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Peter Brian Gabriel - Born 13 February 1950 (Chobham, Surrey, UK)

Musician, writer and video maker, Peter GABRIEL is one of the most loved musicians in prog-scene. He was the singer and front-man of GENESIS since 1967 to 1975, but thatīs another story...

GABRIEL started his solo career in 1977, and since then he has released 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, 3 original sound tracks and 3 compilations, always with the collaboration of a lot of different and great musicians and playing different musical styles. 1977 was the date of the release of Peterīs first album "Peter Gabriel 1", one year after "Peter Gabriel 2" was published, both albums have a similar sound (pop-prog-rock), and count with the production and guitars of KING CRIMSON's Robert Fripp and Tony Levin on bass, being Tony an active member of Peter's band since then. "Solsbury Hill" was the hit single of GABRIELīs first work, both albums include classic songs that are still being played on his actual shows. In 1980 two things happened, one was the release of Peter's third album "Peter Gabriel 3", this one being the most complete work till date in the opinion of a lot of fans, and also was the foundation of WOMAD (World Of Music, Arts and Dance) where Peter and other members of WOMAD played a series of festivals around the world, where they mixed traditional and modern music. In 1982 Peter published "Security" album, with a different sound, more electronic and also it was the first time that Peter began to use African sounds in his albums. This was followed by the double live album "Peter Gabriel Plays Live". Two years after Peter released his first OST "Birdy" (Alan Parker film), which was a great mix of eerie sounds and relaxing music.

Just one year after, in 1986 "So" was published, which was a well known and best selling album, with a clear pop sound and hit singles like "Sledgehammer" and "Donīt Give Up" (with the collaboration of Kate Bush on vocals) and the great "Red Rain". This album won several awards, especially for his video clips, very sophisticated for that year. Three years after, Peter published his second OST, Martin Scorcese's "Last Temptation Of Christ", one of the most experimental and innovative albums, with a mix of different musical styles. After this album a compilation "Shaking The Tree Sixteen Golden Greats" was published, and in 1988 Peter was involved in some benefit concerts, like "Human Right...
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PETER GABRIEL discography


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PETER GABRIEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.56 | 631 ratings
Peter Gabriel 1 [Aka: Car]
1977
2.99 | 511 ratings
Peter Gabriel 2 [Aka: Scratch]
1978
4.20 | 818 ratings
Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt]
1980
3.93 | 569 ratings
Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask or Security]
1982
2.97 | 182 ratings
Birdy (OST)
1985
3.83 | 637 ratings
So
1986
4.09 | 402 ratings
Passion - Music from The Last Temptation Of Christ
1989
3.62 | 449 ratings
Us
1992
3.48 | 203 ratings
OVO
2000
3.31 | 118 ratings
Long Walk Home - Music from The Rabbit-Proof Fence
2002
4.00 | 543 ratings
Up
2002
2.76 | 120 ratings
Big Blue Ball
2008
2.91 | 224 ratings
Scratch My Back
2010
3.58 | 183 ratings
New Blood
2011
2.92 | 57 ratings
And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

PETER GABRIEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 223 ratings
Plays Live
1983
2.43 | 44 ratings
Plays Live - Highlights
1983
3.92 | 141 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
3.53 | 41 ratings
Live Blood
2011
4.30 | 10 ratings
Live in Buenos Aires 1988
2011

PETER GABRIEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.07 | 31 ratings
P.O.V.
1990
4.32 | 179 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
4.51 | 186 ratings
Growing Up Live
2003
3.80 | 74 ratings
Play: The Videos
2004
3.80 | 68 ratings
Still Growing Up - Live And Unwrapped
2005
4.10 | 49 ratings
New Blood - Live In London
2011
4.42 | 12 ratings
Live In Buenos Aires 1988
2011
4.38 | 31 ratings
Live In Athens 1987
2013
4.20 | 25 ratings
Back to Front: Live in London
2014

