Exclusive Stream: Peter Gabriel Performs 1980s Classics With an Orchestra

Tracks come from his forthcoming album 'New Blood'

October 4, 2011 10:00 AM ET
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Peter Gabriel performs live.
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Peter Gabriel set a strict rule for his 2010 world tour: no guitars or drums. Instead, he was backed by a 46-piece orchestra as he re-imagined his back catalog. He was so inspired by the result that he brought the orchestra into the studio and recorded 14 versions of songs from his back catalog. The result is New Blood, which hits stores on October 11th. His 1980 deep track "Intruder" was originally propelled by Phil Collins' drums, but it now has a totally different power. "Now it sounds menacing," Gabriel tells Rolling Stone. "I was really pleased with that one."

Below is a stream of "Intruder," along with "San Jacinto" and "Rhythm Of The Heat." "These songs definitely felt new again because the arrangements were quite different from the original," says Gabriel. "'San Jacinto' is one that I really got to feel again by taking out the drums and putting in strings and the orchestra. The same goes for 'Rhythm Of The Heat.'"

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