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Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

4.13 | 52 ratings

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5 stars The Orchestral Peter Gabriel.

Well mostly, it includes four covers (from Scratch My Back) but the orchestra is always there. This isn't orchestra as an accompaniment to band, or doing covers of prog with cameos by band members, or an integration of an orchestra with the band. Here the orchestra is the band, fronted by Peter. His daughter, Melanie, joins in as part of backing duet with Ane Brun, but there's also some duet action between Peter and each of the two, and trio with the three. Thankfully no opera going on.

The whole stage show is an entertaining accessory to the music and just some slight touches here and there where things were altered/enhanced for the sake of the DVD. I have a mere surround sound Blu-Ray but there is also a 3D package and an extreme deluxe package. I wouldn't have known about these were it not for the insert. It's really tempting to go for one of those after experiencing this version, but I had passed on the CD version and am quite satisfied with this.

Peter picked out a nice long set of songs mostly focusing on material that came out after number three. Intruder does launch the set and is really weird to hear orchestrated as the original song was seemed to be such an electronic affair. There is an apparently obligatory revisit to Solsbury Hill. One of the covers, The Boy In The Bubble is a well done reworking of a Paul Simon song in which "it was a happy song in its original incarnation but we stripped all the African blood out of it and we're left with a miserable white man's song."

The whole set is a collection of very serious songs that were already beautiful mostly in their original incarnations, but as offered here are even more moving.

Slartibartfast | 5/5 |


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