PETER GABRIEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.51 | 38 ratings
Ein deutsches album
1980
3.80 | 45 ratings
Deutsches album
1982
5.00 | 1 ratings
Collectors' Edition
1990
3.86 | 91 ratings
Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
1990
3.26 | 15 ratings
Revisited
1992
3.78 | 50 ratings
Hit
2003
3.33 | 3 ratings
Scratch My Back / And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

PETER GABRIEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 21 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1977
3.67 | 15 ratings
Modern Love
1977
2.00 | 16 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
3.40 | 10 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
4.07 | 22 ratings
No Self Control
1980
4.24 | 27 ratings
Games Without Frontiers
1980
4.00 | 24 ratings
Biko
1980
4.13 | 15 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1980
3.20 | 5 ratings
I Don't Remember
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiel ohne Grenzen
1980
3.92 | 5 ratings
Wallflower
1982
3.33 | 20 ratings
I Have The Touch
1982
3.71 | 23 ratings
Shock The Monkey
1982
4.07 | 20 ratings
I Don't Remember
1983
3.04 | 5 ratings
Solsbury Hill (Live)
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Out
1984
2.40 | 11 ratings
Walk Through The Fire
1984
3.88 | 25 ratings
Sledgehammer
1986
3.80 | 26 ratings
Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush)
1986
2.39 | 23 ratings
Big Time (maxi-single)
1986
3.25 | 8 ratings
Sledgehammer - Dance mix
1986
3.00 | 3 ratings
In Your Eyes
1986
3.78 | 9 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1986
3.13 | 11 ratings
Biko/No More Apartheid (maxi-single)
1987
3.42 | 17 ratings
Red Rain
1987
3.40 | 10 ratings
Shakin' The Tree (w/ Youssou N'Dour)
1989
3.42 | 12 ratings
Steam
1992
3.82 | 17 ratings
Digging In The Dirt
1992
3.80 | 5 ratings
Digging In The Dirt - Brown Linen Box
1992
3.69 | 13 ratings
Blood Of Eden
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Be Still
1993
2.91 | 11 ratings
Kiss That Frog
1993
3.71 | 7 ratings
SW Live EP
1994
2.67 | 3 ratings
Lovetown
1994
3.60 | 5 ratings
While the Earth Sleeps (w/ Deep Forest)
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
That'll Do
1998
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Ovo
2000
3.50 | 8 ratings
More Than This
2002
2.38 | 13 ratings
The Barry Williams Show
2002
3.38 | 8 ratings
Burn You Up, Burn You Down
2003
3.27 | 11 ratings
Growing Up
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Time (with Electro Kingdom)
2005
4.25 | 4 ratings
Peter Gabriel
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
Salala (featuring Angelique Kidjo)
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Whole Thing
2008
3.89 | 25 ratings
Down to Earth
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Book of Love / Not One of Us
2010
3.60 | 6 ratings
Courage
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sledgehammer
2015
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Veil
2016
4.17 | 6 ratings
I'm Amazing
2016

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 Up by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.00 | 543 ratings

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Up
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Peter Gabriel's 7th studio album, named simply 'Up', is still my favorite album by the artist, mainly for its originality and extreme use of dynamics. The album was actually reported to be near completion in 1998, but it didn't see the light of day until 2002. At the time of its release, I managed a multi-media store and I was excited to hear this new album. But, I immediately fell in love with it because it was so different from anything else, even his own albums. A lot of customers and employees complained about it and didn't seem to like it, but I loved it then and love it now. Where 'Us' was mostly unemotional and commercial sounding, 'Up' was the polar opposite.

Instantly, from the first track 'Darkness' you get a good example of the extremities of the dynamics in the first minute. The track starts soft and ambient and then scares the life right out of you with a sudden sound explosion and does this throughout the track. There is no sense of traditional song structure in this track, which shows Gabriel's ingenuity.

