Up (Peter Gabriel album)
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|Studio album by Peter Gabriel|
|Released||23 September 2002|
|Recorded||April 1995 – October 1998
Early 2000 – April 2002
|Genre||Progressive rock, experimental rock|
|Label||Geffen (US & Canada), Virgin|
|Peter Gabriel chronology|
Up (2002) is the seventh studio and 13th album overall released by the British musician Peter Gabriel.
In the Spring of 1995, Gabriel began work on the album. Its name was Up from the start, though at one point the name I/O was considered. Gabriel began saying the album was near completion somewhere around 1998 but did not release it until September 2002. In the months preceding the album's release, video clips of Gabriel talking about the songs as well as short demos of each song were released at the coming of every full moon on Gabriel's official website.
The album's lyrics deal mostly with birth and especially death. The opening track, "Darkness", is a song about overcoming fears. "Growing Up" is a summation of life put to a pulsating beat. "Sky Blue" is a track Gabriel claimed to have been working on for 10 years before finishing it. The track "No Way Out" is the first track to deal with death solely, though death is a common theme across the entire album. "I Grieve" was conceived after Gabriel looked over his catalogue of music as if it were a catalogue of emotional tools. He found one major missing tool to be one to cope with death and therefore "I Grieve" was born. Gabriel performed the song live on the television show "Larry King Weekend" on the one-year anniversary of 9/11, during which Gabriel said that his two daughters were living in New York City on 9/11 and he could not contact them for a while, and that this song was for people who didn't hear anything from their relatives then. It was not, however, written specifically for 9/11, having appeared on the City of Angels soundtrack in 1998 (in an earlier version) and performed live prior to 9/11.
The first single from Up, "The Barry Williams Show" is a down-beat, jazzy song dealing with reality talk shows such as Jerry Springer (in fact, The Brady Bunch star Barry Williams appeared as an audience member in the Sean Penn-directed music video for the song).
The second single, "More Than This" is one of the more upbeat songs from the album. The song wonders over there being something more to life. The song "Signal to Noise" was a challenge for Gabriel because the guest vocalist for the track, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, died. All that was left to work with were recordings from a live performance of an early version of the song at the VH1 Witness show on 28 April 1996. Finally, "The Drop" consists of only Gabriel and a Bösendorfer grand piano.
The album cover pictures five water drops in a diagonal line, over a faded background of Gabriel's face. Each drop contains a refracted image of Gabriel's face.
The song "I Grieve" is (in an earlier version) on the soundtrack from City of Angels (1998), as well as featuring in the Smallville episode "Reckoning" and the episode "Found" of NCIS: Los Angeles. An instrumental version of "Signal to Noise" appeared on the soundtrack from Gangs of New York (2002).
An instrumental version of "Darkness", entitled "Darker Star", was used as the theme song to sci-fi TV show Starhunter 2300.
The album, in a similar fashion to the earlier "Us", used specially commissioned artwork representing each song, which was reproduced in the CD, vinyl, DVD-A, and SACD packaging. In this case the medium chosen was photography.
All songs written by Peter Gabriel.
- "Darkness" – 6:51
- "Growing Up" – 7:33
- "Sky Blue" – 6:37
- "No Way Out" – 7:53
- "I Grieve" – 7:25
- "The Barry Williams Show" – 7:16
- "My Head Sounds Like That" – 6:29
- "More Than This" – 6:02
- "Signal to Noise" – 7:36
- "The Drop" – 2:59
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- Peter Gabriel – Vocals, organ, bass, harmonica, piano, strings, harmonium, keyboards, tom-tom, sampling, Mellotron, string arrangements, brass arrangement, electronics, bass programming, loop, crotales, synthesizer drums, sampled guitar, sampled keyboards, string samples, Telecaster, JamMan.
- Tony Levin – Bass tracks 1 & 3 – 8.
- David Rhodes – Guitars (tracks 1–4, 7, & 9) Guitar (tracks 6 & 8) Electric guitar (track 5) Backing vocals (tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, & 9)
- Manu Katché
- Hossam Ramzy
- L. Shankar – Improvised Violin (track 5).
- Melanie Gabriel
- Tchad Blake
- Jon Brion
- Richard Chappell
- Alan Coleman
- Edel Griffith
- Christian Le Chevretel – Trumpet (track 6).
- Adrian Chivers
- Pete Davis
- Dominque Mahut
- Richard Evans
- Bob Ezrin
- Mitchell Froom
- Steve Gadd
- Peter Green
- Dominic Greensmith
- Will Gregory
- Stephen Hague
- Ronan O'Neill
- Chris Hughes
- Nick Ingraham
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- Daniel Lanois
- Sally Larkin
- Ged Lynch
- Chuck Norman
- David Sancious
- Ed Shearmur
- Alex Swift
- Assane Thiam
- Danny Thompson
- Will White
- Black Dyke Band – brass (track 7).
- Blind Boys of Alabama – Additional vocals (track 3). Backing vocals (track 8).
- Dhol Foundation
- London Session Orchestra – Strings (track 1).
|2002||Polish Albums Chart||4|
|2002||UK Album Chart||11|
|2002||US Billboard 200||9|
|2002||Billboard Top Canadian Albums||2|
|2002||Billboard Top Internet Albums||9|
|2002||Italy FIMI official Albums charts||1|
|BPI – UK||Silver||18 October 2002|
|CRIA – Canada||Gold||23 July 2003|
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