Passion (Peter Gabriel album)

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Soundtrack album by Peter Gabriel
Released 5 June 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre World, new-age
Length 67:03
Label Geffen Records (US & Canada)
Virgin Records
Producer Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Shaking the Tree
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Passion (re-released as Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) is a musical album released in 1989 by Peter Gabriel. It is his second soundtrack and eighth album overall. 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 popularisation of world music, and it won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1990. It was remastered with most of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002.


As the soundtrack for the film, Gabriel used the resources of the organization he founded, WOMAD, to bring together musicians from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He worked with them to create music meant to enhance the mood of the film, but also 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. Passion introduced many listeners to such artists as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, L. Shankar, and Baaba Maal.

Later in the year a companion album was released, Passion – Sources, featuring additional songs on which Gabriel does not perform. Gabriel described this album as "a selection of some of the traditional music, sources of inspiration, and location recordings."

The cover art for the album, Drawing study for Self Image II (1987), is a mixed media composition by the artist Julian Grater.[3] When re-released, the album was titled Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ due to "legal barriers" according to Gabriel in its liner notes.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions written by Peter Gabriel except as indicated in the Personnel section below.


Compositions by Peter Gabriel, with the exception of "Open" (based on an improvisation by L. Shankar and Gabriel) and "Stigmata" (based on improvisation by Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh and Gabriel). "Zaar" was written around a traditional Egyptian rhythm which is performed to fend off evil spirits.

  1. The Feeling Begins
    The doudouk is playing an Armenian melody, "The Wind Subsides". (Armenian doudouks recorded for Ocora Records under the direction of Robert Ataian.)
  2. Gethsemane
    • Peter Gabriel – flute samples, flute, voices
  3. Of These, Hope
  4. Lazarus Raised
    • (Players unknown) – Kurdish duduk & tenbur
    • David Rhodes – guitars
    • Peter Gabriel – piano, Akai S900
    This piece incorporates a traditional melody from Kurdistan telling of the unhappy love of a young girl for Bave Seyro, a legendary warrior. (Kurdish duduks are from UNESCO Collection – A Musical Anthology of the Orient, general editor Alain Danielou for Musicaphon Records.)
  5. Of These, Hope – Reprise
    • Massamba Diop – talking drum
    • Peter Gabriel – bass, percussion, flute whistle, Prophet 5
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • David Rhodes – guitar
    • Mustafa Abdel Aziz – arghul drone
    • Baaba Maal – vocals
    • Fatala – additional percussion
  6. In Doubt
  7. A Different Drum
    • Doudou N'Diaye Rose – percussion loop (four bars)
    • Fatala – percussion loop (three bars)
    • Peter Gabriel – surdo, percussion, Audioframe, Prophet 5, voice
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • Youssou N'Dour – voice
    • David Sancious – backing vocals
  8. Zaar
    • Hossam Ramzy – tambourines, dufs, tabla, finger cymbals, triangle
    • Peter Gabriel – surdo, additional percussion, Audioframe, Akai S900, voice
    • Nathan East – bass
    • David Rhodes – guitar
    • Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh – kementché
    • L. Shankar – double violin
  9. Troubled
    • Bill Cobham – drums, percussion
    • Hossam Ramzy – finger cymbals
    • Peter Gabriel – percussion, Fairlight, Emulator, backing vocals
    • David Sancious – backing vocals
  10. Open
    • Peter Gabriel – Prophet 5, Akai S900, vocals
    • L. Shankar – double violin, vocals
  11. Before Night Falls
    • Hossam Ramzy – finger cymbals, tabla, dufs
    • Kudsi Ergunerney flute (playing a traditional Armenian melody)
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    The Ney flute is playing a traditional Armenian melody.
  12. With This Love
    • Robin Canter – oboe, cor Anglais
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • David Sancious – Akai S900, synthesizer arrangement
    • Peter Gabriel – Audioframe, Fairlight, piano, Prophet 5, synthesizer arrangement
  13. Sandstorm
    • Location Recording – Moroccan percussion & vocals
    • Hossam Ramzy – surdo, tabla, tambourine dufs, mazhar
    • Manu Katché – additional percussion
    • Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh – kementché
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • Peter Gabriel – Fairlight
  14. Stigmata
    • Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh – kementché
    • Peter Gabriel – Prophet 5, voice
    Based on an improvisation by Mahmoud and Peter Gabriel
  15. Passion
  16. With This Love (Choir)
  17. Wall of Breath
    • Kudsi Erguner – Turkish ney flute
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • Musicians Du Nil – arghul
    • David Rhodes – Ebow guitar
    • Peter Gabriel – synthesizers
  18. The Promise of Shadows
    • Bill Cobham – drum kit
    • David Bottrill – lead tambourine
    • Peter Gabriel – Emulator, Prophet 5, Audioframe, additional percussion
    • David Rhodes – guitar
  19. Disturbed
    • Hossam Ramzy – surdo, tabla
    • Mustafa Abdel Aziz – percussion loop
    • Said Mohammad Aly – percussion loop
    • Fatala – African percussion
    • L. Shankar – double violin
    • Peter Gabriel – Fairlight, Prophet 5
  20. It Is Accomplished
    • Bill Cobham – drums, tambourine
    • David Bottrill – tambourine 2, distorted slide
    • Nathan East – bass
    • Mustafa Abdel Aziz – arghul drone
    • David Sancious – Hammond organ
    • David Rhodes – Steinberger guitar
    • Peter Gabriel – doholla, additional percussion, Roland D-50, piano, Prophet 5, voice
  21. Bread and Wine
    • Peter Gabriel – contrabass, Prophet 5, voice
    • David Rhodes – EBow guitar
    • Richard Evans – tin whistle
    • L. Shankar – double violin


  1. ^
  2. ^ Gutterman, Jimmy (29 June 1989). "Passion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Artist's home page
  4. ^ Peter, Gabriel (2002). Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (remastered, reissued) (booklet). Europe: Real World, Virgin. p. 2. RWCDR1. 

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