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Peter Gabriel: the double digipak CD "Human Rights Now!" comes out on February 12 - DETAILS & PRE-ORDER

It is called "¡RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1988: Human Rights Now!" Peter Gabriel's 2CD Digipak to be released on February 12, 2021.

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In 2013 there were several releases of the Amnesty International "Human Rights Now" concerts. Later also a complete box of 6 DVDs.

Time the double CD with a 1988 recording is reissued and released in a new digipak on February 12th with the title ¡Released! 1988: Human Rights Now! ".

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This is the concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 15, 1988, in which Peter Gabriel has performed with Tracy Chapman, Sting, Youssou N'Dour and Bruce Springsteen.

Track list:

CD1
01 Youssou N'Dour - N'Dobine
02 Youssou N'Dour - Deugeu (The Truth)
03 Tracy Chapman - Across The Lines
04 Tracy Chapman - Why?
05 Tracy Chapman - Freedom Now
06 Tracy Chapman - Talkin '' bout A Revolution
07 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
08 Peter Gabriel / Youssou N'Dour - In Your Eyes
09 Peter Gabriel - Biko

CD2
01 Sting - Don't Stand So Close To Me
02 Sting - They Dance Alone
03 Sting & Bruce Springsteen - Every Breath You Take
04 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Born In The USA
05 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - I'm On Fire
06 Bruce Springsteen & Sting (with The E-Street Band) - The River
07 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Raise Your Hand
08 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Twist And Shout / La Ramba
09 Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour & Tracy Chapman - Chimes Of Freedom
10 Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour & Tracy Chapman - Get Up Stand Up

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Peter Gabriel: Clues and Admissions Leading to New Album "I / O"

Peter Gabriel and the stages of his new album "I / O" (provisional title and not yet confirmed by the person concerned), in preparation for quite a few years. All the clues.

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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 site genesis-news.com had signaled Peter Gabriel's reaction to a Times article (see Matt LeDonne's image taken from genesis-news.com).

Peter has thus revealed that he is working on a new song on aging, called "So Much".

In an article of March 6, the newspaper The Times reported Phil Collins' words: "Rock old men should talk about their generation."

Peter took pen and paper and replied that he is working on one "song about aging" called "So Much".

The author of the Times article posted it on Twitter, confirming that it was Peter who replied.

In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music in April 2019, Peter had talked about new songs and the album:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003zly

In the winter of 2018 Peter published this post on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PeterGabriel/photos/a.10151980348369760/10155778088174760/?type=3

Again fueling the hopes of fans.

To these indications must be added the songs that Peter only mentioned, such as "Here Comes Love?", which he spoke about on Facebook on October 28, 2014 or released in various ways and which have not yet been included in an album, such as "I'm Amazing", posted on YouTube on June 17th 2016 (read here how the song was received) and inspired by the life and battles of Muhammad Ali.

 

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.

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Peter Gabriel: the book “Stick to the roots” with its preface - BUY

Peter Gabriel wrote the introduction to Enrico Spanu's book "Attaccati alle roots - Images and stories of the trees of Sardinia". 

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The publication is carbon neutral and, at Peter's request, new trees have been planted for each printed copy.

The initial run was out of print, but is now available again, printed in collaboration with Symbiosis Magazine - magazine dedicated to reforestation and to restore the balance between man and nature.

Peter said:

"These beautiful and dramatic black and white photographs have captured the strength, the presence and the many personalities of our life companions and rooted in this wonderful island of Sardinia."

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Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett in two virtual concerts - WATCH LIVE

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Peter Gabriel among the protagonists of "Playing For Change", to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with a virtual concert, Steve Hackett participates in the online charity fundraising event "Give to Care". 

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And here's Peter's post:

Peter is taking part in Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice on 1 December 2020. It's a virtual, ...

Published by Peter Gabriel su Thursday November 26 2020

Peter performed "Biko" at this global "Peace Through Music" event.

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And here's the Facebook post with which Steve launches the fundraiser:

To provide further support to the Steve Hackett Crew over the Winter, we are launching two special items in conjunction ...

Published by Steve Hackett su Saturday November 14 2020

The online music event was streamed HERE.

