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Peter Gabriel


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4 stars Excellent introduction to Peter's Solo

For those of you who favor Peter Gabriel's voice in Genesis, you may want to explore his solo as well and this compilation does represent his work. It will give you a flavor of how Peter explores his musical sense in his own territory. One thing for sure, do not expect that the music is something similar with what he did with Genesis like in "Supper's Ready", "The Return of The Giant Hogweed", "The fountain of Salmacis" or even "Firth of Fifth" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". It's TOTALLY DIFFERENT kind of music. Therefore, it's worth starting with this compilation. If, by listening to this album, you think that this is not your "cup of tea", you should not force too hard for you to like it. No one can force you to like or dislike some particular music and / or artist. Take a long break and do not spin the CD again until you are ready with open mind situation.

You might recall that Peter left Genesis right after the tour of ground breaking (and the best, in my opinion) album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". His self-titled album shocked the music industry because he brought in totally different kind of music compared to his tenure with Genesis. Song like "Down The Dolce Vita" is my favorite track but it does not tie itself with any Genesis music. But overall I like this debut album even though at that time I was more keen on Genesis, Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant etc.

Through this compilation you will get Peter's successful hit "Sledgehammer" in its disco style and also nice n touchy song like "Mercy Street". "Don't Give Up" is also a nice composition with touchy and uplifting lyrics. You will find Peter's powerful voice through mellow track like "Family Snapshot" and "San Jacinto". This compilation also features Peter's great track from debut album, "Here Comes The Flood", but this time has only piano, no other instrument.

If you like this compilation, please do NOT stop here because I urge you to buy Peter's fourth album that also features other great tracks like "The Wallflower", "The Rhythm of The Heat" and "The Family and The Fishing Net". You will also need to have Peter Gabriel "Secret World" live and "Plays Live". The studio album "Up: is also great - you can enjoy great track like "Signal To Noise". This compilation is EXCELLENT. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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