Hidden 80’s Gems – Part 9 1989
There is quite a lot of 1989 albums, that I like a lot, ABWH (Yes without Chris Squire) album, that I saw live with Tony Levin on bass that year, Whitesnakes “Slip of the Tongue” with extreme guitarist Steve Vai, The The’s : Mind Bomb, Simple Minds: Street Fighting Years, Lisa Standsfild, DAD, Cure, Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic, Adrian Belew, all excellent recording released in 1989. But above all this great music, is Peter Gabriel’s “Passion” made for Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”, but further developed into a double album.
The music perfectly captures the middle eastern setting of the movie, and supports the dramatic events unfolded in the controversial Jesus themed film. Gabriel builds his record, around field recordings made in the Middle East and North Africa, mixed with modern studio recordings. The music is somewhat ambient in nature, so it not radio friendly at all, but it is a very important testament to Gabriels ongoing interest in world music, and if you have the time to listen a bit deeper, this ranks with me as one of his best albums.
The album features a string of musicians, to name a few :
David Rhodes (guitar) : known for work with, Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading and Roy Orbison, besides being Gabriels household guitarist.
L. Shankar (violin): known for work with Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Steve Vai, Ginger Baker, Toto, etc.
Youssou N’Dour (vocal) : known for work with Sting, Neneh Cherry, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.
David Sancious (keys, vocal): known for work with Stanley Clarke, Narada Michael Walden, Zucchero Fornaciari, and Sting etc.
Bill Cobham: known for work with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stanley Clarke, etc.
David Bottrill : A well establish producer, knows for albums like: David Sylvian & Robert Fripp – The First Day,Tool – Ænima, Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, King Crimson – Thrak, Muse – Origin of Symmetry, Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo, The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania and many others.