Passion Hybrid SACD, Soundtrack
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There are also sections of great peace and stillness, where we imagine a calm water, or sunset stretching out before us, ending with a simple blue and red line conveying a complex abstract landscape of music- perhaps like Christ's own mind, before the storm in the cup. Not at all easy to listen to. But what do you expect?
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?
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!
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 ›
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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 7 months ago by JGB
Some beautiful - and surprising - music from Mister Gabriel on this soundtrack for one of Martin Scorcese's weirder - and weirdly boring - movies. Read morePublished 7 months 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 8 months ago by bill palmer
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 12 months ago by Suzie Sun