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Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there's no mistaking the record's stirring power. Like much of Gabriel's solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film's resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel's best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion -- Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.
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Performance CreditsPeter Gabriel Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Voices,Contrabass (Vocal),Emulator,Shaker,fairlight,Doholla,Flute Sample,Prophet 5,Roland D50
Kudsi Erguner Ney Flute
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Baaba Maal Vocals
David Sancious Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Fatala Percussion,African Percussion
Lakshminarayana Shankar Vocals,Double Violin
David Bottrill Tambourine
Billy Cobham Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Djalma Corrèa Brazilian Percussion
Massamba Diop talking drum
Nathan East Bass
Hossam Ramzy Tabla,Tambourine,Triangle,finger cymbals,Mazhar
Manu Katché Percussion
Youssou N'Dour Voices
David Rhodes Guitar
Robin Canter Oboe
Technical CreditsPeter Gabriel Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Synthesizer Arrangements
David Sancious Synthesizer Arrangements
Lakshminarayana Shankar Composer
David Bottrill Engineer
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh Composer
Richard Chappell Engineer
David Taraskevics Studio Manager
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Dan Blore Sleeve Restoration
Gail Colson Art Manager
Julian Grater Drawing
Mario Tursi Still Pictures
James Bell Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is probably some of the strangest music by a major artist. Peter Gabriel was two years beyond his smash hit album So when he recorded this soundtrack to a long forgotten movie. He wove electronics and eastern sounds into an eerie tapestry. You have a sense of being in an ancient, dry, and dusty place. I have owned Passion on LP and then on CD since it was released and consider it Gabriel's most challenging, although not his most accessible, work.
I like Peter Gabriel’s style. He always comes up with something different, unique and new compared to others such as "The Feeling Begins", "Lazarus Raised", and others. Beautiful sound of duduk. Duduk is incomparable instrument. It is an Ancient Armenian instrument. Over 3000 years old. It’s been chosen as a soundtrack in movie Gladiator in fact Peter Gabriel is one of the collaborators of Jivan Gasparian, who is the best duduk player in Armenia. There are others who also play duduk very well. It’s a difficult musical instrument to master. You may have heard the sound of duduk in the movies Pulp fiction, Heat, Russian House, and others. Yanni has a DVD/CD album called “Tribute”, beautiful beginning of duduk in one of the songs. Try to listen where you are not disturbed. You will feel the extraordinary tune that’s unlike any other sound of instruments. I usually listen to it with headphones at night with no distraction. Great CD
Unfortunately, the best thing to come of the movie, The Last Temptation of Christ was the soundtrack. Juxtaposed to Wilem Dafoe's poor performance, the ambient hues, and unbridled passion and purity that Gabriel is able to musically capture and then divulge, channel and purify into a sonic representation of the most dificult struggle man could ever know, all human and all holy. Peter Gabriel's Passion is an amazing tribute to music and the soul and it lives far beyond its proper title. It is passion. A gemstone in a growing, glowing, golden crown of a musician who in my book is the greatest composer of the 20th Century. This album will stay with you and is the best album I own. It is as powerful as John McArthur's, HIDDEN and as humbling as Jeff Johnson's, Navigatio with a faint whisper of This Mortal Coil's, Song to the Siren. Buy this album. It won't forget you.
What a great album to sit and mellow out with cant stop listening to it. several friends had to have it after experiencing it truly one of peters best work!!