Peter Gabriel
After leaving Genesis, Peter Gabriel began a long successful and brilliant solo career.

Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Atco) 1977

1."Moribund the Burgermeister" (4:19)
2."Solsbury Hill" (4:20)
3."Modern Love" (3:37)
4."Excuse Me" (3:20)
5."Humdrum" (3:23)
6."Slowburn" (4:34)
7."Waiting for the Big One" (7:26)
8."Down the Dolce Vita" (4:43)
9."Here Comes the Flood" (5:54)

A brilliant album! What is really bizarre is that it seems to be out of print. Overall this album is far removed from the band Gabriel helped launch into stardom. While it is obvious this is the same man who created such brilliant records as "The Lamb Lies Down," the music on this disc is much less artsy and atmospheric. "Solsbury Hill" was a minor hit for Peter, although nothing like what would happen in a few years. There are even a few un-Genesis-like straightforward rockers ion"Modern Love" and "Dolce Vita". "Here Comes the Flood" sounds the closest to his popular 80's works. Peter Gabriel's debut features the same studio band as Alice Cooper's 1977 album 'Lace and Whiskey' (Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Jozef Chirowski, Tony Levin) and it was recorded at the same place, too (Sounstage, Toronto). It was also produced by Bob Ezrin. Bassist Tony Levin has also played with Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Liquid Tension, et al.

Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Geffen) 1980

1. "Intruder" (4:50)
2. "No Self Control" (3:52)
3. "Start"--instrumental (1:21)
4. "I Don't Remember" (4:48)
5. "Family Snapshot" (4:28)
6. "And Through the Wire" (4:58)
7. "Games Without Frontiers" (4:03)
8. "Not One of Us" (5:19)
9. "Lead a Normal Life" (4:12)
10. "Biko" (7:27)

Man, I've been wanting this cd for the longest time. I really don't know what took me so long to replace the crappy record I had for so many years. I actually bought that record as a new release in 1980. Anyhow, Peter Gabriel's third solo album is absolutely his best, thus the reason it was the first cd I purchased by him. This disc is not bogged down with "hit" pop songs or any filler crap, but rather just Gabriel at his most bizarre and creative. Phil Collins plays drums on much of this album. According to rumor this album is where Phil developed his trademark "cavernous" drum sound because Peter didn't want any cymbals on this disc! I suppose he was going for a more "tribal" sound, which I think he attained. Every song on this disc is a classic with a vocal melody that will stick in your head like super glue. "Games Without Frontiers" was a minor hit for Peter, but nothing compared to what was to follow. I'd pick out a favorite, but this would be a futile exercise since I love each and every song.

King Buscuit
Peter Gabriel-King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents a Peter Gabriel Retrospective
(CDR bootleg) 1995

1. Segment 1-Genesis Live in London 1975 (25:14)
a. "Watcher of the Skies"
b. "The Carpet Crawlers"
c. "In the Cage"
2. Segment 2-Peter Gabriel Live at the Bottom Line 1978 (21:20)
a. "On the Air"
b. "D.I.Y."
c. "Solsbury Hill"
d. "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
3. Segment 3-Peter Gabriel Lice at the Royal Albert Hall 1988 (5:52)
a. "Sledgehammer"
4. Segmet 4 Wilco at the Fox Theatre 1995 (6:52)
a. "I Must Be High"
b. "Pick Up the Change"

Interesting bootleg. The cdr contains the entire radio broadcast, right down to the commercials about hemorrhoid problems. Strange. Still, the live material is all presented uncut and in high quality stereo. Of course live Genesis with Peter fronting the band is always interesting. On Segment 2, Peter introduces guest guitarist Robert Fripp. Not sure what or who Wilco is or why they are included on a Peter Gabriel compilation, but thankfully this 'alternative country rock' band is at the end of the disc, thus there is no need to hear it.

So Peter Gabriel-So (Geffen) 1984

1."Red Rain" (5:35)
2."Sledgehammer" (5:09)
3."Don't Give Up" (6:29)
4."That Voice Again" (4:50)
5."In Your Eyes" (5:24)
6."Mercy Street" (6:18)
7."Big Time" (4:25)
8."We Do What We're Told - milgram's 37" (3:17)
9."This is the Picture - excellent birds" (4:18)

Peter Gabriel's HUGE multi-platinum pop album. When it first came out, I ignored it. Of course being a fan of his earlier works and his work with Genesis, it was only inevitable that eventually I would purchase it. Long after the hype wore down I checked out the whole album and found that it was quite good, although not as much to my liking as his first three albums. Since I still don't have all three of those great albums yet, I didn't think I'd upgrade my vinyl copy of this for a long time. However, I found this copy for a mere $3.99. Listening again, after having not heard it for several years, I still think that this is a good and artistic pop album. Lots of big name guest artists on this one, including Kate Bush singing a duet with Peter as well as performing artist Laurie Anderson.

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