Live Blood

Summary

Live Blood
Peter Gabriel - Live Blood.jpg
Live album by
Released23 April 2012 (2012-04-23)
Recorded23–24 March 2011
Length141:14
LabelReal World/Virgin
ProducerPeter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
New Blood
(2011)
Live Blood
(2012)
And I'll Scratch Yours
(2013)

Live Blood is the third live album by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel. Recorded at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London on 23 and 24 March 2011, the concert featured Gabriel singing with the New Blood Orchestra and vocalists Ane Brun, Melanie Gabriel, Sevara Nazarkhan and Tom Cawley.

The setlist included songs from his previous orchestral covers album Scratch My Back and new orchestral arrangements of his solo songs, most of which went on to appear on the studio album New Blood. A single CD version of Live Blood formed part of the New Blood Deluxe Edition DVD released in 2011. The concerts were filmed in 3D.

The orchestral versions were arranged by John Metcalfe with Peter Gabriel except "Signal To Noise" which was arranged by Peter Gabriel and Will Gregory and "The Book of Love", which was arranged by Nick Ingman. The songs were conducted by Ben Foster, who is best known for his work on the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, except "In Your Eyes" which was conducted by John Metcalfe.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(60/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Classic Rock9/10[3]
The Independent[4]
PopMatters6/10[5]
Consequence of Sound[6]

In The Independent, Andy Gill gave the album three stars out of five and said, "the overall effect can be gruelling. At best, the new arrangements open up dark alleyways of meaning, but save for "The Book of Love", where Gabriel's sincerity washes away the irony to leave the song more straightforwardly affectionate, the new meanings are rarely optimistic." [4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel, except where noted.

Disc One
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intruder" 6:05
2."Wallflower" 7:25
3."The Boy in the Bubble"Paul Simon4:33
4."Apres Moi"Regina Spektor5:26
5."The Drop" 2:48
6."Washing of the Water" (featuring Melanie Gabriel) 4:21
7."The Book of Love"Stephin Merritt3:55
8."Darkness" 6:33
9."The Power of the Heart"Lou Reed6:40
10."Biko" 6:52
11."San Jacinto" 7:47
Disc Two
No.TitleLength
1."Digging in the Dirt"6:08
2."Signal to Noise"8:48
3."Downside Up" (featuring Melanie Gabriel)6:27
4."Mercy Street"6:48
5."The Rhythm of the Heat"6:55
6."Blood of Eden"6:37
7."Red Rain"7:05
8."Solsbury Hill"6:21
9."In Your Eyes" (featuring Sevara Nazarkhan)8:29
10."Don't Give Up" (featuring Ane Brun)8:30
11."The Nest That Sailed the Sky"6:42

References

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Live Blood - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Peter Gabriel - Live Blood review". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  3. ^ Beaumont, Marc (July 2012). "Peter Gabriel - Live Blood". Classic Rock. No. 172. p. 97.
  4. ^ a b Gill, Andy (20 April 2012). "Album: Peter Gabriel, New Blood (Realworld)". The Independent. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ McGuire, Colin (10 May 2012). "Peter Gabriel: Live Blood". PopMatters. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  6. ^ Gerber, Justin (10 May 2012). "Album Review: Peter Gabriel -- Live Blood". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 27 December 2012.

External links

  • Live Blood at PeterGabriel.com