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New Blood Live in London [Import]

Peter Gabriel Audio CD
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2012 two CD live release from the British singer, songwriter and Rock icon. Recorded at Hammersmith Apollo in March 2011, Live Blood 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. This is truly a live experience not to be missed. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Peter Jan. 24 2013
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While not every song works, overall this is a fine interpretation of earlier work by and older-and maybe wiser-PG. 2CDs for under ten bucks makes it a bargain too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music as always, from PG! Dec 25 2012
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Wonderful Peter Grabriel songs performed with beautiful arrangements, along full orchestra. The orchestration of San Jacinto is an experience to be had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel Sheds A Little Live Blood April 24 2012
By Boomerocity - Published on Amazon.com
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Just when you think you have Peter Gabriel all figured out, he surprises his fans with yet another innovative approach to musical performance. This time, it's with his new live CD entitled Live Blood. Recorded at the beautifully simple and iconic Hammersmith Apollo in London in March of last year, the acoustics of the venue positively adds to the music that you didn't think could be augmented.

Forgoing drums and guitars of a usual rock show - even a progressive rock show like Gabriel's, the distinguished artist instead implemented the 46-piece New Blood Orchestra. In doing so, he "re-imagined" some of his best known songs with awe-inspiring orchestral arrangements.

Picking the Boomerocity short list of favorites is difficult. In the battle for first is Gabriel's treatment of Paul Simon's The Boy in the Bubble. As he did on the Scratch My Back album, Peter dials this back a few beats per second as compared to Simon's original. In a live setting with full orchestra, it really does have a spine tingling effect.

Coincidentally, a second choice for our short list is another tune Gabriel recorded on Scratch My Back - The Power of the Heart, which was written by Lou Reed. As with Bubble, this live version gives chills to the body and leaves your mouth open from its beauty.

Last but certainly not least on the Boomerocity short list of favorites is Red Rain which comes from Peter's chart topping 1986 album, So. Just as the 3D video of this tune is mind-blowing, just listening to the audio is an incredible experience in and of itself. Add to that experience by listening through a great pair of headphones and you're in for an unforgettable experience.

Fans of prog, Gabriel and earlier Genesis will definitely want this CD in their listening library. You won't be disappointed.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Mixed Feelings May 11 2012
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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I've listed PG as one of my favourite artists since, well, Moribund the Burgermeister (I was going to write "Selling England by the Pound" which was the first time I heard his voice but PG has left that world behind him in no uncertain terms). My kid grew up litening to his stuff and we used to play for hours with the CD-ROM tour of his farm when she was a toddler.

But I have to say I find these orchestral experiements a very mixed bag and I can't say that any of the teatments changes the experience of a particular piece for the better (in my opinion, naturally).

From my point of view some of the pieces work well, some rather less well and some are total duds. It seemed to me that these arrangements lacked the dynamic feel and immediacy of the band arrangements.

I'm not talking about the difference in feel between live and studio performance here either. The version of Solisbury Hill on the first live album left me slack-jawed with amazement that the piece could be given that heavy a touch, and I prefer the version of Digging in the Dirt from Secret World Live to the one on Us.

I simply feel the orchestral arrangements were turgid and uninspiring in places, more than they were innovative and entertaining, and the album was for me a disappointing experience overall.

I saw the iMax film of this performance a few months ago and while the visual presentation certainly added to the experience I left that with mixed feelings too, though there I could at least verify that the orchestra was trying hard to rise above it all. I can't decide whether the problem is in the material not being well-suited to an orchestral treatment or that the "sparse" effect deliberately sought by the composer and arranger was just above my head.

As an experiment it is worth a listen, but I don't think I'll be playing this album much. Maybe odd tracks, now and again.

Your mileage will certainly vary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Innovative? May 2 2012
By Eric P. Sandberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have mixed feelings about this product; which is what it is...product. Peter Gabriel is notorious for not providing product for years at a time but this orchestral foray has yielded 3 CDs and a DVD in the space of two years. Another reviewer referred to this project as innovative. While the "Scratch My Back" project may be considered innovative, with it's deconstructed versions of other people's songs with an invitation to return the favor, the idea of performing one's own hits with a symphony orchestra is hardly original. That said, I am still looking forward to David St. Hubbins version of "Big Bottom" with orchestra.

This is just the audio only version of the DVD/Blu-ray released earlier in the year so if you bought that do you need this? At least the price is right, $15 bucks for two discs and a very modest booklet. Some of the performances are powerful and beautiful but, on the whole, these versions of Gabriel's own songs are not as interesting as his covers (of which only four appear here). I am more looking forward to the response album, if that ever comes together, and perhaps some new music from Gabriel, Levin and Rhodes? It's been a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Step Above May 30 2012
By L. Leeder - Published on Amazon.com
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As a die-hard Peter Gabriel fan, I was most eager to listen to this album, and overall, was not disappointed. His use of a full orchestra and their intricate arrangements added depth and feeling to Gabriel's already soul-full music, with a combination of the classics, and even some that I did not recognize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel's LIVE Blood May 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Great live set by the former Genesis lead vocalist....only drawback is that the performers are not listed....would be nice if there would have been a booklet included.
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