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Peter Gabriel — A Different Drum
Album: Passion
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:23
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Being a cinephile, a screenwriter and a producer, I've heard many or most of the great original movie scores.  As much as this may be world music that is not entirely unique, and perhaps does not accurately echo the ancient era it was evoking, it is nonetheless inspired and deeply felt, and raised the overall movie.  A music masterpiece. 
 eveliko wrote:
Man, I need this album TODAY.

 
That's exactly how I felt upon seeing the film in 1988. Still one of my favourite records for chill-out Sunday's. 
Man, I need this album TODAY.
 kingart wrote:
The entire soundrrack is a 10. Stunning and so evocative. 

 
Eerie and intense. You do not so much listen to this album as experience the totality of it.
 nampelkafe wrote:
Outstanding music for a shaking movie. This album, as far as I know, was Gabriel's first experiment fusing African and Eastern music. Several tracks are awesome and weird.

The movie was The Last Temptation of Christ. It has been banned in Argentina forever. The church was so afraid that it would cause us to loose our faith. When I finally saw it in USA, it helped me to understand the real message of Jesus. Moral: never forbid, educate!

Sorry for the off topic... :-)
 
Our new Pope would never have banned this movie in Argentina.
Oh hell ya!

{#Daisy}   {#Drummer}
wow, loved “Fernwood 2 Night” (later renamed “America 2-Night”)
 rdo wrote:


No, when I first read it, it was attributed to Elvis Costello.  However, it predates him, and it is un-attributable.  Though it is generally attributed to Costello.

 
It seems that versions of that quote are quite old, and the terms have been changed over the years.
perfect album
{#Meditate}

{#Notworthy}

{#Daisy}
 rdo wrote:
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.


Dancing about architecture is definitely doable, considering that two of the basic elements in both arts are space and light, manipulated with moving human bodies in mind. The harmonious geometry of a monument, or the movement of bodies through architectural space, can be translated into harmonious movements carried out in time and space. Light is the vehicle that carries the movements through the eyes and into the embodied mind.

Writing about music is doable too, if the writer knows enough about both media and has sufficient creativity to play around with the areas where they intersect.


 JIan wrote:

rdo, I like this.  Is it yours?

 

No, when I first read it, it was attributed to Elvis Costello.  However, it predates him, and it is un-attributable.  Though it is generally attributed to Costello.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwduQYSKpeE
 RabbitEars wrote:
Love Youssou on this track. Incredible vox. 

I thought it was ironic how much the church protested the movie. I thought it was a fascinating exploration about and testament to faith.
 

 
Agree with you about N'Dour. 

I never saw the movie so I can't fully comment about why the Catholic Church tried to picket this movie--perhaps because it tried to show Christ as a man with earthly passions and desires? I've always viewed that part of the Church--denial and suppression of emotions such as lust as sins--as one of the main reasons it's suffered declining membership in western Europe and the US.  

The Catholic Church was once open to debate about matters of faith but now it seems fossilized, trapped by confusing faith with history and tradition. 
 rdo wrote:
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

 
rdo, I like this.  Is it yours?
 big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." — Henry David Thoreau
 


"For better or worse, I've always tried to march to my own drum and tell it like it is, while preserving some integrity and style. God, I'm fabulous!" —Michael Musto

love this song...

 
YES! I have always loved this song. Stunning!
 
Love Youssou on this track. Incredible vox. 

I thought it was ironic how much the church protested the movie. I thought it was a fascinating exploration about and testament to faith.
 
I'll second the comment about how great the entire album is. He released it when I was in University, and I fondly remember it as great music to study to... It has few distracting vocals, and great rhythm. I still put it on, sometimes, when I have to concentrate on tough-to-get-a-purchase-on work.
 nampelkafe wrote:
Outstanding music for a shaking movie. This album, as far as I know, was Gabriel's first experiment fusing African and Eastern music. Several tracks are awesome and weird.

The movie was The Last Temptation of Christ. It has been banned in Argentina forever. The church was so afraid that it would cause us to loose our faith. When I finally saw it in USA, it helped me to understand the real message of Jesus. Moral: never forbid, educate!

Sorry for the off topic... :-)


 
Thanks! I was wondering what the 'movie' was...
Brilliant musician - I've loved everything he has done
The entire soundrrack is a 10. Stunning and so evocative. 
Could do with A Different Record, Pete...
 coloradojohn wrote:
There are primal parts of this that reach into the deepest recesses of the soul, shake it loose, make it rise to yearn for its origin and return — like Faith — and Peter Gabriel manifested it so perfectly!  Divine!  Sublime!
 
