Play...Peter Gabriel's Top 20 [DVD] 
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Compilation of music videos from singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel. Encapsulating his 25-year career and 25 million album sales, the programme includes a selection of his greatest hits such as 'Digging in the Dirt', 'Red Rain', 'Games Without Frontiers' and the most played music video in MTV's history 'Sledgehammer'.
Peter Gabriel has long been revered for his great songwriting, cinematic soundscapes, riveting concerts, and groundbreaking videos. Is it any surprise, then, that Play: The Videos is a music DVD for the ages? Nope. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling to watch or to listen to. Gabriel has assembled and polished an evening-filling 26 clips, all of them collaborations with innovative visual artists and directors like Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, Francois Vogel, and Sean Penn. From the 1977 promo for "Modern Love" to 2003's "Growing Up" and much between, it's all here, and most viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find more than a couple videos they missed along the way. The focus is explicitly on conceptual pieces, the lone visual exception being a 2004 live rendition of "Games Without Frontiers" among the extras.
Gabriel says in an accompanying essay that "music can stand more repetition than video and music together." Play gives us something extra in light of that: fresh 5.1 surround mixes in both Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 for every track, with Gabriel/U2 production vet Daniel Lanois at the helm for most songs. (You'll get standard DTS sound from DTS-capable DVD players and, even better, lossless high-resolution audio from a DTS 96/24-compatible player.) The surround mixes are nothing short of revelatory, using all available channels to amplify Gabriel's ambient side while breaking out the percussion in fascinating ways and driving home the music's subterranean bass. --Michael Mikesell
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Blood Of Eden
Games Without Frontiers
I Don't Remember
In Your Eyes
Don't Give Up
The Barry Williams Show
Washing Of The Water
Kiss That Frog
Shaking The Tree
Shock The Monkey
Digging In The Dirt
And the extras:
Games Without Frontiers (Live 2004)
The Nest That Sailed The Sky
Hope this is of some help :o) - Happy veiwing!!
If you've got Dts then this is going to sound really crisp , clear, & loud.
Still sounds pretty fine on DD 5:1.
Engineering by Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell.
Not surprisingly the videos themselves are top-notch. There are of course the classic ones that everyone knows. Others that most likely only PG fans will have seen, & I'm sure many fans will not have seen them all. Congratulations on your good taste & powers of acquisition if you have seen them all before !
There's some nice extras the disc itself.
The plasticine pic cover is very reminiscent of the multi-colours of " Real World ". Nice accompanying insert.
My humble opinion re the tracks:
(given a star rating-marks out of 5 ! -not just considering the video but influenced by how much like the song)
FATHER, SON ***** great moving video, excellently filmed
SLEDGEHAMMER *** just had to be on !
BLOOD OF EDEN ** ok
GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS ****
I DON'T REMEMBER *** entertaining !
BIG TIME *** excellent video
LOVETOWN **** (Really glad this is on the DVD,as the cd-om stuff on my "Real World Notes #1" is not being recognised by XP. So at last,once again, I've a playable copy).
RED RAIN **
IN YOUR EYES ** Love love this song. Video ok
DON'T GIVE UP ****
THE BARRY WILLIAMS SHOW *** (Directed by Sean Penn) (Live, this is fun)
WASHING OF THE WATER ***
KISS THAT FROG ***** excellent excellent video !
MERCY STREET **** One of my favourite PG songs. B&W video right for the song.
GROWING UP *** Good video (The Prisoner revisited !)
SHAKING THE TREE ** Love Youssou -His voice can lift one's soul to another plane (Hear him Live ! )
SHOCK THE MONKEY **
THE DROP *** lovely simple song. Video to fit.
SOLSBURY HILL **** (Wish I could paint like that ! )
DIGGING IN THE DIRT ***** ( still enjoy this)
Well just one person's opinion. Advise getting it , & making your own :)
If anything the introductions before each video are a little short, I'm sure Peter had a lot more to say about each, but most are annoyingly brief.
But, that pales into insignificance when you experience one of video's true pioneers. Sledgehammer, Steam and Big Time are fantastic.
And it has some really cool disc extra's you can select if you want introductions to each song or not, I recommend you do as there are some great clips of Peter both old and new, And as well a great live version of "Games without Frontiers" from 2004 tour, look out for those things they ride Please Amazon sell those on here!!
To finish off I am a massive fan and only 25 to boot so I am also seeing alot of these Videos for the first time, but if you have been around the block a few times and seen it all before you must still get this for the Introductions and Sound Quality
and well some things are timeless.
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