Saturday 9/19/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Peter Gabriel – Us (1992)

Us is the sixth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and musician Peter Gabriel, released on 28 September 1992 by Real World Records. Following the release of his soundtrack album Passion in 1989, Gabriel started work on new material for a new album, his first since So, which became his biggest selling release. Gabriel focused on personal themes on Us, including his divorce in the late 1980s, his subsequent relationship with actress Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between himself and his first daughter.

Us was promoted with an early form of interactive multimedia software for Macintosh computers entitled Xplora1: Peter Gabriel’s Secret World, which featured several music videos from the album. The album was a worldwide chart success, reaching No. 2 in the UK and the US and the top-ten in twelve other countries. Four singles were released: “Digging in the Dirt”, “Steam”, “Blood of Eden”, and “Kiss That Frog”, with “Steam” reaching No. 10 in the UK. Gabriel supported the album with his Secret World Tour in 1993 and 1994 which was documented on the Secret World Live album and same-titled concert film, both released in 1994. Us was reissued in 2002 and 2010.

1. “Come Talk to Me” (with Sinéad O’Connor) 7:06
2. “Love to Be Loved” 5:18
3. “Blood of Eden” (with Sinéad O’Connor) 6:38
4. “Steam” 6:03
5. “Only Us” 6:30
6. “Washing of the Water” 3:52
7. “Digging in the Dirt” 5:18
8. “Fourteen Black Paintings” 4:38
9. “Kiss That Frog” 5:20
10. “Secret World” 7:03

Peter Gabriel – vocals (all tracks), keyboards (all tracks), triangle (track 1), programming (tracks 1, 2, 7–10), synth bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10), percussion (tracks 2, 4, 9), valiha (track 2), horn arrangement (track 4), harmonica (track 9), Mexican flute (track 10)
Tony Levin – bass guitar (tracks 1–7 and 10)
David Rhodes – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–10), twelve-string guitar (track 3), solo guitar (track 4)
Manu Katché – drums (tracks 1, 6, 7), electric drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 10), percussion (track 10)
The Babacar Faye Drummers – sabar drums (tracks 1 and 4)
Doudou N’Diaye Rose – programming (tracks 1 and 10)
David Bottrill – programming (tracks 1–4, 7, 10), additional programming (tracks 5 and 9), studio engineer
Chris Ormston – bagpipes (track 1)
Daniel Lanois – shaker (track 1), guitar (tracks 1, 10), additional vocals (track 1), hi-hat (track 3), vocals (track 3), horn arrangements (track 4), dobro on (tracks 8, 10)
Richard Blair – additional verse keyboards (track 1), programming (tracks 4, 5, 7, 9), additional programming (tracks 2, 3)
Levon Minassian – duduk (tracks 1, 3, 8)
Sinéad O’Connor – vocals (tracks 1, 3)
Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (Russian: Ансамбль Дмитрия Покровского) – vocals (track 1)
Hossam Ramzy – tabla (track 2), surdo (track 7)
Daryl Johnson – drums (track 2)
William Orbit – programming (track 2), additional programming (track 5)
Bill Dillon – guitar (tracks 2, 5)
Mark Rivera – alto saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Brian Eno – additional keyboards (track 2)
L. Shankar – violin (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8)
Caroline Lavelle – cello (tracks 2, 6, 10), string arrangement (track 2)
Wil Malone – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
Jonny Dollar – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
Richard Evans – additional engineering (track 2), mix engineer (track 8), mandolin (track 8)
Gus Isidore – bridge guitar (track 3)
Richard Chappell – bridge section mix (track 3)
Leo Nocentelli – guitar (tracks 4, 7)
Tim Green – tenor saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Reggie Houston – baritone saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Renard Poché – trombone (tracks 4, 6)
Wayne Jackson – trumpet (track 4), cornet (track 6)
Kudsi Erguner – ney flute (track 5), shaker (track 4)
Ayub Ogada – vocals (track 5, 7)
Malcolm Burn – horn arrangement (track 6), additional synth cello (track 10), additional production ideas (track 10)
Mark Howard – horns recording (track 6)
Babacar Faye – djembe (tracks 7, 8)
Assane Thiam – tama (track 7), talking drum (track 8)
Peter Hammill – vocals (track 7)
Richard Macphail – vocals (track 7)
John Paul Jones – surdo (track 8), bass (track 8), keyboards (track 8)
Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble – additional percussion loop (track 9)
Manny Elias – Senegalese shakers (track 9)
Marilyn McFarlane – vocals (track 9)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.