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3.80 | 64 ratings | 10 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 [76:01]:
1. Solsbury Hill (4:23)
2. Shock The Monkey (3:59)
3. Sledgehammer (4:51)
4. Don't Give Up (5:55)
5. Games Without Frontiers (3:57)
6. Big Time (4:28)
7. Burn You Up, Burn You Down (5:26)
8. Growing Up (4:48)
9. Digging In The Dirt (5:15)
10. Blood Of Eden (5:06)
11. More Than This (4:33)
12. Biko (6:58)
13. Steam (6:02)
14. Red Rain (5:39
15. Here Comes The Flood (4:32)

Disc 2 [74:13]:
1. San Jacinto (6:31)
2. No Self-Control (3:54)
3. Cloudless (4:47)
4. The Rhythm Of The Heat (5:19)
5. I Have The Touch (4:19)
6. I Grieve (7:24)
7. D.I.Y. (2:38)
8. A Different Drum (4:47)
9. The Drop (3:03)
10. The Tower That Ate People (4:06)
11. Lovetown (5:23)
12. Father
13. Son (4:47)
14. Signal To Noise (7:34)
15. Downside Up (5:32)
16. Washing Of The Water (3:54)

Total Time: 150:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Gabriel / vocals, flute, recorder, Bosendorfer piano, keyboards
- Kate Bush & Sinead O'Connor / vocals
- Richard Evans / acoustic guitar
- Robert Fripp /electric & classical guitar, banjo
- David Rhodes / guitar, 12-string guitar
- Peter Green / electric guitar
- Steve Hunter / pedal steel guitar
- Daniel Lanois / guitar
- Tim Green / tenor saxophone
- Dick Morrisey / saxophone
- Wayne Jackson / trumpet
- Jozef Chirowski & Brian Eno / keyboards
- Larry Fast / synthesizer, programming
- Tony Levin / bass
- Dominic Greesmith & Jerry Marotta / drums
- Ged Lynch, Will White, Stephen Hague & Phil Collins / percussion
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan / background vocals

Releases information

EMI #07243 595237 2 9

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PETER GABRIEL Hit ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by Marc Baum
5 stars This is a nearly perfect compilation for new listeners of Peter Gabriel. Very well is, that the great acoustic version of "Here Comes The Flood" is included. There are also some great unreleased songs like "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", "Cloudless" or "Downside Up (Live)", what is very interestening for fans too, who already have the complete backcatalogue of the genius. In normal way, I never give the highest possibly rating for a greatest hits album, but at this time, it's the only way for me. I'll buy the german version of "Hit" in the next days or weeks, where all the 30 songs here are performed in german language by Peter. Must be sounding very funny, because I am from germany :)
Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I have to admit that I was given this album, no way was I going to purchase this CD. A greatest hits album of Peter Gabriel just does not sound right....but now that I have it in my possession I stand corrected as I quite like it.' Burn You Up, Burn You Down' from my understanding was co-written by Karl Wallinger of World Party fame. A highly undervalued and underrated artist. It goes without saying why Gabriel collaborrated with Karl Wallinger to make this grooving driving beat of a song.Apparently they have an unreleased album called the Blue Ball project, I am waiting in anticipation...

Most people will be familiar with PG's work so from a package point of view the songs make sense being a collection. If you are new to Peter Gabriel however listen to ' Solsbury Hill', ' Games Without Frontiers', ' Growing Up', ' Red Rain', ' San Jacinto' - his finest piece of music IMO, ' The Rythym of The Heat' and ' The Drop' to name but a few. Peter Gabriel is accompanied by his regulars as in Daniel Lanois, David Rhodes, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac fame, Tony Levin, Fripp, Kate Bush and on... Overall a very satisfying album, one drawback, so little of PG 2 on here, only' D.I.Y 'made it.

Review by evenless
4 stars A true HIT album!

I'm usually now a fan of compilation albums as a "real fan" would always prefer to have all original studio albums rather than just some compilation disc. Usually it also tends to reek after some "cashing in" by the artist as many artist come up with some compilation albums when they are long lost and forgotten. This is one would be an exception to the rule I think, since Mr. Gabriel has still released many fine albums after this one. I guess it's not a bad one to start with if you didn't already own some (or all) of his preceding studio albums.

