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A progressive musical triumph and technological marvel two decades down the roadPeter Gabriel - Secret World Live
(Real World/ Eagle Rock Entertainment)
4 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
August 8, 2012
Review by Andy ArgyrakisFor the first time on Blu-ray, Peter Gabriel releases "Secret World Live" (Real World/ Eagle Rock Entertainment), which despite being nearly twenty years old, still comes across as a musical masterpiece and technological marvel. Take for instance the former Genesis front man turned solo innovator emerging from a telephone booth while pleading with fans to "Come Talk To Me," a percussion heavy romp backed by the beautiful vocals of an undiscovered at the time Paula Cole.
Several songs later, he serenades with the rhythmic/world music feel of "Shaking The Tree," complete with life-sized greenery emerging on a stage that was certainly well ahead of its time. Besides a traditional platform accented by a jumbo screen broadcasting themed visuals, "Secret World Live" is known for its lengthy catwalk and secondary stage, which allows Gabriel to simulate a boat ride throughout "Slow Marimbas" and skip freely down the ramp during "Solsbury Hill."
While most of his major hits are included, this collection also serves as stirring showcase for 1992's ingenious "Us" album, most notably, an extended version of the mystical epic "Secret World" (which finds all the band members saying their goodbyes while walking into a giant suitcase that funnels them underneath the massive structure). Besides the spectacle, the project also benefits from an insightful documentary, several bonus tracks and remixed/remastered sound, ensuring a crystalline listening experience on top of the sensory feast.
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