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on 15 November 2005
This new Peter Gabriel double DVD is a real cracker.
Disc 1 is a clever compilation from various small-venue concerts but unlike some DVD's of this type, it isn't always obvious where one concert ends and another begins. The audience sound is continued through and matched so that it's almost seamless.
There are some well known songs (Red rain, Secret world, games without frontiers, San Jacinto, Digging in the dirt, Solsbury Hill (of course), Sledgehammer, Come talk to me and Biko) but all are films that haven't been released before and all are often quite different from those we have seen - either in the way they're performed or the arrangements. (Games without frontiers is very unusual).
There are also far more unusual songs such as White ashes (VERY creepy), Burn you up, burn you down and The tower that ate people.
By far the most moving performance (it brought a lump to my throat and more than one tear to my jaded eyes) is 'Come talk to me'. He performs it with his daughter and from the way it was performed; the way he glanced across at her mid-way through, and the way it ended, I'd suspect that this tour was one of the first times they'd sung it together. Very, VERY emotional.
ONE TIP: have subtitles turned on because PG introduces several songs in French and these are well worth following if you're not fluent in the language.
Disc 2 is a perfect complement for the 'Growing Up Family Portrait' DVD in that it provides a further host of fascinating insights into PG's ideas, ways of working and attitudes to both life and music.
Any fan of PG will thoroughly enjoy this DVD not only because of the music and the quality of sound and vision, but also because of the honesty with which PG talks about himself and his music.
What would now be REALLY interesting would be a third documentary showing the various stages of PG at work writing and recording in his studio. (I recall a 'Southbank Show' film from years ago when he recorded PG4. That would be a great 'Extra' for any such DVD)
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on 18 December 2005
This DVD cannot be compared to the GU 2003 Tour. It captures songs not included on the previous DVD and the ambience is quite different as it was shot around Europe in small festivals which gives a new perspective. It includes a second DVD with interviews between each song and I highly recommend it.
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on 17 January 2006
Got this DVD for Christmas after reading a great review. I was not disappointed.
A great choice of songs and the interviews on the second disc are a welcome addition.
I shall now go & buy the Growing Up DVD so I can get the whole picture of the tour.
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on 11 April 2009
I have been fortunate to have seen Peter Gabriel in the flesh a few times. However that was quite some time ago, so I was very happy when I watched this DVD to discover that he has not lost any of his showman instincts. He engages with the audience in his own unique manner. His way of turning a song into a performance is better than most and no one could question his comitment to his trade.
If you have seen him live this DVD will put a smile on your face. The extras alone are worth the cost.Over all this DVD not only shows bits of his 'Growing Up' tour it also gives you an insight into the putting together of the show.
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on 27 February 2013
I love growing up live so i bought this .. it was pretty good and enjoyed the extras but as a live experience Growing up is spot on
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on 15 January 2007
...but if you're going to rent one Peter Gabriel DVD then make sure it's the 'Growing Up' one. It is far superior to this one in as much as I thought the sound to be better and being the one concert (admittedly filmed over two nights) made it seem more complete. There's nothing wrong with this one, the other one is just much better.

(This review based on Disc 1 only as that's what comes when you rent!)
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on 18 November 2014
I am a Gabriel fanatic - this is good.
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on 21 November 2015
Great record
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on 1 March 2016
AMAZING
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on 15 November 2005
I saw PG 3 times at his GU tour in 2004, and its an impressive concert and performance. Alse the first DVD GU tour is a great piece of memory to me (since I saw that video-recorded concert in Milan 2004). But tihs dvd is just very nice to keep as a document and watch once. There is no show with his perfect concepted rounded-stage here and there is no perfomance with Zorb ball either. Some perfomance are made in their Realworld studio. Its just like a home work for private use. I dont get it. Im just dissapointed with this dvd. I like all what PG is doing and his promotion of new artist and musicians. But This dvd doesnt make me happy to watch it like the first GU tour dvd.
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