The album is the first part of a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs.
To help craft his recording of the album’s eclectic array of cult favourites and classic tracks, Gabriel enlisted former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, composer, arranger and the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’) and engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).
Gabriel describes this as a very personal record with twelve songs performed only with orchestral instruments and voice. He made the choice not to include guitar or drums. The album’s richly diverse sounds include the sparse romance of Lou Reed’s ‘The Power of the Heart’, the powerful musical journey of Elbow’s ‘Mirrorball’ and an epic arrangement of Arcade Fire’s ‘My Body Is A Cage.’
Gabriel has been interested in world music for many years, with the first musical evidence appearing on his third album. This influence has increased over time, and he is the driving force behind the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) movement. He created the Real World Studios and record label to facilitate the creation and distribution of such music by various artists, and he has worked to educate Western culture about the work of such musicians as Yungchen Lhamo, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N'dour. He has a long-standing interest in human rights, and launched WITNESS, a nonprofit which trains human rights activists to use video and online technologies to expose human rights abuses. In 2006 his work with WITNESS and his long standing support of peace and human rights causes was recognised by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with the Man of Peace award. (Wiki)
|1.||Heroes (David Bowie)|
|2.||The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)|
|4.||Flume (Bon Iver)|
|5.||Listening Wind (Talking Heads)|
|6.||The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)|
|7.||My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)|
|8.||The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)|
|9.||I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)|
|10.||Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)|
|11.||Philadelphia (Neil Young)|
|12.||Street Spirit (Radiohead)|
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