|Secret World Live|
|Live album by|
|Released||13 September 1994|
|Recorded||16–17 November 1993, Palasport Nuovo, Modena, Italy|
|Genre||Art rock, worldbeat|
|Label|| Geffen (US & Canada)|
|Peter Gabriel chronology|
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 .
All songs written by Peter Gabriel except as noted.
A two-LP version was released in 2020.
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.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."
|1994||The Billboard 200||23|
|1992||"Red Rain" (Live)||Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||33|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|Italy (FIMI)||2× Platinum||200,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
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