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PETER GABRIEL

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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 Rights Now" tour for Amnesty International, with artists like STING, Tracey CHAPMAN, Bruce SPRINGSTEEN and YOUSSOU NīDOUR. In 1992 a...
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PETER GABRIEL discography


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

3.53 | 511 ratings
Peter Gabriel (1 - "Car")
1977
2.98 | 415 ratings
Peter Gabriel (2 - "Scratch")
1978
4.20 | 666 ratings
Peter Gabriel (3 - "Melt")
1980
3.92 | 462 ratings
Peter Gabriel (4 - "Security" or "Mask")
1982
2.92 | 144 ratings
Music From The Film Birdy
1985
3.83 | 526 ratings
So
1986
4.10 | 334 ratings
Passion
1989
3.63 | 371 ratings
Us
1992
3.52 | 169 ratings
OVO
2000
3.27 | 92 ratings
Long Walk Home
2002
3.99 | 453 ratings
Up
2002
2.74 | 99 ratings
Big Blue Ball
2008
2.90 | 192 ratings
Scratch my back
2010
3.62 | 149 ratings
New Blood
2011
3.06 | 33 ratings
And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

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

4.07 | 184 ratings
Plays Live
1983
3.90 | 124 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
2.19 | 30 ratings
Plays Live - Highlights
2002
4.00 | 27 ratings
Live Blood
2011
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live in Buenos Aires 1988
2011

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

4.06 | 26 ratings
P.O.V.
1990
4.30 | 158 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
4.51 | 161 ratings
Growing Up Live
2003
3.81 | 65 ratings
Play: The Videos
2004
3.79 | 59 ratings
Still Growing Up - Live And Unwrapped
2005
4.08 | 42 ratings
New Blood - Live In London
2011
4.36 | 11 ratings
Live In Buenos Aires 1988
2011
4.77 | 22 ratings
Live In Athens 1987
2013
4.24 | 18 ratings
Back to Front: Live in London
2014

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

3.57 | 33 ratings
Ein deutsches album
1980
3.80 | 41 ratings
Deutsches album
1982
3.86 | 78 ratings
Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
1990
3.27 | 11 ratings
Revisited
1992
3.77 | 44 ratings
Hit
2003
3.00 | 1 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)

4.00 | 16 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1977
3.42 | 12 ratings
Modern Love
1977
1.84 | 13 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
3.33 | 9 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
4.08 | 19 ratings
No Self Control
1980
4.25 | 25 ratings
Games Without Frontiers
1980
4.00 | 20 ratings
Biko
1980
4.14 | 14 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1980
2.00 | 2 ratings
I Don't Remember
1980
3.91 | 3 ratings
Wallflower
1982
3.53 | 15 ratings
I Have The Touch
1982
4.30 | 20 ratings
Shock The Monkey
1982
4.19 | 16 ratings
I Don't Remember
1983
3.33 | 3 ratings
Solsbury Hill (Live)
1983
2.26 | 8 ratings
Walk Through Fire
1984
3.80 | 20 ratings
Sledgehammer
1986
3.93 | 22 ratings
Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush)
1986
2.37 | 19 ratings
Big Time (maxi-single)
1986
3.29 | 7 ratings
Sledgehammer - Dance mix
1986
3.78 | 9 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1986
3.13 | 11 ratings
Biko/No More Apartheid (maxi-single)
1987
3.38 | 15 ratings
Red Rain
1987
3.25 | 8 ratings
Shakin' The Tree (w/ Youssou N'Dour)
1989
3.45 | 11 ratings
Steam
1992
3.86 | 14 ratings
Digging In The Dirt
1992
3.80 | 5 ratings
Digging In The Dirt - Brown Linen Box
1992
3.67 | 12 ratings
Blood Of Eden
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Be Still
1993
2.90 | 10 ratings
Kiss That Frog
1993
3.67 | 6 ratings
SW Live EP
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Lovetown
1994
3.60 | 5 ratings
While the Earth Sleeps (w/ Deep Forest)
1996
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Story Of Ovo
2000
3.43 | 7 ratings
More Than This
2002
2.32 | 12 ratings
The Barry Williams Show
2002
3.57 | 7 ratings
Burn You Up, Burn You Down
2003
3.20 | 10 ratings
Growing Up
2003
4.00 | 3 ratings
Peter Gabriel
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Salala (featuring Angelique Kidjo)
2007
4.00 | 3 ratings
Whole Thing
2008
3.86 | 22 ratings
Down to Earth
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Book of Love / Not One of Us
2010
3.25 | 4 ratings
Courage
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sledgehammer
2015