Organized by Glendale Memorial Health Foundation and Dignity Health Foundation - Inland Empire, the festival will also be featured on Facebook and YouTube.

In addition to the musicians, there will be comedians Rick Springfield, George Thorogood, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Comedian Cizzle C and many more.

To support Dignity Health's patients, families and healthcare professionals.

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On December 1st, check out the “Give to Care - Music and Comedy Festival” - a FREE virtual event to benefit select ...

Published by Steve Hackett su Friday 13 November 2020

Steve also launches custom face masks to help his own crew stopped due to the pandemic. Look on his Facebook page:

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Peter Gabriel: his classic lives released on vinyl - BUY

Between August, September, October and November 2020, four Peter Gabriel classical concerts have been released on vinyl by Real World. Three of them for the first time.

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A period of twenty years of live performances on four albums and over forty different songs.

The release schedule is designed to help the independent music retail sector as stores begin to reopen.

All albums are available for pre-order.

Live Plays Live in Athens 1987 Secret World Live Growing Up Live
28 August 16 October  6 November 27 November
2LP 2LP 2LP 3LP

All albums have been remastered and equipped with a high resolution audio download code.

The series began with Plays Live, Peter Gabriel's first live album from 1983, re-released on 2LP on August 28.

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 October 16, the tour that supported the release of Peter Gabriel's fifth solo album, "So", moved on., with the release of Live in Athens on 25 September 1987, for the first time on vinyl. 

In this video, sound engineer Ben Findlay discusses the process of restoring and mixing the audio for Peter's Athens ...

Published by Peter Gabriel su Thursday October 15 2020

On November 2, 2020 Peter posted on YouTube this video. Look:

On October 20, 2020 Peter posted on YouTube this video. Look:

All projects third release, on November 6, 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.

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Click on the image below and read the interview with Robert Lepage, Peter's collaborator in concept e design of the tour:

Secret World Live LP

“The Secret World tour was focused on communication and relationships - the 'phone was a perfect symbol. Robert Lepage had the idea of ​​expanding on the telephone image using the iconic red telephone box, with a cable that extended from the square proscenium stage full length to the center of the circular stage in the audience, for the song Come Talk to Me. " - pg
The third in this autumn's series of live LP releases, Secret Word Live, is released today.
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Published by Peter Gabriel on Friday 6 November 2020

Peter was interviewed in early 1994, during a break in the Secret World tour, and gave this thoughts on the tour so ...

Published by Peter Gabriel su Friday 20 November 2020

The latest release in this series is Growing Up Live, on November 27th. Played on video, it's the first time on vinyl for "Growing Up Live", presented as a 3LP gatefold cover set, designed by Marc Bessant.

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Collector's Corner: Special "Shaking The Tree" by Peter Gabriel, released on November 19, 1990

Collector's Corner: November 19, 1990, Peter Gabriel's "Shaking The Tree" is released - AUDIO & VIDEO.

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"Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats" is the first collection of hits by Peter Gabriel.

Includes songs up to 1989. It was remastered in 2002.

Some songs are different from the versions of their respective albums: "Shaking the Tree" has a new vocal accompaniment by Peter Gabriel; "I Have the Touch" is a remix from 1985; "Here Comes the Flood" is instead a completely new recording, piano and voice only, without the arrangements of Gabriel's first album.

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"Released in 1990, Shaking The Tree is a career-spanning overview of Peter's solo years (up to that point) from the first self-titled album of 1977 up to the 1989 Passion soundtrack with a few curiosities and rarities ..." MORE

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Peter Gabriel: WOMAD at Home Autumn 2020 - LISTEN

Peter Gabriel: here is the autumn WOMAN at Home 2020, which ends on November 5th.

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40 years ago Peter Gabriel was on tour in Italy for the first time as a soloist on 28, 29 and 30 September 1980 - PODCAST & RICORDI

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On September 28, 1980 Peter Gabriel returns to Italy, but not with Genesis, as a soloist. The start of the Italian part of the tour is at the Parco delle Cascine in Florence.

For many Italian boys it is the first opportunity to see a member of Genesis live.

Genesis had been in concert for the last time in Italy on March 25, 1975.

