Us (Peter Gabriel album)

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Us
Us (Original) - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 September 1992
RecordedOctober 1989 – June 1992
StudioReal World Studios (Box) · Kingsway Studios (New Orleans) · Studio 2000 (Dakar)
Genre
Length57:41
LabelReal World (UK)
Geffen (US)
ProducerDaniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Shaking the Tree
(1990)
Us
(1992)
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)
Singles from Us
  1. "Digging in the Dirt"
    Released: 14 September 1992
  2. "Steam"
    Released: 1992
  3. "Blood of Eden"
    Released: 3 April 1993
  4. "Kiss That Frog"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[1]
NME5/10[6]
Q5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceB−[10]

Us is the sixth studio album (and ninth album overall) by the English singer-songwriter 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 tracks written by Peter Gabriel.

No.TitleLength
1."Come Talk to Me" (with Sinéad O'Connor)7:06
2."Love to Be Loved"5:18
3."Blood of Eden" (with Sinéad O'Connor)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, keyboards on all tracks, triangle on track 1, programming on tracks 1, 2, 7–10, synth bass on tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 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 guitar on tracks 1–7 and 10
  • David Rhodes – guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–10, twelve-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 – programming on tracks 1 and 10
  • David Bottrill – programming on tracks 1–4, 7, 10, additional programming on tracks 5 and 9, studio engineer
  • Chris Ormston – bagpipes on track 1
  • Daniel Lanoisshaker on track 1, guitar on tracks 1, 10, additional vocals on track 1, hi-hat on track 3, vocals on track 3, horn arrangements on track 4, dobro on tracks 8, 10
  • Richard Blair – additional verse keyboards on track 1, programming on tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, additional programming on tracks 2, 3
  • Levon Minassian – duduk on tracks 1, 3, 8
  • Sinéad O'Connor – vocals on tracks 1, 3
  • Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (Russian: Ансамбль Дмитрия Покровского) – vocals on track 1
  • Hossam Ramzytabla on track 2, surdo on track 7
  • Daryl Johnson – drums on track 2
  • William Orbit – programming on track 2, additional programming on track 5
  • Bill Dillon – guitar on tracks 2, 5
  • Mark Riveraalto saxophone on tracks 4, 6
  • Brian Eno – additional keyboards on track 2
  • L. Shankar – violin on tracks 2, 3, 5, 8
  • Caroline Lavelle – cello on tracks 2, 6, 10, string arrangement on track 2
  • Wil Malone – string arrangement on track 2, 6
  • Jonny Dollar – string arrangement on track 2, 6
  • Richard Evans – additional engineering on track 2, mix engineer on track 8, mandolin on track 8
  • Gus Isidore – bridge guitar on track 3
  • Richard Chappell – bridge section mix on track 3
  • Leo Nocentelli – guitar on tracks 4, 7
  • Tim Green – tenor saxophone on tracks 4, 6
  • Reggie Houstonbaritone saxophone on tracks 4, 6
  • Renard Poché – trombone on tracks 4,6
  • Wayne Jackson – trumpet on track 4, cornet on track 6
  • Kudsi Ergunerney flute on track 5, shaker on track 4
  • Ayub Ogada – vocals on track 5, 7
  • Malcolm Burn – horn arrangement on track 6, additional synth cello on track 10, additional production ideas on track 10
  • Mark Howard – horns recording on track 6
  • Babacar Faye – djembe on tracks 7, 8
  • Assane Thiam – tama on track 7, talking drum on track 8
  • Peter Hammill – vocals on track 7
  • Richard Macphail – vocals on track 7
  • John Paul Jonessurdo on 8, bass on 8, keyboards on 8
  • Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble – additional percussion loop on 9
  • Manny Elias – Senegalese shakers on 9
  • Marilyn McFarlane – vocals on 9

Technical support[edit]

  • Mike Large
  • Sue Coulson
  • Brian Gray

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[29] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[30] 2× Gold 244,500[31]
Germany (BVMI)[32] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[35] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum 1,600,000[38]

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

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