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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Inspired by Phillip Noyce's Rabbit Proof Fence, a film about three kidnapped Australian Aborigine children heading home in an attempt to escape forced cultural assimilation, Peter Gabriel created a stunning score that rivals his best-known soundtrack work, Passion, for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Minimizing the use of traditional Western instruments such as guitar and horns, Gabriel instead utilizes native Aboriginal choral and instrumental support in creating ethereal soundscapes that are as bleak and foreboding as the Australian Outback, where this true story is set. A low hum, echoing the drone of the native Australian didgeridoo, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Inspired by Phillip Noyce's Rabbit Proof Fence, a film about three kidnapped Australian Aborigine children heading home in an attempt to escape forced cultural assimilation, Peter Gabriel created a stunning score that rivals his best-known soundtrack work, Passion, for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Minimizing the use of traditional Western instruments such as guitar and horns, Gabriel instead utilizes native Aboriginal choral and instrumental support in creating ethereal soundscapes that are as bleak and foreboding as the Australian Outback, where this true story is set. A low hum, echoing the drone of the native Australian didgeridoo, reverberates throughout the album, upping the quotient of menace found within the crashing and clattering beats of "Stealing the Children"; the eerie swooshing and mechanized thump piercing "Moodo's Secret"; and the wailing drone of "The Tracker." Chasing away the dark clouds of gloom that permeate most of the preceding tracks is "Cloudless," a gorgeous finale steeped in the sounds of Aboriginal chants, along with a blanket of undulating beats and Gabriel's own distinctive harmonies. Far from your run-of-the-mill film score, Long Walk Home is a fascinating trip to the crossroads of contemporary and Aboriginal music.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly a full decade after the release of Us, Peter Gabriel finally returned with new music in the summer of 2002 -- but it wasn't a new studio album, it was the soundtrack to Phillip Noyce's return to independent Australian cinema, Rabbit-Proof Fence. The film tells the true story of three Aboriginal girls who make a return to their home after being abducted by the government to serve as domestic help to a white family in 1931; as they make their journey through the Outback to their home, they follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which had been constructed to prevent animals deemed agricultural pests -- including rabbits, dingoes, and foxes -- from crossing into Western Australia agricultural lands. This, understandably, is a moody, emotional piece, and Gabriel was an ideal choice for the soundtrack, since he proved with his score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ that he could stay faithful to the indigenous music of the region while synthesizing it with his own synth-based art rock, providing a haunting, emotionally resonant soundtrack to the film. He does a similar thing here, using Aboriginal music as a foundation for much of his music, yet winding up with a score that's ultimately closer to Birdy than Passion. That's largely due to its long stretches of moody, spare keyboards, which dominate much of the album. The keyboards are the dominant sound here, not the rhythms, but it all blends together for a very evocative, dark yet hopeful set of music. It's not a splashy comeback, then, but a quiet return to something Gabriel does best -- creating soundscapes that are at once alien and familiar, eerie yet comforting. That he hasn't done this in a while does not diminish the fact that he's created a strong instrumental piece that stands on its own, outside of the film, holding its own with Birdy and Passion. And it only whets the appetite for a full-scale comeback.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 766488713121
  • Catalog Number: 887131
  • Sales rank: 179,702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Surdo, Track Performer
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Vocals
Richard Evans Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Stick, Human Whistle, Hammered Dulcimer, Shaker, Crotale, Guitar (12 String Electric)
David Sancious Hammond Organ
Peter G. Hanson Violin
Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble Percussion
Sherry Carter Wails
Shankar Double Violin
Dinah Beamish Cello
Mark Berrow Violin
Roger Chase Viola
Peter Green Electric Guitar
Stephen Hague Drums
Sally Herbert Violin
Hossam Ramzy finger cymbals
Manu Katché Drums
Chris Laurence Double Bass
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Martin Loveday Cello
James McNally Bodhran
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Dmitri Pokrovsky Kaliuka
Jocelyn Pook Viola
David Rhodes Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Gong, Electric Guitar, Stick, Vocals, Background Vocals, Didjeridu, Berimbau, Surdo, Shaker, keyboard bass
Robert Smissen Viola
Assane Thaim talking drum
Cathy Thompson Violin
Gavyn Wright Violin
Fenella Barton Violin
Mary Scully Double Bass
Ben Chappell Cello
Peter Lale Viola
Duchess Nell Catchpole Violin
Electra Strings Strings
Babacar Faye Djembe
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Doudou N'Daiye Rose African Drums
Jackie Shave Violin
Benet Houariyat Vocals
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Richard Chappell Tambourine
Ged Lynch Percussion, Drums, Tom-Tom
Johnny Kalsi Drums
Julian Leaper Violin
Donald McVay Viola
Claire Orsler Viola
Antonia Fuchs Violin
Chuck Norman Keyboards
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Dominique Mahut Percussion
Dhol Foundation Drums
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Vocals
Christopher Tombling Violin
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel drum programming
Richard Evans Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Tchad Blake Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Brook Engineer, Engineering
Tony Cousins Mastering
Stephen Hague Programming, Producer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Steve Orchard Engineer, Engineering
Jocelyn Pook String Arrangements
David Rhodes Arranger, Producer
Will Gregory String Arrangements
Richard Chappell Engineer, drum programming
Johnny Kalsi Sound Effects
Andrew Skeoch Engineer
Alex Swift Programming
Chuck Norman Programming
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Gabriel Intrumental Masterpiece

    I really enjoyed this score. It captures mood and feeling and I really love that. The score to a movie should make us "feel" what is happening. This one does that and more. It is always an added bonus when I listen to a soundtrack and it plays the movie over in my head. Peter Gabriel is awesome at doing that. I would suggest this for anyone who is moved by film music, but especially to those who believe that the soundtrack tells its own secret version of a story, only known by the composer and your imagination.

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