Peter Gabriel - Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped
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Top Customer Reviews
The concert footage on Disc One is about 90 minutes long and contains seven new LIVE performances including:
COME TALK TO ME
THE TOWER THAT ATE PEOPLE
BURN YOU UP, BURN YOU DOWN
GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Personally I think SECRET WORLD LIVE contains the superior version of COME TALK TO ME. And, SAN JACINTO for that matter.Read more ›
of course what matters is content. disc 1 is live stuff. the performances, as expected, are great. disc 2 is what i can't figure out. disc 2 is the live performances on disc 1, but with a blend of documentary footage, interviews and way too much playing with mirrors! [it was kinda cool at first but became hokey fast] PG's daughter is responsible for the second disc so perhaps dad was a little less focused on quality control. if you have 'growing up live' & 'a family portrait,' you don't need this set, unless your a hard-core fan like myself. also, not that this is important, but the packaging was not nearly as visually appealing as the first growing up live and play dvd's. not much to look at.
in summary, i would have much more preferred him directing his energy to finish up I/O [the next album] or an in depth road documentary [a family portrait, part II?] without all the mirror effects. Gabriel is much too dignified for that.
So, when I first heard about this new release, I couldn't imagine what more there was to show that I hadn't already seen. I was wrong.
Disc one is a fairly straightforward (for PG) rendering of the last leg of the tour, using footage from three performances to show what the summer 2004 festival shows looked like. Again, being PG, the soundtrack sounds fantastic and has doutbless been overdubbed, to provide the viewer/listener with the best quality possible.
Disc two is slightly different. We see some of the same footage from disc one, but with additional interview segments - most from PG himself, but there's also some commentary from the members of the band who spent so much time working on this music with him. It's interesting to see the material illuminated in such a way.
The real gem of disc two, however, is in the extras. We are supplied with footage shot of the band at Real World during the rehearsal period back in 2002. This footage includes familiar tour offerings such as Darkness and Growing Up, in slightly rougher formats than were played on the road. Also included is No Way Out - a song that was a standout on PG's last studio album, Up, but was played only a handful of times in concert. Seeing and hearing it rendered here, you'll wonder why it wasn't given more stage time.
Somehow, PG (and his daughter, Anna) have managed to illuminate yet a little more of the world of his music with this DVD. I highly recommend picking it up, even if you have Growing Up Live - this shines light into some slightly different spaces.
As far as I'm concerned, when I buy a "live" concert DVD, I want the video to be the video of the performance that I am hearing. Isn't this one of the big advantages of DVD over live audio-only performances, which are often composed of the "best" tracks from a whole tour? OK, so they may be the best individual performances of each track, but if you want studio perfection, why not buy the studio album? You'd think that the pressures of video editing and wanting to make things look coherent would ensure that you're getting a single, coherent performance, warts and all. Just goes to show how wrong you can be. With this DVD set, not only do you have no idea whether you are seeing what you are hearing, but the editors seem to flaunt it, and it's patently obvious that much of the time you are definitely *not* seeing what you are hearing.
However much I might might love PG, it's hard to love this DVD. Frankly, it's better without the video, but if you're going to play it with the video off, why not just listen to a CD? If I had wanted a DVD with MTV-type video fakery I wouldn't have bought a DVD that said "live" on the spine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still growing up is a solid release from Gabriel and good follow-up to growing up. Was a little disappointed that there were not more songs but the extra features are very nice... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Peter J. Miller
With no particular order, I don't like the fact that he addresses the audience and changes some lyrics to French! Who bought more copies of your concerts??? The U.S. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Ryan Ratliff
This is a must have for any Peter Gabriel fan. Even though Shock The Monkey is missing, there are loads of other tracks that will keep you listening over and over again!Published on September 18, 2008 by Alexa Amadeus
This dvd will like even not the most passionate Peter Gabriel fans! Show is fantastic and enjoyable! I admire Peter Gabriel ability to move people and give so good feeling! Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by Laura Vanaga
This 2-disc collection is a reminder, once again, of Peter's greatness. The performances on the stripped down Still Growing Up Tour prove that Gabriel doesn't always need the... Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Flexible_Strategies
This may be a special offering for fans. This video was shot at smaller venues throughout Europe on the Still Growing Up tour. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
First of all I bought this DVD last December and since that time I have read very few reviews that proclaim this DVD to be anything that special. I have to disagree! Read morePublished on April 20, 2006 by Russ Bellinger
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