PETER GABRIEL – ” The Live Albums “

Posted: July 15, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Across the months of August, September, October and November 2020, four classic Peter Gabriel concerts will be released on vinyl by Real World. Three of them for the first time. A twenty-year period of live performance is captured by the four releases, and over forty different songs. The series commences with Plays Live, Peter Gabriel’s first live album from 1983, which will be re-released on 2LP on 28th August. A month later, we jump forward musically to the tour that supported the release of Peter’s fifth solo album, ‘So’, with the release of Live in Athens 1987 on 25th September, also a 2LP set. Both albums come in wide-spine sleeves with printed inner bags.

By the third release, on 23rd October, we find ourselves immersed in the spectacle of the Secret World Live tour. Conceived by Peter and Robert Lepage, this is the show that accompanied the release of the ‘US’ album. Again, this is a 2LP with wide-spine sleeve and printed inner bags. The last release of this series is Growing Up Live, released on 27th November capturing Peter’s first tour in a decade in support of the album ‘UP’. This is a 3LP set with a gatefold sleeve and printed inner bags.

Plays Live, Peter Gabriel’s first live album from 1983, re-released on 2LP on 28th August 2020.

The album was compiled from live recordings made at four venues across the American Midwest in late 1982. It is effectively a sign-off to the first phase of Peter Gabriel the solo artist. As such, it’s a celebration of all that was achieved on his opening quartet of self-titled long-players, while also standing as confirmation that Peter was an engaged and engaging frontman.

The touring band captured by the recordings consists of Peter, alongside Jerry Marrotta (drums and percussion), Tony Levin (bass and stick), David Rhodes (guitar) and Larry Fast (synthesizer and piano), whilst the iconic cover image of Peter in ‘monkey mask’ make-up was taken by long-time collaborator Armando Gallo.

The 2LP artwork replicates the original vinyl release with a wide-spine single sleeve and full colour printed inner bags. All images are newly re-scanned.

The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s sound engineer Richard Chappell. The LP also comes with a hi-res audio download code (24bit or 16bit).

Live in Athens 1987 captures the concert tour that supported the release of Peter Gabriel’s fifth solo album, ‘So’, released on 2LP on 25th September 2020. An open-air theatre cut into a hill, the lights of a capital city twinkling beneath. five musicians take to the stage, five musicians at the peak of their game. a few thousand acolytes approvingly roar at their arrival. ear-to-ear smiles are visible in every direction, both in the crowd and onstage. this is the last night of a tour. a long tour. a very long tour. we are in Athens and it’s October 1987. more significantly, it’s the climax of Peter Gabriel’s “This Way Up Tour”, an endeavour that kicked off nearly 12 long months previously, tens and tens of thousands of miles ago. over many, many months, this jolly caravan has travelled throughout north America and Europe, from Buffalo to Bologna, Milwaukee to Munich, Toronto to Toulouse. it’s nearly all over. and here in the Greek capital the occasion will be preserved for eternity. though previously release as a concert film the recording has never be available on vinyl.

Recorded at the open-air Lycabettus theatre above the Greek capital, Live in Athens 1987 documents the final shows of the This Way Up world tour and five musicians at the peak of their game, playing the songs from the album that had catapulted Gabriel into the pop stratosphere. The show features a special guest appearance by the young Youssou N’Dour on a rousing rendition of ‘In Your Eyes’.

The touring band captured by the recordings consists of Peter, alongside Manu Katché (drums), Tony Levin (bass, backing vocals), David Rhodes (guitar, backing vocals) and David Sancious (keyboards), and in a nod to the Plays Live album the cover image was taken by photographer Armando Gallo.

Though previously a concert film, this is the first time on vinyl for ‘Live in Athens 1987’, presented as a 2LP set  with a wide-spine single sleeve and full colour printed inner bags. Brand new artwork by Marc Bessant, Gabriel’s long-time designer.

The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s sound engineer Richard Chappell. The LP also comes with a hi-res audio download code (24bit or 16bit).

Secret World Live, released on 2LP on 23rd October 2020.

Conceived by Gabriel and Robert Lepage, this is the show that accompanied the release of the ‘US’ album and features a collection of songs that spans Gabriel’s solo career until that point; from debut single ‘Solsbury Hill’ to ‘Digging In The Dirt’, ‘Steam’ and ‘Blood Of Eden’. All delivered in a thoroughly committed and total performance by Gabriel and band and recorded over two nights at the Palasport in Modena, Italy in November 1993. the album looks amazing with a wide-spine single sleeve and full colour printed inner bags. this is the first time that “Secret World Live” has been available in vinyl, with the LP designed by Marc Bessant at Real World. Secret World Live contains 16 tracks from the Secret World Tour of 1993 the extraordinary live tour, conceived by Peter Gabriel and Robert Lepage, that accompanied the release of peter’s sixth solo album, us. recorded over two nights in Modena in Northern Italy, the collection spans Peter’s solo career until that point; from debut single Solsbury Hill right up to Digging in the Dirt, Steam and Blood of Eden from us. with a thoroughly committed and total performance Peter further consolidated his reputation as a ringmaster of dynamism and daring. the touring band captured by the recordings consists of Peter,

The touring band captured by the recordings consists of Peter, alongside Manu Katché (drums), Tony Levin (bass, vocals), David Rhodes (guitar, vocals), Jean Claude Naimro (keyboards, vocals), Shankar (violin) and Paula Cole (vocals). Special guest appearance by Papa Wemba.

This is the first time on vinyl for ‘Secret World Live’, which is presented as a 2LP set with a wide-spine single sleeve and full colour printed inner bags.

The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s sound engineer Richard Chappell. The LP also comes with a hi-res audio download code (24bit or 16bit).

Growing Up Live, released on 3LP on 27th November 2020.

Following the release of his album ‘UP’, Peter Gabriel went on the road for the first time in a decade. Once again collaborating with production designer Robert Lepage to create a spectacular and theatrical live experience, with the band performing in the round. the tour took in thirty-two cities across the USA, Canada and Europe and this concert performance was recorded over two nights at the Filaforum in Milan in may 2003, with Peter Gabriel and the band performing in the round at the centre of the arena. a concert film capturing the live show was released in late 2003, but growing up live has never previously been on vinyl.

The concert was recorded over two nights at the Filaforum in Milan in May 2003 and features notable contributions from the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Hukwe and Charles Zawose, Sevara Nazarkhan and the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

The touring band captured by the recordings consists of Peter, alongside Ged Lynch (drums), Tony Levin (bass, vocals), David Rhodes (guitar, vocals), Richard Evans (guitar, mandolin, whistle), Rachel Z (keyboards, vocals) and Melanie Gabriel (vocals).

Previously a concert film, this is the first time on vinyl for ‘Growing Up Live’, presented as a 3LP set in gatefold sleeve, designed by Marc Bessant.

The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s sound engineer Richard Chappell. The LP also comes with a hi-res audio download code (24bit or 16bit).

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