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 And I'll Scratch Yours by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.06 | 33 ratings

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And I'll Scratch Yours
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars This review is based upon just one listening in a public library, but since here's surprisingly only one review concentrating on general speculation instead of dealing with individual tracks, I believe my half-baked review has some value here. (I'm not planning to get the CD for a closer reception, but this is not to suggest I wouldn't have pleasure out of it if I did.) By and large I agree on all the remarks admireArt makes here, especially the line "some great performances, some personal ones, and a couple of uninspired 'tributes'". Yeah, that's how tribute albums tend to be.

In theory Peter Gabriel is a very interesting object artist for a tribute. He sees himself primarily as a song-writer, not a performer, and as an artist who pays a lot of attention to sonic details, there's a very good chance that another artist is able and willing to offer a whole new approach to a song. And this is surely happening on several tracks. Sadly some artists have taken a little too experimental path, making the result rather unpleasant to ears, but happily there are also opposite cases in which the song in question comes alive in a very fresh and natural way. For me the winner of the dozen is REGINA SPEKTOR's simplified and sincere version of 'Blood of Eden'. She doesn't give a damn how Gabriel (+ Sinead O'Connor) voiced the words, she reveals the song's natural, folky strength by letting go of all the special features in the original performance and by increasing the tempo a little bit.

The tracks I don't particularily like include DAVID BYRNE's New Wave-ish 'I Don't Remember', BRIAN ENO's rude 'Mother of Violence' (points for the brave originality!) and, most of all, LOU REED's eccentric and alienating 'Solsbury Hill'. When that percussion-heavy track started, I thought it to be 'Biko'. PAUL SIMON performs that song in a quite natural folk style of a protest song. Versions that don't take big risks include BON IVER's 'Come Talk to Me', ARCADE FIRE's 'Games Without Frontiers' and FEIST's 'Don't Give Up'. 'Mercy Street' is among my PG favourites and ELBOW's safe version is not the first covering of it that I've heard and liked, but of course Gabe's own version is superior.

JOSEPH ARTHUR's 'Shock the Monkey' is very interesting; it differs a lot form the original and yet it has a strong (90's/00's) Peter Gabriel-like vibe to it. RANDY NEWMAN makes 'Big Time' his own sovereignly. I dislike that PG song but Newman makes the song actually better.

True, the song selection could be more surprising. Not a single track from Up, which is a pity.

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 Big Blue Ball by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.74 | 99 ratings

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Big Blue Ball
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Progosopher

