Secret World Live

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Secret World Live
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Live album by
Released13 September 1994 (1994-09-13)
Recorded16–17 November 1993, Palasport Nuovo, Modena, Italy
Genre Art rock, worldbeat
Label Geffen (US & Canada)
Real World/Virgin
Producer Peter Gabriel
Peter Walsh
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel Revisited
Secret World Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Entertainment Weekly C+ [2]
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Secret World Live is the second live album and tenth album overall by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel, released in 1994. The album was not remastered with the rest of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002. A concert film was released at the same time as the album. Its track listing is the same as the album, save that it omits "Red Rain" and adds "San Jacinto" (7:32) after "Blood of Eden", In 2019, a re-release of the album on music streaming platforms re-inserted "San Jacinto" into the set list.


It contains a live performance of the song "Across the River", which first appeared on a WOMAD benefit album Music and Rhythm in July 1982, then subsequently on various singles and EPs. This was the only full-length Gabriel album on which the song appears until the 2019 rarities collection Flotsam and Jetsam .

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Gabriel except as noted.

Compact Disc version

Disc one

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 6:13
  2. "Steam" – 7:45
  3. "Across the River" (Stewart Copeland, Gabriel, David Rhodes, L. Shankar) – 6:00
  4. "Slow Marimbas" – 1:41
  5. "Shaking the Tree" (Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour) – 9:18
  6. "Red Rain" – 6:15
  7. "Blood of Eden" – 6:58
  8. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:58
  9. "Washing of the Water" – 4:07
  10. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:42

Disc two

  1. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:36
  2. "Sledgehammer" – 4:58
  3. "Secret World" – 9:10
  4. "Don't Give Up" – 7:35
  5. "In Your Eyes" – 11:32

LP track listing

A two-LP version was released in 2020.

Side A

  1. "Come Talk to Me" – 6:14
  2. "Steam" – 7:43
  3. "Across the River" – 6:00
  4. "Slow Marimbas" – 1:46
  5. "Shaking the Tree" – 9:18

Side B

  1. "Red Rain" – 6:15
  2. "Blood of Eden" – 6:57
  3. "San Jacinto" – 7:34
  4. "Kiss That Frog" – 5:57
  5. "Washing of the Water" – 4:07

Side C

  1. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:46
  2. "Digging in the Dirt" – 7:37
  3. "Sledgehammer" – 4:59
  4. "Secret World" – 9:11

Side D

  1. "Don’t Give Up" – 7:36
  2. "In Your Eyes" – 11:34


Additional musicians [ citation needed ]
Guest artists [4]

Cover artwork

The artwork for the album cover was directed by Michael Colson and co-ordinated by Martha Ladly (formerly of Martha and the Muffins) who was working for Gabriel at the time, with cover images by Fab 4 and Danny Jenkins. [5] It received a nomination for the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Record Sleeve Packaging Design. Danny Jenkins said of his photograph: “I have always been interested in making images and had amassed an extensive collection of 80s office detritus for my digital montages [...] The core photograph of the album was shot in my studio back yard with my Pentax K1000 camera [...] The receiver was randomly picked from a pile of phones and the hand actually belongs to my long-suffering studio assistant Becky Jemmett. It was pure luck and chance that the phone and hand were a convincing enough match for Peter’s on-stage version."



1994The Billboard 20023


1992"Red Rain" (Live)Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks33


Sales certifications for Secret World Live
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [6] Gold35,000^
Canada (Music Canada) [7] Gold50,000^
France (SNEP) [8] Gold173,800 [9]
Germany (BVMI) [10] Gold250,000^
Italy (FIMI) [11] 2× Platinum200,000*
Japan105,000 [12]
New Zealand (RMNZ) [13] Gold7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI) [14] Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA) [15] Gold500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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