Us (Peter Gabriel album)

Summary

Us
Us (Original) - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 September 1992
RecordedOctober 1989 – June 1992[1]
StudioReal World Studios, Box, Wiltshire
Kingsway Studios, New Orleans
Studio 2000, Dakar
Genre
Length57:41
LabelReal World
Producer
Peter Gabriel chronology
Shaking the Tree
(1990)
Us
(1992)
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)
Singles from Us
  1. "Digging in the Dirt"
    Released: 14 September 1992 [5]
  2. "Steam"
    Released: 11 January 1993 [6]
  3. "Blood of Eden"
    Released: 29 March 1993 (UK) [7]
  4. "Kiss That Frog"
    Released: 20 September 1993 (UK) [8]
  5. "Come Talk to Me"
    Released: September 1993 (US) [9]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[10]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[12]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[2]
NME5/10[13]
Q5/5 stars[14]
Record Collector4/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[16]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[17]
The Village VoiceB−[18]

Us is the sixth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and musician Peter Gabriel, released on 28 September 1992 by Real World Records. Following the release of his soundtrack album Passion in 1989, Gabriel started work on new material for a new album, his first since So, which became his biggest selling release. Gabriel focused on personal themes on Us, including his divorce in the late 1980s, his subsequent relationship with actress Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between him and his first daughter.[19]

Us was promoted with an early form of interactive multimedia software for Macintosh computers entitled Xplora1: Peter Gabriel's Secret World, which featured several music videos from the album. The album was a worldwide chart success, reaching No. 2 in the UK and the US and the top-ten in twelve other countries. Four singles were released: "Digging in the Dirt", "Steam", "Blood of Eden", and "Kiss That Frog", with "Steam" reaching No. 10 in the UK. Gabriel supported the album with his Secret World Tour in 1993 and 1994 which was documented on the Secret World Live album and same-titled concert film, both released in 1994. Us was reissued in 2002 and 2010.

Background

In October 1989, Gabriel first worked on prototypes of songs which would end up on the Us album, but he was also preparing new versions of songs for the 1990 compilation album Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, and he was supervising the editing of 1987 concert footage shot in Greece, which was released in 1990 as the live video album POV. Finally, through 1991 and into June 1992 he focused on composing and recording the Us album, mainly at his own Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England, with specialised recording sessions held at Kingsway Studios in New Orleans, and Studio 2000 in Dakar.[19]

Gabriel had met Sinéad O'Connor in October 1990 at the Amnesty International human rights benefit concert held in Santiago, Chile.[20] Gabriel tapped O'Connor to sing on his album, and she came to Real World Studios to perform her vocal parts on "Blood of Eden" and "Come Talk to Me", the latter written by Gabriel to his younger daughter, Melanie – a teenager.[21] Daniel Lanois co-produced the album with Gabriel, with support from David Bottrill in programming and engineering. Lanois and Bottrill were given the task of organising and mixing tracks from approximately one thousand Digital Audio Tapes (DAT) containing various studio performances. The final album ended up being almost 58 minutes long, substantially longer than his earlier releases which held to the 46-minute limit of the analog 12-inch vinyl LP.[22]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel.

No.TitleLength
1."Come Talk to Me" (with Sinéad O'Connor)7:06
2."Love to Be Loved"5:18
3."Blood of Eden" (with Sinéad O'Connor)6:38
4."Steam"6:03
5."Only Us"6:30
6."Washing of the Water"3:52
7."Digging in the Dirt"5:18
8."Fourteen Black Paintings"4:38
9."Kiss That Frog"5:20
10."Secret World"7:03
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Bashi-Bazouk" (B-side on the "Digging in the Dirt" single)4:46

Personnel

Musicians

  • Peter Gabriel – vocals (all tracks), keyboards (all tracks), triangle (track 1), programming (tracks 1, 2, 7–10), synth bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10), percussion (tracks 2, 4, 9), valiha (track 2), horn arrangement (track 4), harmonica (track 9), Mexican flute (track 10)
  • Tony Levin – bass guitar (tracks 1–7 and 10)
  • David Rhodes – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–10), twelve-string guitar (track 3), solo guitar (track 4)
  • Manu Katché – drums (tracks 1, 6, 7), electric drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 10), percussion (track 10)
  • The Babacar Faye Drummers – sabar drums (tracks 1 and 4)
  • Doudou N'Diaye Rose – programming (tracks 1 and 10)
  • David Bottrill – programming (tracks 1–4, 7, 10), additional programming (tracks 5 and 9), studio engineer
  • Chris Ormston – bagpipes (track 1)
  • Daniel Lanoisshaker (track 1), guitar (tracks 1, 10), additional vocals (track 1), hi-hat (track 3), vocals (track 3), horn arrangements (track 4), Dobro (tracks 8, 10)
  • Richard Blair – additional verse keyboards (track 1), programming (tracks 4, 5, 7, 9), additional programming (tracks 2, 3)
  • Levon Minassian – duduk (tracks 1, 3, 8)
  • Sinéad O'Connor – vocals (tracks 1, 3)
  • Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (Russian: Ансамбль Дмитрия Покровского) – vocals (track 1)
  • Hossam Ramzytabla (track 2), surdo (track 7)
  • Daryl Johnson – drums (track 2)
  • William Orbit – programming (track 2), additional programming (track 5)
  • Bill Dillon – guitar (tracks 2, 5)
  • Mark Riveraalto saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
  • Brian Eno – additional keyboards (track 2)
  • L. Shankar – violin (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8)
  • Caroline Lavelle – cello (tracks 2, 6, 10), string arrangement (track 2)
  • Wil Malone – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
  • Jonny Dollar – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
  • Richard Evans – additional engineering (track 2), mix engineer (track 8), mandolin (track 8)
  • Gus Isidore – bridge guitar (track 3)
  • Richard Chappell – bridge section mix (track 3)
  • Leo Nocentelli – guitar (tracks 4, 7)
  • Tim Green – tenor saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
  • Reggie Houstonbaritone saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
  • Renard Poché – trombone (tracks 4, 6)
  • Wayne Jackson – trumpet (track 4), cornet (track 6)
  • Kudsi Ergunerney flute (track 5), shaker (track 4)
  • Ayub Ogada – vocals (track 5, 7)
  • Malcolm Burn – horn arrangement (track 6), additional synth cello (track 10), additional production ideas (track 10)
  • Mark Howard – horns recording (track 6)
  • Babacar Faye – djembe (tracks 7, 8)
  • Assane Thiam – tama (track 7), talking drum (track 8)
  • Peter Hammill – vocals (track 7)
  • Richard Macphail – vocals (track 7)
  • John Paul Jonessurdo (track 8), bass (track 8), keyboards (track 8)
  • Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble – additional percussion loop (track 9)
  • Manny Elias – Senegalese shakers (track 9)
  • Marilyn McFarlane – vocals (track 9)

Technical support

  • Mike Large
  • Sue Coulson
  • Brian Gray

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[61] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[62] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Brazil 200,000[63]
Canada (Music Canada)[64] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[65] 2× Gold 244,500[66]
Germany (BVMI)[67] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[68] 3× Platinum 300,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[69] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[70] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[71] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[74] Platinum 1,600,000[73]

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

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