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Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence [Soundtrack]

Peter Gabriel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Real World Records / Peter Gabriel
  • ASIN: B0000647KC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jig Along
2. Stealing The Children
3. Unlocking The Door
4. The Tracker
5. Running To The Rain
6. On The Map
7. A Sense Of Home
8. Go Away Mr. Evans
9. Moodoo's Secret
10. Gracie's Recapture
11. Crossing The Salt Pan
12. The Return Parts 1, 2, And 3
13. Ngankarrparni (Sky Blue-Reprise)
14. The Rabbit-Proof Fence
15. Cloudless

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'the Rabbit-proof Fence' is an Australian Film by Peter Noyce. When Peter Gabriel Heard About Rabbit-proof Fence He was Intrigued. Not Only was it an Independent Film (Not Your Usual Hollywood Blockbuster), but the Film Had a Great Story with Little Dialogue in which the Music Would Take a Significant Role in Setting the Mood So He was Keen to Be Involved.

Aside from a multimedia pastiche he did for England's millennium celebration, this soundtrack for Philip Noyce's film marks Peter Gabriel's first full slate of original recordings in nearly a decade. In the meantime, Gabriel's globally ambitious Real World musical mini-empire has taken precedence; the knowledge the musician gleaned there is immediately apparent in his film cues here. While the booming electro-tribal rhythms of previous Gabriel work come instantly into play, there's a sense of spacious mystery that's perfectly emblematic of the story's Australian outback setting. Gabriel's penchant for dense aural construction gives way to an ambient soundscape punctuated by Aboriginal percussion, didgeridoo, and bird song, and occasionally washed over by lolling tides of synth and samples. It's an atmosphere that, like the Aboriginal world it evokes, is nearly devoid of traditional melody, but one infused with a gripping, almost subliminal power. "Cloudless" then brings in haunting indigenous voices as well, intertwining them with a wordless, Westernized choral to emphasize Gabriel's compelling world music vision. --Jerry McCulley

