This collection of tracks was culled from several years of the legendary Recording Week gatherings hosted by Peter Gabriel at his Real World Studios. Produced by Stephen Hague, it includes performances by Karl Wallinger (World Party), Joseph Arthur, Sinead O'Connor, Tim Finn, Gabriel himself, and such stellar international stars as Natacha Atlas, Papa Wemba and Joji Hirota. A collection of great texture and scope.
A mere 16 years in the making, Peter Gabriel's Big Blue Ball (Real World) has finally been judged suitable for release by the artist. It's the end result of a lengthy world-music party that brought talents from more than 20 countries to Gabriel's Real World Studios. Gabriel sings lead on several tracks, trading licks with Karl Wallinger, Joseph Arthur and the Holmes Brothers, but mostly keeping the ball in his court. Other notable contributions include a sparkling, Afro-flamenco pairing of vocalist Papa Wemba with guitarist Juan Canizares and the lovely, techno-folk-Celtic merger of Deep Forest, Arthur and Iarla O Lionaird. --Philadelphia Daily News
Over three summers in the Nineties, Peter Gabriel assembled a wide range of musicians at his Real World Studios for sessions
.The results were stunning: A global melting pot of music, we even hear the great man himself singing on four tracks. Artists including Sinead OConnor, Billy Cobham and Jah Wobble, styles include dub, rock, rap , electro and jazz with plenty of African and Asian flavours. --The Sun (UK)