December 11, 2010 – 3:57 am

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The Big Room Session 2003 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Real World, Box, Wiltshire, UK. Very good soundboard.

As former Genesis frontmen go, Phil Collins seems to be more prominent because he has a sweeter tooth and his singles are catchier. For Peter Gabriel, the feeling seems to be that if a song becomes a hit, it’s a real bonus. And chart action is probably not foremost on Gabriel’s mind, notwithstanding his recent covers album, Scratch My Back.

If David Byrne has been called rock’s Renaissance Man, the label could equally be applied to Peter Gabriel. From the prog rock days of Genesis to world music, WOMAD, Concert for Amnesty, and other humanitarian causes; he has also branched out into video production and the digital distribution of music. Any one can dabble in these but to do it well, that’s Peter Gabriel for you. And, as this 2003 gig shows, his music hasn’t suffered.

According to the wikipedia, after five years of not releasing any new music, Gabriel re-emerged with OVO, a soundtrack for the live Millennium Dome Show in London in 2000, and Long Walk Home, the music from the Australian movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, early in 2002. In September 2002, Gabriel released Up, his first full-length studio album in a decade. While Gabriel spent the first half of 2003 touring behind Up, lists three November 2003 gigs. Maybe he was warming up for the South Africa 46664 Benefit (Nov 29) or simply stretching his musical muscles, Gabriel remained a commanding performer and his injection of world music elements gives his songs a timeless appeal.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Burn You Up, Burn You Down (7.1MB)
Track 102. More Than This (9.5MB)
Track 103. Games Without Frontiers (7.3MB)
Track 104. Mercy Street (12.8MB)
Track 105. Darkness (10.8MB)
Track 106. Digging in the Dirt (10.4MB)
Track 107. The Tower That Ate People (8.5MB)
Track 108. San Jacinto (14.3MB)
Track 109. Shock The Monkey (8.8MB)
Track 110. Solsbury Hill (6.8MB)
Track 111. Signal to Noise (12.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Secret World (14.0MB)
Track 202. In Your Eyes (16.7MB)

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  1. 15 Responses to “PETER GABRIEL - THE BIG ROOM SESSION 2003”

  2. Thanks Big O, more Gabriel please.

    By Mel on Dec 11, 2010

  3. Keep them coming!– Thanks, bigO!

    By Namoosedog on Dec 11, 2010

  4. Really excellent share. Thank you so much

    By Mal on Dec 11, 2010

  5. Sounds great! Thanks.

    By Ken on Dec 11, 2010

  6. Thanks very much Big O!

    By UrKenny on Dec 15, 2010

  7. A huge thank you to Big O.

    A little about the show:

    It was performed in Peter Gabriel’s Real World
    Studios in Box, England, Nov. 23, 2003.

    Anyone who pre-ordered the “Growing Up Live” DVD from the fan club that summer was entered in a draw for 2 tickets to the concert.

    50 winners (I was one) + their guests were treated to a tour of the building (it’s quite a big place) and a “meet and greet Peter Gabriel” wine and cheese party followed by this show in the practice studio in Box. This copy has most of the between song banter cut out but from the little that is left I know that at least some of these songs are from this show.

    The following night I went to Bath, England to see much the same show in a 2000 (or so) seat theater. I believe there was another warm up show earlier in the week.

    The band went to South Africa the following week.

    I have looked on and off for the last 7 years to find a copy of this and this is the first mention I have found.

    Thanks again big O!!

    By ROY on Dec 16, 2010

  8. The other warm up show was in Brighton - I was there!

    By Albionshrew on Dec 21, 2010

  9. I heard about this show but I never found it. Another huge thanks to BigO.

    By Matt on Dec 25, 2010

  10. Thanks for posting.

    By jack on Aug 27, 2012

  11. Can anyone help me with the html page? When I go there to download the larger files it says I must download the ‘Vivid’ software. When I try this my antivirus protection won’t let me download it because of a virus alert. Any thoughts or ways around this? Is there an easier way of downloading these tunes without having to download another company’s software? Thanks.

    By Belmo on May 4, 2014

  12. belmo - u could get a program like mipony then copy the url of this page. that will automatically put all the songs into the program and start to dl them without u having to go thru any effort whatsoever. the entire thing will dl in 10seconds to perhaps 30seconds. good luck.

    By darth on May 4, 2014

  13. I had no problem downloading the 4 shared files, just click the small download button just a little way down and click free download. Download it with google and sign in to your google account.

    By nutshell on May 4, 2014

  14. “Phil Collins seems to be more prominent because he has a sweeter tooth and his singles are catchier”

    Translation: Phil Collins is a bland middle-of-the-road songwriter and singer, while Peter Gabriel managed to maintain a high degree of artistic depth and interest and talent (at least until the mid 90’s)

    By correct answer on May 5, 2014

  15. the html Download Links 108, 201 & 202 don’t work.

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 19, 2015

  16. Big O —> thx :)

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 19, 2015

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