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Filmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March of this year, New Blood Live In London 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 recognisable voice combine brilliantly with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed. Bonus Features Blood Donors the story behind the project including an interview with Peter Gabriel.
Firstly here's the positives, The presentation is very well done, great quality of the book & photos. More importantly the music is fantastic, so much better than the offering of Scratch My Back. When I saw PG with the New Blood Orchestra on the Later...with Jools Holland show, I knew I had to get the New Blood album & DVD of the live show, I thought it made sense to get this box set which includes the live audio too.
So you get 4 discs - 1 Dvd disc & 1 Blu-Ray disc of the Live in London. 1 New Blood Cd Studio Alum & 1 Live in London Cd. But I can't help but feel that it should have been a 5 disc set!
Here's the negatives, Why Dvd & Blu-Ray together? One or the other, otherwise where's the 3D disc also? So there's 1 disc space wasted. I think that the double disc edition of New Blood should be part of this set. Then there's the live Cd, why only 1 disc? on 23 or 24/04/12 the double live Cd - New Blood Live will be released. This is hardly fair to those of us who have already purchased this set, believing it to be Deluxe & the complete edition of New Blood!
Even if you're a PG completionist, you will probably buy The New Blood 2 disc edition & the New Blood Live 2cd, so really you could be buying this release, just for the book! A great opportunity missed, this could have been the all in one, definitive collection of everything New Blood & New Blood Live. What a real pity!
having enjoyed the music of peter gabriel for many years both with genesis and on his own, peter gabriel has become without doubt one of my music heros. having seen him perform last year at the 02 in london with his blood orchestra i have been waiting in anticipation for this set to come out.
on first glance the set of 4 discs along with a 200 page colour photographed album looks and feels a quality item, nothing has been spared to give an impression that what you have is a piece of music history, a product that like everything peter gabriel does reeks of quality.
the music, well, i really could go on for hours as to this amazing work, it chills you to the bone from the outset, songs of immense clarity, songs of immense meaning and songs written right from the heart. peters own work is mixed alongside some songs that are not his own, but he does them total justice. the dvd of the concert at the hammersmith apollo is first class, again total quality throughout. this de-luxe set is worth every penny, you are getting the work of a master of his craft, not many singer songwriters have the ability to grasp an audience from the start and actually make you feel you are in a private audience with peter. this is an amazing work which will bring you into the realms of real music, of hard work and total comittmet by the artist. this is a must for any serious music collection, it is wonderful, 10 out of 10.
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This is a stunning piece of work! I was lucky enough to attend the second night of the two Hammersmith shows (having attended the initial 'Scratch My Back' tour at the O2). Peter's interpretations of his back catalogue are well put together, excellently produced and beautifully played by the New Blood Orchestra. Peter's vocals are also a perfect match...full of emotion when they need to be, yet not overwhelming against the background of the orchestral arrangements. If listening to this on CD only, you can understand why some have not been so complimentary. Your mood or listening environment can affect the way in which you feel about the music. However, load up the Blu-ray and play it through your 5.1 surround system and you are immediately transported back to Hammersmith as part of the audience. As with all Gabriel productions, both sound and visuals have been carefully managed to provide the optimum listening and viewing experience. One final point is the packaging. Almost 'LP-sized' (for those of a certain age), the hardback book-style case is immediately recognisable as a quality item. Weighty, and made of good quality materials, it's a pleasure to hold and the print quality of the photographs is also excellent. All in all it's one of the best 'special editions' packs I've purchased for any artist and coupled with such high quality content too, this is recommended without reservation. 10/10
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As somebody who has been involved in theatrical concert performances since the early 1970s with Genesis, it is fitting that Peter Gabriel is at the forefront of 3D presentation now with this 3-disc set.
To some people, it may not have seemed like the obvious target for a 3D spectacular - but this is in fact a visual treat as much as a musical one. Working with the New Blood Orchestra on new arrangements of many of his best-loved tunes as well as some tracks from his "swap" arrangement with artists like Paul Simon, you would expect this to be an interesting musical project. But as throughout his career, Gabriel has not ignored the visual aspects of his live performances.
So there is a translucent curtain with projections which mostly sits above the stage - but at times is moved down - and there are back projections behind the orchestra. At times, images stream out at you in 3D and it all adds to the experience. It really seems a concert worth seeing in 3D! So it's not just the projections - but it's interesting to see the orchestra and what's happening. The 3D gives you the perspective and depth which makes the images seem even clearer than full HD. You can explore the stage and how technology has been used to provide screens for the performers, to make sure the vast forces are in sync.
As to the music, the surround sound is wonderful - with huge bass and incredible clarity in the strings. Gabriel and arranger John Metcalfe doen't go for "washes" of sound - but rather use the orchestra for very rhythmical parts that at times sound like Stravinsky and the "Rite". Mostly the arrangements are subtle and suit the songs, but occasionaly the orchestra let rip and really surprise you with dynamics and huge sounds from Tuba and full brass.Read more ›
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