Peter Gabriel: New Blood - Live in London
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Filmed in high definition 3D set contains 3D Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray and standard DVD. Filmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March of this year, New Blood Live In London captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New
Blood Orchestra. The repertoire mixes cover versions from his Scratch My Back album with classic tracks from across his solo career in brand
new orchestral arrangements. Gabriel is a renowned live performer and his onstage charisma and instantly recognizable voice combine brilliantly
with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with
graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed. TRACK LISTING
1) Intruder 2) Wallflower 3) The Boy In The Bubble
4) Après Moi 5) The Drop 6) Washing Of The Water
7) The Book Of Love 8) Darkness 9) The Power Of The
Heart 10) Biko 11) San Jacinto 12) Digging In The Dirt
13) Signal To Noise 14) Downside Up 15) Mercy Street
16) The Rhythm Of The Heat 17) Blood Of Eden
18) Red Rain 19) Solsbury Hill 20) In Your Eyes
21) Don t Give Up 22) The Nest That Sailed The Sky
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Gabriel is no slouch on audio and video tricks and often adds some of his own sound effects to the songs. He also plays around with one of those small cameras that hang from the ceiling. This goes on too long and too often for my taste. While in full voice Peter Gabriel is still a strong vibrant singer but in the brief interludes between songs he talks in a near whisper even while the audience is still clapping. This makes some of the introductions incomprehensible.
I can't speak highly enough of the fine "New Blood" orchestra assembled for this project. Led by young conductor Ben Foster, they are brilliant. There are no guitars and no drum kits, but there are 50 or so top notch musicians and are masterfully synched to play the great arrangements by John Metcalfe. Gabriel has vocal backing by his daughter Melanie who has a few solos within the songs and Ane Brun whose voice sounds a bit frail on her one feature ("Don't Give Up"). Uzbek singer Sevara Nazarkhan shows up for one song ("In Your Eyes") as well.
The direction that appears on the Blu ray is well done by Blue Leach. The cameras are well located giving different angles of the singers and the conductor. Still, it's all about the sound. The surround versions put you about 15 rows deep in the center. This is not the Peter Gabriel remembered from the 1980's. He's more mature and like all artists wants to expand his musical horizons. He does it here with a bit of new material, a few carefully selected covers and a new approach to his hits. He doesn't miss. An excellent concert well worth the money.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: This was a brilliant stepping stone for Gabriel who seems to satisfy everyone including himself by reinventing the great songs that everyone loves. Make no mistake, while some of his newer stuff is terrific, the biggies come late in the show (2 ½ hours!) and bring the house down. Sonically the concert is well presented. (4-27-12)
I can't add much to the above other than to reinforce my appreciation for the technical side of the performance. Perhaps my recent equipment upgrades help, but the audio is as good as any I've heard. There are several double bass instruments and some bass drums, a French Horn and a quartet of trombones, so the subwoofers will shake. Fine direction and an excellent orchestra more than make up for Gabriel's silliness with the hanging camera. In one instance, he nearly decapitates the conductor. (2-2-15)
I do NOT have a home 3D system, so while I own this combo pack, I have NOT tried the 3D disc, only the Blu-Ray, It's audio & video is perfect (to my old ears & eyes).
The show itself is great! While PG is getting on in years, his passion still shines through. He may not move as quickly as he did when I first saw him in 1987, but his heart and vocal chords are front & present! This is a first class music dvd.
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