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OVO

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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, Drums, Programmer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Guitar, Synthesizer - Rasco, Rap - Neneh Cherry, Rap - David Rhodes, Guitar - Hossam Ramzy, Cymbals, Miscellaneous - James McNally, Bodhrán - Johnny Kalsi, Drums - The Dhol Foundation, Drums - Jim Barr, Bass - Hossam Ramzi, Cymbals, Miscellaneous - Ganga Giri, Didgeridoo - Omi Hall, Vocals

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

2
Low Light
00:06:37

Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lute, Piano, Vocals, Strings, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Miscellaneous - Richard Evans, Mixer, Bass - Jocelyn Pook, Arranger, Strings - Ravi Shankar, Producer, Violin, Vocals - Kudsi Erguner, Flute - Electra Strings, Strings - Iarla O'Lionaird, Vocals - Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vocals

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

3
The Time Of The Turning
00:05:05

Richard Chappell, Drums, Programmer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Strings, Dulcimer, Crotales , Loops, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Flute, Dulcimer, Loops, Mandola, Miscellaneous - David Bottrill, Mixer - Jocelyn Pook, Arranger, Strings - Richie Havens, Vocals - Alison Goldfrapp, Vocals - Electra Strings, Strings - Ged Lynch, Shaker

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

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

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drums, Programmer, Miscellaneous - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, Claps, Crotales , MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Claps, Crotales - Nigel Eaton, Hurdy-gurdy - David Rhodes, Guitar - Hossam Ramzy, Cymbals, Crotales , Tabla, Miscellaneous - James McNally, Bodhrán, Whistle - Johnny Kalsi, Drums - The Dhol Foundation, Drums - Jim Barr, Bass - Hossam Ramzi, Cymbals, Drums, Crotales , Miscellaneous - Ganga Giri, Didgeridoo - Omi Hall, Vocals

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

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

Stuart Gordon, Viola, Fiddle - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Synth Bass, Strings, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Composer, Mixer, Drums, Flute, Programmer, Bass, Mandola, Shaker - Jocelyn Pook, Strings - Nigel Eaton, Hurdy-gurdy - Will Gregory, Arranger - Alison Goldfrapp, Vocals - Electra Strings, Arranger, Strings - James Watson, Conductor - Black Dyke Mills Band, Brass - James McNally, Accordion, Bodhrán, Whistle - Johnny Kalsi, Drums, Tabla - Simon Emmerson, Producer, Bells, Cymbals, Drums, Percussion, Programmer - The Dhol Foundation, Drums - Elizabeth Purnell, Orchestra, Brass - Black Dyke Band, Brass - Jim Couza, Dulcimer

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

6
Father, Son
00:04:56

Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer - Tony Levin, Bass - Will Gregory, Arranger - James Watson, Conductor - Black Dyke Mills Band, Brass - Elizabeth Purnell, Orchestra, Brass - Black Dyke Band, Brass

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

7
The Tower That Ate People
00:04:49

Brian Transeau, Guitar, Programmer, Miscellaneous - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drums, Tom Toms Drums, Programmer, Loops, Miscellaneous - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, Miscellaneous - David Bottrill, Mixer - Tony Levin, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar - Manu Katche, Drums

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

8
Revenge
00:01:30

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drums, Programmer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, MainArtist - Johnny Kalsi, Drums - The Dhol Foundation, Drums - Adzido, Drums - George Dzikunu, Drums

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

9
White Ashes
00:02:34

Richard Chappell, Mixer, Drums, Programmer, Miscellaneous - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist - Steve Gadd, Drums - Sussan Deyhim, Vocals - Omi Hall, Vocals

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

10
Downside Up
00:06:04

Paul Buchanan, Vocals - Elizabeth Fraser, Vocals - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, Synth Bass, Performed by, Strings, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Guitar, Bass - David Bottrill, Mixer - Tony Levin, Bass - Jocelyn Pook, Strings - David Rhodes, Guitar - Manu Katche, Drums - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Electra Strings, Strings - James Watson, Conductor - Assane Thiam, Drums - Babacar Faye, Drums - Johnny Kalsi, Drums - The Dhol Foundation, Drums - Elizabeth Purnell, Orchestra, Brass - Black Dyke Band, Brass - Carol Steel, Congas, Shaker

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2003 Real World Productions Ltd under exclusive licence to WEA International Inc, Warner Music Group. An AOL Time Warner Company

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

Peter Gabriel, Producer, Writer, Strings, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Miscellaneous - Jocelyn Pook, Strings - Ravi Shankar, Violin - Electra Strings, Strings - James Watson, Conductor - Black Dyke Mills Band, Brass - Elizabeth Purnell, Orchestra, Brass - Black Dyke Band, Brass

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd

12
Make Tomorrow
00:10:04

Brian Transeau, Producer, Drums, Programmer, Strings, Bass - Paul Buchanan, Vocals - Elizabeth Fraser, Vocals - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, Strings, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Evans, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Mandola - David Bottrill, Mixer - Tony Levin, Drums - David Rhodes, Guitar - Richie Havens, Vocals - Markus Dravs, Percussion - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Electra Strings, Strings - Ged Lynch, Drums - Jacquie Turner, Percussion - Jim Barr, Double Bass, Guitar, Upright Bass

© 2000 Peter Gabriel Ltd ℗ 2000 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records 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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