This Just In: Passion

Peter Gabriel’s Passion (AKA the soundtrack for Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ) is back on vinyl for the first time in 15 years! Most hardcore Gabriel fans will tell you this is their favorite piece from his entire body of work, and a couple members of Team Sweat fall into that group. Gabriel was no stranger to incorporating world music elements into his pop/rock compositions, so Passion’s content wasn’t completely out of left field, but this was the first time he exposed listeners to these styles full-on. If you know Gabriel’s more-popular music but haven’t heard Passion, here’s your chance to check it out as a deluxe, 45 RPM, half-speed re-mastered version, overseen by Gabriel and released by his Real World label to assure highest quality. There’s a massive in-stock list this week as well, so don’t forget to scope that out! -MLE

Peter Gabriel – Passion 3LP
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“One of the most important records for me was the Passion record which was an opportunity really to try as a writer to do a whole different sort of job than I usually do. I wasn’t intending to sing on it, I ended up doing some sort of background singing but it was with the brief for The Last Temptation of Christ for creating something that had references to that time and that part of the world but really had it’s own character and was to be sort of timeless in a way. I was very fortunate to have some extraordinary performances from people Nusrat, Youssou N’Dour and I remember one night with Nusrat and Shankar and there was a sort of India and Pakistan working together effectively on the track that is called ‘Passion,’ I think, was an extraordinary evening to be in the studio and just watch as these very gifted musicians really emoting.

I was excited to be asked to work on the music. When I first discussed the project with Martin Scorsese in 1983 I wanted to find out how he was intending to film this controversial novel. He wanted present the struggle between the humanity and divinity of Christ in a powerful and original way, and I was convinced by his commitment to the spiritual content and message. He is an excellent and very musical director and working with him has been a great experience. 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 working title for the film – Passion.

We recorded some of the finest singers and soloists in the field of world music and set the score on a backdrop of traditional North African rhythms and sounds. It was a wonderful experience working with such different and idiosyncratic musicians. They came from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Ivory Coast, Bahrain, Egypt, New Guinea, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. For many of them working with this material was something quite new and they were very enthusiastic. The soundtrack is full of the spirit of their performance.” Peter Gabriel (1989)