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers and layers of sound... June 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Gabriel doesn't dissapoint his fans or anyone else who is willing to step into the circle where his music can be heard. This time around, almost two years after his comeback recording "OVO" PG has yet another score to offer. He had previously done an outstanding work -his best in my opinion- with "Passion," the music to the Scorcese movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Birdy" the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, directed by Alan Parker. "Long Walk Home" is, like its predecessors, a highly charged ethnic album, where Gabriel blends influences from several corners of the world, including this time also samples from aboriginal Australian tribes in the closing tracks. The album is packed with layers and layers of sound, but the two most remarkable moments in it are, without any doubt, "Running To The Rain" (whose theme is repeated throughout the album) and the three-part track "The Return," both of which promise to give you Gabriel's "shiver," that same sensation you felt when you "experienced" songs such as "It Is Accomplished," "Bread and Wine" (Passion) and "Wallflower" (Security) in the past. Long story short: buy it. True PG fans cannot afford to miss this work and casual PG listeners will get a kick of this, his most recent work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars encompassing... in all directions. September 14, 2002
By Chris B
Format:Audio CD
Before I review this, let's get one thing absolutely clear: Do not buy this album expecting another "Us" or "So" or Afro-Celt Sound System. If you're waiting for Peter Gabriel's next pop smash, I can guarantee that you will be disappointed by this disc.
Having said that, this is still a tremendous album, easily on par with (and instantly comparable to) Gabriel's "Passion", the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ. Gabriel has again brought together a host of musicians to collaborate on a soundtrack, succeeding in meshing disparate sounds into a cohesive whole that never sounds belabored or muddled. Ngankarrparni is an excellent example of this as aboriginal chanting is overlaid by dhobro, strings and vocals by the Blind Boys of Alabama.
If I had any complaint about this album, it's that Peter Gabriel did it again. But this is tempered by the fact that this is only the second soundtrack Gabriel has done like this and that, honestly, I'd rather hear Gabriel noodling around with world beats than most other artists who set out to compose with a mission in mind.
I find that I get lost to this music, losing track of time as it plays in the background. The simplest review? If you liked Passion, you'll like this. Simple.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Soundscapes From Mr. Gabriel June 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Rabbit Proof Fence" is the new Australian film by Philip Noyce, telling the true story of three aboriginal girls who are kidnapped from their home in order to be sold as slave workers. But the three girls escape, and must travel alongside a 1500 mile-long "rabbit proof" fence that stretches across the Australian outback in order to get home. Peter Gabriel's new soundtrack album for the film, appropriately titled "The Long Walk Home," is a beautiful instrumental album that picks up where his classic previous instrumental album, "Passion: Music From The Last Temptation Of Christ," left off. This is a mostly quieter soundtrack album than "Passion," but it's no less powerful. Gabriel effortlessly infuses traditional Australian musical elements to the soundtrack's aural soundscapes, such as didgeridoo and tribal chant. He plays various keyboards, and also pitches in on background vocals for a couple of tracks. Credit must also be given to guest artists The Blind Boys Of Alabama, who contribute memorable, haunting vocals to the equally-haunting tracks, "Ngankarrparni," & "Cloudless." Wonderful stuff.While we still wait for the new "proper" solo album from Gabriel--10 years & counting now--"The Long Walk Home: Music From The Rabbit Proof Fence" is an incredible, beautiful, essential "stop-gap" Peter Gabriel album to add to your collection. Filled with gorgeous lushness & atmosphere, "The Long Walk Home" should succeed in holding you over until the new "proper" Gabriel album is released later this year. Enjoy. :-)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A logical successor to his other film scores. May 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While the public patiently waits for his first proper album since "Us" (1992) and the story themed "Ovo" (2000, from a show presented at the Millenium Dome outside of London), we're offered another film score from Mr. Gabriel. The liner notes reveal that "The Rabbit Proof Fence" is an Austrailian film based on a true story of a 14 year old aboriginal girl who is taken, along with her younger sister and cousin, 1500 miles from their home to a government institution to be trained as domestic workers for white society. The girl leads an escape to find the fence that could lead them across the outback back to their home. The film is due to have a US release later this year.
The music is a combination of elements from his previous efforts. Due to the film's subject matter, the music is darker in tone like the "Birdy" score, but is still rooted in aboriginal and Australian culture, bringing to mind the moody droning passages of "Passion", the album of music from his score to "The Last Temptation of Christ." It's a hypnotic blend of synthesized and natural instrumentation, with recorded birds providing atmosphere and melody on several tracks. "Ngankarrparni" and "Cloudless" feature the Blind Boys of Alabama and Ningali & Myarn Lawford on gospel and chanting vocals respectively, the latter not unlike something found on a Dead Can Dance recording. (Mr. Gabriel only has minor vocal effects on 3 tracks, as there are no 'songs' on this CD.)
While not as immediately arresting as "Passion", the music is still beautiful and interresting, and will be enjoyed by fans of that album and Gabriel's work overall until his new album is released later this year. More information can be found on his website at
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 2 months ago by John I. Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly from the movie
Received in a very timely manner. The theme sounds were great. What I had expected from watching the movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence". Read more
Published 14 months ago by enviro63
3.0 out of 5 stars Avid Peter Gabriel fan but CD was just okay
Usually if Peter Gabriel has a CD and I hear one song I like from it, there are many more to accompany it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Grant Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk Home
'Long Walk Home' is the beautiful, atmospheric soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence as composed by Peter Gabriel. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk Home & Rabbit Proof Fence
Having seen the movie Rabbit Proof Fence several times, I decided to purchase the soundtrack. Peter Gabriel's music poignantly expresses the compelling saga of the capture and... Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by Nelle Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel has scored - literally!
Peter Gabriel has scored a total of three films during a musical career spanning four decades. That kind of prudence certainly pays off in the mesmerizing sonic landscape of "Long... Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by Jonathan Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music!!
A great soundtrack, one that doesn't follow the beaten path for the genre. Peter Gabriel creates a mood, very important for a film like Rabbit Proof Fence. Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by T. Trinchera
5.0 out of 5 stars a music journey for heart and mind
Don't have much to say...
I'm in love with PG "Sky Blue" song..
Searching for a live version or a remix I came across this soundtrack... Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by Davide Marani
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an amazing soundtrack
The entire album is wonderful with rich sonic landscapes. You should also see the movie, but even if you dont, the soundtrack stands alone. Read more
Published on February 10, 2009 by OccDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Way Home
The textures of the 15 atmospheric soundscapes are equally haunting and peaceful, as Peter Gabriel provides an aural exploration into sadness and the longing for home. Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by Best Of All
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