Peter Gabriel: New Blood-Live in London 2011 (Blu-ray) 2011 DTS-HD Master Audio

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Filmed in high definition Blu-ray. Filmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March of this year, New Blood Live In London captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New Blood Orchestra. The repertoire mixes cover versions from his Scratch My Back album with classic tracks from across his solo career in brand new orchestral arrangements. 

Gabriel is a renowned live performer and his onstage charisma and instantly recognizable voice combine brilliantly with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed.


1) Intruder 2) Wallflower 3) The Boy In The Bubble

4) Après Moi 5) The Drop 6) Washing Of The Water

7) The Book Of Love 8) Darkness 9) The Power Of The

Heart 10) Biko 11) San Jacinto 12) Digging In The Dirt

13) Signal To Noise 14) Downside Up 15) Mercy Street

16) The Rhythm Of The Heat 17) Blood Of Eden

18) Red Rain 19) Solsbury Hill 20) In Your Eyes

21) Don t Give Up 22) The Nest That Sailed The Sky

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM 2.0, and English Dolby Digital 5.1. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the other two tracks for the purpose of this review. 

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track boasts a wide range of nuanced dynamics that handle the new arrangements for Peter Gabriel's songs very well. What impressed me the most was the lush orchestral sound and the prominent solos -- the bassoon and flute solos, in particular, sound as well rounded as the vocals (quite a rarity), while the strings are never overpowering. Surround activity is modest, but frankly, the new orchestral arrangements do not demand anything more than what the loseless 5.1 track delivers. Finally, balance is very good and there are no problematic audio dropouts or sync issues to report in this review.  



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