Gabriel, Peter - Birdy - Music From The Film

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Geffen
Catalog Number: CASCDX1167
Format: CD
Total Time: 34:50:00

Keith reviewed this and Passion - Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ? in the same review; they are listed separately in the database -ed.

Peter Gabriel started his soundtrack career with Birdy, a riveting and emotional film about two young men that go off to war, starring Nicholas Cage and Mathew Modine. I remember the film and really didn't pay too much attention to the music playing in the background; I don't think that many folks really do unless it has a dominating presence. When I listened to this I could understand why it didn't get my attention. It's all atmospheric and meditative background music. This is not to say that this music has no value or purpose, it most certainly does. I am accustomed to being excited and totally mesmerized by Gabriel's music, so this was disappointing. This is the first release by Gabriel that I really didn't enjoy. I felt it was boring and uneventful.

Passion however is an amazing soundtrack. There was a sticky rights issue and they couldn't use the title of the film, so hence Passion seemed an appropriate title, as the music is entirely passionate and emotive. The Last Temptation Of Christ was a controversial and provocative film about Jesus. I tried to watch it but stopped early in the film because it was just too bizarre, that's all I remember about the film.

Look at the list of credits on this recording; it looks as though Gabriel was intent on getting a true middle-eastern atmosphere in place on this album, he succeeded, and extraordinarily so. The percussion is what makes this entire album. Its eerie, eventful, and as attention grabbing as the film it supports. The host of other instruments played a huge role in making all this happen as well, although it's the percussive instruments that make their presence known in a big way throughout this evocative musical transcendence. This is debatably the best work that Peter Gabriel has ever created. Those of you that are looking for his music with vocals are in for a big disappointment, both albums are entirely instrumental. If you do however appreciate the progressive nature of instrumental world rock music, you are in for a special treat.

Also released as regular remastered edition - CASCDR1167

At Night (2:38) / Floating Dogs (2:55) / Quiet And Alone (2:30) / Close Up (0:58) / Slow Water (2:51) / Dressing The Wound (4:06) / Birdy's Flight (2:58) / Slow Marimbas (3:21) / The Heat (4:41) / Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice (3:05) / Under Lock And Key (2:28) / Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (2:19)

Peter Gabriel - flute, drums, keyboards, vocals
Manny Elias - performer
Larry Fast - keyboards
John Giblin - bass
Tony Levin - bass
Jerry Marotta - drums
Morris Pert - percussion
David Rhodes - guitar
Jon Hassell - trumpet

Peter Gabriel (1) (1977/2002)
Peter Gabriel (2) (1978/2002)
Peter Gabriel (3) (1980/2002)
Security (1982/2002)
Plays Live (1983/2002)
Birdy (OST) (1984/2002)
So (1985/2002)
Passion (1989/2002)
Shaking The Tree (1990)
Us (1992)
Secret World Live (1994)
Ovo: The Millennium Show (2000)
Ovo: (2000)
Up (2002)
Long Walk Home (2002)
Hit (2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: June 26th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website:
Hits: 1008
Language: english


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