Artist : PETER GABRIEL
Genre : POP
Date of Released : 2014
It is quite difficult to review a live album especially if you are not familiar with the whole songs the singer performed in the set. Fortunately, Peter Gabriel decided to limit and conceptualize this live album based on the songs from his very successful album in the 80’s BACK TO FRONT. As a live album, expect that some songs were not performed according to its original version and some songs were rearranged and some other surprises.
The live album and the concert were divided into four parts. The first section is titled acoustic and indeed it is surprising to hear “Daddy Long Legs, Shock The Monkey, and Family Snapshot. Peter Gabriel retain the familiar strain of the four songs thus, you hear the audience lapping up these songs even if it is done acoustic. Considering that this singer is not fond with synthesizers, most of his songs are considered raw; no techno frills just pure rock band backing him up.
The second portion of the set is named Electric, this time the electric guitar plays major part in songs like “Digging The Dirt, The Family and The Fishing Net, Secret World, No Self Control, Solsbury Hill, and Show Yourself.” This set tried to recreate the original recording s but with Peter Gabriel at the helm expect that some of the songs will deviate somehow in terms of treatment and made it something fresh even though the familiar strain is still there.
The third section is dedicated to his 1986 album SO. Thus, “Sledgehammer” is finally heard and Peter Gabriel concert is not complete without this song. “Don’t Give Up” is an anticipated song as the original version had Kate Bush as featured vocalist and one wonders how it will sound without her in this live album. Well, his backing vocal somehow did justice to Kate’s part trying to sound alike lot her. At first, you won’t recognize “In Your Eyes” in this set until you hear the vocals. With you musical treatment, this iconic song is still excellent and sounds not dated at all.
The fourth set is titled encore and are just favor songs for fans who sat through more than 20 songs in the concert. As a live album this is definitely a treat and I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it