Big Blue Ball

Big Blue Ball

by Big Blue Ball
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Big Blue Ball

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Real World
UPC: 0884108014516
catalogNumber: 150
Rank: 73827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Blue Ball   Primary Artist
Francis Bebey   Flute
Papa Wemba   Vocals
Tim Finn   Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist,Drones
Jules Shear   Background Vocals
Richard Evans   Guitar,Mandolin,Recorder
Rupert Hine   Keyboards
Muzsikas   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
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Vernon Reid   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
David Rhodes   Guitar
Karl Wallinger   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,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
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
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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Big Blue Ball 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
The_Last_Troubadour More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is filled with music. Keep up the good work, guys! Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
kay-malloy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!