'Growing Up' is more like the older Gabriel music, not too unlike 'Kiss that Frog' on the surface, but not as commercial with a better use of dynamics. It has that unsettling feeling that is prevalent through this album, but in a more upbeat version and a more traditional structure than the previous track. At one point, two countermelodies play off of each other, which we have heard from Gabriel before. Even after only 2 tracks, you hear a much better album which is more prog oriented, less commercial and many times more original than the previous album 'Us'.

'Sky Blue' starts out ambient again, with some great atmospheric textures and Gabriel's vocals. The music builds little by little as it goes on. Soon, a tribal-inspired rhythm starts, as the main melody repeats with added musical accompaniment and vocal layers. This is a beautiful and emotional track that took Gabriel 10 years to perfect.

'No Way Out' builds off of a nice bass melody and has a subdued rhythm and, even though the overall theme of the album is death, it is the first track to deal solely with the subject. It is kind of a combination of the subtleties 'Mercy Street' and the driving sound of 'In Your Eyes', though more by style and not sound.

Gabriel has later dedicated 'I Grieve' to those who had family in New York on the day of the 9/11 attacks, even though the track was written and performed before the attacks. He suffered through not being able to contact his daughters who lived in New York on that day. This track is quite subdued and quiet, but is very heartfelt, pensive and the vocals even sound grief stricken. At 5 minutes, percussion fades in and a rhythm is established as life is breathed into the grieving process in that life has to carry on. But someone who has to grieve about losing a loved one will always have to return to grief no matter how much time has passed.

'The Barry Williams Show' starts out immediately more upbeat and much fuller. It has some jazz leanings with a brass section and occasional jazz harmonics. The topic of this track is day-time talk shows like Jerry Springer or Montel Williams, etc. The chorus is quite catchy and there are some cool effects throughout.

'My Head Sounds Like That' goes back to an ambient start with a piano and Gabriel's amazing vocals with a very subdued beat in the background. A brass section also appears later. The slight builds suddenly drops off for the bridge as Gabriel sings and then a sudden dissonant and noisy eruption and then back to the main theme again and then a atmospheric ending.

'More than This' is more upbeat again, but the rhythm is not as apparent as you think it should be and even drops off all together at times. The stress is kept on the vocals up until 4:30, when the background builds to bring the song to a glitch-y close.

'Signal to Noise' is my favorite Peter Gabriel tune and one of my all time favorites anywhere. It has beautiful and emotional orchestration alone with Gabriel's vocals and guest vocals from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who died before the track was completely finalized. The instrumentation is absolutely genius and excellent on this one creating tension and drama, the guest vocals are simply amazing. The song builds slowly in a slow burn with vocals pushing the song forward. All of this is done with very little percussion until a sudden explosion at around 4:30 and then the strings begin to get extremely passionate building to a dramatic ending. I absolutely love this track!

'The Drop' is a simple song that ends the album. It is only Gabriel singing with a solo grand piano. It's a very effective ending to this album, quiet and simple.

I know a lot of people disagree with me on this, but I find this to be Peter Gabriel's best album which utilizes dynamics better than most popular music out there. It is many steps above the last album, and I am happy that he still had this amazing music in him. I don't understand why most people look down on this album, other than the fact that it is not commercial like the last one, but to me, that is its biggest strength. I consider it an essential album which shows just how passionate progressive rock can be and still be so innovative. Easily 5 stars.

 Us by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.62 | 449 ratings

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Us
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After a long 6 years after Peter Gabriel's excellent and extremely popular album "So", we finally got a new album: "Us". Many fans were waiting and expecting something as wonderful as "So" was, and many people were disappointed. It seems 6 years is what it took for the public to completely understand and fall in love with that album, and when, this album came out, everyone wanted a carbon copy. Even though Gabriel worked to perfect this album and utilized a lot of the same techniques, I think a lot of people didn't want to have to let this album "steep" as long as "So" did, and they gave up on it early.

That is, at least, the explanation I have for the general public in regards to "Us". As far as myself, I have a hard time with this album because Gabriel tried to hard with it. I find it too polished and perfected, and I find Gabriel's music works better when it is more spontaneous and unpolished. Everything just seems to be too careful. The album comes from a difficult time in Gabriel's life, and the lyrics in the album reflect that, but the perfection of a lot of the tracks don't reflect the emotion that is due.

