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Totally unmissable for any fan of PG's music
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)