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Encyclopedia > Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
Passion: Music for The Last Temptation Of Christ
Peter Gabriel
LP by Peter Gabriel
Released June 6, 1989 (UK)
June 1, 1989 (US)
Recorded 1989
Genre World Music
Length 67 min 1 second
Record label Geffen Records
Producer Peter Gabriel
Professional reviews
AMG 4 stars out of 5 [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:sq6dtr89klmxlink)
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Passion: Music for The Last Temptation Of Christ
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Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ is a musical album produced in 1989 by Peter Gabriel. It was originally composed as the soundtrack for the film The Last Temptation of Christ, but Gabriel spent several months after the film's release further developing the music, finally releasing it as a full-fledged album instead of a "movie soundtrack".

It is seen as a landmark in the popularization of world music. While music from lands far from the corporation-controlled music industry of the United States and England has certainly flourished, little of it has been heard in the Western world. Passion introduced many listeners to such world-renowned talents as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Maal, paving the way for these and other musicians to find audiences in America.

As a soundtrack for the film, Gabriel used the resources of the organization he founded, WOMAD, to bring together musicians from the Middle East and Africa. He worked with them to create a soundtrack meant to enhance the mood of the movie, based upon the actual music played during the time of Jesus. However, he added a modern ambient musical touch to the original pieces, producing a musical work that has influenced many musicians in the years since its release.

The album has received near-universal praise from audiences around the world. Many have called it Gabriel's finest work, and some have said that his later albums (which have all had similarities to Passion) seem muddled in comparison.

Amazon.com promotes the album by noting its influence on the popularization of world music by stating: "To call Passion a pivotal recording in the development of world music would be a significant understatement."

Later on in the year came a second album called Passion Sources featuring the other traditional Middle Eastern music featured in the film that wasn't composed, but was produced, by Gabriel.

"Passion" track listing

  1. "The Feeling Begins"
  2. "Gethsemane"
  3. "Of These, Hope"
  4. "Lazarus Raised"
  5. "Of These, Hope - Reprise"
  6. "In Doubt"
  7. "A Different Drum"
  8. "Zaar"
  9. "Troubled"
  10. "Open"
  11. "Before Night Falls"
  12. "With This Love"
  13. "Sandstorm"
  14. "Stigmata"
  15. "Passion"
  16. "With This Love - Choir"
  17. "Wall Of Breath"
  18. "The Promise Of Shadows"
  19. "Disturbed"
  20. "It Is Accomplished"
  21. "Bread And Wine"

"Passion Sources" track listing

  1. "Shamus-Ud-Doha Bader-Ud-Doja" (performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party)
  2. "Call to Prayer" (performed by Baaba Maal)
  3. "Sankarabaranam Pancha Nadai Pallavi"
  4. "Ulvi" (performed by Kudsi Erguner)
  5. "Fallahi" (performed by Hossam Ramzy)
  6. "Sabahiya"
  7. "Tejbeit"
  8. "Prelude in Tchahargah" (performed by Tabrizi Mahmoud Zadeh)
  9. "Wedding Song"
  10. "Magdalene's House" (performed by Abdul Aziz el-Sayed)
  11. "Yoky" (performed by Fatala)
  12. "Ya Sah" (performed by Nass El Ghiwane)
  13. "Al Nahla Al 'Ali" (performed by Les Musiciens du Nil)
  14. "Song of Complaint" (performed by Antranik Askarian)



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