The Last Temptation Of Christ

Martin Scorsese’s controversy-laden film first hit the big screen in 1988, and featured music created for the film by Peter Gabriel.

After completing the music for the film soundtrack itself Peter then took extra time to work on additional music to supplement the music that features on the film. This extra material was the result of Peter continuing to record and to resolve “unfinished ideas” and was released in 1989 as the album Passion.

Built on a foundation of Middle Eastern and North African rhythms and melodies, it is unsurprisingly Peter’s most spiritual work that features a cross-continental gathering of musicians including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour, Senegalese griot Baaba Maal, jazz drummer Bill Cobham and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell among many others.

Of the recording Peter says:

“This was one of the most important records for me – an opportunity as a writer to try to do a different sort of job than I usually do. The brief for The Last Temptation Of Christ was to create something that had references to that time and that part of the world, but that had its own character and was to be timeless in a way.

After we finished mixing the film, there were some unfinished ideas that needed developing and I took some extra time to complete the record. There are several pieces that were not able to be included in the film and I felt the record should be able to stand as a separate body of work. I chose the film’s working title Passion.”

Photo by Mario Tursi, used courtesy of Universal Pictures