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Peter Gabriel - Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats CD (album) cover


Peter Gabriel


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3.85 | 89 ratings

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4 stars I have said so many times that i am not a huge fan of "the best of" albums, this is called "16 Golden Greats", or "Shaking thre Three" whatever you want to call it, but exactly this is a compilation of his greatest hits or most popular hits until 1990, the latest album here is "Zaar" from the 1989 album "Passion", so tracks like "Blood of Eden", "Kiss that Frog" or "Barry Williams Show " are not here, i mentioned that because i think they are popular songs and good songs for a compilation.

In this time, i like the mix of tsongs in this compilation, almost 80 minutes of early Peter Gabriel`s music, i would prefered maximum 60 minutes, but it is ok. This compilation starts with the most of the classic Gabriel`s tracks "Solsbury Hill", it is a great song from their first album, all of us already know the intro, this is the only one track of his first album, im afraid that here is not any track of their second album. In order of appereance : "I dont Remember", "Family Snapshot", "Games without Frontiers" and "Biko" are from his third album, and for much considered his best solo album, Biko is a hymn to that right defender, the song is great with a sad mood, but great, Family Snapshot and Games without fontiers are clasic songs, and great, with an 80`s sound, but well done. "San Jacinto", "Shock the Monkey" are from his fourth album, the first one is an excellent song, with beautiful lyrics, and a superb voice, is one of the most emotional tracks, from the fourth album is also "I have the Touch" but here is another version, with a new drum track, additional voice and keyboards. "Sledgehammer", (probably the most well - known song, and with an incredible video), "Mercy Street", "Don`t Give Up", "Red Rain" and "Big Time", are from that 1986 inteligent and beautiful work of art called "So", that album is great, with nice lyrics and a mix of dynamic and great instruments, moodie songs like "Mercy Street" and a beautiful song with Kate Bush with a guest vocal appereance is "Dont Give Up". "Zaar" is the unique track from "Passion", that album is completely different to the earlier, so this song is completely different compared with the other ones. "Shaking the Tree", the name of the album is a great song, with the superb voice of Youssou N`Dour,, this song was originally released in an album from this african singer called "The Lion", nice stuff by the way. And "Here Comes the Flood" was a new release from this album, another good song, but not the best.

So this compilation is great, good music, lots of instruments and different moods in the songs, a bit progressive, not really, but it has it`s moments, a nice compilation, but maybe "In your Eyes" is missing here, recommended to any progressive rock fan, and if you are a Genesis fan (of course with Gabriel), you should try this, but you dont have nothing to compare with Genesis.


memowakeman | 4/5 |


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