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Passion Sources

Passion SourcesAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B000000HNZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shamas-Ud-Doha Bader-Ud-Doja - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan And Party
2. Call To Prayer - Baaba Maal
3. Sankarabaranam Pancha Nadai Pallavi - Shankar And The Epidemics
4. Ulvi - Kudsi Erguner
5. Fallahi - Hossam Ramzy
6. Sabahiya - Banga
7. Tejbeit - Unknown Ethiopian Musicians
8. Prelude In Tchahargah - Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh
9. Wedding Song - Unknown Moroccan Musicians
10. Magdelene's House - Abdul Aziz El-Sayed
11. Yoky - Fatala
12. Ya Sah - Nass El Ghiwane
13. Al Nahla Al 'Ali - Les Musiciens Du Nil
14. Song of Complaint - Antranik Askarian And Khatchadour Khatchaturian

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Orient March 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of the two soundtracks for the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ". The other one, "Passion", deals more with Peter Gabriel's performances. This one deals with the more traditional Middle Eastern music used and sampled for the film. This CD is perhaps the greatest introduction to Oriental (Middle Eastern, Indian, African, Persian, Turkish, etc) music that is available. It covers an incredibly diverse range of styles and cultures. The songs on here range from wonderful songs performed by excellent traditional artists (NFAK, Hossam Ramzey, Shankar,, etc) to authentic ethno-music recordings. The first song is a wedding song from the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself, giving a magnificent look into the traditions of Pakistan. NFAK's song is one of his best. This is followed by Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal performing the Call to Prayer, which is an integral part of Islam. I strongly recommend you understand and respect that when listening to this track. Returning to South Asia, we are treated to a lively, upbeat Indian number from Shankar and the Epedemics. Following this is a beautiful, ephemeral flute song entitled "Ulvi", performed by Kudsi Erguner, one of Turkey's greatest musicians. Hossam Ramzey, gives a lively Egyptian Raks Shari number entitled "Fellahi" (farmer). I was very impressed with this one. It gives a view of Ramzey at his best. Next is a sample of traditional Egyptian Arab music. Then we are treated to a celebratory bar song from traditional Ethiopian musicians. Those unfamilar with Ethiopian music will be pleasantly surprised by this. Then we get a Perso-Indian performance by Mahmou Tabrizi Zadeh. This song fascinates me to no end. After that is another historic ethnic recording, this time from a Moroccan wedding celebration. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is the perfect compliment to the "Last Temptation" soundtrack. It's like an aural tour of the region, and a haunting one at that. The consecutive Kudsi Erguner and Hossam Ramzy tracks play beautifully together. Gabriel is generous enough to present these artists in their own right, allowing us exposure to music we might not pick up without his name attached. Bravo!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion Minus Peter Gabriel May 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Some of us think The Passion is Peter Gabriel's best work. This album, much less influenced by him, shows that the source material (some "sources of inspiration" and some used in the soundtrack of The Last Temptation of Christ) stands up as well as its progeny. Though it doesn't flow as well as the Gabriel album, it is an excellent showcase of African, Middle, and Near Eastern music--perfect for getting a first or second taste of these increasingly popular forms.
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31 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of many sources of Oriental music May 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Last Temptation of Christ had two soundtracks. One was Peter Gabriels Passion, the other is this one. Where Passion featured a mix if traditional and modern sounds, Passion Sources is mostly the original traditional recordings that were eventually incorporated into the Peter Gabriel Passion album. This album may not be as easy to digest as the other Gabriel work but is worthy of including with it.
I enjoy both of them.
I used to just enjoy this album when I bought it a few years ago but after September 11, this album has had a new meaning to me and in fact has helped me rid myself of the hatred that I had of that part of the world and has actually made me even more fascinated with that area of the world.
I just wish people would stop hating on The Middle East and southern Asia and check out some of the awe inspiring music that musicians make.
Just the song Call To Prayer by Baaba Maal proves that the Middle East isn't a place of terror and hate but a place of wonderous musicians who could really give America a boost in it's music scene and end the corporate commercialism that has ruined Americas musical image.
Believe me this album after last years horrific events has been like a medicine and helped me maintain my respect for the Middle East plus I also happen to love music from the Middle East.
I hope I didn't stray too far off the topic of this CD but I just wanted to voice how this album helped me through this turbulent time. Believe me I alway prefer the Middle Eastern chanting anytime over the staccato of that awful Swedish Pop of Britney Spears.
God Bless both America and The Middle East
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A source of passion October 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Passion Sources" contains a sampling of Middle East and African music used for the controversial Scorcese film "The Last Temptation of Christ." Peter Gabriel's "Passion", released around the same time in 1989, contains original music reworked from the film's actual soundtrack. "Passion Sources" contains some original and altered field recordings plus songs recorded specifically for the movie. Music from both CDs appeared in "Last Temptation." Both soundtracks appeared over a year after the film's release because Gabriel wanted to shape the music into a coherent album. "Passion Sources" did not undergo such restructuring.

With Peter Gabriel's name on it, this CD probably introduced more westerners to non-western music than any other CD at the time. Subsequently, Gabriel's "Real World" records aimed to dampen the dominance of western music throughout the globe. The label continues to this day. "Passion Sources" was its very appropriate first official release.

The CD begins with an absolute bang: the spectacular Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan. Khan quickly became Real World's best selling artist. Sadly, he passed away in 1997 after gaining a worldwide reputation. He even appeared in Rolling Stone (a definite first for a Qawwali singer). As Khan's song slowly fades, Baaba Maal's amazing performance of the traditional Islamic call to prayer takes its place. Other highlights include Shankar's frenetic double violin bowing, Fatala's equally energetic drumming, Nass El Ghiwane's contemplative "Ya Sah", and the utterly relaxing "Song of Complaint" which sounds more like "Song of Relaxation." Another future Real World act, The Musicians of the Nile, also play up a storm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The wrong disk was in the case. We contacted the sender, but have not heard a response yet. My son was looking forward to this additional CD from an artist he likes.
Published 5 months ago by P. Reedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Passionate and Hypnotic
This is a beautifully recorded compilation of middle eastern-North African music and rhythms. The quality is exceptional.
The selections are hauntingly beautiful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by eTrips
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
This is the companion set to the Peter Gabriel 'Passion' album that together serve as the soundtrack for 'The Last Temptation of Christ. Read more
Published 11 months ago by William L. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion Sources
An excellent introduction to the rich music that the Middle East provides the world. Some first class performances by musical masters who really put their heart into their playing. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Kevin Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of greatness
There are so many good tracks here, but the whole album lacks cohesiveness which i think is important for this type of music. Read more
Published on November 3, 2002 by Mr. E. J. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than listenable
To begin with, a confession. The truth is, I'm simply not a big fan of field-recordings of random "ethnic" music. Read more
Published on November 29, 2001 by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation
Rarely do you get to see the source material that an artist works with.
This ablum is a compilation that is at once a survey of the Middle-eastern, North African and... Read more
Published on October 27, 2000 by Chris Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is a wonderful gift from Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel's Passion album is my favorite CD, and it is a real privlege to hear some of the music that inspired it. Read more
Published on February 3, 2000 by "hcearwickernyc"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure House
If you've come this far as to be reading this review, buy the CD. You will NOT be disapointed.
Published on December 5, 1999
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