Now that doesn't mean it isn't a good album. There is plenty of great music on this album, but it seems to be a little disconnected when it comes to being personal as "So" was. Gabriel uses the world music influences as with the afro-beats and African influences, but it seems to be pushed to the background more this time around. And, for the most part, the entire album is more subdued. The world beats were so appealing on "In Your Eyes" are too subdued on several tracks like "Come Talk to Me". This worked on the previous album on the beautiful "Mercy Street", but when he tries that formula on "Blood of Eden", it seems to be flat. On the other end of the spectrum, forward push of "Sledgehammer" tries to come forward on "Steam", but it ends up sounding more like a copy than a follow up. In fact, my wife heard that track playing and thought it was Huey Lewis. For me, "So" was the perfect album for a lot of reasons, especially for its originality. "Us" however, tries to become too much like that album, and ends up sounding less emotional and heartfelt.

Now, there are some more original songs here, and that is where the best part of this album lies. For example, "Washing of the Water" is a beautiful song and the first point of the album where Gabriel actually sounds like he feels connected to the music. His vocals are very emotional and the lyrics are extremely meaningful. "Digging in the Dirt" might be repetitive, but it also doesn't sound like a copy from the previous album. It is a great upbeat track, obviously meant to be a single, but it also sounds original and Gabriel even uses some great vocal calisthenics. "Kiss That Frog" is a good rocker about fellatio (it's amazing how the lyrics take on a whole new meaning when you know that), but it's a little too poppy for its own good. At least it doesn't copy anything from "So". "Secret World" is probably the strongest track on the album and feels like Gabriel in his natural element, unique and heartfelt and in no hurry to prove anything.

You do have to dig a little deeper to find the great parts of this album, and a lot of that is because the best parts are buried in the songs that are trying to hard to copy his past success. Fortuantely, "Up", the next album, would prove to be much better and more original, full of emotion and ingenuity. "Us" has always been a hard one for me to get through, but at least the better tracks were left more on the 2nd half of the album. It's just hard to get around the 1st half making this album good, but not great.

 Us by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.62 | 449 ratings

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Us
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This was the long-awaited first new PG studio album for six years (if you don't count soundtracks). It's funny how the preceding, commercially very succesful album So (1986) is still very dear to me -- with the exception of 'Sledgehammer' and especially 'Big Time' -- but Us never seriously grew on me. I was 16 and just getting into album collecting when So came out, and that was even before the Gabriel-era Genesis became my biggest prog favourite. Six years later, after my most hectic prog-discovering era, it was much harder to impress me with a new release from any of my fave artists. Is Us really notably worse than So? I can't evaluate them side by side without being biased, but it's obvious that the songs in Us just don't grab me as strongly as So does. The sonic world in Us is audibly 'perfected' ad infinitum, but the songwriting itself is rather mediocre. I think the judge of time, in my case anyway, has proved this.

I remember each track surprisingly well even if I haven't much listened to Us all these years. But many of them I've more often heard in either PG's music video compilation "Play" or in Secret World Live DVD. Let's see... 'Come Talk to Me' is a pretty good opener, maybe slightly over-extended in 7 minutes. 'Love to Be Loved' is a song about human emotions that leaves me a bit unaffected. Slow-tempo 'Blood of Eden' is among the best tracks: with Sinead O'Connor's beautiful backing vocals it has the emotional power. 'Steam' and 'Kiss That Frog' are what 'Big Time' was in So; I just don't like the noisy hits like these. 'Only Us' is frankly dead boring, despite the sonic details.

'Washing of the Water' benefits from being an intimate, sincerely gospel-like song that grows towards the end. 'Digging in the Dirt' must be the best known track of this album, and its music video is admittedly awesome, but the angrier parts are too much in-your-face and repetitive to my taste. Semi-instrumental '14 Black Paintings' is a dark-toned sonic painting that resembles the soundtrack album Passion. The closing track 'Secret World' is another highlight, which however functions better in The Secret World Live.

