Birdy (Peter Gabriel album)


Soundtrack album by
Released18 March 1985 (1985-03-18)
RecordedOctober–December 1984
GenreAmbient, experimental rock, progressive rock, hard rock
LabelGeffen Records (US & Canada)
Charisma Records
ProducerPeter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois
Peter Gabriel chronology
Plays Live
Professional ratings
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The Rolling Stone Album Guide[2]

Birdy is the first soundtrack and sixth album overall by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, for the movie of the same name, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). The album marked Gabriel's first work with producer Daniel Lanois. It was remastered with most of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002.

In addition to composing new pieces for the soundtrack, Gabriel also used instrumental themes and sections from earlier works to form the basis of some tracks. There were, however, no songs with lyrics on the album.[3]

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Gabriel.

Side One
1."At Night"2:38
2."Floating Dogs"2:55
3."Quiet and Alone"2:30
4."Close Up" (from "Family Snapshot")0:55
5."Slow Water"2:51
6."Dressing the Wound"4:06
Side Two
7."Birdy's Flight" (from "Not One of Us")2:58
8."Slow Marimbas"3:21
9."The Heat" (from "The Rhythm of the Heat")4:41
10."Sketch Pad with Trumpet and Voice"3:05
11."Under Lock and Key" (from "Wallflower")2:28
12."Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain" (from "San Jacinto")2:19


Technical personnel

  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering
  • David Stallbaumer – additional engineering


Chart (1985) Peak position
US Billboard 200[4] 162

In popular culture

The piece "Birdy's Flight" was later used by Hong Kong film director John Woo as part of the score to his A Better Tomorrow films. Other parts of the score were used in Tsui Hark's 1986 movie Peking Opera Blues. The track "The Heat" was used in 1994 Movie Natural Born Killers.


  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. Peter Gabriel: Birdy at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  3. ^ Birdy (booklet). Peter Gabriel. Charisma Records. 1985.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "Peter Gabriel Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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