New Blood

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Almost every one of Peter Gabriel's best-laid plans winds up going awry, and so it was with Scratch My Back, his 2010 collection of orchestral covers of some of his favorite songs. He had hoped to have the artists he covered return the favor by interpreting his songs but that project never got off the ground, so he pursued New Blood, an album where he turned that orchestra upon his own songs. New Blood is in every way a companion piece to Scratch My Back; it's cut from the same aesthetic cloth, it's austere and cerebral without being chilly, it finds emotion within intellect. Some songs aren't considerably different tonally than the original versions -- this is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Almost every one of Peter Gabriel's best-laid plans winds up going awry, and so it was with Scratch My Back, his 2010 collection of orchestral covers of some of his favorite songs. He had hoped to have the artists he covered return the favor by interpreting his songs but that project never got off the ground, so he pursued New Blood, an album where he turned that orchestra upon his own songs. New Blood is in every way a companion piece to Scratch My Back; it's cut from the same aesthetic cloth, it's austere and cerebral without being chilly, it finds emotion within intellect. Some songs aren't considerably different tonally than the original versions -- this is particularly true of the So material, with "Mercy Street" and "Red Rain" seeming no different in their transition from Synclavier to symphony -- but the ones that are heavily reworked, such as "San Jacinto" and "Intruder," are startling, rearrangements that seem to give the songs a new set of bones. New Blood isn't always as astonishing but that's fine: the faithful adherence to melody on "Don't Give Up" and "In Your Eyes" functions as something of a palate cleanser, and even when the album isn't risky it's always quietly absorbing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 884108000359
  • Catalog Number: 800035
  • Sales rank: 31,120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rhythm of the Heat (5:41)
  2. 2 Downside Up - Melanie Gabriel (3:52)
  3. 3 San Jacinto (6:58)
  4. 4 Intruder (5:07)
  5. 5 Wallflower (6:25)
  6. 6 In Your Eyes (7:13)
  7. 7 Mercy Street (5:59)
  8. 8 Red Rain (5:15)
  9. 9 Darkness (6:10)
  10. 10 Don't Give Up - Ane Brun (6:40)
  11. 11 Digging in the Dirt (4:57)
  12. 12 The Nest That Sailed the Sky (3:54)
  13. 13 A Quiet Moment (4:48)
  14. 14 Solsbury Hill (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist
Dan Jenkins Tenor Trombone
Ian Belton Violin
Nick Cooper Cello
Caroline Dale Cello
Richard Edwards Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Helen Kamminga Viola
Chris Laurence Double Bass
Rita Manning Violin
Chris Pitsillides Viola
David Powell Tuba
Simon Rayner Horn
Cathy Thompson Violin
Jackie Thomas Cello
Richard Bissell Horn
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Tracy Holloway Tenor Trombone
Ian Humphries Violin
Richard Watkins Horn
Will Schofield Cello
Everton Nelson Violin
Jonathan Tunnell Cello
Deborah Widdup Violin
Fiona Bonds Viola
Ian Burdge Cello
Roger Linley Double Bass
Roland Roberts Violin
Charles Mutter Violin
John Metcalfe Viola
Chris Worsey Cello
Magnus Johnston Violin
Catherine Bradshaw Viola
Richard George Violin
Natalia Bonner Violin
David Stewart Bass Trombone
Reiad Chibah Viola
Ben Russell Double Bass
Richard Pryce Double Bass
Morgan Goff Viola
Patrick Lannigan Double Bass
Vicci Wardman Viola
Melanie Gabriel Vocals
Andy Crowley Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Ane Brun Vocals
Martin Burgess Violin
Ben Foster Conductor
Steve Rossell Double Bass
Timothy Grant Viola
Laura Samuel Violin
Tom Cawley Piano, Vocals
Alun Darbyshire Oboe
Sarah Burnett Bassoon
Joby Burgess Percussion
James Sleigh Viola
Philip Gallaway Violin
Alice Neary Cello
Alison Dods Violin
Jonathan Rees Violin
Louisa Fuller Violin, Leader
Simon Lewis Violin
Phillip Eastop Horn
Richard Hosford Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Peter Hanson Violin
Mark Frost Bass Trombone
Emma Parker Violin
Nicholas Holland Cello
Eliza Marshall Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo
Clare Hayes Violin
Kathy Shave Violin
Michael Kidd Horn
Nicholas Roberts Cello
Simon Munday Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Rebecca Crowley Viola
Odile Ollagnon Violin
Jon Thorne Viola
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Tony Cousins Mastering
Steve Orchard Engineer
Rob Bozas Publishing Coordinator
Richard Chappell Engineer
John Metcalfe Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Olga Fitzroy Pro-Tools
Mike Large Management
Tobias Fröberg Engineer
Richard "Dickie" Chappell Engineer
Scott Barnett Engineer
Robbie McIntosh Marketing
Michael Thomas Management
Tiff Pike Management
Steve Gschmeissner Cover Photo
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