Peter Gabriel has been working on "Up," the follow-up to 1992's "Us" (Geffen), for more than five years, and this may be the year it finally sees the light. According to the artist's official Web site

Peter Gabriel has been working on "Up," the follow-up to 1992's "Us" (Geffen), for more than five years, and this may be the year it finally sees the light. According to the artist's official Web site work on "Up," is ongoing, and the album "will be released sometime in 2002."

While this is great news for Gabriel fans, they should keep in mind that, as reported here more than a year ago, the very same site proclaimed that the album was to be released in the fall of 2001.

When it is finally finished, "Up" will feature a diverse group of guest artists, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Blind Boys of Alabama, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and bassist Danny Thompson (Talk Talk, David Sylvian). Noted producer and engineer Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Richard Thompson, Sheryl Crow) has mixed some of the finished songs.

While Gabriel did not release "Up" last year, he did appear on Afro Celt Sound System's "Volume 3: Further in Time," released on his Real World label. He also performed during the WOMAD U.S. Festival last summer in Redmond, Wash.

Much of last year was also devoted to remastering Gabriel's entire catalog, which is being reissued through April in the U.K. via Virgin. Gabriel worked closely with music engineer Richard Chappell and mastering engineer Tony Cousins at London's Metropolis Studios on the project, which encompasses six studio albums, in addition to the best-of set "Shaking the Tree," the 1985 "Birdy" soundtrack, 1989's "Passion (Music for 'The Last Temptation of Christ')," and the 1983 concert set "Plays Live." Limited-edition vinyl versions of each are also being released.

The remastered version of Gabriel's track "Solsbury Hill" -- from his self-titled 1977 debut solo album -- recently appeared on the Reprise soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky." Last month, that set, which also featured Paul McCartney's Oscar-nominated title track, peaked at No. 109 on The Billboard 200.

This spring, Gabriel will be heard on the forthcoming Naughty By Nature album "iicons" (see today's story). He contributes his talents to the Dream Team-produced track "Fight Back" on the set, which also features guest appearances by Pink, Queen Latifah, and Method Man and Redman.

Gabriel's last release, the 1994 concert album "Secret World Live," debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, while "Us" debuted at No. 2 on the chart. The albums have sold 619,000 and 1.5 million copies, respectively, in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

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