4 stars Big Blue Ball is not so much a PG album as it is the result of several uber sessions of his Real World studio. Many different artists and styles are found here, more so than on your typical (if there is such a thing) release from Peter Gabriel. These artists include the expected, such as Papa Wemba and David Rhodes, and the unexpected such as Vernon Reid and Sinead O'Connor. A complete list of all those involved would be as long as any review, so I will not even try to get all the names in. A few more deserve mention, however: Natacha Atlas, Manu Katche, Tim Finn, Billy Cobham, Hossam Ramzy, and Marta Sebestyen. If you are familiar with these names you can get a sense for the World Music style found throughout this album. It is not even universally recognized as a PG album but this belies the fact that even if he is not found on every track, his presence is felt throughout. The sound is rich and clean. Many of the sessions were spontaneous and this gives the music a freshness that sounds great to my ears. PG gave the musicians space to create and let them do their stuff. And what wonderful stuff it is. But the original tapes, finished by 1995 (note the album release was not until 2008), were described by the man himself as a bit of a mess. Great performances do not a great album make. Production comes into play, and Stephen Hague was called in to organize it all into something worth listening to, much in the same way Teo Merceo organized a bunch of Miles Davis sessions into coherent albums. I think he did a good job. As an album, Big Blue Ball is not centered around any particular idea or plan. This is a collection of songs performed by dozens of different artists. The PG sung tune can be placed alongside anything else he has done. The rest run from the contemporary to the traditional, jazzy to atmospheric, pop to experimental. The mix of African, Asian, Latin, and European styles, often in the same song, is dizzying. This is not an album for purists; rather it is one of the global village signifying that music is music no matter how many different styles express it. As has been said before, music is a universal language. That may not be entirely true, but there is plenty of room for musical crossovers such as what we hear here. Many people may be turned off by the eclectic nature of the offering but I revel in it. The key here is that they are all good songs. My least favorite is actually the closing titular piece, which is the most pop of the bunch, but I understand why this became the name of the album. What better way to call our own planet and a project of people from all corners of it than Big Blue Ball? My favorites include the opener, Whole Thing, very PG, and Altus Silva, one of the more atmospheric pieces. Serious fans of music often say that they are open to new sounds but this is only so to varying degrees. If one wants to get away from the typical guitar-bass-drum-keys-vocals of most rock, this may be a good place to hear what is going on in other parts of the world, or as I should say, other parts of our global society. There is no good excuse to be bored by the same old thing as there are plenty of other options out there. And perhaps this is the broader purpose of Big Blue Ball; to introduce people to music from around the world. This is fully consistent with PG's WOMAD (World Music, Art and Dance). The world of music is more diverse than many of us realize. This is not to say that we would all enjoy all the different styles, but for the adventurous it is a grand and broad world. It is a big blue ball on which we live; explore it.

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 Back to Front: Live in London by GABRIEL, PETER album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.24 | 18 ratings

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Back to Front: Live in London
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
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4 stars After the release of his fourth album, Peter Gabriel was in top of his game with some dark and innovative pop music. The fourth album was a perfect combination of world music and pop and had his most adventurous music. The next album "So" was more commercially oriented with some good songs, but simple songwriting. The songs "Don't give up" and "Mercy Street" is a good example of songs that have an immediate impact on you but contains simple lyrics and repetitive motifs. And for this 25th anniversary, it was time to play this album in its entirety.

The show starts with no light show and on an acoustic mode. And it's during the nice interpretation of the song "Family Snapshot" that the lights come out. The electric set starts with the next song "Digging in the Dirt". Then arrive 2 more nice interpretations of 2 songs that are on the darker side: "The Family and the Fishing Net" and "No Self Control". The popular song "Solsbury Hill" marks another change of mood and the opportunity to see some striking crowd reactions. The director will show us during the most popular songs of the concert those crowd reactions from very close. Then the album "So" starts with his best song "Red Rain" and the appropriate red color light show on the stage. The most popular Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer" shows the influence of the 60's soul music. The show will end with the political song "Biko". Just before that the visuals are very impressive during the song from the album "Ovo", "The Town that Ate People". And if the show is visually appealing, there's some extreme close ups of Peter Gabriel throughout the show with cameras that are above the stage.

This is the most impressive concert DVD visually in the Peter Gabriel discography with a perfect picture and finally a light show that we can see. 3.5 stars for the music and 4.5 stars for the visuals and video quality.

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 Wallflower by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.91 | 3 ratings

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Wallflower
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I consider "Wallflower" as the best song from PETER GABRIEL`s fourth self-titled solo album (which was titled "Security" in the U.S.). If I remember well, this song has lyrics about people who suffers some injustices. Maybe the "B" side of this single, "Kiss of Life", was a better choice in commercial terms for the "A" side, having a more "commercial sound" with the use of an electronic drum kit and a very rhythmic structure. But "Wallflower" is a melodic slow song, sung with feeling by Gabriel and with very good arrangements. Maybe both songs (with also "Shock the Monkey") are the most accessible songs from that album which is somewhat "dark" like much of Gabriel`s music for the general public. I don`t know if "Wallflower" was successful in any Hit Parade chart in the world, but anyway it was a good choice for a single release. I never listened to it being played in the FM Radio stations in my city. "Shock the Monkey" was the song that was played in the radio stations in my city.