That's a very eloquent comment that makes me a little sad that the song didn't do the the same for me. I just thought it was a quite pleasant tune.


 coloradojohn wrote:
There are primal parts of this that reach into the deepest recesses of the soul, shake it loose, make it rise to yearn for its origin and return — like Faith — and Peter Gabriel manifested it so perfectly!  Divine!  Sublime!
 



Absolutely. A stunning piece of music.
There are primal parts of this that reach into the deepest recesses of the soul, shake it loose, make it rise to yearn for its origin and return — like Faith — and Peter Gabriel manifested it so perfectly!  Divine!  Sublime!
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
 lattalo wrote:
I am pissed that Peter Gabriel is not in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame.
He should be in there just for the song Biko alone, let alone all the
other great work he has done. 

 

Yea I agree and I don't even like his music but apparently a lot of people do so.....sure.
 lattalo wrote:
I am pissed that Peter Gabriel is not in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame.
He should be in there just for the song Biko alone, let alone all the
other great work he has done. 

 
<like>
 lattalo wrote:
I am pissed that Peter Gabriel is not in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame.
He should be in there just for the song Biko alone, let alone all the
other great work he has done. 

 

He's in with Genesis, but I agree — he should be in for his solo work, too.

Seems I heard this song on RP earlier today. I don't mind hearing it twice.
I am pissed that Peter Gabriel is not in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame.
He should be in there just for the song Biko alone, let alone all the
other great work he has done. 

 this moment in the movie is brilliant.

The new cd and DVD with no band and full orchestration is his utmost of masterpieces. If you have a good 5.1 system check out the dvd


Unbelievable CD - so much emotion and atmosphere.  Highly recommended.
 DaMoGan wrote:

I agree! I prefer R or even NC-17, in appropriate situations.

 Now that's damn funny...  I don't care who ya are.


This whole album is amazing and boundless. I feel that his happened during his most creative period. (also check out the studio version of "Across the River" from about this time..Stewart Copeland on drums, David Rhodes on guitar...)


This song is soooo good for the feet...
 


I'll dance to this...

 
 ziakut wrote:
Sick to death of PG...but I do like this!
 
I agree! I prefer R or even NC-17, in appropriate situations.

there is not ONE male vocalist that gives Peter a run for his money in this kind of setting...
Sick to death of PG...but I do like this!
It is a tradition in our house that this cd is played every Easter Friday. And maybe once every other season too.

I don't remember hearing this tune before, but it's already a 10.  dammit
 fredriley wrote:
Sounds like these guys are getting a lot of gyp from their lumbago...

I'll get me coat...
 
c'mon, Fred: we're both old enough to know that "gyp" isn't "right on".
As good as music gets.
Outstanding music for a shaking movie. This album, as far as I know, was Gabriel's first experiment fusing African and Eastern music. Several tracks are awesome and weird.

The movie was The Last Temptation of Christ. It has been banned in Argentina forever. The church was so afraid that it would cause us to loose our faith. When I finally saw it in USA, it helped me to understand the real message of Jesus. Moral: never forbid, educate!

Sorry for the off topic... :-)

Sounds like these guys are getting a lot of gyp from their lumbago...

I'll get me coat...
A cracking soundtrack album, as good as Vangelis's 1492
Enough PG!
This song is just beautiful. 'Nuff said.
 kestrel wrote:

YES! Regardless of others not agreeing, PG music is full of "noise"   , in common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound, that mostly being, but not limited to, PG's voice. BUT...I will still give it a 7.
 

I agree wholeheartedly including the rating for this song which I like and would love if they would just remove all Gabriels voice tracks!{#Lol}
 kestrel wrote:

YES! Regardless of others not agreeing, PG music is full of "noise"   , in common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound, that mostly being, but not limited to, PG's voice. BUT...I will still give it a 7.
 
Ah no, he has so much different styles in music . . . and this is one of 'em.
 AdyMiles wrote:
hate this. like most peter gabriel. this is just too annoying and noisy
 
YES! Regardless of others not agreeing, PG music is full of "noise"   , in common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound, that mostly being, but not limited to, PG's voice. BUT...I will still give it a 7.


