Us (Peter Gabriel album)

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Us
Us (Original) - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
Released 27 September 1992
Recorded October 1989 – June 1992
Genre Art rock,[1] pop rock,[2] worldbeat
Length 57:41
Label United KingdomReal World
United StatesGeffen
Producer Daniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Shaking the Tree
(1990)
Us
(1992)
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)
Singles from Peter Gabriel
  1. "Digging in the Dirt"
    Released: 14 September 1992
  2. "Steam"
    Released: 5 January 1993
  3. "Blood of Eden"
    Released: 3 April 1993
  4. "Kiss That Frog"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Houston Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
PopMatters (neutral)[6]
Robert Christgau B−[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]

Us is the sixth studio album (and ninth album overall) by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, originally released in 1992. It was remastered, with most of Gabriel's catalogue, in 2002. Singles taken from the album included "Digging in the Dirt", "Steam", "Blood of Eden" (an early version of the track was previously featured in the 1991 Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World), and "Kiss That Frog". Promotional singles included "Come Talk to Me" and "Secret World."

On this album Gabriel explored the pain of recent personal problems; his failed first marriage, his relationship with actress Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between him and his first daughter.

The album was supported by the "Secret World Live" tour, named after its closing track, "Secret World". The tour spawned a live album and a concert film. The album was also promoted through a first-of-its-kind interactive multimedia software released for Macintosh computers called Xplora1: Peter Gabriel's Secret World, which featured several music videos from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel.

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 7:06
  2. "Love to Be Loved" – 5:18
  3. "Blood of Eden" – 6:38
  4. "Steam" – 6:03
  5. "Only Us" – 6:30
  6. "Washing of the Water" – 3:52
  7. "Digging in the Dirt" – 5:18
  8. "Fourteen Black Paintings" – 4:38
  9. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:20
  10. "Secret World" – 7:03

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Peter Gabriel – vocals on all tracks, triangle on track 1, programming on tracks 1, 2, 7-10, keyboard bass on tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, keyboards on all tracks, percussion on tracks 2, 4, 9, valiha on track 2, horn arrangement on track 4, harmonica on track 9, Mexican flute on track 10
  • Tony Levin – bass on tracks 1-7 and 10
  • David Rhodes – guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7-10, 12 string guitar on track 3, Solo guitar on track 4
  • Manu Katché – drums on tracks 1, 6, 7, electric drums on tracks 2, 4, 5, 10, percussion on track 10
  • The Babacar Faye Drummers – sabar drums on tracks 1 and 4
  • Doudou N'Diaye Rose – drum loop on tracks 1 and 10
  • David Bottrill – programming on tracks 1-4, 7, 10, additional programming on tracks 5 and 9, studio engineer

Additional personnel[edit]

Technical support[edit]

  • Mike Large
  • Sue Coulson
  • Brian Gray

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[28] 2× Gold 244,500[29]
Germany (BVMI)[30] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[33] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] Platinum 1,600,000[36]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW : *** 1/2 PETER GABRIEL "Us" Geffen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
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  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: peter gabriel". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
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  15. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1992" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
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  25. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1993". billboard.biz. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Us". Music Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  28. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste)". Institut français d'opinion publique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Search for "GABRIEL P." and press "OK" to see the certification awards. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  29. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (les Disques Double Or)". Institut français d'opinion publique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Peter Gabriel; 'Us')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
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  32. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Us" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Us". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 13, 2015.  Enter Us in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Us". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 13, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  36. ^ "Nielsen SoundScan". Nielsen SoundScan. nielsen.com. Search for "Us" by Peter Gabriel. 2005 Data: 1,600,000 Sold Units in the United States. Retrieved November 13, 2015. (registration required (help)). 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tourism by Roxette
German Media Control number-one album
16 – 29 October 1992
Succeeded by
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits by ABBA