Up (Peter Gabriel album)
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|Studio album by Peter Gabriel|
|Released||September 24, 2002|
|Recorded||April 1995 - October 1998|
Early 2000 - April 2002
|Label||Geffen (US & Canada), Virgin|
|Peter Gabriel chronology|
In the Spring of 1995, Gabriel began work on the album. Its name was Up from the start, though at one point it was considered to be called I/O. Gabriel began saying the album was near completion somewhere around 1998 but did not release it until September 2002. In the months preceding the album's release, video clips of Gabriel talking about the songs as well as short demos of each song were released at the coming of every full moon on Gabriel's official website.
The album's lyrics deal mostly with birth and especially death. The opening track, "Darkness", is a song about overcoming fears. "Growing Up" is a summation of life put to a pulsating beat. "Sky Blue" is a track Gabriel claimed to have been working on for 10 years before finishing it. The track "No Way Out" is the first track to deal with death solely, though death is a common theme across the entire album. "I Grieve" was conceived after Gabriel looked over his catalogue of music as if it were a catalogue of emotional tools. He found one major missing tool to be one to cope with death and therefore "I Grieve" was born (first aired in 1998, despite the popular belief that it was written in response to 9/11). The first single from Up, "The Barry Williams Show" is a down-beat, jazzy song dealing with reality talk shows such as Jerry Springer (in fact, Barry Williams appeared as an audience member in the Sean Penn-directed music video for the song). The second single, "More Than This" is one of the more upbeat songs from the album. The song wonders over there being something more to life. The song "Signal to Noise" was a challenge for Gabriel because the guest vocalist for the track, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, died. All that was left to work with were recordings from a live performance of an early version of the song at the VH1 Witness show on April 28, 1996. Finally, "The Drop" consists of only Gabriel and a Bösendorfer grand piano.
Many artists, including Trent Reznor and Elbow, remixed the tracks. These remixes were included as b-sides to the singles. The album cover features 5 raindrops going up. Also you can see Gabriel's face in the background.
The song "I Grieve" is (in an earlier version) on the soundtrack from City of Angels (1998), as well as featuring in the Smallville episode "Reckoning". An instrumental version of "Signal to Noise" appeared on the soundtrack from Gangs of New York (2002).
This album is available on CD, vinyl, and Super Audio CD.
All songs written by Peter Gabriel.
- "Darkness" – 6:51
- "Growing Up" – 7:33
- "Sky Blue" – 6:37
- "No Way Out" – 7:53
- "I Grieve" – 7:25
- "Burn You Up, Burn You Down" - 5:05
- "The Barry Williams Show" – 7:16
- "My Head Sounds Like That" – 6:29
- "More Than This" – 6:02
- "Signal to Noise" – 7:36
- "The Drop" – 3:04
- Peter Gabriel – Vocals, organ, bass, harmonica, piano, strings, harmonium, keyboards, tom-tom, sampling, Mellotron, string arrangements, brass arrangement, electronics, bass programming, loop, crotales, synthesizer drums, sampled guitar, sampled keyboards, string samples, Telecaster, JamMan.
- Tony Levin – Bass on "Darkness", "Sky Blue", "No Way Out", "I Grieve", "The Barry Williams Show", "My Head Sounds Like That", and "More Than This".
- David Rhodes – Guitars on "Darkness", "Growing Up", "Sky Blue", "No Way Out", "My Head Sounds Like That", and "Signal To Noise". Guitar on "The Barry Williams Show" and "More Than This". Electric guitar on "I Grieve". Backing vocals on "Growing Up", "Sky Blue", "The Barry Williams Show", "More Than This", and "Signal To Noise".
- Manu Katché
- Hossam Ramzy
- L. Shankar – Violin (Improvised) on "I Grieve".
- Melanie Gabriel
- Tchad Blake
- Jon Brion
- Richard Chappell
- Alan Coleman
- Edel Griffith
- Christian Le Chevretel – Trumpet on "The Barry Williams Show".
- Adrian Chivers
- Pete Davis
- Dominque Mahut
- Richard Evans
- Bob Ezrin
- Mitchell Froom
- Steve Gadd
- Peter Green
- Dominic Greensmith
- Will Gregory
- Stephen Hague
- Chris Hughes
- Nick Ingraham
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- Daniel Lanois
- Sally Larkin
- Ged Lynch
- Chuck Norman
- David Sancious
- Ed Shearmur
- Alex Swift
- Assane Thiam
- Danny Thompson
- Will White
- Black Dyke Band – brass on "My Head Sounds Like That".
- Blind Boys of Alabama – Additional vocals on "Sky Blue". Backing vocals on "More Than This".
- Dhol Foundation
- London Session Orchestra – Strings on "Darkness".
|2002||UK Album Chart||11|
|2002||U.S. Billboard 200||9|
|2002||Billboard Top Canadian Albums||2|
|2002||Billboard Top Internet Albums||9|
|2002||Italy FIMI official Albums charts||1|
|BPI – UK||Silver||October 18, 2002|
|CRIA – Canada||Gold||July 23, 2003|