Secret World Live

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Secret World Live
Secret World Live - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Live album by Peter Gabriel
Released 13 September 1994 (1994-09-13)
Recorded 16-17 November 1993, Palasport Nuovo, Modena, Italy
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, worldbeat, experimental rock
Length 99:45
Label Geffen (US & Canada)
Real World/Virgin
Producer Peter Gabriel
Peter Walsh
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)Peter Gabriel Revisited1992
Secret World Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Secret World Live is the second live album and tenth album overall by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, released in 1994. The album was not remastered with the rest of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002. A concert film was released at the same time as the album. Its track listing is the same as the album, save that it omits "Red Rain" and adds "San Jacinto" (7:32) after "Blood of Eden."

It contains a live performance of the song "Across the River," which first appeared on a WOMAD benefit album Music and Rhythm in July 1982, then subsequently on various singles and EPs. This is the only full-length Gabriel album on which the song appears.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel except as noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 6:13
  2. "Steam" – 7:45
  3. "Across the River" (Stewart Copeland, Gabriel, David Rhodes, L. Shankar) – 6:00
  4. "Slow Marimbas" – 1:41
  5. "Shaking the Tree" (Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour) – 9:18
  6. "Red Rain" – 6:15
  7. "Blood of Eden" – 6:58
  8. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:58
  9. "Washing of the Water" – 4:07
  10. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:42

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:36
  2. "Sledgehammer" – 4:58
  3. "Secret World" – 9:10
  4. "Don't Give Up" – 7:35
  5. "In Your Eyes" – 11:32


Additional musicians

Cover artwork[edit]

The artwork for the album cover was directed by Michael Colson and co-ordinated by Martha Ladly (formerly of Martha and the Muffins) who was working for Gabriel at the time, with cover images by Fab 4 and Danny Jenkins.[4] It received a nomination for the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Record Sleeve Packaging Design. Danny Jenkins said of his photograph: “I have always been interested in making images and had amassed an extensive collection of 80s office detritus for my digital montages [...] The core photograph of the album was shot in my studio back yard with my Pentax K1000 camera [...] The receiver was randomly picked from a pile of phones and the hand actually belongs to my long-suffering studio assistant Becky Jemmett. It was pure luck and chance that the phone and hand were a convincing enough match for Peter’s on-stage version."



Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 23


Year Song Chart Position
1992 "Red Rain" (Live) Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 33


Organization Format Level Date
RIAA – United States Album Gold 18 November 1997
Video Longform Gold 16 March 1998
Platinum 7 February 2006


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Secret World Live - Peter Gabriel | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Helligar, Jeremy (16 September 1994). "Secret World Live Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Susan (20 October 1994). "Secret World Live". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
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