pursuit of excellence……of which they achieve with absolute divinity. The Feeling certainly begins…..and for me has remained commanding to this day. Congratulations to all those who contributed and to Peter Gabriel for making it happen. It is accomplished.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gota Passion for Gabriel now 26 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the success of 'so' it would had been obvious that gabriel was going to go for a commercial success, but he defied everything by going for a soundtrack album. alltho soundtracks sell like anything, proper soundracks(score music) hardly sells. but with this, gabriel strikes platinum with his best contempery album. as the film was set in the holy land, Gabriel uses the instruments of that country very well, he blends it with that of synths, keyboards and drum machines. and in the moments where his voice begins to take a role, it inlightens thats of the haunting serenity. he took his voice as another instrument not a lyrical means of support. on the track 'A Different Drum' his vocals are imence, he creats a totaly differnt Genre.
This album at this price is a total Bargain, i would advise any one who is a fan of 'Chill-Out' or 'Soundtrack Music' to Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music, never seen the movie but adore the soundtrack
Published 17 days ago by Karolina
4.0 out of 5 stars OK but not as memorable as I hoped.
I got this as reviewers constantly rave about it. It's OK with some good tracks and fine musicians but I wouldn't consider it outstanding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Peter Gabriel's Passion!!
I first discovered Peter Gabriel's Passion - Music for "The Last Temptation of Christ" living in the States in 1992 I think and have loved it ever since, I bought the CD... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pushkin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is amazing.
I love Peter Gabriel's music, so I'm maybe a bit biased, this is amazing though.
I'm currently studying for a music degree, and I'm fascinated by production and the use of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. J. Buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special
Quite simply, this music transports you to a different land and a different time. Listen to it on YouTube then buy it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the MP3 version is available!
Bought this album many years ago on vinyl. Glad its finally a download. Superb music with Peter Gabriel at his best. Will take you to another place. I firmly recommend you buy!
Published 11 months ago by Mrs L M Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
enchanted, wonderful peace of music, very relaxing, the meaning of Christ wonderful, excellent xxxxxxxxxx lovely amen amen amen amen
Published 15 months ago by S. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut feeling
I heard track, The Feeling Begins, a long time ago and found it 'haunting'. Have been trying to find it for ages.
The whole cd is great - very different. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Diabetty
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion
This is an unusual composition, which absorbs you. You really can't anticipate the music and its really evocative and makes you imaging images.
Published 17 months ago by Joy Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent listen
Didn't buy this for myself but got it for my Mum's Christmas. I have heard it and although not my thing, it is undoubtably well produced with some atmospheric tracks.
Published 18 months ago by Caleyman
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