by Peter Gabriel


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Peter Gabriel's first foray into soundtracks was for Alan Parker's contemplative film Birdy and is a successful companion piece, providing a backdrop that is moody and evocative. Nearly half of the album's dozen tracks incorporate threads from material found on Gabriel's 1982 Security set, including "Close Up," which makes use of keyboard passages from "Family Snapshot," and "The Heat," which is a reworking of "The Rhythm of the Heat" and builds to a frenzied percussive crescendo. Material specially written for this project includes the murky opening track, "At Night," the tribal "Floating Dogs," and "Slow Marimbas," a track which would become part of future live performances. The fact that Birdy is comprised of all instrumentals means that listeners whose familiarity with Gabriel is limited to "Sledgehammer" and "In Your Eyes" will be largely disappointed. However, its meditative nature makes it fine, reflective listening for the more adventurous.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1992
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642407028
catalogNumber: 24070

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Flute,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Manny Elias   Track Performer
John Giblin   Track Performer
Morris Pert   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jon Hassell   Contributor
Peter Gabriel   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Score
Larry Fast   Contributor
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Tony Levin   Contributor
Jerry Marotta   Contributor
David Rhodes   Contributor
David Stallbaumer   Engineer
Drummers of Ekome   Contributor
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Dan Blore   Sleeve Restoration
Mic Smith   Introduction

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Birdy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent CD, great use of the older material PG had released on other albums (San Jacinto, Rhythm of the Heat, Family Snapshot et al) wrapped around new material- makes the old stuff seem like new again...great soundtrack, great film...