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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: 884108014929
  • Catalog Number: 153
  • Sales rank: 261,545

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 (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 (3:59)
  11. 11 Big Blue Ball (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Blue Ball Primary Artist
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
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
Alexis Faku Bass
Stephen Hague Accordion, Keyboards
Joji Hirota Percussion, Drums, Chinese Drums
Hossam Ramzy Percussion, Drums
Jah Wobble Bass
Manu Katché Drums
James McNally Human Whistle, Low Whistle
Wendy Melvoin Bass
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals
Vernon Reid Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
David Rhodes Guitar
Karl Wallinger Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
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
Iarla Ó Lionáird Vocals
Reddy Amisi Background Vocals
Chuck Norman Drones
Hossam Ramzy & His Egyptian Ensemble Strings
Adel Eskander Ensemble
Angie Pollock Piano
Sevara Nazarkhan Background Vocals
Laurent Coatalen Bongos
Andy Lee White Background Vocals
Momtaz Talaat Ensemble
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Contributor
Richard Evans Engineer
David Bottrill Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Popsy Dixon Contributor
Stephen Hague Programming, Producer
Sherman Holmes Contributor
Wendell Holmes Contributor
Karl Wallinger Producer, Author
Michel Sanchez Producer
Ben Findlay Engineer
Richard Chappell Engineer
Alex Swift Engineer
Marco Migliari Engineer
Chuck Norman Programming
Paul Grady Engineer
Tim Cumming Sleeve Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Definitely a winner

    For those who like diversity in music, especially world music, this collaboration of artists is fascinating and original. Songs run the gambit between soulful Irish ballads to an anti-war protest to African rap music to percussive-laden dance tunes. Peter Gabriel and Co. have superbly blended an assortment of diverse talents into a robust work. I find it relaxing overall though it does occasionally kick up the jams.

    If you're looking for a Peter Gabriel collection, this isn't for you. If you enjoy world music, then this is a good ride.

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