This is a really good song if they could just extract that Peter Gabriel guy and get a good singer!{#Rolleyes}
I totally agree!  Both soundtracks are tremendous compliments to very time and place specific films.  This genre was marvelously followed by Pieter Bourke & Lisa Gerrard's soundtrack for Gladiator.

This is one of my all-time faves.  I'm a bit surprised we don't hear more of it here on RP, but I'm not complaining about these wonderful surprise playings.

 
rdo wrote:


This is great, and also Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Mission.
 



"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." — Henry David Thoreau

 

 


 ricmo wrote:
I went to Tower Records (back when there were such things) everyday in '89 for almost one year waiting for this album to arrive. When it finally did I was blown away and certainly this piece is one of the highlights. This recording single handedly changed film scoring forever. It's influence can still be felt in many soundtracks today. Great selection!

 

This is great, and also Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Mission.
 ricmo wrote:
This recording single handedly changed film scoring forever. It's influence can still be felt in many soundtracks today. Great selection!
 
While I dislike hyperbole... I must agree.  I spent so much time listening to this CD, it blew me away.  Personally, I think Peter will most likely look at this as his biggest musical accomplishment... at least, so far!
 AdyMiles wrote:
hate this. like most peter gabriel. this is just too annoying and noisy
 
What does "noisy" mean?  I really don't understand that comment... not that I NEED to, but I'm curious!
song is okay. don't like the repetitious ending though

my previous comment was meant to rude "i like most peter gabriel (full stop)," but I think some read it a bit wrong

i think he is overplayed here but he is very talented


 peter_james_bond wrote:

{#Doh}What a brilliant critique of Peter Gabriel's music....annoying and noisy..... you wouldn't be a member of Mensa would you?

 

beat me to it, I meant to say something that day.

 AdyMiles wrote:
hate this. like most peter gabriel. this is just too annoying and noisy
 
{#Doh}What a brilliant critique of Peter Gabriel's music....annoying and noisy..... you wouldn't be a member of Mensa would you?

hate this. like most peter gabriel. this is just too annoying and noisy
I went to Tower Records (back when there were such things) everyday in '89 for almost one year waiting for this album to arrive. When it finally did I was blown away and certainly this piece is one of the highlights. This recording single handedly changed film scoring forever. It's influence can still be felt in many soundtracks today. Great selection!

Excellent set!!! Thank you Bill!!!

I *heart* PG!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
PG was doing "World Music" before it became trendy or was even known as such.
 
Right on!

This is an absolutely fabulous piece of music! Brings cheer and raises my spirits every time.
 drews wrote:
In my mind this soundtrack is a masterpiece, up there alongside Vangelis's "1492"
 
Both are  MOST excellent...I agree.  AWESOME, in fact.

PG was doing "World Music" before it became trendy or was even known as such.
 frankp74 wrote:
I love Peter Gabriel and I love this song!  {#Notworthy}
 

{#Yes}
I love Peter Gabriel and I love this song!  {#Notworthy}
 Alpine wrote:
What the fuck is this shit?

After reading some of the comments below, I realize what I just said is shallow and ignorant.

 
But you said it anyway.  Why?

In my mind this soundtrack is a masterpiece, up there alongside Vangelis's "1492"
right on hubby - best soundtrack EVER ! love you

 bronorb wrote:


I have to agree
 
Fans of all types of music should have this album — so many interesting voices and instruments!

 xc_para_puravida wrote:
May be the most perfect album ever produced!
 

I have to agree
May be the most perfect album ever produced!
milchschnitte wrote:
this song is awesome. i saw the film (The Last Temptation of Christ) with my father in cinema when i was 12 years old. at the entrance were christians standing, giving us flyers with the message that we will end up in hell when we watch this movie. after watching the film, at the exit , the same guys were standig with new flyers that said we have to read the bible to see that it wasn't like shown in the film. we loughed. it's not that i do not believe in god, in fact, i don't know him, but i think if he would have seen this "christians" he must have loughed, too. thanks for reading.


Luckily it has been proven often enough in history that God has a far greater sense of humour than most of his followers.
And as for us heathens, we can always keep on worshipping Peter Gabriel.

