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2.47 | 49 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Have the Touch (4:47)
2. Family Snapshot (4:47)
3. D.I.Y. (4:05)
4. The Family and the Fishing Net (7:38)
5. I Go Swimming (4:54)
6. San Jacinto (8:19)
7. Solsbury Hill (4:41)
8. No Self Control (5:04)
9. I Don't Remember (4:12)
10. Shock the Monkey (7:10)
11. Humdrum (4:21)
12. Biko (6:52)

Total Time 66:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Gabriel / lead vocals, synthesizer, piano, co-producer

- Jerry Marotta / drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Tony Levin / Chapman Stick, bass, backing vocals
- David Rhodes / guitar, backing vocals
- Larry Fast / synthesizer, piano

Releases information

1982 Live recordings (USA & Canada tour); Abridged version of the double album "Plays Live"

CD Charisma Records Ltd. ‎- PGDLCD 1 (1983, UK)
CD Virgin ‎- PGDLCD 1 (1985, UK)
CD Real World Records ‎- PGDLCDX (2002, Europe) Remastered by Tony Cousins

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PETER GABRIEL Plays Live - Highlights ratings distribution

(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Guillermo
2 stars I bought the original 2 LP release of "Peter Gabriel Plays Live" in 1985. Being it a very good live album, I listened to it again some months ago, and being myself with a bit of nostalgia for a time I wanted to buy the 2 CD version of this album, but I couldn`t find it. Instead, in the record shops there was this "Plays Live - Highlights" one CD edition, which obviously I didn`t buy. Why? Because to fit the album to one CD the record company deleted some tracks: "The Rhythm of the Heat", "Not One of Us", "Intruder", and the best song from the album: "On the Air". So, I was disappointed. Maybe one day I`m going to find the complete album released on 2 CDs to buy it. So, a good advice: don`t buy this one CD version. The original 2 CD version is much better.
Review by Tarcisio Moura
1 stars A butcher´s work. I´m still trying to understand how one can be so insensitive to release a masterpiece like Plays Live and leave out songs so important. Ok, let´s say people have different opinions of what songs are important, but, please... not to include the stunning opener The Rhythm of The Heat is just too much. I remember the impact of that track when I first heard the original two LP set in the early 80´s. You knew it was something powerful and set the stage for what was to follow. Besides, this ´Highlights' (a very inappropriate title, as you may see) has only 64:50 minutes of recorded music, leaving 15 minutes of CD space that could have be filled with songs. And remember that only four tracks are missing from the original release. And still those tracks represent some of Gabriel´s best stuff.

In other words: there´s no justifying for this ugly job. I can understand a song or two missing due to lack of CD space, but the cutting off the opener and the room still available makes this ´Highlights one of the worst Compact Disc versions of an otherwise outstanding LPs ever done. By the two CD version. This one is to be avoided at all costs. Not even for completionists. Zero stars.

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