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 So by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.83 | 526 ratings

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So
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Whilst Genesis' art pop efforts of the mid-1980s had a soulless cynicism to them - the band simply cranking out simplistic material for the sake of the lucrative album sales they were able to wrangle - Peter Gabriel's So is a pop album with heart. Taking the world music textures developed on his fourth self-titled album and applying a little clarity to proceedings - not for nothing is this the first of Gabriel's solo releases in which his image on the cover is not distorted in some fashion - he is able both to produce haunting and deep meditations and gloriously soulful pop. Sledgehammer might not be the most progressive thing he's ever done, but claim it doesn't get your foot tapping and I'll call you a bloody liar.

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 Peter Gabriel (4 - Studio Album, 1982
3.92 | 462 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (4 - "Security" or "Mask")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by BatBacon

4 stars I guess I'm not the only one with mixed feelings for this album, on one hand you got fantastic stuff like "San Jacinto", on the other hand there is some pop songs with the typical 80s sound we could live without. But unlike people usually think about Gabriel's fourth album, I would say this one is among the most progressive albums heīs done, with long songs and experimenting with african instruments and rhythms.

The opening song "The rhythm of the heat" is easily one of Gabriel's best songs, the title says a lot about the mood. Its dramatic, slowly escalating from exciting and mysterious to wild and majestic, just sitting down and listening to it gives you the feeling of chasing something through fire and flames. Its hot, not as sexy, but hot as warm. Next song "San Jacinto" is also one of the greatest songs heīs ever done. Its an epic at its very best, as the song starts out slowly with some strange, what is it? Keyboard-sounds? Sounds like electronic rain. Groove is building up slowly and then explodes into full drama before ending with more weird sounds, some breathing and something that almost sounds like spoken word. San Jacinto is more an experience than a song!

"I have the touch" is one of those 80s sounding pop songs I mentioned earlier, but actually this one isn't that bad. A great groove and some nice sound effects puts you more in a cool mood than in a mood of "ish, what a horrible 80s song". It makes you feel like you actually have the touch.

"The family and the fishing net" is a great example of how to mix african sounds and 80s pop with a successful result, its great and very weird. Lots of strange sounds and theatrical vocals! "Shock the monkey" is one of his earliest hits and it smells like 80s pop, yes I know, but its awesome! Watching the creepy video might have helped me getting used to it, but if you think about it, it really is a weird and creepy song with strange and screaming vocals. Its prog pop! "Lay your hands on me" is slow and atmospheric with a great chorus and some great drumming. Like most of the songs on this album, this song is mostly about experimental sounds and groovy rhythms.

"Wallflower" is the most beautiful and touching song of the album, with Gabriel using his most gentle and honest voice. Its very emotional and is probably the song that grows the most on you for each time you hear the album. "The perfect ending", I always say to myself before realising what comes after. Why in earths name would anybody think of something as terrible as ending a great album like this with a song like "Kiss of life". Its of course a bit funny, in the same way as David Bowies "Lets Dance" is a bit funny, but there is no way around the truth, this is an awful 80s song.

Except from having "Kiss of life" glued to your brain the rest of the day, Peter Gabriel 4 is always a great experience with lots of atmospheric and exciting songs. (Yeah, and that ugly album cover, what is that all about? Freaks me out!)

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 Peter Gabriel (3 - Studio Album, 1980
4.20 | 666 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (3 - "Melt")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by BatBacon

5 stars "And the eyes of the world is watching now"

To think of the surprise when his fans heard this album for the first time is really interesting, its a long jump from preceding album. But the choice to leave the more rock oriented music for this artpop is great, there seems to be a lot more room to experiment without ineffective guitar riffs and drum fills. Its no wonder the album contains so many classics and favorites, it was a time of doing something completely different, breaking some rules and borders. Good things usually comes out of that way of thinking! And a lot of new fans as well!

