Big Blue Ball

Big Blue Ball

by Big Blue BallBig Blue Ball

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Big Blue Ball is more of a collective than a band, with the final project being completed well over a decade after the majority of the sessions. Back in the '90s (1991, 1992, and 1995 to be exact), Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger invited friends and musicians from around the world to participate in weeklong collaborative writing and recording sessions at Real World Studios. The results were then crafted into this album. Overall, the album crosses the globe-trotting multiculturalism of Music and Rhythm (the first WOMAD compilation) with the slick production of Gabriel's Us (released about the same time these sessions took place). Couple the fact that Gabriel's solo work has been increasingly infused with world music beginning with Security and the fact that he's got one of the more recognizable voices in music, and Big Blue Ball almost plays like a lost Peter Gabriel album. This is not meant to diminish the strong contributions of others. Hossam Ramzy and Natacha Atlas take the lead on "Habibe" and Márta Sebestyén, Sinéad O'Connor, Rossy, and Papa Wemba all turn in great vocal performances. Joseph Arthur and Iarla Ó Lionáird's "Altus Silva" actually sounds a bit like Gabriel, and when Arthur joins Gabriel on "Exit Through You," the result could easily be a So outtake. The sound changes a bit at the end of the album, moving from the Peter Gabriel '90s sound to something a bit more 21st century with the Malagasy rap of "Jijy" and the sampled horns of the title track. It's a bit odd that Big Blue Ball was so long in coming, but Peter Gabriel fans will find it was worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Real World
UPC: 0884108014516
catalogNumber: 150
Rank: 43302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Blue Ball   Primary Artist
Francis Bebey   Flute
Papa Wemba   Vocals
Tim Finn   Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist,Drones
Jules Shear   Background Vocals
Richard Evans   Guitar,Mandolin,Recorder
Rupert Hine   Keyboards
Muzsikas   Flute,Vocals
Justin Adams   Guitar,Background Vocals
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
Tchad Blake   Organ,Bass,Drums,Harmonium,Keyboards,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Synthesizer Guitar,Bells,Shaker,Hi Hat,Frame Drum
Ronan Browne   uillean pipes
Billy Cobham   Drums
Popsy Dixon   Background Vocals
Alexis Faku   Bass
Stephen Hague   Accordion,Keyboards
Joji Hirota   Percussion,Drums,Chinese Drums
Sherman Holmes   Background Vocals
Wendell Holmes   Background Vocals
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Drums
Jah Wobble   Bass
Manu Katché   Drums
James McNally   Human Whistle,Low Whistle
Wendy Melvoin   Bass
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Vernon Reid   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
David Rhodes   Guitar
Karl Wallinger   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Guo Yue   Flute
Hukwe Zawose   Vocals
Neil Sparkes   Percussion,Drums
Eric Mouquet   Piano,Keyboards
Michel Sanchez   Piano,Keyboards
Lévon Minassian   Doudouk
Joseph Arthur   Guitar,Vocals
Arona N'diaye   Percussion,Djembe,Sabar
Ged Lynch   Drums
Noël Ekwabi   Bass
Timothy Whelan   Saz
Reddy Amisi   Background Vocals
Chuck Norman   Drones
Hossam Ramzy & His Egyptian Ensemble   Strings
Adel Eskander   Strings
Angie Pollock   Piano
Sevara Nazarkhan   Background Vocals
Laurent Coatalen   Bongos
Andy Lee White   Background Vocals
Paul Allen   Guitar
Wael Abu Bakr   Strings
Papa Wemba Band   Percussion,Conga
Momtaz Talaat   Strings

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,Author
Richard Evans   Engineer
David Bottrill   Engineer
Stephen Hague   Programming,Producer
Karl Wallinger   Producer,Author
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Richard Chappell   Engineer,Author
Alex Swift   Engineer
Marco Migliari   Engineer
Chuck Norman   Programming
Paul Grady   Engineer
Alan Tabrett   Artwork
Tim Cumming   Sleeve Notes

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