- Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Real World Productions
- ASIN: B005OSZX0K
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Passion - Music For 'The Last Temptation Of Christ' Original recording remastered
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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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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!
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?
Passion is the music that Peter Gabriel composed for Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation Of Christ, it is a powerful, coherent body of pieces by itself and watching the film is not a prerequisite to appreciating it (I saw the film in the early 90's, hoping that its effect upon me might be as profound as the soundtrack, but for me this album overshadows the film by a long stretch). Peter Gabriel's vision for this work was very ambitious: epic soundscapes peopled by musicians rarely experienced within the cosy confines of the typical movie soundtrack, and far beyond the scope of the vast majority of popular music.
Here Peter Gabriel played an array of synthesizers and other electronics, including the Fairlight sampler, provided occasional, discreet vocals, a little flute and piano, and percussion.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the LP(s) when it came out and have played it regularly over the years, getting a CD version second hand. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Some beautiful - and surprising - music from Mister Gabriel on this soundtrack for one of Martin Scorcese's weirder - and weirdly boring - movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dominic Palmer
An interesting piece of work, not up there with his very best music but nonetheless a welcome addition to the collection. Some genuinely moving pieces.Published 1 month ago by bill palmer
This piece of work from Peter Gabriel is fine to listen to and to use as a remembrance of the film "The Passion of the Christ". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr J Smalhouse
Bought this many years ago and have always loved it. Recently bought a copy for a friend who said he preferred the tracks that sounded the most 'English'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suzie Sun
There are moments, many of them in fact, on this haunting recording of Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to Scorsese's film The Last Temptation of Christ which are so moving they bring... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KaleHawkwood