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New Blood Special Edition

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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.


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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B005HXGE9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bardwire777 on October 11, 2011
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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 By Sebastian Leotard on October 11, 2011
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Stephen Lee Band on 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 By Patrick R. Chambers on 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 By Todd Bartholomew VINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
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In many cases musicians release live albums to buy time for a new studio release, to publicize their back catalogue or they've just run out of creative juice. In some rare instances a musician puts out a live album because they're reworking or refashioning well-known songs or trying to re-invent themselves musically. "New Blood" falls somewhere between the two with Peter Gabriel giving some of his lesser-known 80's era songs a fuller orchestral treatment, somewhat akin to what Sting did with 2010's Symphonicities. Gabriel's thought was to provide different insight into the songs than was the case with the originals. Fair enough.

"New Blood" skews heavily towards tracks from 1982's Peter Gabriel 4: Security and 1986's So largely eschewing hits (aside from "In Your Eyes," "Red Rain," and "Digging in the Dirt") in favor of deep cuts from two of his most commercially successful albums. Again, fair enough, as it's a different approach and not your usual "just the hits please" approach for live albums. The results are certainly different from the originals and it's subjective to say if they're improvements or not. Fans of the sparse brittle tension of Peter Gabriel 3: Melt and Peter Gabriel 4: Security will undoubtedly be discomfited by the lush fuller arrangements here.
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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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