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Passion 45 RPM Half Speed
Triple Vinyl, 45 (7" single, 45 rpm)
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Passion - Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ [Explicit]
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MP3 Music, September 28, 2010
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Passion – Music for The Last Temptation of Christ was released a year after Martin Scorsese’s controversy-laden film and tends to be regarded as a work in its own right rather than just being a movie soundtrack. It features additional music than was included in the film; this extra material was the result of Peter continuing to record and to resolve “unfinished ideas”.
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I am baffled though that there are so few negative reviews. Very rarely have I been this far off from general feeling. Perhaps those who didn't like it chose to completely dismiss from their minds. I wish I could and I bought this I believe nearly 10 years ago! For me it's the standard of a bad purchase without having heard it first.
My two words of advice "Caveat Emptor". Buyer beware this could be a huge waste of money.
With my stereo systems EQ normalized to zero this LP sounds incredible. The volume is louder than any other album I have bought this year. This is an outstanding and easliy noticible sonic upgrade from the original-issue CD. There is also a download code included - I selected the high-resolution 24-bit WAV file.
Passion began as the soundtrack of the film The Last Temptation of Christ and may be Peter Gabriels best and most powerful album. Although Passion is layered with Eastern and African influences and instrumentation the music itself is mostly modern and Euro in its structure and is very approachable to the casual listener. While there are many singers featured on this album Gabriels voice and musical sensiblility stand out and in the end this is very much a Peter Gabriel album.
As to the SACD phenomena in general, I see a lot of reviews panning certain recordings because they aren't surround, or don't offer improvement to some ears over the CD counterpart, etc. To this I say that these reviews are missing the point of SACDs. It's a small market appealing to those that want media with a hugely expanded dynamic range and finer digital rendering of sound. Surround is an added bell or whistle, but not the objective of the SACD media. Some multi layer discs actually sound better as stereo than surround. Furthermore one really has to have made the investment in one's audio gear to make SACDs come to life. The better the system, and I mean the whole system (every component in the chain from player to speaker), the bigger the difference one will hear. Any weak link will pinch off detail and presence. My recommendation is that unless one has already justified a system expense on the order of, for example, blowing at least a few hundred bucks each interconnect cable, and components of the same order of quality, one is throwing money away buying SACDs, because you won't hear the quality of what your purchase contains anyway. Granted, there are some botched SACD production jobs, but for the most part, SACDs are worth the money if you have the equipment to render the sound contained in the disk. This applies to classical, jazz, pop, any genre of music.
It's a small niche in the music industry, therefore small production runs - which is why almost every Peter Gabriel SACD that was produced has already been purchased. And the aftermarket prices are through the roof, ~$100, if you bother to search them out.
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