JOHN DEBNEY The Passion Of The Christ (2004), PETER GABRIEL Passion (1989) plus…
VARIOUS ARTISTS Passion-Sources (1989)

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JOHN DEBNEY – The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
PETER GABRIEL – Passion (1989)
Jesus, These Are Good Soundtracks

RE-UPPED FROM 2009 Despite the criticism leveled at director Mel Gibson, The Passion Of The Christ is the most fearless telling of the Passion Play ever filmed. Presented in subtitled Latin, Hebrew and ancient Aramaic languages, no crowd-drawing movie stars, and two bloody hours of Jesus getting the bejesus beat out of him (with an R rating, no less), all should have added up to a disaster at the box office. So give Gibson his props for having the balls to pony up 30 million of his own dollars to write and direct a movie that could have ended his directing career faster than an ugly drunk driving episode actually did. That same chutzpah characterized the film’s soundtrack, which was also co-produced by Mel. Score composer John Debneythe lightweight behind such movie music filler as Elf, The Hot Chick and Liar, Liar – shouldn’t have even been allowed anywhere near the set, much less entrusted with underscoring The Greatest Story Ever Told, yet somehow the pair responded with this, Oscar nominated gem – a spacey, unsettling, often neo-psychedelic swirl of Mid-East ethnicity, characterized by haunting, grieving, wailing choruses and darkly moving, quietly surreal, deftly nuanced rhythms.

But… credit where credit might be due. It’s possible Debney received some of his divine inspiration from Peter Gabriel’s majestic 1989 score for Martin Scorsese’s, The Last Temptation Of Christ, one of the first instances of indigenous regional music being used to backdrop the Nazarene’s life and death. It was groundbreaking, rooted as it was in the culture’s ethnic stew of Hebrew niguns, Middle Eastern snake-charming melodies and regional atmospherics – though, in Gabriel’s hands, it was far more rhythmic and percussion heavy. Passion was unique for its revelation that there’s more power to be unearthed in the music of ancient cultures than in any Hollywood orchestral concoction. And, as it stands, you’ll likely never hear another bombastic, Roman-ized fanfare introducing the Saviour again… and we have these two prominent scores to thank for that. Amazon has The Passion Of The Christ for as little as a penny (HERE), and Passion for as cheap as a buck (HERE).

The Olive Garden/Night Sky (1:57)
Bearing The Cross (3:43)
Jesus Arrested (4:37)
Peter Denies Jesus (1:59)
The Stoning (2:25)
Song Of Complaint (1:33)
Simon Is Dismissed (2:25)
Flagellation/Dark Choir/Disciples (5:54)
Mary Goes To Jesus (2:47)
Peaceful But Primitive/Procession (3:36)
Crucifixion (7:38)
Raising The Cross (2:13)
It Is Done (3:37)
Jesus Is Carried Down (4:40)
Resurrection (5:04)

The Feeling Begins (4:00)
Gethsemane (1:26)
Of These, Hope (3:55)
Lazarus Raised (1:26)
Of These, Hope (Reprise) (2:44)
In Doubt (1:33)
A Different Drum (4:40)
Zaar (4:53)
Troubled (2:55)
Open (3:27)
Before Night Falls (2:20)
With This Love (3:39)
Sandstorm (3:02)
Stigmata (2:28)
Passion (7:38)
With This Love (Choir) (3:21)
Wall Of Breath (2:29)
The Promise Of Shadows (2:13)
Disturbed (3:36)
It Is Accomplished (2:56)
Bread And Wine (2:19)

Passion – Sources
As the name implies, Passion – Sources is the water well of inspiration for Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack score to The Last Temptation Of Christ. Proving once again that if you want to do something right (or at least close), go to the source. Includes regional musics from the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar, Abdul Aziz El-Sayed and various Moroccan, Ethiopian and Middle Eastern musicians passing on what they’ve learned from the generations that came before them, dating back to the time of Christ. Still a bargain at Amazon, HERE.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party Shamas-Ud-Doha Bader-Ud-Doja (4:53)
Baaba Maal
Call To Prayer (3:54)
Shankar And The Epidemics
Sankarabaranam Pancha Nadai Pallavi (5:06)
Kudsi Erguner
Ulvi (1:37)
Hossam Ramzy
Fallahi (3:01)
Sabahiya (2:21)
Unknown Ethiopian Musicians
Tejbeit (2:45)
Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh
Prelude In Tchahargah (3:19)
Unknown Moroccan Musicians
Wedding Song (2:42)
Abdul Aziz El-Sayed
Magdelene’s House (2:48)
Yoky (2:08)
Nass El Ghiwane
Ya Sah (2:21)
Les Musiciens Du Nil
Al Nahla Al ‘Ali (2:57)
Antranik Askarian and Khatchadour Khatchaturian
Song Of Complaint (3:09)


  • Capt. Willard
    December 1, 2009 - 17:11 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Mona
    December 2, 2009 - 07:31 | Permalink

    Thanx Willard/
    I have never heard the Passion of The Christ s/t and you ahve sold me. I am however a big fan of the Gabriel effort, wonderful stuff esp the trax that feature Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

  • Bombshelter Slim
    December 2, 2009 - 17:09 | Permalink

    Jesus, you're right Willard

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 24, 2011 - 14:35 | Permalink

    The Gabriel soundtrack brings back alot of odd memories for me… a favorite mood music pick of asst’d ladies who stayed over at my place circa 89. I love Zaar. Saw the film in a theatre with folks picketing outside, and between trying to pick up someone sitting next to me who turned out to be my drummer’s new girlfriend, kept thinking, “Man, this music sounds like Peter Gabriel”…

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 27, 2011 - 12:56 | Permalink

    I recall one lady going to the CD stacks and coming back with this. I told her how much I liked Peter Gabriel. “I can’t stand him, normally”, she replied, “but this is a great album to _blank_ to”.

    • Willard
      November 27, 2011 - 12:59 | Permalink

      I need to start hanging with you, buddy.

      • Ace K.
        April 18, 2015 - 15:08 | Permalink

        Well, for what it’s worth, this also applied with my late wife and me. Of course that was usually because we regularly played this late at night after a great meal and great wine and great conversation. Definitely among our five or ten most played and loved albums.

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2015 - 19:35 | Permalink

    Talk about spiritual enrichment………………and the music’s great too…………Thanks very much Willard.

  • Mickey
    April 16, 2015 - 23:49 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Great. Such an amazing film and if you haven’t seen “the making of Passion” Willard, you should. Some amazing stories whilst making that film that were beyond coincidence etc.

    • Willard
      April 16, 2015 - 23:52 | Permalink

      I haven’t, but I see it’s at YouTube so I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous
    April 19, 2015 - 09:13 | Permalink

    thanks any chance of the Gabriel passion outtakes can’t find a link anywhere that works

  • Stuffy
    April 25, 2015 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Great music..thanks a lot!

  • bbaltimorebrown
    January 15, 2016 - 18:02 | Permalink

    I’ve long been a fan of the Gabriel’s Passion Soundtrack and I’m pleased to find these gems here. Thanks!

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