The whole album got a new kind of suspense to it, all the songs are daring and adventurous with a lot of atmosphere and drama. First track "Intruder" is a perfect example, a slowly creeping song with Gabriel doing some of the best vocals heīs done since Genesis. With a simple but mighty drumbeat, small noises, disharmonic piano and some screams it sets the perfect mood for this unsettling song. It even ends with a spaghetti western whistling ala Sergio Leone. To me it seems like most of the songs is about people with some kind of mental disorder. "No self control" and "I don't remember" are both about people in absolute panic, "Games without frontiers" is a study of human cruelty and "Family Snapshot" is a both beautiful and exciting story about a killing (well?). Its kind of nice to settle this disturbing theme with the fantastically relaxing and floaty "To lead a normal life". Some nice synthesizers and pianos, some interesting rhythms and the listener is in dreamland.

After To lead a normal life comes the last song, the classic "Biko". A touching tribute to the south african non violence activist Steve Biko, murdered for his beliefs and his fight against apartheid. Its a great symbol, a fantastic tribute and a powerful song to finish the album with.

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 Peter Gabriel (2 - Studio Album, 1978
2.98 | 415 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (2 - "Scratch")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by BatBacon

2 stars An album even most of Gabrielīs most die hard fans agree on isn't that good. It not as good as the debut album, and certainly not as good as his later material, but it does contain some good track. Peter Gabriel 2 (or "Scratch", if you like) is not as worthless as people say. Almost, though.

With the second album Gabriel makes the strange choice of pursuing the first albumīs glamrock theme, but with a bit dirtier sound. It doesnt suit him at all, the songs sound rushed through and he tries to hide the lack of good songwriting behind a cold attitude of not really caring, "as long as its not Genesis".

"On the air" and "D.I.Y." is as boring as it gets. Gabriel focusing so much on having an asskicking and cold attitude, you can hardly even hear what he sings. The guitarist is riffing on pretty much only routine, just another glamrock creation. I remembered the boring "Mother of violence" as much more emotional, but Iīll give him a plus for at least trying. Then comes the strange "A wonderful day in a one-way world", which I can't get a grip on at all. What was the purpose with this one? A pop hit? A psychedelic country song? It sounds terrible and that chorus is? I would actually state that this is a really bad song.

The big surprise for me was "White Shadow", a completely forgotten track (its on Gabriels second album, so who could blame me?) and is way better than anything else on this album. Lot of synthesizers going on, some of it actually sounded so much like Tony Banks, I had to check if i guested on the album (Of course he didn't.) and finally Robert Fripp doing some of that Fripp-ish stuff with a pure Crimson-solo, small weird noises and stretched notes. Ironically, the only thing I don't like about this track is Gabriel himself, that vocal melody is very boring, especially in the chorus. Next song "Indigo" isn't bad either. It starts with just Gabriel's voice, singing out soft and clear, and a piano. Of course he adds a lot of stuff to this simple setting as the song grows, a lot of different keyboard sounds and a really good, but simple, drumline giving the song a good groove. Its a really good song sounding a bit like Gabriel in the future.

Then we are back to the ordinary Scratch-standard song. "Animal Magic" makes me think, maybe heīs trying to sound like David Bowie, which is a good thought but not a good idea. Nobody can sound like Bowie, except Bowie himself. "Exposure" sounds like an attempt to create some psychedelic funk, but the result is only cool for a short moment, soon it gets very repetitive. "Flotsam and Jetsam" is a bit more atmospheric than the other tracks and to start with it sounds promising and exciting, with a cool bassline and some good guitar playing, but it doesn't lead anywhere. Its probably the most forgettable track on the album. The two last songs, "Perspective" and "Home sweet home" are the same kind of glam rock as the first tracks, not very interesting at all except some good singing on the last one.

I would say this is a Peter Gabriel trying hard to find his own identity in music. If his debut album was a patchy experience, it's nothing against this one. Its a disaster with too many half bad ideas and too many different types of songs. Its still nothing but a revolt against his roots in Genesis and the progressive genre. To see it from a positive perspective, he never done anything this bad again. From here it could only get better.

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 Peter Gabriel (1 - Studio Album, 1977
3.53 | 511 ratings

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Peter Gabriel (1 - "Car")
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by BatBacon

3 stars I will see this extraordinary artist perform his music live in Sweden in May, so I thought that as a little warm up for this great event (to me it just doesn't get bigger, Gabriel might as well be god) I gonna try to review all of his albums, or at least most of them.

