30 years ago, on September 24, 1990, Anthony Phillips' masterpiece "Slow Dance" was released.
L'album è una suite strumentale di 50 minuti divisa in due parti. La musica è stata composta da Phillips ed eseguita da lui stesso con altri musicisti:
Anthony Phillips - tastiere (E-mu Emax, Roland Jupiter-8, Casio CZ-5000, Roland TR-808 drum machine), chitarre (Alvarez 12 corde, Fender Stratocaster, Yari classic, Ovation 6 corde), Gretsch basso fretless, TOM drum machine, Yamaha QX5 Sequencer su "Slow Dance (parte 2)".
Martin Robertson - clarinetto
Ian Hardwick - oboe
Michael Cox - flauto, ottavino
Tjborn Holtmark - tromba
Julie Allis - arpa
Ian Thomas - batteria
Frank Ricotti - percussioni e off spin
John Owen-Edwards - direttore
Gavyn Wright - leader degli archi
Ralph Bernascone - direttore del quartetto
Listen to the album:
All the songs are composed by Anthony Phillips.
1. "Slow Dance (Part 1)" 23:57
2. "Slow Dance (Part 2)" 26:27
Nel 2017, Slow Dance è stato ristampato come digipack 2 CD/1 DVD Deluxe Edition.
Contiene l'originale e un nuovo mix stereo, un mix surround 5.1 e brani inediti intitolati "Slow Dance Vignettes".
Il pacchetto include un poster e un libretto di 16 pagine con ampie note di copertina.
1. "Themes from Slow Dance" 3:30 2. "No Way Out (Alternate Mix)" 4:23 3. "A Slower Dance" 3:36 4. "Guitar Adagio from Slow Dance" 4:31 5. "Touch Me Deeply (Demo)" 5:58 6. "Clarinet Sleigh Ride" 6:54 7. "Slow Dance Single Demo (Alternate Mix)" 7:38 8. "No Way Out (Original Mix With Drums)" 8:21 9. "Lenta Chorum"
Il titolo dell'album è stato deciso nell'estate del 1990.
Phillips ha dichiarato che "Slow Dance" era tra i tanti possibili, tra i quali "Time & Tide" e "Field Day". Quest'ultimo è stato usato per il nome dell'album di Phillips del 2005.
"Slow Dance" sarebbe stato suggerito da qualcuno alla Virgin ritenendo l'album un ottimo accompagnamento per un balletto.
September 5, 1980, Peter Gabriel performs live at the Philipshalle in Dusseldorf in Germany.
Here is a rare video excerpt from that concert:
A rare black and white movie shot during the China 1984 Tour il September 5, 1980 at the Philipshalle in Dusseldorf in Germany.
Peter Gabriel - Vocals / Keyboards John Ellis - Guitar Jerry Marotta - Drums Larry Fast - Keyboards Tony Levin - Bass John Giblin - Bass
Intruder / I Don't Remember / Solsbury Hill / Family Snapshot / Milgram's 37 / Modern Love / Not One of Us / Lead a Normal Life / Moribund the Burgermeister / Mother of Violence / Humdrum / Games Without Frontiers / And Through the Wire / I Go Swimming / Biko / On the Air / Here Comes the Flood
A curiosity. For this tour Gabriel decided to invent a version of Mao Tse-tung quotes, contained in the so-called "Mao's Little Red Book", which had helped solidify Mao's takeover in the People's Republic of China in the XNUMXs.
The 1980 tour schedule thus suggested a dystopian work of fiction, which echoed Orwell's 1984 in the name, China Tour 1984, thus forever confusing historians.
In fact Gabriel was not on tour in China and it wasn't 1984. The tour was limited to Europe and North America. It was basically a joke of him or whatever.
In any case, perhaps to recreate the bizarre parody of the tour's totalitarian China, the band wore black suits, similar to the Chinese ones, and the tour program it was made in such a way that it resembled quotations from Mao Tse-tung's 1966 book.
The booklet showed Gabriel's head superimposed on those of other individuals and ads in Chinese newspapers, political posters and comic books.
These images of the Tour Program are taken from Ebay.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, Peter Gabriel released this rare 'Games Without Frontiers' movie recorded live in Buenos Aires in 2009.