Then there was still Peter Gabriel, he was the The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Tour and that of the Ruffini Park in Turin, would have been the last live, for many years, due to clashes with the police. The Italian tour was in fact canceled after the incidents and scuffles in other live shows, which are about to condemn our country to a quarantine without foreign artists that lasted years.

In fact it remains one of the last of that period. WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THE 1975 TURIN CONCERT.

Meanwhile, both Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett have left the band. But still none of them have come to play in Italy. So the wait is a lot.

Here's the ticket:

I remember the opening of the gatesindeed, after the first ones who have climbed over the weak barriers, all inside in a very long, liberating race, along the entire Prato delle Cornacchie, at the end of which the stage stood.

Then the long wait in the heat, in a festive and peaceful atmosphere. Until thePeter's arrival on stage, but not to start playing, but to introduce in his own way ("listen to them with the attention and respect with which you listen to me") Simple Mind strangers. And despite Peter's recommendations, for Jim Kerr's group, many objects thrown on stage and little attention.

Then finally Peter and his band start the concert. The lights go out. Everything is dark. "Intruder" starts and a certain animation begins in a sector of the lawn. Someone from the audience was right next to Peter. 

In fact the musicians reach the stage passing through the people, creating an extraordinary effect in all of us. They wear a black suit, in tune with the concept of the China Tour 1984.

By the way, here she is line up:

Peter Gabriel - vocals and keyboards
Larry Fast - synthesizers and keyboards
Jerry Marotta - drums
John Ellis - guitar
John Giblin - bass

And two audio extracts from that concert:

The concert is beautiful. Peter, as you can hear from the audio, is very communicative and also tries to speak in Italian, just like he did with the Genesis, reading cards, often with comic results.

Here is the setlist:

Grand finale with "Here Comes the Flood". Peter sings it alone, without the band, accompanying himself on the piano. 

We all hoped to hear "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and "Back in NYC" too., which Peter had performed on previous tours. And we were clamoring for them, but we were not satisfied. The Peter Gabriel of the beautiful third solo album (see below) is now far from the sounds and even the legacy of Genesis.

Bootleg:

ON THE STAGE September Parco Le Cascine - Florence, Italy 1cdr
FLORENCE '80 COMPLETE September Parco delle Cascine - Florence, Italy 2cdr
FLORENCE '80 BTC023 September Parco delle Cascine - Florence, Italy 2cdr

September 29 is al Palasport of Genoa.

Here Peter comes on stage from the back of the audience, always in total darkness making his way with a flashlight on his shoulder. As in Florence, the public is not fully aware of what is happening.

Here is the set list of the concert: 

And here an audio of the live

The ticket:

Bootlegs:

CHINATOUR September Palasport - Genoa, Italy 2cdr
GENOA '80 BTC023 September Palasport - Genoa, Italy 2cdr

On 30 September at Palasport di Torino last stage of the tour in Italy.

Here, before the concert, there was a curious episode, which raised the morale of the already excited audience even more. Some of roadies they made a joke, deciding to play an "I Know What I Like" tape.

The Palasport almost exploded, expecting like a miracle at any moment, but then, realizing that it would hardly be like this, the roar soon turned into a gigantic choir.

Here's the ticket:

And some IMAGES.

And here is a RARE VIDEO of that concert:

La set list:

Even of this live there are various bootlegs (DETAILS & LISTEN HERE):

TURIN '80 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 2cdr
TURIN '80 BTC023 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 2cdr
TURIN '80 September Palasport - Turin, Italy 1cdr

This is a report from the next day from Stampa Sera (source: The Press Archive):

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Peter Gabriel - Melt

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 the drum 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 the Fairlight, 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 book An 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, never without). 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.

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10 years ago Peter Gabriel in concert at the Verona Arena, September 26th 2010 - VIDEO & MEMORIES

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10 years ago, on September 26, 2010, Peter Gabriel performed at the Verona Arena during the New Blood Tour, after the release of the album "Scratch My Back".

La performance was filmed by Anna Gabriel and the material she shot is the basis of two films: 'Scratch My Back' and 'Taking The Pulse - Live in Verona'.

