Secret World Live

Summary

Secret World Live
Secret World Live - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Live album by
Released13 September 1994 (1994-09-13)
Recorded16–17 November 1993, Palasport Nuovo, Modena, Italy
GenreArt rock, worldbeat
Length99:45
LabelGeffen (US & Canada)
Real World/Virgin
ProducerPeter Gabriel
Peter Walsh
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)
Secret World Live
(1994)
OVO
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+ [2]
Rolling Stone [3]

Secret World Live is the second live album and tenth album overall by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, released in 1994. The album was not remastered with the rest of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002. A concert film was released at the same time as the album. Its track listing is the same as the album, save that it omits "Red Rain" and adds "San Jacinto" (7:32) after "Blood of Eden", In 2019, a re-release of the album on music streaming platforms re-inserted "San Jacinto" into the set list.

It contains a live performance of the song "Across the River", which first appeared on a WOMAD benefit album Music and Rhythm in July 1982, then subsequently on various singles and EPs. This was the only full-length Gabriel album on which the song appears until the 2019 rarities collection Flotsam and Jetsam.

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Gabriel except as noted.

Compact Disc version

Disc one

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 6:13
  2. "Steam" – 7:45
  3. "Across the River" (Stewart Copeland, Gabriel, David Rhodes, L. Shankar) – 6:00
  4. "Slow Marimbas" – 1:41
  5. "Shaking the Tree" (Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour) – 9:18
  6. "Red Rain" – 6:15
  7. "Blood of Eden" – 6:58
  8. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:58
  9. "Washing of the Water" – 4:07
  10. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:42

Disc two

  1. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:36
  2. "Sledgehammer" – 4:58
  3. "Secret World" – 9:10
  4. "Don't Give Up" – 7:35
  5. "In Your Eyes" – 11:32

LP track listing

A two-LP version was released in 2020.

Side A

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 6:14
  2. "Steam" – 7:43
  3. "Across the River" – 6:00
  4. "Slow Marimbas" – 1:46
  5. "Shaking the Tree" – 9:18

Side B

  1. "Red Rain" – 6:15
  2. "Blood of Eden" – 6:57
  3. "San Jacinto" – 7:34
  4. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:57
  5. "Washing of the Water" – 4:07

Side C

  1. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:46
  2. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:37
  3. "Sledgehammer" – 4:59
  4. "Secret World" – 9:11

Side D

  1. "Don’t Give Up" – 7:36
  2. "In Your Eyes" – 11:34

Personnel

Additional musicians[citation needed]
Guest artists[4]
  • Papa Wemba and his band Molokai
    • Papa Wemba – vocals
    • Patrick Marie Magdelaine – guitar
    • Dominique Berose – keyboards
    • Herve Rakotofiringa – keyboards
    • Noel Ekwabi – bass
    • Joseph Kuo – drums
    • Xavier Jouvelet – percussion
    • "Reddy" Mela Amissi – backing vocals
    • "Styno Mubi Matadi" – backing vocals
    • Ayub Ogada – backing vocals

Cover artwork

The artwork for the album cover was directed by Michael Colson and co-ordinated by Martha Ladly (formerly of Martha and the Muffins) who was working for Gabriel at the time, with cover images by Fab 4 and Danny Jenkins.[5] It received a nomination for the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Record Sleeve Packaging Design. Danny Jenkins said of his photograph: “I have always been interested in making images and had amassed an extensive collection of 80s office detritus for my digital montages [...] The core photograph of the album was shot in my studio back yard with my Pentax K1000 camera [...] The receiver was randomly picked from a pile of phones and the hand actually belongs to my long-suffering studio assistant Becky Jemmett. It was pure luck and chance that the phone and hand were a convincing enough match for Peter’s on-stage version."

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 23

Singles

Year Song Chart Position
1992 "Red Rain" (Live) Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 33

Certifications

Sales certifications for Secret World Live
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[9] Gold 173,800[8]
Germany (BVMI)[10] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[11] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Japan 105,000[12]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album review | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ Helligar, Jeremy (16 September 1994). "Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  3. ^ Richardson, Susan (20 October 1994). "Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  4. ^ End text of the video Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994)
  5. ^ Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album releases & credits at Discogs
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mount Martha, Melbourne, Victoria: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD / Albums "Tout Temps" – Debut 2550" (in French). Institut français d'opinion publique. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  9. ^ "French album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 25 March 2021. Select PETER GABRIEL and click OK. 
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Peter Gabriel; 'Secret World Live')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Spettacoli" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 22 May 1995. p. 26. ISSN 1120-4982. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  12. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  13. ^ Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts: 1966–2006. Maurienne House. ISBN 978-1-877443-00-8.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 March 2021.

External links

  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, credits & releases at AllMusic
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) VHS/DVD/Blu-ray track listing, credits & releases at AllMusic
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album releases & credits at Discogs
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray releases & credits at Discogs
  • Secret World Live (disc 2) at MusicBrainz
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album credits & user reviews at ProgArchives.com
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) VHS/Laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray credits & user reviews at ProgArchives.com
  • Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (1994) album to be listened on Spotify