On May 28, 2020, Peter released this video which takes up an interview made in 2002 for the release of the re-mastered CD. Gabriel talks about the realization of his third self-titled album, called melt because of the iconic cover image, created by Storm Thorgerson of Studio Hipgnosis.
And here are 10 reasons to listen to this album again.
1. It 's Gabriel' s album with a lot of studs prestigious guests, like the manufacturer Steve Lillywhite and the guitarist Dave gregory (I Don't Remember e Family Snapshot) of XTC, the beginning of the long collaboration with David Rhodes, the old friend Phil Collins and the percussionist Morris Pert (Intruder e No Self Control), the new employee Kate Bush (No Self Control e Games Without Frontiers), the English saxophonist Dick Morissey (Start), Paul Weller, then leader of the Hours (And Through The Wire).
2. For the first time Peter used thedrum machine (Games Without Frontiers e Biko, in particular) and has experienced that particular sound on drums, with the gated reverb, that characterizes Intruder, used the year after by Phil Collins for In The Air Tonight. A sound that has become a standard model for much of the English pop of the eighties.
3.Phil Collins was initially skeptical about the idea of not using dishes at all. But Peter was immovable, since he could take advantage of the high tones with a whole new set of sounds, a variety of fields to explore. Paradoxically, Gabriel was accused of plagiarizing Collins when In The Air Tonight has had worldwide success.
4. Gabriel was one of the first musicians to use theFairlight, a revolutionary synthesizer that sampled natural sounds. Peter even became its distributor in England, in partnership with a cousin. In the disc we also find new sounds for the rock groove (post-progressive) in which it is still located, such as the xylophone (Intruder), the sax (Start), the marimba (No Self Control e Lead A Normal Life), the bagpipes, the drums surdu and original South African choirs (Biko).
5.Family Snapshot is inspired by the bookAn Assassin's Diary (A diary of a murderer) by Arthur Bremer, a text that also inspired the screenwriter of the film Taxi Driver di Martin Scorsese. But another book, Dispatches, whose photos suggested some verses to Gabriel Games Without Frontiers, created quite a few censorship issues with the BBC.
6. The album seems to have a common thread of psychological deviance, addressing issues like it stalking (Intruder), schizophrenia and paranoia (No Self Control), removal (I Don't Remember), bad media influence (Family Snapshot), the absence of communication (And Through The Wire), mental illness (Lead A Normal Life). But the "political" aspect is also important. Peter takes a stand against the war (Games Without Frontiers), fear of the "other" (Not One Of Us), L 'apartheid (Biko).
7. Davide Castellini in The songs of Peter Gabriel, Editori Riuniti, points out that there are many negative expressions in titles and texts (No., no, Note, neverwithout). Peter himself had noticed, so much so that, always quoted by Castellini, he was afraid of "turn the album into a sermon to a child, full of not doing this, not doing that".
8.Gabriel was unsure whether to publish or not Biko in the disc. Despite his sincerity towards the topic, he feared that he was not a valid voice for a cause so geographically and socially distant from him. In addition, the story of Steven Biko had already been told in various songs, including A Motor Bike In Africa di Peter Hammill, his friend, collaborator, and neighbor in Bath.
9.Biko is then inserted in the album at the insistence of his friend Tom Robinson. "It was a keystone in my career as a musician and lyricist", says Gabriel, quoted by Mario Giammetti in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Editions sign. Indeed, Peter's journey towards the commitment to civil rights begins, which will see him in all the events that the world of music will organize to raise awareness of the planet.
10. For the cover, fourth and final collaboration with the Hipgnosis studio and its founder Storm Thorgerson. Through the technique called Krimsography, invented by the American Les Krim, a Polaroid with the portrait of Peter is manipulated with an eraser on the still fresh emulsion. And the effect melt, in fact, which gives the album the informal title, it's done.
All albums have been remastered and equipped with a high resolution audio download code.
The series begins with Plays Live, Peter Gabriel's first live album from 1983, which will be re-released on 2LP on August 28th. An interview with Peter Walsh in charge of mixing and co-producer of Plays Live and Secret World Live has been published on Peter's website.
