Peter Gabriel is at his U.K.-based Real World studios with Canadian producer Daniel Lanois to remix tracks for an as-yet-untitled DVD compilation of his videos, due for worldwide release Oct. 21 via W
Peter Gabriel is at his U.K.-based Real World studios with Canadian producer Daniel Lanois to remix tracks for an as-yet-untitled DVD compilation of his videos, due for worldwide release Oct. 21 via Warner Vision. Gabriel says that the project will allow viewers to experience such classic videos as "Sledgehammer" and "Red Rain" in 5.1 surround sound.
"The project has been on the cards for some time, and now seems to be the perfect timing," the artist tells Billboard.com. "Daniel is doing mixes that will sometimes sound better than the originals. For a musician, it is fantastic to have access to 5.1 technology. It is a much wider sound -- there's more clarity."
Lanois previously worked with Gabriel on 1986's "So" and 1992's "Us". He says 5.1 technology will allow listeners "to discover the different layers of sound. It's almost like revealing the architects' plans."
Some videos will also be re-edited, and in some cases, new images will be added. "We won't touch the better ones, but on some others we will have new material," Gabriel reveals.
The DVD will comprise 18-20 tracks, including "Biko," "Digging in the Dirt," "Shock the Monkey," "Games Without Frontiers" and "Don't Give Up." Gabriel says his personal favorite videos are "Sledgehammer," "Mercy Street" and "Digging in the Dirt," while Lanois goes for the lesser known "Zaara" and "Lovetown."
"We haven't completed the sequencing yet," says Gabriel. "I guess we'll go for a recommended order and then people will be free to re-arrange it."