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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B0072WZW8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Peter GABRIEL Live Blood 2CD

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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Originally I wrote this review as information for what was on the CD. That information is now redundant.
I have now listened to the CDs.

The collection comes in many formats.
I really suggest that you go and read the other, excellent reviews, to see if it is worth your forking out the large charge for all the extra goodies on offer.

Alas if you don't want them or maybe like me your budget restricts then this is the CD set for you.. so here goes with the review.
Rather than report on the CD after a few plays and reflection
I am writing this review as I actually listen to the CDs track by track for the first time.

It's Wonderful - truly if anything even better that the studio version.

The opening tracks for me really sound as if Peter is no longer the great vocalist he was but when the CD hits his stride his voice seems to regain that wonderful dimension.

The CD opens with Intruder- the lyrics really are to the fore and for those that never really listened to them we hear just how shocking they are- slipping the clippers thru' the telephone wireeeee..
Wonderful.
Wallflower is good but not nearly as good as the original how could it be BUT dear reader this is not the case for a whole lot of the rest which are to my aged ears even better,
this is in part to the excellent backing singers. Melanie in particular is in tune with her Dad both mentally and sonically.

Then there is the music - outstanding. The sensitivity of the playing really enhances Peter's soaring voices.

Several tracks from Scratch My Back are included.
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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2012
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Last year, Peter Gabriel released an album of orchestral versions of his songs, "New Blood". This came in several versions, but there was a lot of exploitation of the fans by including unique tracks on different versions, meaning that if you wanted all the songs, you had to buy it several times over. The most expensive version was a 4-disc deluxe edition, with the album itself, the live concert on DVD and BD, and a single disc CD of highlights from the concert. I bought this, and was then rather dismayed to find that a few months later, "Live Blood" gets a release - i.e. the full concert on CD, not just the highlights, but meaning that anyone who bought the deluxe version already had half the songs on here.

Still, I bought this to get the remaining songs, and it's fine - the sound quality is perfectly acceptable, and the arrangements are at least interesting. Ane Brun's female vocals are as irritating as they were on the studio album, particularly on "Don't Give Up", but there is enough on here that is worth a listen. However, there is a nasty surprise when you get to the end of the disc...

On the DVD and BD, once the concert is finished, an instrumental remix (not a New Blood version) of "The Tower That Ate People" is played over the credits; clearly nothing to do with the concert itself. Fair enough on the BD and DVD - after all, you need something to play over the credits. But the same music is included at the end of the last track of this CD, where it makes no sense at all. It is clear that this is just a straight copy of the BD and DVD audio, and PG (or whoever he delegated this to) couldn't even be bothered to edit out the now irrelevant music. How much contempt is it possible to show for your audience?
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People seem to be complaining that Peter Gabriel hasn't produced any new work for sometime now and is just cashing in on his older music. Well maybe he might be or his record label is but he still has a great voice and these new interpretations are a breath of fresh air and superb recordings.Die hard fans may differ in their views but I for one have enjoyed the last few albums and this live album is great.
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Many have slated Peter Gabriels journey into orchestral music. I personally found it a very entertaining detour from his usual work. He's working on new stuff now anyway so the critics should be pleased.

Similar to the Secret World Live album, Live Blood is the soundtrack to the DVD which has been transferred (or transfused if you like) onto a cd. This doesn't always work very well but I'll come back to that later. Unlike the Secret World Live stuff, both the DVD and CD of Live Blood include the entire setlist of the show. (I know because I was there).

Now obviously, if you don't like the orchestral stuff he's doing, you wont like this album so don't bother but if you like it, this is a great live album to own. The arrangements of some classics from PGs past are absolutely stunning. The orchestra are not used as a gimmick but are instead use very professionally to great effect.

Intruder is creepier than ever and opens a very atmospheric show. It's followed up by a beautiful rendition of Wallflower. Only problem with Wallflower is that the end chants of "Though you may disappear, you're not forgotton here" lack some of the energy of the original.

The "scratchies" as Peter refers to them are the low points. Instead of choosing the better songs from Scratch My Back like Mirrorball or My Body is a Cage, he chose The Boy in the Bubble which is, frankly, a little boring and miserable, as is Apres Moi. The Book of Love and Power of the Heart are better but are still too long and repetitive to hold my interest.

The real gems are the unexpected songs like The Drop and Washing of the Water. Both very simple but beautiful arrangements with lovely vocals, including some from Melanie on WOTW.
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