Peter Gabriel reinvents his classics


by Reuters

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British singer Peter Gabriel continues to push the boundaries of music with his latest release, "New Blood."
The new CD comes on the heels of his last release "Scratch My Back" where Gabriel covered a wide variety of songs with only an orchestra and voice. After deciding to tour, he realized that he didn't have enough material for a full concert and decided to revamp his own music with with the orchestra.
SOUNDBITE: Peter Gabriel saying (English):
"When we started doing these arrangements I got really quite excited and we made some rules like - no guitars, no drum kit and very sparse at times, but it was all working so I thought let's do a record and then someone got enthusiastic and offered us a 3D film, so now we got the whole box set."
The 61-year-old singer said performing his classic hits with a 46-piece orchestra was exciting.
SOUNDBITE: Peter Gabriel saying (English):
"I felt like I was an interpreter of existing songs that happened to be mine, rather than just doing the songs again. It was really a sense of reinvention and a bit scary."
While the release stays clear of some of his most well-known hits such as "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time" it does feature the 1986 hit "In Your Eyes," made famous by the film "Say Anything."
Bob Mezan, Reuters.