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Passion - Music For 'The Last Temptation Of Christ' [Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B005OSZX0K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen20. It Is Accomplished (2002 Digital Remaster) 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ was originally released in 1989 by Peter Gabriel. It is his second soundtrack and eighth album overall. It was originally composed as the soundtrack for the film The Last Temptation of Christ, but Gabriel spent several months after the film's release further developing the music, finally releasing it as a full-fledged album instead of a "movie soundtrack". It is seen as a landmark in the popularisation of world music, and it won a Grammy in 1990 for Best New Age Album.

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26 of 27 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Moody, exciting, compellingly different. 27 Jun 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel and Realworld's intense ambient start. 23 Sep 2006
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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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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 Groundbreaking 22 May 2009
By Steven Fouch VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with this album when it first came out - and even today, two decades later it is still fresh, surprisingly original, and an essential part of my music collection. And there are not many instrumental film soundtrack albums about which I can say that.

And two decades on, this has also been a hugely influential album. Marrying the music of North Africa (Egypt in particular), India and the Caucuses (the Armenian douduk features hauntingly on several tracks, along with the equally expressive Turkish ney flute playing of Kudsi Erguner) with modern technology, Gabriel created a sound scape and musical texture that has been much imitated ever since. Listen to the soundtracks of many modern films and TV shows and you will hear echoes of this soundtrack.

At times quiet and moody, at others passionate and almost transcendent, this is an album of contrasting colours and textures. It can also provoke a strong emotional response - the first time my wife heard "It is Finished", where a North African ululation moves to a peel of church bells and guitars she was moved to tears - the power and drama of that track is immediate. "Zaar" is a long, animated exploration of an ancient middle eastern city - bustling, dusty, noisy. Each peace strongly evokes a sense of event, place or mood.

A remarkable piece - Gabriel's masterpiece with no shadow of a doubt. If I could give it six stars, I would!
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5.0 out of 5 stars .....the begining of the 'end.' 2 Jan 2006
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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……’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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Great music, never seen the movie but adore the soundtrack
Published 3 months 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 5 months ago by W. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Peter Gabriel's Passion!!
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Published 6 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.
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Published 7 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 10 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 14 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 18 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 20 months ago by Diabetty
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