The Sheltering Sky
Soundtrack album by
Released1990 (1990)
GenreFilm score, spoken word
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerRyuichi Sakamoto
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The Sheltering Sky is the original soundtrack to the 1990 film The Sheltering Sky (based on a novel by Paul Bowles) starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich. The original score was composed primarily by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The album won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the LAFCA Award for Best Music.[2][3]

Track listing

1."The Sacred Koran"Ibrahim Canakkeleli, Fevsi Misir, Yusuf Gebzeli, Aziz Bahriyeli0:40
2."The Sheltering Sky Theme"Ryuichi Sakamoto5:19
3."Belly"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:27
4."Port's Composition"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:23
5."On The Bed (Dream)"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:37
6."Loneliness"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:30
7."On The Hill"Ryuichi Sakamoto6:10
8."Kyoto"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:04
9."Cemetery"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:25
10."Dying"Ryuichi Sakamoto3:30
11."Market"Ryuichi Sakamoto1:42
12."Grand Hotel"Ryuichi Sakamoto2:06
13."The Sheltering Sky Theme (Piano Version)"Ryuichi Sakamoto4:16
14."Je Chante"Charles Trenet2:44
15."Midnight Sun"Lionel Hampton, Sonny Burke, Johnny Mercer3:14
16."Fever Ride"Richard Horowitz Avec Nizar Ismael3:50
17."Chant Avec Cithare"Burundi traditional0:44
18."Marnia's Tent"Richard Horowitz3:02
19."Goulov Limma"Cheba Zahouania5:47
20."Happy Bus Ride" (Features Tunisian song "Nari ala Zarzis")Naama1:41
21."Night Train" (Features Moroccan woman's voices recorded in 1955 by Paul Bowles)Richard Horowitz1:57

LP edition

The vinyl edition has two additional tracks which were not included in the CD release:

  1. Side B: 1. "Louange Au Prophete" (performed by Houria Aichi, flute played by Said Missia)
  2. Side B: 10. "Guedra" (performed by The Awash of Ouarzazate, composed by Lanchen Zinoun)



  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "The Sheltering Sky (Original Soundtrack)". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Winners & Nominees 1991". Golden Globes. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "16th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards". LAFCA. Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2016.