Where This Meets That
“Tuesday Tunage” is a weekly spotlight for music I deem worthy of a spotlight. To make it worth all of our time, I’ll do my best to emphasize tunes you probably haven’t heard before that represent the art in all its glorious varieties.
After Peter Gabriel rode fun, funky numbers like “Big Time” and “Sledgehammer” to the top of the charts with his 1986 album So, he dramatically shifted gears for his next act, called Passion.
Passion served as the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ, but because Gabriel’s work continued beyond the film’s release, it was eventually released as its own album instead of as an official “motion picture soundtrack.”
Having successfully incorporated elements of world music into hits like “Solsbury Hill” and “In Your Eyes”, Gabriel plunged headlong into the genre with Passion. Primarily an instrumental album, it heavily leveraged traditional music from the Holy Land region, performed by renowned musicians from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and incorporated lush nuances of modern ambient music.
The album won a Grammy for Best New Age Album and is credited with helping to popularize world music. Many also consider it Gabriel’s masterpiece.
This week’s spotlight honors Holy Week with the album’s haunting, hallucinatory title track that follows Christ down narrow stone streets of old Jerusalem toward his tragic execution.
Best to listen to this one when you can truly listen.