New Blood

New Blood

by Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC: 0884108000380
catalogNumber: 800038
Rank: 74220

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
William Schofield   Cello
Jackie Thomas   Cello
Richard Bissell   Horn
Jackie Shave   Violin
Jim Sleigh   Viola
Bruce White   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Tracy Holloway   Tenor Trombone
Ian Humphries   Violin
Richard Watkins   Horn
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
Ane Brun   Vocals
Martin Burgess   Violin
Claire Hayes   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
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
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
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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