Us (Peter Gabriel album)

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Us
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Studio album by
Released28 September 1992
RecordedOctober 1989 – June 1992 [1]
Studio Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire
Kingsway Studios, New Orleans
Studio 2000, Dakar
Genre
Length57:41
Label Real World
Producer
Peter Gabriel chronology
Shaking the Tree
(1990)
Us
(1992)
Peter Gabriel Revisited
(1992)
Singles from Us
  1. "Digging in the Dirt"
    Released: 14 September 1992 [5]
  2. "Steam"
    Released: 11 January 1993 [6]
  3. "Blood of Eden"
    Released: 29 March 1993 (UK) [7]
  4. "Kiss That Frog"
    Released: 20 September 1993 (UK) [8]
  5. "Come Talk to Me"
    Released: September 1993 (US) [9]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [10]
Chicago Sun-Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [12]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [2]
NME 5/10 [13]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [14]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [15]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [16]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [17]
The Village Voice B− [18]

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. [19]

Contents

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.

Background

In October 1989, Gabriel first worked on prototypes of songs which would end up on the Us album, but he was also preparing new versions of songs for the 1990 compilation album Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats , and he was supervising the editing of 1987 concert footage shot in Greece, which was released in 1990 as the live video album POV. Finally, through 1991 and into June 1992 he focused on composing and recording the Us album, mainly at his own Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England, with specialised recording sessions held at Kingsway Studios in New Orleans, and Studio 2000 in Dakar. [19]

Gabriel had met Sinéad O'Connor in October 1990 at the Amnesty International human rights benefit concert held in Santiago, Chile. [20] Gabriel tapped O'Connor to sing on his album, and she came to Real World Studios to perform her vocal parts on "Blood of Eden" and "Come Talk to Me", the latter written by Gabriel to his younger daughter, Melanie – a teenager. [21] Daniel Lanois co-produced the album with Gabriel, with support from David Bottrill in programming and engineering. Lanois and Bottrill were given the task of organising and mixing tracks from approximately one thousand Digital Audio Tapes (DAT) containing various studio performances. The final album ended up being almost 58 minutes long, substantially longer than his earlier releases which held to the 46-minute limit of the analog 12-inch vinyl LP. [22]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel.

No.TitleLength
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
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Bashi-Bazouk" (B-side on the "Digging in the Dirt" single)4:46

Personnel

Musicians

Technical support

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF) [61] Gold30,000^
Australia (ARIA) [62] 3× Platinum210,000^
Brazil200,000 [63]
Canada (Music Canada) [64] 2× Platinum200,000^
France (SNEP) [65] 2× Gold244,500 [66]
Germany (BVMI) [67] Platinum500,000^
Italy (FIMI) [68] 3× Platinum300,000*
Japan (RIAJ) [35] Platinum200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [69] Gold7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [70] Gold50,000^
Sweden (GLF) [71] Gold50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [72] Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA) [73] Platinum1,600,000 [74]

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

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