Up

Up

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by Peter Gabriel
     
 

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Although he sticks to his standard two-letter titling practice, Peter Gabriel might well have titled this much-anticipated disc "Around the World in Three Thousand and Eighty Days." Nearly ten years in the making, Up captures moments recorded in -- and accompanied by indigenous musicians of -- Senegal, Singapore, the Amazon rainforest, and the American South.

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Although he sticks to his standard two-letter titling practice, Peter Gabriel might well have titled this much-anticipated disc "Around the World in Three Thousand and Eighty Days." Nearly ten years in the making, Up captures moments recorded in -- and accompanied by indigenous musicians of -- Senegal, Singapore, the Amazon rainforest, and the American South. Despite its title, Up is an often fearsome sonic force: The foreboding "Darkness" matches its subject matter (the harrowing fear one can find inside one's own psyche) with a stark, discordant blanket of tone. Similarly, the surprisingly bitter "The Barry Williams Show" outfits its indictment of modern popular culture with an acerbic, yet still contagious, melody. Elsewhere, however, Gabriel calls upon his guests to spice the gumbo with distinctive touches that he integrates into his singular recording style. "Signal to Noise" -- which features one of the last recorded performances by the late vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan -- soars on orchestral wings, while the sunny "Sky Blue" layers a wide variety of pan-ethnic percussion. Unlike lesser artists, or at least those with less patience, Gabriel never tosses such elements in simply for the sake of doing so. On the ragged but resolute "I Grieve," the ambient coloring takes on the sepia tinge of distant memory; the careening "My Head Sounds like That," on the other hand, burns in a hue reminiscent of burnished steel. Up's expansive scope makes it difficult to absorb in one listening, but immersion in its grooves proves it to be one Gabriel's most rewarding discs.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Pareles
"Up" may well be the most texture-obsessed album since Nine Inch Nails' "Fragile." It's packed with exquisite moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2002
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724381306208
catalogNumber:
813062
Rank:
148991

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Strings,Harmonium,Keyboards,Tom-Tom,Sampling,Mellotron,Track Performer,electronics,Crotale,Synthesizer Drums,Sampled Guitar,Sampled Keyboards,Telecaster,Jam Man
Clarence Fountain   Background Vocals
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
Richard Evans   Acoustic Guitar,Recorder
David Sancious   Hammond Organ
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Double Violin
Tony Berg   Guitar
Mark Berrow   Violin
Tchad Blake   scratching
Roger Chase   Viola
Tony Cousins   Maccaferi Guitar
Mitchell Froom   Piano
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums
Peter Green   Guitar
Stephen Hague   Percussion
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Tabla
Manu Katché   Drums
Daniel Lanois   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Sampling
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Martin Loveday   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
David Rhodes   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Smissen   Viola
Assane Thaim   Percussion
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Richard Chappell   Percussion,Loops
Ged Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Dominic Greensmith   Drums
Johnny Kalsi   Drums,Dholak
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Sally Larkin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Adrian Chivers   Background Vocals
Will White   Percussion
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Christian Lechevretel   Trumpet
Antonia Fuchs   Violin
Chuck Norman   Guitar,Strings
Dominique Mahut   Percussion
Dhol Foundation   Drums
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Power   Drums
Jas Daffu   Drums
Indi Chana   Drums
Bobby Panesar   Drums
Yash Puri   Drums
Joey Williams   Background Vocals
Melanie Gabriel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
George Scott   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements,Concept,Brass Arrangment,Bass Programming,Loop,String Samples
Richard Evans   Engineer
David Bottrill   Engineer
Pete Davis   Programming
Bob Ezrin   Brass Arrangment
Stephen Hague   Producer
Chris Hughes   drum programming
Stephen McLaughlin   Engineer
Steve Orchard   Engineer
Steve Osborne   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Edward Shearmur   Brass Arrangment
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Will Gregory   String Arrangements
Richard Chappell   Programming,Engineer,Loop Master
Alex Swift   Programming
Chuck Norman   Programming
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design,Concept
Anne Parsons   Personal Assistant
Michael Large   Contributor
Nick Ingham   Orchestration
Susan Derges   Cover Photo,Sleeve Photo
Bobby Panesar   Contributor
Yash Puri   Contributor
Vjay Rakkar   Contributor
Joey Williams   Contributor
Derke Zuzarte   Engineer
Bob Erzin   Brass Arrangment
Jimmy Carter   Contributor
George Scott   Contributor

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