"HIT" is truly a very appealing 2 disc setter though. Actually, if you would not own any PG albums yet, I would recommend you to start here! The 1990 compilation "Shaking the Tree" was already a nice compilation, but "HIT" is even better! "HIT" contains 2 CD's, the 1st one containing 15 tracks and the 2nd one containing 16 tracks. This is 15 tracks more than on "Shaking the Tree"! But then again, "HIT" was released 4 studio albums after the sixteen golden greats.

Conclusion: if you don't have any PG album yet, start here! If you already do have quite some albums of PG, it is still a nice compilation to have anyhow.

Review by russellk
3 stars I'm not quite sure what the point of this was. OK, I bought it, even though I had practically everything here on other albums. It's uniformly high quality music - but if you are going to listen to 150 minutes of PETER GABRIEL, why not play PG III, followed by PG IV, followed by US or UP?

Still, a few people might begin their exploration of this outstanding musician here. If so, give it plenty of listens, and let yourself be impressed by the breadth of his musical vision. Then note carefully where your favourite tracks come from, and go shell out some cash for the original albums.

I admired PG's original idea to call the first CD 'Hits' and the second 'Misses'. I can also see why his record company wasn't so keen. Nevertheless, that's how it is arranged - the tracks on the second CD are more obscure than the first. You'l wonder why the sparkling 'Burn you Up, Burn You Down' didn't make it on to the final cut of 'Up'.

Review by Matti
3 stars Not bad - if you really have to include the hits in the first place. That's to say, if this was a single CD, without the second one cleverly titled "Miss", this would have been very surpriseless compilation. And mostly made of those PG tracks I like the least (if at all), such as the disgusting, funky ones 'Big Time' and 'Steam'. Surely there are beautiful calm hits too: 'Don't Give Up' featuring Kate Bush, 'Blood of Eden' featuring Sinead O'Connor... and classics like 'Biko', 'Here Comes the Flood' and 'Red Rain'.

It's really the other disc that makes this a superior PG compilation. A lot of good album tracks from IV (1982) and Up especially are included. The choices could have been a bit more democratic and include for example more from the maligned II (1978) than just 'D.I.Y', or from the debut besides the obvious two songs. There's only one live song, 'Downside Up' featuring her daughter Melanie. And it's frustrating to get also on the second disc several songs familiar from the video collection Play, (the boring 'Lovetown' and the warm 'Father, Son'). But in the end probably this is the most succesful PG compilation I've seen, since the hit material seems to be the main thing in all of them.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This is really a compilation masterpiece. To begin with, one has to realize that here there are really very good tracks for albums that are materpieces. Therefore, something which is done from masterpieces must be a masterpiece itself. In addition to the already known tracks, there are a couple o ... (read more)

Report this review (#239599) | Posted by amontes | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I always find it hard to review collections, since I'm no fan of them. Like I've said many times, splitting an album up, and removing some of its tracks destroys the idea, atmosphere and feel of that specific album. Even when we're not talking about a concept album, the entire album was (probably) ... (read more)

Report this review (#97076) | Posted by Shakespeare | Saturday, November 4, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This collection of "Hits" & "Misses", is the milestone of an artist that, through the span of his career, has always had the strength to dare where many other artists haven't. In the first CD we find the "conventional" hits of Gabriel, songs every fan of his work knows by heart. But the real g ... (read more)

Report this review (#26587) | Posted by | Monday, February 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This record is only for those who wants to have everything from Gabriel, or has nothing from Gabriel, divided into 2 discs, the first one is the "hits" from his career, and the second is the "hits" in his mind, rightfully called "miss". The only jewels are the song from "PHILADELPHIA" and the ... (read more)

Report this review (#26583) | Posted by arqwave | Monday, September 13, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A fine, well put together compilation of Peter Gabriel songs and a must buy for all those too mean or too lazy to buy his back catalogue.From the memorable hit single, "Solsbury Hill": a song about his departure from Genesis, to the haunting and emotional classic , "Biko", about black South African ... (read more)

Report this review (#26579) | Posted by | Thursday, February 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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