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The band lineup is just as good as the one in Peter's previous live album 'Plays Live.' The drums, previously played by Jerry Marotta, are played by Mounsieur Manu Katche (also played with Sting, Eric Clapton and others); Jean Claude Naimro took the place of David Sancious (from the live So period); David Rhodes, Tony Levin, and -of course- PG were still part of the line-up; and Paula Cole (now famous for her albums Harbinger, This Fire and Amen) did beautiful backing vocals.
Particularly amazing are: the opening 'Come Talk to Me,' a true display of musicianship meant to get the crowd off their feet; ' the sinplicity and beauty of the rendition of 'Red Rain' and the musical strength of 'Digging in the Dirt,' 'Secret World' and 'In your Eyes,' bound for making the hairs in the back of your neck stand up.Read more ›
From the beginning it is a cracking and dissolving of hard protective layers and outer shell revealing the joyous and celebratory musical expressions within. I have never been so touched and fullfilled by a simple CD recording. Throughout Secret World I found anguish and release, "Digging in the Dirt", "Blood of Eden", "San Jacinto" and hope and celebration with "Don't give up" and "In your eyes".
Paula Cole's vocals are awsome, Tony Levin's bass strums go right through me, Shankar's violin create a mysterious and subconscious element and Peter Gabriel's lyrics and musical arrangements are genious.
Buy this CD, it is a must for any lover of music and those in need of a healing.
Truly great live albums should offer versions of the songs on them that are either substantially altered and/or substantially improved from the originals. For the most part, that's what Gabriel includes here. He was backed on his 1993 by a crack group of world musicians, some of them who participated in his "Us" studio album. As such, it is the best meld of rock and roll with world music since Paul Simon's "Graceland." "Us" is represented by seven of the double album's fifteen tracks and nearly all of the songs top the six minute mark. In fact, if there is a drawback to this album, it's that "Solsbury Hill" is the only one pre-"So" (1986) song to make the playlist. True, Gabriel most likely did not want to repeat himself extensively from "Plays Live," but this record is so good, it leaves you begging to hear the versions of his earlier material as he played them on this tour.
But that's a minor quibble. This is a fantastic live album that also, unfortunately, represents the only rock album Gabriel has released in the last decade. Here's hoping we haven't heard the last of him.
This is Peter at his peak--the staging is unique and puts you right on stage with the band--Paula Cole, Tony Levin--masters themselves, jamming alomg with the rest of the fantastic band. The live versions of Pete's songs, especially Steam, Red Rain, Sledgehammer (which I didn't even care for much as a studio song),and especially Secret World are different from and in my opinion superior as live performances.
Only drawback: not a DVD--the sound is superior hi-fi---but still, we all have gotten used to the "Skip" and "Forward" buttons. Oh well.
To my eyes (ears), that have seen at least 50-150 concerts on video/DVD, this is in the top 5. A masterpiece to me (I just saw his new tour and he is still fantastic--looking forward to *that* DVD)--I couldn't reccomend it highly enough.
Nice going, Pete, Paula, Tony, and all the rest of you guys (especially Peter's ingenious tape loops--especially Secret World--perhaps the best "loop" I've ever heard).
New York City
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