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Peter Gabriel - Growing Up Live
Gabriel's in-the-round performance at the Filaform in Milan, Italy from the 2002/2003 "Growing Up Live" Tour. Recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound in DTS and Dolby Digital plus Dolby Stereo, includes a photo gallery of the tour, the making of "Growing UP", mor
Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live presents the complete 2003 Milan concert from Peter Gabriel's tour based around the album Up, featuring 17 tracks across 134 minutes. Literally central to a memorable show is a revolving stage that sees Gabriel going for a cycle ride in an exuberant "Solsbury Hill," performing "Growing Up" inside a Zorb ball, and delivering a gravity-defying sky walk in "Downside Up" with daughter Melanie. Accompanied by regular sidemen David Rhodes (guitar) and Tony Levin (bass), Gabriel is joined by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama for the spine-tingling "Sky Blue," throughout mixing recent tracks like the abrasive "Darkness" and "The Barry Williams Show" with established crowd pleasers such as "Red Rain," "In Your Eyes," and "Sledgehammer."
Gabriel may be less wired than before, but he commands the arena with effortless charm and charismatic presence, his voice retaining all its paradoxically fragile power. Presented in an understated blue light and shot in an unobtrusive, gimmick-free style, the concert begins and ends in virtual darkness with Gabriel alone at a keyboard; from the opening "Here Comes the Flood" to the final "Father, Son," Growing Up is rock theater of rare intimacy, emotion, and intelligence.
The DVD is presented with a flawless 16:9 anamorphically enhanced picture and three soundtracks: rich and clear stereo, excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 and even more precise and detailed DTS. The Story of Growing Up is polished nine-minute documentary in which Gabriel talks about his ideas for the tour and the presentation of some of the songs. Tony Levin's View (five minutes) sets the song "More Than This" to photos taken by the bass player. --Gary S. Dalkin
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He has his wonderful sounding daughter Melanie on background vocals and she does an amazing job. Just would loved to hear (and see) her and Peter perform Don't Give Up.
This is one great show that looks and sound good (for DVD standards). With all his older stuff being released on blu ray, wonder why this fabulous concert is not being re-issued onto the hi def medium. Then this great concert would look and sound awesome! But this will definately do for now. Highly recommended for the Peter Gabriel fan.
You are not bombarded with effects here, but they do make an appearance when called for and the result is seemless. Nothing appears forced or silly. The unique mix of images that accompany "The Barry Williams Show" fit the song's subject matter perfectly. The simple motif of a boat moving around the stage for "Mercy Street" enhances the loneliness noted in the lyrics. And Gabriel's ability to sing "Downside Up" from his postion on stage during that song is quite an impressive feat for a gentleman of 50+ years!
Yet, Gabriel also manages to show he doesn't necessarily need massive props or effects to do what he does. The stellar performances of "Here Comes The Flood" and "Father, Son" that bookend this concert show him to still be a talented singer and outstanding songwriter. Many of today's performers fall flat without lavish production or dressed up instrumentation. However, Gabriel does not and produces his most impressive performances as a result.
Technically, the DVD enhances all of these qualities and builds on them. The picture is flawless digital perfection and the DTS soundtrack is stunning to hear (if you have the equipment capable for it). And if your curious as to how on earth this was all put together, there is an excellent documentary on creating the stage show.
"Growing Up Live" is an outstanding concert packed with truly original ideas, both visually and musically. It is a unique presentation for a truly unique artist.
Peter J. Miller
Peter Gabriel is the one of the most creative (if not the most) artists in popular music, this DVD is a good example of his endless search to deliver something different,unique and attractive. The DVD is a non-stopping pleasure to the eyes. My sound system is not good enough to determine the quality of the sound, but for a good stereo system it sound as good as any movie.
I went to the concert and this was almost better than being there. Picture was excellent, I viewed it on a 57" with a progressive scan DVD player and it was almost movie-like quality. Peter Gabriel always go beyond createvelly, you can see his input in the camera shots and picture composition - Not like other DVDs I've recently seen (i.e. Rolling Stones Four Licks). Better than any DVD concert I've ever seen.
The extras are OK but not great. I would have expected more from him on the "The making of Up". The Tony Levin section is not a big deal, but fun.
I rather enjoyed seeing the crew people in orange. Crew are rarely recognized at all--I've been there--and to see them in orange, calling attention to themselves against the black of the performers was an interesting inversion.
Both of these shows have provided a view of Peter Gabriel that doesn't come out in CDs. He needs to be watched as well as heard.