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New Blood [Special Edition]

Peter GabrielAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Peter Gabriel will release his ‘AND I’LL SCRATCH YOURS’ album project on JANUARY 7TH 2014 through Real World. The album is the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs.

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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B005HXGE9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rhythm of the Heat
2. Downside Up (featuring Melanie Gabriel)
3. San Jacinto
4. Intruder
5. Wallflower
6. In Your Eyes
7. Mercy Street
8. Red Rain
9. Darkness
10. Don't Give Up (featuring Ane Brun)
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Disc: 2
1. The Rhythm of the Heat (instrumental)
2. Downside Up (instrumental)
3. San Jacinto (instrumental)
4. Intruder (instrumental)
5. Wallflower (instrumental)
6. In Your Eyes (instrumental)
7. Mercy Street (instrumental)
8. Red Rain (instrumental)
9. Darkness (instrumental)
10. Don't Give Up (instrumental)
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Limited deluxe two CD edition includes bonus CD containing instrumental versions of the album's tracks. 2011 release from the Rock icon. New Blood is a continuum of Peter's previous Scratch My Back album - the song-swap project where he covered the songs of others, all to an orchestral backing. Thanks to the precise arrangements by John Metcalf and Peter, the treatment was so successful that Peter very quickly knew where he wanted to take it next, and work began to apply the same principals to his own songs. "The orchestra provides different dimensions to the music that weren't there initially," confirms Peter. "Rock artists work slowly in studios, building up layer by layer, and one of the great, powerful advantages of an orchestra is all these musicians playing at one moment with all sorts of colors and personalities." And in front of orchestra, taking centre stage when necessary, retreating into the shadows when not, is Peter's rich voice. Retaining its trademark emotive power, it returns to lyrics written 20 or 30 years ago, reinvesting them with new meaning and heightened poignancy. New life, new blood. A musical transfusion. The songs live on.

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It can't be easy to be Peter Gabriel. You put out two discs back to back both with lush, brilliantly arranged orchestral songs (one of covers and the other originals) and what you get is a bunch of flack from ungratefuls who want to see another SO. Ugh. Seriously. What else do you want? In this he basically gave us a greatest hits re imagined and infused with passion to spare. New emotions from old songs swoon and emerge again in vibrant vivid color. And his voice is AMAZING still - identical from work he recorded in the late seventies/early eighties. How does he do it? He stays true to his muse. He never compromises. He'll release another studio album when he's good and ready and when he does it will no doubt be a deliberate, thoughtful, and sincerely powerful work - just look at his track record.

OK. I admit, maybe he should stop having his daughter sing on his stuff - seriously her voice even on these limited tracks couldn't carry a paperclip. But his misplaced family loyalty aside, PG is a genius, respected in not just the music industry, but Hollywood, and by musicians across the world. No mission of his can be fruitless. He grows, learns and conjours ghosts others only dream of. And in NEW BLOOD he's given us a brilliant disc - from the theatrical Intruder to the heartbreaking Wallflower or the classic In Your Eyes. I saw him do these songs live at the Hollywood Bowl and they were every bit as magical. I will not forget that show til the say I die.

For those who don't appreciate this or Scratch My Back, I believe the future will prove you wrong. Because if anyone knows how to make powerful recordings that stand the test of time, it's Peter.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius... October 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Try sitting through the first two tracks without being moved to tears (you would need to be inhuman). The compositions are beautifully arranged and Gabriel's voice has never been stronger. Some folks are accustomed to hearing these songs a certain way, so they expect to hear them in that original form- remove the conditioning and you'll find New Blood to be a brand new experience. In an Age of Lady Goo-goo and lack of emotional substance being branded into us, it's refreshing to know that some of the greats are still out there... making music their way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!!!! October 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just listened to New Blood for the first time from start to finish and it is excellent! The arrangements with orchestra are very atmospheric and almost film score like at times. I've always been a big Peter Gabriel fan and also a big fan of film scores by composers like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Bernard Hermann, Hans Zimmer, Philip Glass, etc. This album is the best of both worlds.