Us is not totally convincing album in the scale of Peter Gabriel, but it's among the most cultivated and best produced pop/rock albums of its time and hence it deserves three stars. BTW, the colourful and yet digital-cold cover design is in my opinion the least interesting of PG album covers.

 Plays Live by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Live, 1983
4.05 | 223 ratings

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Plays Live
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars If you are particularly keen to hear a live Peter Gabriel set from the tour for his fourth solo album, this isn't a bad one. It's heavy on material from his third and fourth self-titled albums, and doesn't have any Genesis tracks, which I suppose just goes to show how much of a creative triumph his solo career had become by that point. That said, I personally don't think the live setting really adds much to this material - particularly since Gabriel's third and fourth solo albums relied so much on truly cutting-edge studio techniques and are such complete sonic worlds in and of themselves. Your mileage may vary, so it's worth a listen, but only if you're out of other Gabriel material of this vintage to sample.
 I Don't Remember by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
4.07 | 20 ratings

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I Don't Remember
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by thwok

4 stars "I Don't Remember" is a terrific Peter Gabriel single, even though the record company made an odd choice IMHO. I'm reviewing the 12" maxi single for the simplest reason; it has more music on it. SECURITY was the studio album PG put out in 1983. The lead song "I Don't Remember" was at least 4 years old at this point. For instance, there's a YouTube video of Gabriel performing it at Rockpalast in 1978. So why would the record company choose this song to release at this point?

The single also contains the brilliant, but overplayed, "Solsbury Hill" and the propulsive "Kiss of Life". "I Don't Remember" is a fine song, but I think it pales slightly in comparison to the other two tracks. Lyrically, "I Don't Remember" seems to be about searching for identity. The other two songs seem to be concerned with one of Gabriel's thematic obsessions; spirituality and ecstasy or sex. Taken together, these make up a brief, but very enjoyable, sampling of Gabriel's extensive discography.

 Sledgehammer by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.88 | 25 ratings

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Sledgehammer
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars 'FIRST REVIEW OF THIS SINGLE'

1. Sledgehammer

Peter Gabriel often reminds me of the late genius David Bowie: highly creative and innovative, great visual stage antics, musical chameleons, surprising their audience with yet another musical genre, delivering high quality pop top hits and ahead of their time. To continue comparing Gabriel with Bowie, it often comes to my mind that Sledgehammer could have been a David Bowie composition. Sledgehammer was the first single release of Peter Gabriel his fifth album entitled So (1986) and a worldwide hit: it topped the charts in Canada and the USA, and of course was the mindblowing and awarded video a huge contribution to the popularity of Sledgehammer (I can't listen to this song without seeing the images of the video). So Peter Gabriel went from the most charismatic frontman in progressive rock to a top selling solo artis, and a celebrity.

Sledgehammer starts with that very distinctive intro featuring a synthesized shakuhachi flute. Then it's swinging time: a catchy bass, Earth, Wind & Fire-like brass and Peter his soulful voice, this a perfectly structured and coloured blend of soul, funk and pop. Halfway again that synthesized flute and then female vocal harmonies join (including P.P. Arnold, once The Nice was her backing band), the propulsive percussion is great and Peter sings very powerful, with obvious hints from his soul inspiration. A masterpiece in its kind, and the doorway to international success, soon he released Big Time (also from So), another Top 10 USA hit!

About the lyrics, it's Freudian Extravaganza, a flood of hidden sex and phallic symbols! On the Internet I read: 'In the US in the 1980's local radiostations where often controlled by christian organisations. They where banning songs they ment where unsuitible for christian minds. So Peter Gabriel wrote Sledgehammer. If you listen good in the beginning of the song he says "how can anybody fool them". If the radiostations banned the song they would admit, that they themselves have a "dirty mind", so they played it...... and were fooled'.

