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Birdy (Music from the Film) [Remastered]

Peter Gabriel

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Birdy was Peter Gabriel’s first effort into the film soundtrack world. More importantly, it was his first work with producer Daniel Lanois—who would coproduce the blockbuster So and its follow-up, Us. Though Gabriel here recycled instrumental motifs and passages from earlier works (Melt and Security), he was certain to remove most traces of his lead vocals (“Dressing the Wound” has subliminal voicings in the mix). For the record, “Close Up” works off of “Family Snapshot,” “Birdy’s Flight” traces back to “Not One of Us,” “The Heat” reworks “The Rhythm of the Heat,” “Under Lock and Key” revisits “Wallflower,” and “Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain” recalls “San Jacinto.” Only “Slow Marimbas” would make it consistently into live performance, among the new songs, though a number of pieces deserve to be revisited. The soundtrack is largely for Gabriel fanatics, but fans of adventurous instrumental music are amply rewarded, too. Gabriel’s next soundtrack work—Passion, for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ—would take soundtrack work to another creative level.

Customer Reviews


An absolute musical masterpiece. One of the greatest soundtracks ever done, and one of Peter Gabriel's greatest works. Gabriel utilizes instrumental sections from his own albums, with much new original material here. The sense of atmosphere, dread, pain, hope, beauty, are all pure emotion. Highest recommendation.


My dance studio used this soundtrack for a performance about the raven by edgar allan poe. The music is simply amazing and we couldn't have used anything better.


Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and...
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