Peter Gabriel writes on the site PeterGabriel.com:

«Ten years ago, I asked my daughter Anna to film the concert that we wanted to bring with an orchestra to the Verona Arena, a unique setting in which to perform. Despite a severe cold that prevented me from reaching the notes as I wanted, Anna, along with her collaborator Andrew Gaston and their team, did an excellent job and captured a truly special evening. "

Peter continues:

“Anna's filming was not seen by a large enough audience. Now that many are in isolation at home, we would like to broadcast them on Real World's Vimeo channel for those interested, with my only request that you consider making a donation to one of these virus-fighting organizations:

Italian Red Cross

Civil protection

If you prefer, donate to associations or organizations operating in your area. "

Peter in fact made the two films available in the period of lockdown for Covid-19.

And here are other videos from that concert:

Gabriel again:

«For almost 50 years I have loved Italy: the people, the culture, the food, the history and more recently Sardinia.

Italy gave us work when there was none. Particularly during the summers of the 70s, when he always managed to find something to play. The best and most chaotic tours were those in which the whole country was driven by car to make a mixture of fantastic concerts, from coastal discos to mountain soccer fields.

Both the Genesis music and mine found a wonderful and passionate audience that sang our pieces during the concerts. When we had to record a live album, I always asked first if it was possible to do it in Italy.

I speak little Italian, not very well, but enough to make me feel at home. As a family, we were deeply shaken by the daily bulletins of so many missing persons and so much suffering brought by this brutal virus. "

Peter was joined by the orchestrator and musical director John Metcalfe, the conductor Ben Foster, the soloist Louisa Fuller and the pianist Tom Cawley, together with the singers Melanie Gabriel and Ana Brun and the New Blood Orchestra.

Anna Gabriel states, on the PeterGabriel.com website:

“When I talked to my father about the filming of one of his shows, I jumped at the opportunity to shoot at the Roman amphitheater in Verona.

Italians have always been a very enthusiastic audience and give a lot to the artist and the camera.

I made this film with my friend Andrew Gaston, who was my real collaborator throughout the process.

It's always fun for me to film my dad, because I know the material and his performances so well that I feel I can capture a side of him that feels more personal to me.

I also wanted to film the orchestra in an exciting way, and along with Andrew's editing, I think we really captured the energy of the whole performance.»

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Anthony Phillips' "Slow Dance" was released 30 years ago, September 24, 1990 - LISTEN

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30 years ago, on September 24, 1990, Anthony Phillips' masterpiece "Slow Dance" was released.

The album is a 50-minute instrumental suite divided into two parts. The music was composed by Phillips and performed by himself with other musicians:

Anthony Phillips - keyboards (E-mu Emax, Roland Jupiter-8, Casio CZ-5000, Roland TR-808 drum machine), guitars (Alvarez 12 strings, Fender Stratocaster, Yari classic, Ovation 6 strings), Gretsch fretless bass, TOM drum machine, Yamaha QX5 Sequencer on "Slow Dance (part 2)".
Martin Robertson - clarinet
Ian Hardwick - oboe
Michael Cox - flute, piccolo
Tjborn Holtmark - trumpet
Julie Allis - harp
Ian Thomas - drums
Frank Ricotti - percussion and off spin
John Owen-Edwards - director
Gavyn Wright - leader of the bows
Speachi Quartet
Ralph Bernascone - director of the quartet

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Track list:

All the songs are composed by Anthony Phillips.

1. "Slow Dance (Part 1)" 23:57

2. "Slow Dance (Part 2)" 26:27

In 2017, Slow Dance was reissued as a digipack 2 CD / 1 DVD Deluxe Edition.

Contains the original and a new stereo mix, a 5.1 surround mix and previously unreleased tracks titled "Slow Dance Vignettes".

The package includes a poster and a 16-page booklet with extensive liner notes. 

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"

The title of the album was decided in the summer of 1990.

Phillips stated that "Slow Dance" was among many possible, including "Time & Tide" and "Field Day". The latter was used for the name of Phillips' 2005 album.

"Slow Dance" would have been suggested by someone at Virgin considering the album an excellent accompaniment to a ballet.

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