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Peter Gabriel: Live In Athens 1987 [Blu-ray + Bonus DVD] [2013]

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  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Language: French, Spanish, German, English, Italian
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Vision HD
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DO9V9A4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

In October 1987 after many months on the road, it was in the elevated surroundings of the hillside open-air theatre at Lycabettus overlooking Athens, that the So tour came to a climactic close. The three nights were filmed in what was the first-ever Peter Gabriel concert to be committed to film. As a concert film, it was brilliantly shot and has now been equally brilliantly remastered, a crystal-clear record of Gabriel and band in their mid-80s pomp. The viewer is placed right in the heart of the action all the way, from the band s synchronised choreography on opening number This Is The Picture , right through to the skin-pricking closer Biko . In between, we re lost in music, spellbound by the spectacle, totally absorbed by the imperfection-free tightness of a band that s been on the road for so long. DISC 1 (BLU-RAY) LIVE IN ATHENS: 1) This Is The Picture 2) San Jacinto 3) Shock The Monkey 4) Family Snapshot 5) Intruder 6) Games Without Frontiers 7) No Self Control 8) Mercy Street 9) Family And The Fishing Net 10) Don t Give Up 11) Solsbury Hill 12) Lay Your Hands On Me 13) Sledgehammer 14) Here Comes The Flood 15) In Your Eyes 16) Biko 17) Quiet & Alone DISC 2 (DVD) PLAY: 1) Father, Son 2) Sledgehammer 3) Blood Of Eden 4) Games Without Frontiers 5) I Don t Remember 6) Big Time 7) Lovetown 8) Red Rain 9) In Your Eyes 10) Don t Give Up 11) The Barry Williams Show 12) Washing Of The Water 13) Biko 14) Kiss That Frog 15) Mercy Street 16) Growing Up 17) Shaking The Tree 18) Shock The Monkey 19) Steam 20) The Drop 21) Zaar 22) Solsbury Hill 23) Digging In The Dirt

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After having the POV release for many years, and seeing the DVD I was looking forward to getting this wonderful concert in full HD. The 1987 fully restored footage is absolutely stunning, there is no other way to describe it. The 5.1 audio is also excellent.

Additionally it is great to see the entire concert which includes 'Intruder', 'The Family And The Fishing Net' and 'Here Comes The Flood'.

Some people complain about reissues and re-releases however when the quality is improved to such a standard it really is worth seeing. Pictures will be improved vastly again very shortly and we'll all be buying 4k TV's so I really don't see the problem with such releases. Anything that makes Peter Gabriel's thirtysomething face clearer to me is very welcome. I'm extremely happy with this release in this point in time, it is superior to other blu rays I have with more recent footage. Progression in technology should always be appreciated, I just wish that other releases of that period could be reissued to this standard, sadly however many companies claim they don't find this cost effective.

You also receive Play The Videos DVD with this release which is a great bonus. Other bonuses include Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Etoile De Dakar support set, a 1986 interview with Peter and the 'Sledgehammer' video with 5.1 audio.

The Blu Ray is region A,B and C and the DVD is region free 0.
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I've been wishing for this for years, having seen him on the tour. The quality of visuals and sound is superb and really captures the atmosphere. I remembered being impressed by Youssou N'Dour and this reminded me why - a pretty hard act to follow in itself - I'm so glad they included his opening set on the DVD. Peter Gabriel's show is as impeccable as you would expect with some emotional and uplifting moments (his fall back into the audience - an amazing moment when I saw it - "Don't Give Up", Youssou joining him for a joyous "In Your Eyes").
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This is a fantastic blu-ray that includes a suberb performance by Peter Gabriel. The only thing I can say is buy it. I am aware that some reviewers have complained because a DVD version of the same concert has come out not long ago, and assurances had been given that no blu-ray version was forthcoming (and instead here it is!). Most of these reviewers gave the present blu-ray one star. But, while I do not wish to dispute their point, the occasional customer should be re-assured that the one-star evaluation has noting to do with the concert as such: the sound and video quality are top-notch, as are the recorded performances.
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Just arrived yesterday, I had been looking forward to this one since pre ordering a while back. I have to say that it's a totally different experience and much more rewarding when compared to the original POV release, a concert video that I always frustrating. It's now a straight concert bluray without the extra bits of backstage and archive footage shown over parts of songs. It also features the whole setlist which is very nice. I can only imaging what audience members who were unfamiliar with PG's work prior to the SO album must have thought when he broke into songs like The Family And The Fishing Net or Intruder. One question though, why almost edit out the electronic drum sounds out of The Family And The Fishing Net ? very strange. Anyway, this Blu ray looks lovely given the age of the footage and it sounds pretty sweet too. On top of this you get the rather nice support show from Youssou N'Dour too, and if this wasn't enough you also get PLAY, the dvd of promo video's. This has the error fixed that the standalone release had where the DTS soundtrack didn't play correctly on a lot of players. great value package really. 5 stars from me for turning what I thought was a fairly poor concert video (POV) into a stunning document of an important point in PG's career.
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Peter excels at putting images to his musical creativity when he's on stage. The audience remains enthralled from start to finish. Great camera work makes you feel part of the audience and part of the extraordinarily talented performers. This concert version of Biko is without equal, Peter telling his enraptured audience near the ending that "it's up to them where this goes" and leaves the stage while they sing on: what an inspired idea! What a risk! A risk that paid off, big time. Peter was a genius... and still is.
Youssou N'dour has an infectious voice and style that transcends language. You don't need to know the lyrics to appreciate his passion. Peter was inspired when he chose this talented man to work with.
Don't overlook the extra material on the concert DVD. I wanted this Athens concert to keep going... I wanted more. Getting all the Peter Gabriel videos is a massive bonus.
If you like Peter's work, get this. If you love true creative musical genius, get this. Enjoy the Peter Gabriel experience time and time again.
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I've followed Gabriel since he left Genesis and we once caught him as he pioneered 'crowd-surfing', falling backwards into the Bradford fans. So I'm old and totally biased.
Considering this gig is from 1987 the sound and picture are awesome. I've got the blu ray disc by the way. The menus are easy to navigate, the Senegalese warm-up band is astonishing but, let's face it, we want to hear Gabriel. He has his band: Manu Katche, Tony Levin and guitarist Rhodes, who are fun, choreographed (!) and so so accomplished. We get all the key songs from the albums up to that time, including Solisbury Hill, Sledgehammer, a tender Don't give up and San Jacinto. Biko at the end makes you weep.
But frankly, the performance of 'In your eyes', where he gets the Senegalese back on stage, is worth the purchase alone, for sheer vibrancy, joy and crowd ecstasy !!
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