The first album, or "Car" as we also know it, use to be my favorite album of his. But today things seems to have changed and, even though containing great songs like "Solsbury Hill" and "Here comes the flood", the overall experience of the album feels more like a punk-rock-glam revolt from his roots in progressive music. The elements we might recognize as prog mostly feel a bit overproduced, a bit to much.

I got mixed feelings about opening track "Moribund the Burgermeister", I have to admit its a pretty damn exciting song, but its far from the Gabriel I prefer. Its probably the song closest to his previous work on Genesis "Lambs lies down on broadway", as he sings with the same kind of theatre and attitude in his voice. I love the idea about switching between two moods in the song, one mysterious and a bit creepy and one more rock and awesome. This awesomeness (Im trying to write about awesomeness as an objective word, am I kidding myself?) is working some days when the sun is shining and everything is going your way, but most of the days its too much glamrock for my taste. With another way of tackling the song it could have been much greater. I don't know how many things i really need to say about "Solsbury Hills", its lovely and just makes me feel good about everything. I prefer the live versions though, more stripped down and personal. Next song "Modern Love" is just more of that riffing glam rock, so I leave that track alone. "Excuse me" just freaking funny, barbershop with great vocals and some twists and turns here and there. I guess its a proof of Gabriel not yet being comfortable with not being in Genesis, haven't really grown out of that flower costume yet. In this song it suits his just fine!

"Humdrum" is fantastic and probably the sound he should have aimed for with this album. It sounds like Gabriel is finding himself, instead of singing out out the heart of some strange character (as with Genesis, which he does great!) he sings out of his own heart and it just becomes so much more personal. The arrangement is great on this track, a bit more scaled down with a lot of keyboards och classical sounding guitar.

"Slowburn" is an okay song but, just as with Moribund and Modern Love, its a bit too much glam rock. Its a bit annoying to think he had the great Robert Fripp playing the guitars and made him play glam/punk instead of something more? Fripp-ish. "Waiting for the big one" use to be the big one I waited for the whole album through. Its an epic blues song, just as strange as it sounds. Gabriel is really finding a bluesy voice for this one, but I don't think it suits him that well, it might be a bit too acted. For epic and strange blues, see mr Tom Waits instead (Why in earths name isn't his music on progarchives? "Bonemachine", for christs sake!) "Down the dolce vita" is like Waiting for the big one, minus the blues. On a good day this is a great track, but most of the time its just too much.

Closing track "Here comes the flood" is one of the greatest songs heīs ever written, but you won't realize that before you hear the live version with only Gabrielīs voice and a piano. The studio version is dramatic as hell, but a bit too much glam here as well. I think heīs trying too hard to make it powerful, but forget how powerful the song is just in it self (or haven't discovered it yet) All in all, this is a good album and a really good debut. It doesn't leave many clues about the future and all the great albums he will do, it sounds more like someone trying hard to not create a progressive fairytale album, but in his voice heīs still there.

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 Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush) by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.93 | 22 ratings

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

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I consider "Don`t Give Up" as one of Peter Gabriel`s best songs, and this song has one of the best lyrics he has written. The lyrics talk about unemployment, and this theme is very well treated with very human lyrics about how a man tries to resolve this situation in his life supported by his wife and family. Unemployment is a situation that many people in the world suffers daily and so this song was a very good gesture to a more or less "universal theme". There are two very video clips for this song, both with appearances by Gabriel with co-lead singer Kate Bush.

The "B" side of this single, "In Your Eyes", was also released as an "A" side of a single in the U.S. It is another very good song by Gabriel, a love song with very good lyrics. Both songs in this single were taken from Gabriel`s "So" album, which for me is his best and most accessible album. There is a live versionof "In Your Eyes" from the "PoV" live concert video which is great, recorded in Athens in October 1987. There is also an edited version of this same live version which I watched on TV (and I also recorded it in a videocassette in 1989). The original unedited version is good, but I prefer a bit the edited version because it has more "natural flow" and more close to the original studio version in structure, in my opinion.

Two very good songs in a very good single from a very good album from 1986.

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