Recorded at Hammersmith Apollo in March 2011 and released the following year, Live Blood is exactly what its name suggests – the live incarnation of Peter’s New Blood project where he reworked a chunk of his back catalogue for a 46-piece orchestra. It was the inevitable next step for such an artistically successful project and the live version, reordering songs and adding a couple more (Signal To Noise and Biko), was more than up to the task.
Brilliantly recorded, Live Blood captures every drop of that live show’s essence – the drama, the darkness, the sense of occasion. A wide palette of emotion is drawn from, while the orchestra change gear and mood without dropping a beat, from the triumphantly skipping Solsbury Hill to the furious maelstrom that concludes The Rhythm Of The Heat. And everything in between.
“As the ‘New Blood’ project evolved, it grew into something different from anything else I’d done or heard, and I really wanted to take it out live on its own terms and not as a support for ‘Scratch’ – which we did.”