What the fuck is this shit? After reading some of the comments below, I realize what I just said is shallow and ignorant. I would like to supplement my comment with 1) He is a talented musician and music producer. 2) He gets an inordinate amount of airplay here. 3) In my humble, untalented, unprofessional ears, some of his music is simply "Hard on the ears". 4) He seems to have a devoted following of folks who think whatever comes out of his face/instruments is "Good music". Just my .02 cents.
trekhead wrote:
"this song is awesome." You bet. Sadly, there are a lot of 'Christians' who don't get how salvation works. Movies don't send people to hell.
This album lost some shine (8 -> 5) when I read about the beheadings. I bought this and its companion when they came out. However, things in Iraq are looking up.
milchschnitte wrote:
this song is awesome. i saw the film (The Last Temptation of Christ) with my father in cinema when i was 12 years old. at the entrance were christians standing, giving us flyers with the message that we will end up in hell when we watch this movie. after watching the film, at the exit , the same guys were standig with new flyers that said we have to read the bible to see that it wasn't like shown in the film. we loughed. it's not that i do not believe in god, in fact, i don't know him, but i think if he would have seen this "christians" he must have loughed, too. thanks for reading.
You bet. Sadly , there are a lot of 'Christians' who don't get how salvation works. Movies don't send people to hell.
Tteddo wrote:
Peter Gabriel's web servers were stolen over the weekend. Not good.
OUCH! https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/05/peter_gabriel_server_theft/
Peter Gabriel's web servers were stolen over the weekend. Not good.
Gee, I liked it. :confused:
this song is awesome. i saw the film (The Last Temptation of Christ) with my father in cinema when i was 12 years old. at the entrance were christians standing, giving us flyers with the message that we will end up in hell when we watch this movie. after watching the film, at the exit , the same guys were standig with new flyers that said we have to read the bible to see that it wasn't like shown in the film. we loughed. it's not that i do not believe in god, in fact, i don't know him, but i think if he would have seen this "christians" he must have loughed, too. thanks for reading.
And so we now hit mute until such a time when the ears are safe from assault.
flyboy wrote:
-snip- The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. -snip-
Is there a "kind of person" that enjoys a particular musician, performer, style or genre? I think not. There is no explaining why certain compositions, or certain genres of music, resonate with a given listener. You either get off on it or you don't. I loathe Billy Joel as well as many forms of country music, but I would never presume that this loathing or a similar loathing on the part of my friends and acquaintances is any reliable indicator of whether or not the music has an appreciative audience out there somewhere. In evaluating any piece of music independent of my aesthetic leanings, I always take into account two major factors: (a) what is the artist trying to get across in their music, and (b) how well do they get it across? In this respect, even Billy Joel gets props from me because even though I don't like his stuff, I recognize what it is he is going for in his music and that he has developed the level of songwriting craftsmanship that allows him to get across what he is going for in a very effective manner.
EssexTex wrote:
I agree I don't get him at all
IMO this is an 8, but consider myself a PG fan, and like almost everything he does. I also like old Genesis, better than the later years. I think his music drives on emotion, is introspective and is fairly complex. He also has one of the best Bass players in the world. My 2 cents.
EssexTex wrote:
I agree I don't get him at all
He explores.....and lacks boringness?
flyboy wrote:
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
I agree I don't get him at all
gekkosan wrote:
You must be joking! Surely not everything that PG produces deserves a 10. However, he is clearly one of those true musical geniuses, greatly responsible for the evolution of fine rock thanks to his research, experimentation, and innovation. He many not produce instant-hit, yummy-chewie sticky poppy stuff, yet he has consistently produced very high quality music for many decades now.
Agreed. I'm a huge PG fan, but I don't give him a pass on everything he produces. Trouble is, there isn't much room for criticism. He writes honestly, deeply, thoroughly. I'm lucky to have lived in his lifetime.
flyboy wrote:
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
You must be joking! Surely not everything that PG produces deserves a 10. However, he is clearly one of those true musical geniuses, gretly responsible for the evolution of fine rock thanks to his research, experimentation, and innovation. He many not produce instant-hit, yummy-chewie sticky poppy stuff, yet he has consistently produced very high quality music for many decades now.
flyboy wrote:
Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
Me. Gave it a 10. Quite possibly the most influential album for me my senior year of high school. And a soundtrack to a great film, no less.
Peter at his best IMHO. Very inspired.
seamless transition into peter from tori
flyboy wrote:
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
heyjoe3577 wrote:
Me too! And what's funny is that I work with a guy, I'll call him Nate, who is probably one of the people who would give all PG a 10, and Nate is an extreme weirdo. Maybe that's what it takes is an extreme weirdo to like this.
Let's see. PG appeals to some of us who are intelligent, curious, innovative, competent, attractive, creative, sensitive, honest, droll, and most of all...humble!! :dance:
billbangert wrote:
Maybe Flyboy should just stick to listening to Phil Collins songs and Disney soundtracks.
Huh?
Maybe Flyboy should just stick to listening to Phil Collins songs and Disney soundtracks.
The_Enemy wrote:
I wouldn't give him a 10 for this but for his earlier stuff like "Solsbury Hill" or most of his 3rd album, I can see folks rating 8-10...
Until "Solsbury Hill" became the Official Romantic Comedy Theme Song. Hard to get past that these days, alas.
I saw a reel from a documentary about the making of this soundtrack that completely changed my perspective about how I hear this track. The coolest thing is that Gabriel is vocalizing through the phonetics of what he thought the lyrics would be when he wrote the song. Turns out he often writes this way... The idea of the lyrics are part of the foundation of the track and he adds real lyrics later.
flyboy wrote:
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
Clearly you don't appreciate music from the "vocalist" perspective. Peter Gabriel's feature is his voice and how he uses it as an instrument, rather than a weapon or noise device. His music is typically very well produced and a hallmark of quality amongst audiophiles. Despite my deep appreciation of PG, I wouldn't simply rate all of his songs a 10 in some sort of "sheeplike" worship of his music.
.....con't Then the nail is banged into the coffin with this aaiieeeeeee!!!!
flyboy wrote:
...Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10.
I wouldn't give him a 10 for this but for his earlier stuff like "Solsbury Hill" or most of his 3rd album, I can see folks rating 8-10. Back in 1980, the main library in Ottawa had these big chairs you could sink into with these big ass headphones and listen to their collection. Many's the time I sat in those chairs listening to Peter Gabriel 3 after smoking some dope. Good times.
flyboy wrote:
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I'm just curious to know who this appeals to.
Me too! And what's funny is that I work with a guy, I'll call him Nate, who is probably one of the people who would give all PG a 10, and Nate is an extreme weirdo. Maybe that's what it takes is an extreme weirdo to like this.
Usually I seem to agree pretty much with the consensus rating for songs on RP, with a few exceptions. The one guy that I just totally can't understand why everyone likes him is Peter Gabriel. I see his name and it's almost a guarenteed 1. The thing is is that I don't think I know anyone who does enjoy his music, let alone would give it a 10. I just don't know what kind of person does give Gabriel a 10. Apparently there were 75 people who did for this song. I just would like to know who this appeals to.
rosedraws wrote:
Anyone know what he's singing? Are there words in there? All the lyrics sites call it an instrumental. The liner notes don't help.
Words no...vocal chanting yes. Check out Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese) that this was written for...stunning...makes me think of Lawrence's The Man Who Walked....hey, a tangent.
...it loses so much without the first third of the album building tension up to this release - almost to the point of being cathartic, yet there's another two-thirds to come...
That Tori Amos song got much better all of a sudden :doh: that sounds like... thanks, such a relief
I would also encourage those really enjoying this CD to check out the CD "Passion Sources," which is a collection of original indigenous music that inspired PG to make this album the way he did.
The past 3 songs have been AMAZING together! Thank you!
rosedraws wrote:
Anyone know what he's singing? Are there words in there? All the lyrics sites call it an instrumental. The liner notes don't help.
Watch that portion of the movie where this part of the soundtrack is featured. That might give you some clues as to the use of the voice here.
rosedraws wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs EVER made. I wore this CD down to a wafer by listening to this one over & over.
I don't play it too often, because it is likely that I'll just stop whatever I should be doing and sit in front of the stereo to just LISTEN. :meditate:
rosedraws wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs EVER made. I wore this CD down to a wafer by listening to this one over & over.
Ditto.
Anyone know what he's singing? Are there words in there? All the lyrics sites call it an instrumental. The liner notes don't help.
10.
This is one of my favorite songs EVER made. I wore this CD down to a wafer by listening to this one over & over.
perfection...10
It is amazing to me how the combination of music and voice in this piece can evoke such a strong, but difficult to describe, emotional response from me. I fear that the following statement will demean the song as well as my previous comment, but I am also reminded of discussing with a friend that some songs on this album are such a great soundtrack for sex.
aural crack...monkey hit bar..tap,tap tap
My favorite piece on this soundtrack album. Incredibly moving vocal lines, rhythm and instrumentation. Quite mysterious sounding. Excellent.