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Birdy Soundtrack

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On Birdy, Peter Gabriel plunges headlong into the experimental moods and ambient textures he'd been toying with for more than a decade. It's a vibrant and absorbing effort. Though still falling back on snippets from his previous work, the compositions here give clear signs of a maturing taste for the non-Western instrumental concepts and tonal resonance that would later explode with 1989's Passion. The quiet pulse and lush production that open the foreboding "At Night" pulls strange splashes of melody into "Floating Dogs." The track then metamorphoses into a series of tribal rhythms and sinewy, melting minor-key chords. While the record is a departure, some of the best material here reworks thematic elements from past recordings. The use of "Not One of Us" from Peter Gabriel (third album) makes "Birdy's Flight" a standout, providing a midrecord burst of jolting, propulsive prog-rock before turning back into the surreal and trancelike mist. An engrossing and atmospheric dreamscape. --Matthew Cooke
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1985 album is a soundtrack to the 1984 movie entitled 'Birdy' and what a haunting soundtrack! The album cover of the moonlight illuminating the dark room through a window sets the general mood of this album: Dark & Haunting. There are no lyrics anywhere on this soundtrack but there are some tracks that borrow elements from several tracks from the Melting Face & Security LPs. It's really something to listen to the sampled tracks in a totally different setting especially the one where the piano intro of Family Snapshot is sampled on the track Close Up. The Heat is simply The Rhythm Of The Heat as an instrumental. The opening track At Night though is my personal favorite. It's dark, haunting & very gloomy, totally opposite to such tracks as Sledgehammer or Big Time. Fans of SO, US or even of his first two albums might find the Birdy soundtrack to be a bit difficult to immediately enjoy but for die-hard fans or the more adventurous this soundtrack is a must have.
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This is the warning that Mr. Gabriel provides to listeners of this album when you first open its booklet...
Immaculately produced by Gabriel himself and Daniel Lanois, this album, which served as the musical background to the Alan Parker movie 'Birdy' contains 12 tracks, 5 of which are instrumental versions of the songs "Family Snapshot," "Not One Of Us," "Rhythm Of The Heat," "Wallflower" and "San Jacinto," from PG's third and fourth albums. The remaining tracks are instrumentals of incredible beauty, where Gabriel plays alongside his long time contributors Larry Fast, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta and David Rhodes, among others.
This is one of those soundtracks that, more than standing by itself (which it does) is an essential component of the movie it was made to accompany.
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This soundtrack is Peter Gabriel's first foray into movie scores but it is a really good soundtrack that stands on it's own. The movie itself is just amazing and the soundtrack perfectly fits in the weird tone of the movie.
Be warned: The soundtrack is very gloomy and may leave you depressed.
As some are aware of, five of the songs life up parts of tracks from Gabriel's third and fourth CDs and the album label arns that this record contains no lyrics. The remaining seven are extraordinarily haunting and beautiful. My favorite of the retooled older songs is "Birdy's Flight" which lifts up the fast-paced ending minute of "Not One of Us" and giving it a totally different feel altogether.
The best of the original tracks is "Floating Dogs" which is a very scary but beautiful track that becomes a very twisted trancy piece.
Do not let the fact that this is overshadowed by "PassioN". "Birdy" is a really excellent score and should be included in any Gabriel fan's collection.
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I reviewed the older CD edition of this soundtrack a long time ago but I just got it and things haven't yet sunk in but one year later, I have to honestly say that this soundtrack is one of the most, if not the most, evocotive soundtracks of all time. I don't know what it really is about this strange collection of music that relly does it but the Birdy soundtrack made me cry like no other album by anyone. Is it the dark album cover that makes it so evocative? Is it the heartbreaking theme of the movie about a mentally scarred patient named Birdy, a Vietnam War veteran whose mind has been completely burned out from the trauma of combat? Or is it a much darker, but less ominous look in the minds of mental illness than what PG 3 did? This soundtrack from my perspective conveys all of these perspectives and the dark and sad mood of the soundtrack magnifies the emotional punch of the music on it. The album cover perfectly portrays the atmosphere of this CD.
Keep in mind that there isn't anything poppy on this soundtrack so those who are going for something in the vein of "Sledgehammer", "Big Time" or even the non-singles from Gabriel's more known works will find "Birdy" to not be the best disc to appreciate and is a far cry from even the darkest of Peter Gabriel's regular albums. However, I highly recommend trying this soundtrack for its beauty and its imaginative atmospheres. Several of the songs life parts of several songs from Gabriel's third and Security albums.
"At Night" begins the set with a very dark, droning, and opaque ambient anthem and an eerie echoing rhythm. In some ways, this track is kind of similar to "Zaar" from "Passion". "Floating Dogs" is one of the oddest tracks on this CD.
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I reviewed the older CD edition of this soundtrack a long time ago but I just got it and things haven't yet sunk in but one year later, I have to honestly say that this soundtrack is one of the most, if not the most, evocotive soundtracks of all time. I don't know what it really is about this strange collection of music that relly does it but the Birdy soundtrack made me cry like no other album by anyone. Is it the dark album cover that makes it so evocative? Is it the heartbreaking theme of the movie about a mentally scarred patient named Birdy, a Vietnam War veteran whose mind has been completely burned out from the trauma of combat? Or is it a much darker, but less ominous look in the minds of mental illness than what PG 3 did? This soundtrack from my perspective conveys all of these perspectives and the dark and sad mood of the soundtrack magnifies the emotional punch of the music on it. The album cover perfectly portrays the atmosphere of this CD.

Keep in mind that there isn't anything poppy on this soundtrack so those who are going for something in the vein of "Sledgehammer", "Big Time" or even the non-singles from Gabriel's more known works will find "Birdy" to not be the best disc to appreciate and is a far cry from even the darkest of Peter Gabriel's regular albums. However, I highly recommend trying this soundtrack for its beauty and its imaginative atmospheres. Several of the songs life parts of several songs from Gabriel's third and Security albums.

"At Night" begins the set with a very dark, droning, and opaque ambient anthem and an eerie echoing rhythm. In some ways, this track is kind of similar to "Zaar" from "Passion". "Floating Dogs" is one of the oddest tracks on this CD.
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