BIRDY - CD
This official CD release was mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
This is Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to Alan Parker's Birdy – the tale of a Vietnam vet who harbours Icarus-like ambitions to fly – and finds Gabriel flexing his creative muscles free of any commercial pressures. Recorded between October and December 1984 and originally released in 1985, Birdy marks the first occasion that Gabriel worked with French-Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois, who was fresh from working on The Unforgettable Fire with U2. Lanois went on to co-produce the So and US albums with Peter.
“I’ve always loved film music and at age seventeen I had the choice to go to the London School of Film Technique or following a career as a musician, and it was quite a difficult decision for me. Ever since, I’ve always wanted to work more in film, not so much at the acting end of it, but more in the creating side. When I had an invitation from Alan Parker to work on ‘Birdy’ that was very exciting for me. Both he and Scorsese, who I worked with on ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, are musical directors who really care and feel the music they work with.” – Peter Gabriel
“… the mastering is extraordinary, the sound incredible, truly putting many of the other releases this month, however good the music, into sonic perspective.” – The Arts Desk