Passionate – new releases, reissues & restocks…
1970’s Film Stock – Birds CS*
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP, We Got It From Here… CD
Abominable Putridity – In The End Of Human Existence LP*
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together LP
Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music Of 2LP
Aloe Blacc – Good Things 2LP
Alpheus – Good Prevails LP*
American Football – American Football 2LP
Amon Amarth – Fate Of Norns LP*
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Aphex Twin – Syro 2LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
Badbadnotgood – LateNightTales 2LP
Beach House – Bloom 2LP
Beirut – Gulag Orkestar LP, The Flying Cup Club LP
Benedek – Bene’s World LP*
Benni – I & II LP*
Bergsonist – Mutations EP 12”*
Bicep – Aura 12”*
Bikini Kill – S/T 12”
Bill Converse – The Shape Of Things To Come 2LP
Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz LP
Bill Evans Trio – Explorations LP
Billie Holiday – Sings LP
Black Flag – Damaged LP
Black Keys – Magic Potion LP, The Big Come Up LP
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality LP, Paranoid LP
Bob & Gene – If This World Were Mine LP*
Bonobo – Migration 2LP, One Off Remixes & B-Sides 2LP*
Boris – Dear 2LP
Box Car Racer – S/T LP*
Brainbombs – Obey LP, Singles Vol. 2 2LP
Brian Eno – Another Green World 2LP*, Before & After Science 2LP*, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) 2LP*
Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder 2LP
Caribou – Swim 2LP
Catherine Wheel – Ferment LP
Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion 2LP
Chastity Belt – I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone LP
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love CD
Clark – S/T 2LP
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP 12”
Cribs – 24-7 Rockstar Shit LP*
Daedelus – Baker’s Dozen: Daedelus LP
Daft Punk – Homework 2LP, Random Access Memories 2LP
Dave Porter – I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over 7”
Descendents – Cool To Be You LP
DJ Khaled – Grateful 2LP
DJ Rashad – 6613 EP 12”
Donald Byrd – Black Byrd LP
Downtown Boys – Cost Of Living CS*, LP*
Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit LP*
Durand Jones & The Indications – S/T 2LP
Elliott Smith – Figure 8 2LP, An Introduction To… LP, Either/Or (Expanded) 2LP, Roman Candle LP
Epic Soundtracks – Film Soundtracks LP*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm 2LP
Etta James – Rocks The House LP, Something’s Got A Hold On Me: Complete 1960-1962 Chess & Argo Singles LP*
Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin 2LP
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma LP, Pattern + Grid World EP
Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club LP
Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical LP*
Freddie McKay – Picture On The Wall (Deluxe Ed.) 2LP*
Fugazi – End Hits LP
Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
Gang Starr – Hard To Earn 2LP
Glass Candy – Beatbox LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP, S/T 2LP
Grant Green – First Stand: Rudy Van Gelder Recordings LP*
Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand LP, How Do You Spell Heaven LP*, Just To Show You 7″*
Helmet – Meantime LP
High Functioning Flesh – Culture Cut LP
J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid 2LP+7″
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime Moi Non Plus LP
Janis Joplin – Pearl LP
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy LP, Bivouac LP, Etc. 2LP
Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz 2LP
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? LP
Jlin – Black Origami 2LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Keane – Hopes & Fears LP*
Kesha – Rainbow CD*
Khalid – American Teen 2LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana LP, Murder Of The Universe LP
Koreatown Oddity – Finna Be Past Tense LP
Kruder Dorfmeister – The K&D Sessions 5LP
Kutmah – TROBBB! OST 2LP*
Life’s Blood – Hardcore A.D. 1988 LP
Little Brother – The Minstrel Show 2LP*
Live – Mental Jewelry LP*
Madlib – Pill Jar LP
Madvillain – Madvillainy 2LP
Major Lazer – Know No Better EP CD*
Makaveli – 7 Day Theory: The Don Killuminati 2LP
Massive Attack – Mezzanine 2LP
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP, Mm… Food 2LP
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall LP
Migos – Culture (Picture) 2LP
Mikey Young – Your Move Vol. 1 LP
Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain (Mono) LP
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 2LP
Muddy Waters – At Newport LP
Mudhoney – Every Good Boy… LP
My Bloody Valentine – MBV LP+CD
Nacht’Raum / Bande Berne Crematoire – Expanded 1982-1984 LP*
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nathan Fake – Providence Reworks Part I EP 12”*
Nightmares On Wax – Carboot Soul 2LP
Nina Simone – Strange Fruit LP
Nirvana – Bleach LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time OST 2LP
Opeth – Sorceress 2LP
Peter Gabriel – Birdy 2LP
Photay – Onism LP
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project LP
Poison Idea – Darby Crash Rides Again LP
Portugal The Man – Woodstock LP
Primus – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese LP
Pyramid Vritra – The Story Of Marsha Lotus LP*
Quasimoto – Microphone Mathematics 12”, Unseen 2LP, Yessir Whatever LP+7″
Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R LP
Reatards – Teenage Hate 2LP
Roy Ellis – The Beginning 7”
Roy Panton – Seek And You Shall Find 7”
Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing 2LP
Sam Coffy & The Iron Lungs – S/T LP
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – At Home With LP
Sean Price & M-Phazes – Land Of The Crooks LP*
Selena – Dreaming Of You 2LP
Severed Heads – Lamborghini/Petrol 12”
Snakehole – Interludes Of Insanity LP
Sonic Youth – Sister LP
Soundgarden – Ultramega OK 2LP
Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space 2LP
Subhumans – From Cradle To Grave LP, Time Flies/Rats LP
Suicide – S/T LP
Super Furry Animals – Radiator (20th Anniversary Edition) 2LP*
Swarvy – Bop LP*
Tame Impala – Currents 2LP
The Bombay Royale – Run Kitty Run LP*
The Breeders – Last Splash LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say LP
The Invisible – Patience Remixes EP 12”*
The Postal Service – Give Up LP
The Shins – Wincing The Night Away LP
The Steoples – Six Rocks LP*
The Strokes – Is This It LP
The Woggles – Tally Ho LP*
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits 2LP, An Odd Entrances LP
Thou – Peasant 2×12”
Thundercat – Apocalypse 2LP, Drunk 4×10” Box Set, CD, Golden Age Of Apocalypse LP, The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam EP 12”
Trombone Shorty – Parking Lot Symphony LP*
Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger LP, Lemons LP, S/T LP
Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Deluxe) 2LP
Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP, Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Nigeria Soul Fever 3LP
Various – Space, Energy & Light 3LP
Various – Studio One Dub 2LP
Vaselines – Enter The Vaselines 3LP
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico LP
Violent Femmes – 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America CD
Washed Out – Mister Mellow LP*
Wen – Carve + Gaze EP 12”*
Wolf Eyes – Strange Days II LP*
World Psychedelic Classics 4 – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia 3LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Yawpers – Boy In A Well LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue