Peter Gabriel - Birdy

Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Remaster 2LP Set

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Birdy is the sixth studio album (and first soundtrack) by English rock musician Peter Gabriel, originally released in March 1985 via Charisma Records.

Some artists – particularly those at the peak of their careers – might view a soundtrack commission as a marginal side-project, something to be dashed off while you concentrate on your main album. Not so Peter Gabriel. For him, soundtracks have always been epic projects,which he can dive into and paddle around in for years. Often he’d spend more time on them than on his multi-million-selling albums, meeting collaborators and developing methodologies that would have a profound effect on the rest of his music.

His first full-length score commission, however, came from director Alan Parker for the ’85 film, Birdy, about two disturbed Vietnam vets who develop an avian obsession. Parker, recovering from a gruelling partnership on Pink Floyd’s The Wall, found Gabriel a rather more amenable creative partner. “We got on so well, he’s such a sweet man,” said a relieved Parker of Gabriel. “It was a refreshing change – he doesn’t have any of the hang-ups or the unpleasantness of that particular business.”

Birdy’s music is interesting but fragmentary. While editing, Parker had used a few tracks from Gabriel’s third and fourth solo albums as stock music, and Gabriel develops these themes further. The haunting piano line in “Family Snapshot” (from 1980’s ‘Melt’ album) is reprised on “Close Up”; the similar piano figure in “Wallflower” (from ‘Security’) provides the basis for “Under Lock And Key”; while the introduction from “No Self Control” (also from ‘Melt’), was slowed down and transformed into “Slow Marimbas”. Most spectacularly, the coda from that album’s punky “Not One Of Us” provides the basis for “Birdy’s Flight”, a titanic, drum-heavy instrumental which soundtracks Matthew Modine’s PTSD-induced fantasy of flying like a bird.

Many of the techniques explored on Birdy – particularly the experiments with ambient sound on “Dressing The Wound” and “Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice” – would lay the groundwork for So, and both projects certainly shared many of the same personnel.

Check out the tracks: “Birdy’s Flight” and “Under Lock And Key”. 

This double LP is the 2017 Limited, numbered 45 r.p.m. half speed remastered album housed in a gatefold sleeve with reproduced original artwork and digital download, pressed in Europe on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

(884108005095)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

At Night

2:38

A2

Floating Dogs

2:55

A3

Quiet And Alone

2:30

B1

Close Up (My Family Snapshot)

0:55

B2

Slow Water

2:51

B3

Dressing The Wound

4:06

C1

Birdy’s Flight (From Not One Of Us)

2:58

C2

Slow Marimbas

3:21

C3

The Heat (From The Rhythm Of The Heat)

4:41

D1

Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice

3:05

D2

Under Lock And Key (From Wallflower)

2:28

D3

Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (From San Jacinto)

2:19

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

At Night

2:38

A2

Floating Dogs

2:55

A3

Quiet And Alone

2:30

B1

Close Up (My Family Snapshot)

0:55

B2

Slow Water

2:51

B3

Dressing The Wound

4:06

C1

Birdy’s Flight (From Not One Of Us)

2:58

C2

Slow Marimbas

3:21

C3

The Heat (From The Rhythm Of The Heat)

4:41

D1

Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice

3:05

D2

Under Lock And Key (From Wallflower)

2:28

D3

Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (From San Jacinto)

2:19

SKU 884108005095
Record Label Real World Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number PGLPRBIRX
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 July 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 18 March 1985
Barcode # 884108005095
Shipping Weight 0.5800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, 45 RPM Half Speed Remaster, Gatefold Sleeve, Plain Poly Lined Inner Sleeve, Hi-Res Digital Download, Remastered Audio, Limited Edition Individually Numbered
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Soundtrack
Genre Ambient
Genre Stage & Screen
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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