Some of the highlights for me are "Rhythm of the Heat", "San Jacinto", "Wallflower", "In Your Eyes", "Red Rain", "The Nest That Sailed The Sky" and "Solsbury Hill".

I've seen some reviews that aren't fond of "Solsbury Hill" but when I listen to the album straight through it really compliments the whole work and gives a dynamic ending to an excellent album!!! For me the last lines he is singing "I'm coming home....back home" make me think of the long and inspiring career he has had since that was his first really big hit as a solo artist and it deals with going for your dreams and following your heart no matter what the rest of the world may say.

I definitely recommend this to any Peter Gabriel fan and/or enthusiast of film score/ambient music.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Doesn't Begin to Describe It October 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is no more hardcore fan of Peter Gabriel than I. I wept when he left Genesis, exaulted when his solo material equalled and exceeded that of his former band, and listened in amazement as his pallette grew and bloomed. However, the achievements put to digits on "New Blood" show a depth and breadth to Peter Gabriel as an artist unparalleled by anything he has ever done before - even though this material is all reworking of old pieces.

Reworking is too simple a word. Reinvention? Resuscitation? Reanimation, perhaps, because these pieces live and breathe as they never have before. For those who express disappointment that this isn't another world/funk/rock work, move along...buy Brittany Spears' newest release, pop another bottle of Jagermeister, and keep your minds closed. This is ART in it's finest sense. For those who cherish new experiences and intellectual stimulation in addition to shaking their asses, THIS is the work to buy...to listen to again and again...and to love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year October 29, 2011
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Peter Gabriel has been known to expand his musical dexterity over the years, so this album isn't a great surprise. Well, maybe it is. He takes many of his most popular songs (San Jacinto, In Your Eyes, Red Rain, Don't Give Up) and mashes them up with some lesser known tunes and somehow manages to create what might be called an old fashion rock opera. Gabriel loses the guitars and drum kits and hires an orchestra conducted by Ben Foster. John Metcalfe steps in and orchestrates it all, and damn if it doesn't sound fresh and new. Gabriel handles all the vocals with backup help from daughter Melanie and others on various pieces. He had some issues adding "Solsbury Hill" (track 14) to the track list because he didn't think it added itself to orchestration. So included is 4:48 of dead air (track 13) before we get to track 14. Unlike other recent releases at least you can skip the track. This has always annoyed me when we get 4 or 5 minutes of nothing before getting to the "bonus track". This is one of the best albums I've heard all year.

I opted for the "Special Edition" 2 disc version. What a great second disc. Essentially this is a reprise of disc 1 without any vocals (except for the last track "Blood of Eden"). The genius is in the orchestration. When this disc is played in it's entirety it is like listening to a great symphony. Listen to this album on the best system you can find. You won't be disappointed. Beautifully done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as advertised
Published 26 days ago by Raymond Drost
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
SOME GOOD OLD SONGS
Published 29 days ago by HATE DUING REVEIWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 1 month ago by Virgilijus
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely horrible....
I have loved PG since the Genesis days, mainly due to the emotion in his music and vocals. Thought that a full orchestra would add more drama to the pieces, take them to full... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gets better with every listen. I wish Peter would have picked "Here comes the flood", and "Games without Frontiers".
Published 1 month ago by topcat
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I love Peter Gabriel, but can stand this CD
Published 1 month ago by feedback guy
5.0 out of 5 stars I was wrong. Thank God.
A first I didn't know if I was going to like this cd because the tracks that I heard clips of seemed to lack the power and emotion of the originals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WJP
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
We saw this concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado when he was on tour and it was one of the best concerts we have ever attended!
Published 2 months ago by L. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Nothing to say...Fantastic
Published 2 months ago by Paul Southard
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I can only reiterate what Sebastian said earlier - GENIUS, PURE GENIUS
This man just thinks of new ways to make great music different.
Published 3 months ago by AlanHodge
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And hopefully with better arangements than Scratch My Back. He made most of those songs DULL. And I am a huge Gabriel fan.
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