Peter Gabriel To Release NEW BLOOD Album on 11 October 2011
Multi-format DVD NEW BLOOD LIVE IN LONDON Released 25 October
Toronto, ON. (15 August 2011) - Following last year’s ‘Scratch My Back’ album, whereby Peter Gabriel reinterpreted a diverse selection of other artists’ songs, comes the release of NEW BLOOD on 11 October (Universal Music Canada).
NEW BLOOD features re-imagined arrangements of many of Peter’s songs which dispense with the traditional weapons of the rock armoury - no guitar, bass or drums - the lyrics are exposed and laid bare, often taking new meaning with the passing of the years. This treatment is applied with painstaking attention to detail and stunning effect to songs including ‘Digging In The Dirt’, ‘Don’t Give Up’, ‘Downside Up’, ‘Intruder’, ‘Mercy Street’, ‘The Rhythm of the Heat’ and the spine tingling, atmospheric ‘San Jacinto’.
Working together, acclaimed composer and arranger John Metcalfe, Peter and the New Blood Orchestra have given each track a new depth and a powerful significance. These tracks were recorded with a 46-piece orchestra, with renowned orchestrator Ben Foster conducting.
In addition to the album’s 12 songs, there’s also a special bonus track of ‘Solsbury Hill’ (introduced by ‘A Quiet Moment’; 5-minutes of ambient sound recorded by Peter’s long-term engineer, Dickie Chappell, actually on Solsbury Hill).
NEW BLOOD track listing:
1. Rhythm of the Heat
2. Downside Up (featuring Melanie Gabriel)
3. San Jacinto
6. In Your Eyes
7. Mercy Street
8. Red Rain
10. Don’t Give Up (featuring Ane Brun)
11. Digging in the Dirt
12. The Nest That Sailed the Sky
13. A Quiet Moment
14. Solsbury Hill (bonus track)
The album will be available as a standard single-disc, digital download and heavyweight vinyl.
There will also be a special edition, 2-CD version of NEW BLOOD which will include the standard album, plus a disc of instrumental versions with an added bonus track. In addition there is a heavyweight vinyl version that comes with a bonus 7” featuring ‘A Quiet Moment’ and ‘Solsbury Hill’. The vinyl will be available from 08 November.
NEW BLOOD was inspired by the concept of ‘Scratch My Back’ after Peter and arranger John Metcalfe started to apply orchestral arrangements to some of Peter’s own songs for the accompanying tour, culminating in a filmed concert, ‘New Blood – Live In London’, at Hammersmith Apollo on March 23rd this year which will be made available as a 3D, Blu-ray and standard DVD - out on 25 October through Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Peter Gabriel first came to international prominence with the success of Genesis, a band that he co-founded while still at school. Since leaving Genesis in 1975, his recording career has included seven studio albums, acclaimed film soundtracks for ‘Birdy’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ as well as live and compilation albums. His wider musical career has included multiple Grammy Awards and the creation of the now global WOMAD festival.
Peter Gabriel co-founded the human rights organisation Witness.org in 1989 and in 2007, Peter Gabriel and Sir Richard Branson founded Elders.org which was launched by Nelson Mandela. In 2006 Peter Gabriel was awarded the prestigious Man of Peace title by The Nobel Peace Laureates. He has also engaged in a wide variety of tech-based businesses throughout a variety of creative industries.