Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ
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MP3 Music, September 28, 2010
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Originally released in 1989. Remastered in 2002. Peter Gabriel's remarkable musical collage for Martin Scorsese's film, 'The Last Temptation of Christ'. A 1990 Grammy Award winner. Peter recruited some of the finest singers and soloists in the field of world music and set the score on a backdrop of traditional North African rhythms and sounds.
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"It was a wonderful experience working with such different and idiosyncratic musicians. They came from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Ivory Coast, Bahrain, Egypt, New Guinea, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. For many of them working with this material was something quite new and they were very enthusiastic. The soundtrack is full of the spirit of their performance." Peter Gabriel
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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.
The music on here is largely difficult to describe-- unique, quite a bit is drawn from Middle Eastern, Indian, and African music, but it has a decidingly modern edge, filled with synthesizers, western drum sounds and guitars.
Discussing individual pieces is difficult-- the album works best as a whole and as a statement. There are brilliant moments, I think immediately of the stunning, passionate vocals of "A Different Drum", the building, haunting tension fading into repetitive rhythmic figures of "Zaar", the incredible beauty of the horn and bass over swelling ambient haze of "With This Love", Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's immense, pained, wails on "Passion"... the list of great moments goes on.
If you're a fan of interesting and unique music, you should probably own this record. Essential.
If your only exposure to Peter Gabriel is via Sledgehammer or Shock the Monkey, then Passion will surprise and delight you. Alternately dark and heartbroken, stirring and majestic, it breathes life and vigor into the so-called "world music" genre. Passion carries exotic and beautiful rhythms to the Western ear without compromising the naturally spiritual power of its influences.
If just one disc could accompany me to a desert island, this would be it.
The score is centered on traditional North African rhythms and sounds, with the 21 tracks featuring talent from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Ivory Coast, Bahrain, Egypt, New Guinea, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. David Sancious, Billy Cobham and David Rhodes also contribute on a number of selections.
Several of the pieces do not appear in the film, hence the project stands alone on its own merits. The CD is definitely a diamond in Gabriel's dynamic delivery of definitive artistry.
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