Big Blue Ball

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Big Blue Ball is more of a collective than a band, with the final project being completed well over a decade after the majority of the sessions. Back in the '90s (1991, 1992, and 1995 to be exact), Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger invited friends and musicians from around the world to participate in weeklong collaborative writing and recording sessions at Real World Studios. The results were then crafted into this album. Overall, the album crosses the globe-trotting multiculturalism of Music and Rhythm (the first WOMAD compilation) with the slick production of Gabriel's Us (released about the same time these sessions took place). Couple the fact that Gabriel's solo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Big Blue Ball is more of a collective than a band, with the final project being completed well over a decade after the majority of the sessions. Back in the '90s (1991, 1992, and 1995 to be exact), Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger invited friends and musicians from around the world to participate in weeklong collaborative writing and recording sessions at Real World Studios. The results were then crafted into this album. Overall, the album crosses the globe-trotting multiculturalism of Music and Rhythm (the first WOMAD compilation) with the slick production of Gabriel's Us (released about the same time these sessions took place). Couple the fact that Gabriel's solo work has been increasingly infused with world music beginning with Security and the fact that he's got one of the more recognizable voices in music, and Big Blue Ball almost plays like a lost Peter Gabriel album. This is not meant to diminish the strong contributions of others. Hossam Ramzy and Natacha Atlas take the lead on "Habibe" and Márta Sebestyén, Sinéad O'Connor, Rossy, and Papa Wemba all turn in great vocal performances. Joseph Arthur and Iarla Ó Lionáird's "Altus Silva" actually sounds a bit like Gabriel, and when Arthur joins Gabriel on "Exit Through You," the result could easily be a So outtake. The sound changes a bit at the end of the album, moving from the Peter Gabriel '90s sound to something a bit more 21st century with the Malagasy rap of "Jijy" and the sampled horns of the title track. It's a bit odd that Big Blue Ball was so long in coming, but Peter Gabriel fans will find it was worth the wait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108014523
  • Catalog Number: 150
  • Sales rank: 9,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whole Thing (5:27)
  2. 2 Habibe (7:12)
  3. 3 Shadow (4:27)
  4. 4 Altus Silva (6:07)
  5. 5 Exit Through You (5:52)
  6. 6 Everything Comes from You - Big Blue Ball (4:42)
  7. 7 Burn You Up, Burn You Down (4:30)
  8. 8 Forest (6:16)
  9. 9 Rivers (5:44)
  10. 10 Jijy - Big Blue Ball (3:59)
  11. 11 Big Blue Ball (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Blue Ball Primary Artist
Peter Gabriel Indexed Contributor, Organ, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer, Soloist, Drones
Sinéad O'Connor Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Karl Wallinger Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Francis Bebey Flute
Papa Wemba Vocals
Tim Finn Background Vocals
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Richard Evans Guitar, Mandolin, Recorder
Rupert Hine Keyboards
Márta Sebestyén Flute, Vocals
Justin Adams Guitar, Background Vocals
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Tchad Blake Organ, Bass, Drums, Harmonium, Keyboards, Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Synthesizer Guitar, Bells, Shaker, Hi Hat, Frame Drum
Ronan Browne uillean pipes
Billy Cobham Drums
Popsy Dixon Background Vocals
Alexis Faku Bass
Stephen Hague Accordion, Keyboards
Joji Hirota Percussion, Drums, Chinese Drums
Sherman Holmes Background Vocals
Wendell Holmes Background Vocals
Hossam Ramzy Percussion, Drums
Jah Wobble Bass
Manu Katché Drums
James McNally Human Whistle, Low Whistle
Wendy Melvoin Bass
Vernon Reid Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
David Rhodes Guitar
Guo Yue Flute
Hukwe Zawose Vocals
Neil Sparkes Percussion, Drums
Eric Mouquet Piano, Keyboards
Michel Sanchez Piano, Keyboards
Lévon Minassian Doudouk
Joseph Arthur Guitar, Vocals
Arona N'diaye Percussion, Djembe, Sabar
Ged Lynch Drums
Noël Ekwabi Bass
Timothy Whelan Saz
Reddy Amisi Background Vocals
Chuck Norman Drones
Hossam Ramzy & His Egyptian Ensemble Strings
Adel Eskander Strings
Angie Pollock Piano
Sevara Nazarkhan Background Vocals
Laurent Coatalen Bongos
Andy Lee White Background Vocals
Paul Allen Guitar
Wael Abu Bakr Strings
Papa Wemba Band Percussion, Conga
Momtaz Talaat Strings
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes, Author
Richard Evans Engineer
David Bottrill Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Stephen Hague Programming, Producer
Karl Wallinger Producer, Author
Ben Findlay Engineer
Richard Chappell Engineer, Author
Alex Swift Engineer
Marco Migliari Engineer
Chuck Norman Programming
Paul Grady Engineer
Alan Tabrett Artwork
Tim Cumming Sleeve Notes
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Just Like Peter Gabriel Too

    "Big Blue Ball" is an experimental side-project produced by Peter Gabriel & Karl Wallinger. Peter Gabriel arranged for the musicians to visit him @ Real World Studios to play on this album. Joseph Arthur (a former labelmate) provides haunting vocals as well as acoustic guitar on "altus silva" and "Exit Through You". Sinead O' Connor is featured on the fragile ballad, "Everything Comes From You". Vernon Reid, formerly of In Living Colour adds guitar loops and synth on "Forest" and "Rivers". Crowded House was a popular 80's alternative pop ensemble. Tim Finn as well as Andy White contributed to the song, "Whole Thing". There is a free-form, loose rhythm feel to this record. Obviously, Peter Gabriel enjoyed producing this album along with such international artists such as Papa Wemba and Jah Wobble. It's an interesting album no doubt. "Big Blue Ball" is layered with poly sound, substance, and precise melody. I recommend this album to anyone who appreciates and reveres Peter Gabriel. Thanks.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Peter Gabriel at his best!

    I love Peter Gabriel's music and this is some of his best! The other artists are equally great. They are from all over the world and all different types of music. Something Peter would do and do well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Blue Ball

    This album is filled with music. Keep up the good work, guys! Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Blue Ball

    This is nice stuff that Peter Gabriel does all the time. However, I will not give this cd a very high review because Sinead O'Connor is on it and I do not like being forced to listen to controversial singers whose political views are weird. Otherwise this is great cd!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Blue Ball

    You will not be disappointed by this musical disc of wonderment. Featuring a bevy of musical guests and a significant number of songs, it never fails to delight and intrigue. However, I have to give it four stars because I think the title is inappropriate for children. That said BUY THIS DISC NOW!

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