On September 25 we move on to the tour that supported the release of Peter Gabriel's fifth solo album, "So", with the release of Live in Athens on 25 September 1987, for the first time on vinyl.
At the third release, on October 23, we find ourselves immersed in the show of the Secret World Live tour. This is the first time on vinyl for "Secret World Live", presented as a 2LP set.
The latest release in this series is Growing Up Live on November 27th. Played on video, it is the first time on vinyl for "Growing Up Live", presented as a gatefold 3LP set, designed by Marc Bessant.
All Peter Gabriel fans are wondering how far is the new album "I / O".
And Peter is having fun sowing some clues. The last is the interview with UNCUT Magazine, of July 16, 2020:
First, in an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2020 in which he declared:
«As far as music is concerned, I haven't had as much time as I usually do, which is not as before. But there have been some news. There is a COVID song - well, there is a COVID lyrics, actually -. I have been asked to write something and it will probably turn into a song. So there are songs and pieces that go in the right direction ». (Interview by Matt Everitt).
In March 2020 Peter had written to a newspaper giving another indication of his compositional activity, although very slowly.
The song was followed shortly after "The Veil", arrived on 8 September 2016 (read here how the song was received). It was part of the Oliver Stone film "Snowden", but without joining the soundtrack (another indication that bode well).
At the moment the picture is complete, in the sense that some material is available to fans even if, having spent so much time, we would expect something more concrete. We'll see. If you want to stay updated on developments, subscribe to our newsletter below.
It starts from 10 am on Saturday 25 July, UK time, and just like at the festival, you can explore and choose what you want to see and when. Everything is available, for the whole weekend, on the website WOMAD.
Peter Gabriel performed with "Biko" on Friday July 16, 1982, at the first WOMAD Festival, in Shepton Mallet.
"The only way we hope that we can do this again is with your support." - pg, 1982.
This performance is previewed as part of WOMAD at Home.
The next live date will be in Charlton Park in 2021.
It is an unpublished and wide-ranging interview, which includes the early days of his solo career, what it means to be a performer and the recent release of the album "Rated PG".
Also, in his first five-year interview, Gabriel relives the ups and downs of his career and reveals plans for his new album.
This is a theme that leaves fans in suspense. And Peter, in the interview, admits that he is very slow to finish things. And in fact with publishes an album of unreleased since 2002, with "Up".
But something seems to be moving. Because Gabriel reveals that he has quite a few backlogs of ideas "unfinished" and to have written a satisfactory number of texts, a field in which, as we well know, Peter is easily blocked.
«I can't wait to have thealbum out », Peter declares, to everyone's delight.
Gabriel was also slowed in recording tracks from lockdown, but è managed to work at home with his sound engineer.
Then a can we expect a new album soon?«It depends on what is meant by "soon", but the answer is yes. ", reassures - perhaps - Peter.
Really sad to say goodbye to Alan Parker. There's a lot of wonderful work he has left us. He also had a serious impact on my own life as he was the first film director to think I might be able to create a film score - pg
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The Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors, global event live stream, was held on Friday 26 June and presented, as usual, a mix of home musical performances, interviews, indigenous wisdom and calls to action.
Peter has participated together with numerous other artists such as Barbara Streisand, Sting, Jeff Bridges, Herbie Hancock, Morgan Freeman and Jane Fonda. They joined indigenous leaders, scientists and a large coalition of NGOs in the live stream event produced by Artists for Amazonia.
On May 28, 2020 Peter Gabriel participated in the previous live stream event "Artists United for Amazonia, Protecting the Protectors", with other big names in the show and beyond.
Among these, Morgan Freeman, Carlos Santana, @SantanaCarlos, Jane Fonda and, in fact, Peter Gabriel participated in the livestream benefit for the Amazon region, which in Brazil has been particularly affected by COVID.
Watch the video of Peter Gabriel's speech:
«We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of # COVID19 in the Amazon!
Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors, a special livestream event for the Amazon Emergency Fund in support of the Amazonian indigenous population under the extreme threat of COVID-19
JEFF BRIDGES PETER GABRIEL
ED BEGLEY, JR.
RACHELLE CARSON BEGLEY
CHLOE SMITH (RISING APPALACHIA)
... AND MANY MORE!
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