2. Don't Break This Rhythm :

A strong blend of natural exotic percussion and modern technology (synthesizers and samplers), topped with Peter Gabriel his wonderful emotional vocals (the title is an excellent metaphor for the relationship in this song), it could have been a Peter Gabriel IV song.

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 Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush) by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.80 | 26 ratings

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Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush)
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars 1. Don't Give Up

What would have happened if first choice Dolly Parton had not turned down Peter Gabriel his request to be the female singer in this duet? Anyway, Peter Gabriel his good friend Kate Bush was willing to do the job, the rest is history! On the Internet I read: 'The song was inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange, showing poverty-stricken Americans in dust bowl conditions. Gabriel saw Lange's images in a 1973 book titled In This Proud Land. He felt that a song based on this was wholly appropriate to difficult economic conditions in England under Margaret Thatcher. He composed lyrics within a situation about a man whose unemployment causes stress in his domestic relationship. The verses, sung by Gabriel, describe the man's feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair; the choruses, sung by Bush, offer words of hope and encouragement.'

The song starts in a dreamy atmosphere with a slow beat, a soaring flute sound from the Fairlight digital sampler and Peter Gabriel his fragile voice, with a melancholical undertone: 'No fight left or so it seems. I am a man whose dreams have all deserted. I've changed my name, I've changed my face. But no one wants you when you lose.'

Then there is Kate Bush her voice, sweet and encouraging, a huge contrast, what a brilliant idea! 'Don't give up. 'Cause you have friends.' The music remains dreamy, with that slow beat and soaring keyboards, as a frame for the painting with words. Fragile piano runs join, wonderfully blended into the emotional atmophere.

Halfway Peter raises his voice, it sounds very emotional, even desperate: 'Got to walk out of here. I can't take anymore. Going to stand on that bridge. Keep my eyes down below. Whatever may come. And whatever may go. That river's flowing. That river's flowing.' Now soft fretless bass play joins, And then there is Kate again, she keeps on supporting him and pointing at the positive things in life, so many people will recognize this situation, from both ends:

'Don't give up. 'Cause you have friends. Don't give up. You're not the only one. Don't give up.'

And the final words by Kate Bush: 'Don't give up. 'Cause I believe there's a place. There's a place where we belong'. Wonderful words, so supportive. In the short final instrumental part a hypnotizing climate with a slow beat and in the background celestial voices that sing 'Don't give up', to emphasize the unconditional female support.

2. In Your Eyes

A romantic ballad with Peter his distinctive voice, tender piano play and a slow rhythm. The music alternates between mellow and slow accelarations and the refrain is with Peter his voice and vocal harmonies. The use of the Fairlight delivers a pleasant musical colouring. In the end a female African singer adds a special flavour.

According to many sources the song is about Rosanna Arquette, I read on the Internet: 'Actually it was a kind of response to what the band Toto did. Their keyboardist used to date ms Arquette, but she broke it off with him for Peter. So the band got together and penned the song Rosanna for her. Funnily enough, she wasn't overly impressed, and was only truely blown away when Peter Gabriel released In Your Eyes in response.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Biko by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
4.00 | 24 ratings

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Biko
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS SINGLE"

1. Biko

Peter Gabriel in an interview: "The musical side of the song 'Biko' was inspired by hearing a shortwave Dutch radio station playing the soundtrack to a not very good Stanley Baker epic called Dingaka. There were elements in the choir and grooves which made me want to explore further. I started to listen to various bits of African music.'

The intro and outro are South African funeral music that was used on Biko's funeral, including the words by the crowd singing 'Bakhala uVorster! Ngomhla sibuyayo, kophalal igazi! Ngomhla sibuyayo. Ngomhla sibuyayo. Ngomhla sibuyayo, kophalal igazi!' (intro) and 'Senzeni na! Senzeni na!' (outro), very impressive and it highly contributes to creating a typical African atmosphere.

