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OVO

Peter Gabriel

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In 1997, Peter Gabriel was asked to pilot a visual project for London's Millennium Dome. OVO is a work based on the intersecting problems of race relations, environmental concerns, family issues, and fairy tales as allegories, violence, and more. And keep in mind that this was to be a visual piece. Gabriel, to meet the challenge for CD, added a ton of multimedia to the musical soundtrack: there is a drawn storybook, The Story of OVO, a view of the installation itself from every angle, and many stopgap notes, drawings, and the like. For the soundtrack, he enlisted the help of collaborators such as Elizabeth Fraser, Neneh Cherry (whatever happened to her third record, the one she did with Tricky?), Richie Havens, the Black Dyke Mills Band, the Electra Strings, Paul Buchanan (of Blue Nile), Adzido, the Dhol Foundation drummers, and Iarla Ó Lionáird from the Afro-Celt Sound System. Needless to say, the music is all over the map, from a rap version of the "Story of Ovo" to an Irish jig to Gabriel's percussive culture plundering soundscapes and new songs (including a truly dull rework of "Digging in the Dirt") to Eno-like ambiences to folk songs and new songs with Havens and Ó Lionáird singing like the opposite ends of a heavenly choir and Liz Fraser soaring over the Dhol Foundation drummers. It sounds awesome doesn't it? It should be. But it's not. OVO sounds labored, choppy, and pasted together, like it is the soundtrack to a visual installation, and feels incomplete without it. This is not a project like Passion was or even Birdy; it's a pastiche that attempts to be as ambitious as the installation project. And it is ambitious. Unfortunately, musically it isn't consistent enough to sustain the listener's interest for the entire length of the recording. It is a curious project with moments, but is most likely for hardcore fans only.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
The Story Of OVO
00:05:21

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rasco, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neneh Cherry, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James McNally, Bodhrán Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kalsi, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - The Dhol Foundation, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Barr, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Hossam Ramzi, Cymbals, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Ganga Giri, Didgeridoo, AssociatedPerformer - Omi Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

2
Low Light
00:06:37

Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Piano, Synthesizer, Tanpura, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Mixer, Bass Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jocelyn Pook, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Shankar, Violin, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kudsi Erguner, Ney Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Electra Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Iarla O'Lionaird, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

3
The Time Of The Turning
00:05:05

Richard Chappell, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Keyboards, Dulcimer, African Percussion, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Mixer, Flute, Dulcimer, Guitar Loops, Mandola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - David Bottrill, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jocelyn Pook, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Havens, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Goldfrapp, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Electra Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ged Lynch, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

4
The Man Who Loved The Earth / The Hand That Sold Shadows
00:04:14

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drum Programming, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Clapping, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Mixer, Drums, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Eaton, Hurdy Gurdy , AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James McNally, Whistle, Bodhrán Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kalsi, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - The Dhol Foundation, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Barr, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Hossam Ramzi, Cymbals, Drums, Drum, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer - Ganga Giri, Didgeridoo, AssociatedPerformer - Omi Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

5
The Time Of The Turning (Reprise) / The Weavers Reel
00:05:36

Stuart Gordon, Viola, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Strings, African Percussion, Bass Programming, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Composer, Mixer, Flute, Percussion, Drum Programming, Mandola, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Jocelyn Pook, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Eaton, Hurdy Gurdy , AssociatedPerformer - Will Gregory, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Goldfrapp, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Electra Strings, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James Watson, Conductor - James McNally, Accordion, Whistle, Bodhrán Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kalsi, Drum, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Emmerson, Producer, Bells, Cymbals, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - The Dhol Foundation, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Purnell, Unknown, Other - The Black Dyke Mills Band, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Couza, Dulcimer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

6
Father, Son
00:04:56

Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

7
The Tower That Ate People
00:04:49

Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 Pangaea Records Inc.

8
Revenge
00:01:30

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kalsi, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - The Dhol Foundation, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Adzido, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Dzikunu, Drum, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

9
White Ashes
00:02:34

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drum Programming, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sussan Deyhim, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Omi Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

10
Downside-Up
00:06:04

Paul Buchanan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Fraser, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Bass Programming, Drum, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - David Bottrill, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Levin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Jocelyn Pook, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Will Gregory, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Electra Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - James Watson, Conductor - Assane Thiam, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Babacar Faye, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Kalsi, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - The Dhol Foundation, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Purnell, Horn Arranger, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - The Black Dyke Mills Band, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Steel, Percussion, Conga, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

11
The Nest That Sailed The Sky
00:05:06

Peter Gabriel, Producer, String Arranger, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Jocelyn Pook, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Shankar, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Electra Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - James Watson, Conductor - Elizabeth Purnell, Horn Arranger, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - The Black Dyke Mills Band, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

12
Make Tomorrow
00:10:04

Brian Transeau, Producer, String Arranger, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Paul Buchanan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Fraser, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Synthesizer, Unknown, Bass, Keyboards, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Evans, Mixer, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Mandola, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - David Bottrill, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Levin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Rhodes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Havens, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Markus Dravs, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Electra Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ged Lynch, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquie Turner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Barr, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd

Album Description

In 1997, Peter Gabriel was asked to pilot a visual project for London's Millennium Dome. OVO is a work based on the intersecting problems of race relations, environmental concerns, family issues, and fairy tales as allegories, violence, and more. And keep in mind that this was to be a visual piece. Gabriel, to meet the challenge for CD, added a ton of multimedia to the musical soundtrack: there is a drawn storybook, The Story of OVO, a view of the installation itself from every angle, and many stopgap notes, drawings, and the like. For the soundtrack, he enlisted the help of collaborators such as Elizabeth Fraser, Neneh Cherry (whatever happened to her third record, the one she did with Tricky?), Richie Havens, the Black Dyke Mills Band, the Electra Strings, Paul Buchanan (of Blue Nile), Adzido, the Dhol Foundation drummers, and Iarla Ó Lionáird from the Afro-Celt Sound System. Needless to say, the music is all over the map, from a rap version of the "Story of Ovo" to an Irish jig to Gabriel's percussive culture plundering soundscapes and new songs (including a truly dull rework of "Digging in the Dirt") to Eno-like ambiences to folk songs and new songs with Havens and Ó Lionáird singing like the opposite ends of a heavenly choir and Liz Fraser soaring over the Dhol Foundation drummers. It sounds awesome doesn't it? It should be. But it's not. OVO sounds labored, choppy, and pasted together, like it is the soundtrack to a visual installation, and feels incomplete without it. This is not a project like Passion was or even Birdy; it's a pastiche that attempts to be as ambitious as the installation project. And it is ambitious. Unfortunately, musically it isn't consistent enough to sustain the listener's interest for the entire length of the recording. It is a curious project with moments, but is most likely for hardcore fans only.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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