Label: Real World
Recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, 23 & 24 March 2011 and originally released the following year, Live Blood is exactly what its name suggests – the live incarnation of Peter Gabriel's New Blood project where he reworked a chunk of his back catalogue for a 46-piece orchestra. “I was determined that it shouldn't be just a sort of ‘Hits goes to the Orchestra'. So we did two things different: one was to try to choose songs that were more textural, more journey songs, more evocative, ambient pieces and less the obviously structured pop songs, and the second thing we did was, we threw away the rock band; most people when they do orchestral projects keep the rock band and add orchestra, but we took away guitar, we took away bass, we took away drum kit, and in a way that meant that we were more committed and had only to use the colours of the palette of the orchestra.” The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, across 3x heavyweight LPs, pressed on blood red vinyl. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell. The album comes in a gatefold sleeve with full colour printed inner bags and a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit).
Side A 1 Intruder 2 Wallflower 3 The Boy in the Bubble 4 Après Moi Side B 1 The Drop 2 Washing of the Water 3 The Book of Love 4 Darkness 5 The Power of the Heart Side C 1 Biko 2 San Jacinto 3 Digging in the Dirt 4 Signal to Noise Side D 1 Downside Up 2 Mercy Street 3 The Rhythm of the Heat Side E 1 Blood of Eden 2 Red Rain 3 Solsbury Hill Side F 1 In Your Eyes 2 Don't Give Up 3 The Nest that Sailed the Sky