The music starts with Brazilian drum beats, distorted guitar play and a synthesizer bagpipe sound, this creates a hypnotizing atmosphere with an ominous undertone. Then Peter Gabriel his emotional voice joins: 'Port Elizabeth weather fine. It was business as usual. In police room 619. Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko. Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko. Yihla moja, yihla moja (which means "descending spirit", TYA). The man is dead. The man is dead'.

"Because Biko', brilliant alliteration.

'You can blow out a candle. But you can't blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to catch. The wind will blow it higher.' Wow, what a splendid metaphore and indeed, the Apartheid kept on killing, but in the end that brutal South-Africa government system was stopped, in 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first native president of South- African people, 14 years after the song Biko.

Biko ends with "Oh Oh Oh", it sounds like an archetypical cry for freedom, for justice, what an end, what a song, what a great composer, singer, performer and human being Peter Gabriels is!

2. Shosholoza

"Shosholoza (Go In Peace)" is a song from the movie Dingaka, that delivered Gabriel a few ideas for his song, "Biko." Originally just a chant, Gabriel added music, a fine example of Gabriel his interest in African music, but not really a song with Peter Gabriel vocals.

3. Jetzt Kommt Die Flut

Peter Gabriel used a phonetic transcript, the translations were done by German director and author Horst Konigstein. To me it sounds a bit clinical, it lacks the emotional undertone of the original English lyrics.

 Solsbury Hill by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1977
4.07 | 21 ratings

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Solsbury Hill
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS SINGLE"

1. Solsbury Hill

When Peter Gabriel released this single in 1977 his former band Genesis had become a 'biggie', while his artistic and financial future was still very uncertain. Between the The Lamb recordings and his first solo album he had experienced an emotional rollercoaster: so many heavy emotions and feelings, from the problems to deliver the lyrics to the difficult pregnancy of his wife Jill during that time.

From the first moment I heard Solsbury Hill, I was very moved by the vocals, the atmosphere, the lyrics and the instrumentation, what a timeless beauty! The great thing in Solsbury Hill (the title is derived from a hill near his hometown Bath) is the contrast between the simple structure of the music and the complexity of the wide range of emotions Peter is singing about.

The acoustic rhythm guitar by Steve Hunter sounds cheerful, on the other hand the synthesizer strings have a slightly melancholical undertone. As a musical translation of being happy, but still feeling the frustrations of a troubled period: 'When illusion spin her net. I'm never where I want to be. And liberty she pirouette. When I think that I am free.'

Listening to the strong autobiographical lyrics makes this song more and more a moving experience.

'My heart going boom boom boom' this emphasizes his emotional world, how brilliant to use these expressive words. And for Peter, who grew up in the upper middle class in South-England, it was far from easy to show his vulnerability and insecurities. That is 'not done' in the socalled 'upper-stiff-lip-mentality' in South-England. So I consider this as a brave effort.

'I was feeling part of the scenery, I walked right out of the machinery', the most obvious hints about Genesis. Now he is determined to go his own way and taking financial risks for creative freedom, rather than earning money and being frustrated in Genesis: 'Hey I said, you can keep my things, they've come to take me home." This is musically translated in a final part that slowly turns into bombastic with propulsive electric guitar, emotional cries and powerful drum beats, impressive!

2. Moribund The Burgermeister :

This track is also from Peter Gabriel his first debut album, an other 'cup of tea' than Solsbury Hill: very dynamic, from mellow to sumptuous outbursts, with a The Lamb undertone (Colony Of Slippermen sound) and strong vocals, in fact an excellent B-side!

In order to promote his first album Peter Gabriel went on tour, he succeeded to put together an incredible band: Robert Fripp and Steve Hunter on guitar, Alan Schwartzberg on drums, Tony Levin on bass and Larry Fast on keyboards, wow!

 Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt] by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.20 | 818 ratings

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Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt]
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by The Dark Elf

5 stars From a compositional standpoint, the idiosyncratic Gabriel hasn't merely chosen the path less traveled, he's clear- cut a gaping glade clean through the forest. Whether as the outrageously caparisoned front man and storyteller of Genesis, or as a visionary solo artist delving into world music and visual media, Gabriel is not only singing from left- field, he's up in the nosebleed bleacher seats with the field barely visible below. And it is precisely because of the unconventional vocals, the quirky beats, the irregular time signatures, and the unorthodox subject matter of Peter Gabriel's third solo release (popularly christened 'Melt') that makes it an essential listening experience.

You have to hand it to Gabriel. With the release of 'Melt' in May of 1980, he came out with one of the best albums of 1980s only six months into the decade. It is certainly on par with other stellar releases from the period, such as U2's 'Joshua Tree', Paul Simon's 'Graceland'', Talking Heads' 'Remain in Light', or Gabriel's own 'So' album from 1986. But whereas 'So' was more commercially successful (with the MTV hits 'Sledgehammer' and 'Big Time') and far more huggable for the masses (don't we all get nostalgic when we hear 'In Your Eyes'?), the thorny 'Melt' pricks one's sensibilities and is satisfying from a visceral standpoint, with a psychological depth and intensity to the storytelling few albums from the 80s could match.

The first thing you notice is that there are no cymbals... throughout the entire album. There are other percussion instruments, but the lack of cymbals creates tension - a totemic, animistic thrum and rumble - that permeates the album with an unrelieved edginess bordering on hysteria. The purposeful mania instilled by Gabriel is amplified further with the "gated drum" sound, a dramatic reverb effect that produces a booming but highly-compressed punch to the drums created specifically for this album and employed with gusto by drummer Phil Collins (who appears on four tracks). Collins would memorably re-use the gated drum effect on his hit "In the Air Tonight", but perfected it on Peter Gabriel's stunning third self-titled solo album, known as 'Melt' (for the distinctive cover photo). And 'Melt' (1980), even more so than Gabriel's mega-hit 'So' (1986), is the best album of the 1980s. Aside from distinctive vocals, studio techniques and musical innovations, 'Melt' is, for all intents and purposes, a "psychological treatise' on the human condition: compulsion, obsession, isolation, schizophrenia, amnesia, prejudice, bigotry, anger institutionalization, and murder. Herein lie the darker dimensions of thought and action, delivered with an actor's flair by Gabriel.

'Intruder', a flesh-crawling ode to home invasion, begins the mind games with the grating, metallic grind of clippers on twisted wire, discordant keyboards, and Collin's strident drumbeat, and ends with a bit of whistling-with- criminal-intent made famous by Peter Lorre in the movie 'M' (1931). 'No Self Control' mirrors the troubled tendencies of 'Intruder', but amps up the mania, as well as the volume, with Gabriel's recurring avant-garde partners-in-crime Robert Fripp on guitar and Kate Bush on backing vocals, along with a vicious turn on drums by Collins. 'I Don't Remember' (amnesia), "And Through the Wire" (communication overload) and 'Lead a Normal Life' (asylums) are each excellent tunes, but the truly stellar songs are the allegoric satire on nationalism "Games Without Frontiers" (again with Kate Bush singing 'jeux sans fronti'res' or "games without frontiers"), and "Not One of Us", which cleverly attacks hatred and prejudice born out of fear and ignorance.

And then there are the two epics. The first, 'Family Snapshot', is a suspenseful character study of a publicity- seeking loner who kills a public figure, in which Gabriel, through the use of internal monologue, grafts the memoirs of assassin Arthur Bremer onto scenes of JFK's assassination in Dallas. The effect is riveting. Finally, there is "Biko", about Stephen Biko, a South African civil rights leader murdered while in police custody. The horrid event gained worldwide attention due in part to Gabriel's profound lament. "Biko" was the greatest protest song of the 80s, and the grand lyric 'And the eyes of the world are watching now', proved prophetic. 'Melt' is fully realized and conceptually brilliant, a stark look at man's inhumanity to man, and the madness that stirs in the minds of many.

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