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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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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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So (25th Anniversary Remaster)So (25th Anniversary Remaster)
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So (33 RPM Version)So (33 RPM Version)
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PETER GABRIEL discography


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

3.55 | 588 ratings
Peter Gabriel 1 [Aka: Car]
1977
2.98 | 479 ratings
Peter Gabriel 2 [Aka: Scratch]
1978
4.20 | 765 ratings
Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt]
1980
3.92 | 531 ratings
Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask or Security]
1982
2.96 | 172 ratings
Birdy (OST)
1985
3.83 | 599 ratings
So
1986
4.08 | 379 ratings
Passion - Music from The Last Temptation Of Christ
1989
3.64 | 417 ratings
Us
1992
3.49 | 189 ratings
OVO
2000
3.33 | 110 ratings
Long Walk Home - Music from The Rabbit-Proof Fence
2002
3.99 | 512 ratings
Up
2002
2.77 | 114 ratings
Big Blue Ball
2008
2.91 | 214 ratings
Scratch My Back
2010
3.60 | 174 ratings
New Blood
2011
2.93 | 48 ratings
And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

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

4.08 | 211 ratings
Plays Live
1983
2.39 | 39 ratings
Plays Live - Highlights
1983
3.91 | 137 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
3.56 | 38 ratings
Live Blood
2011
4.25 | 8 ratings
Live in Buenos Aires 1988
2011

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

4.07 | 28 ratings
P.O.V.
1990
4.32 | 175 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
4.51 | 181 ratings
Growing Up Live
2003
3.80 | 73 ratings
Play: The Videos
2004
3.81 | 67 ratings
Still Growing Up - Live And Unwrapped
2005
4.10 | 47 ratings
New Blood - Live In London
2011
4.42 | 12 ratings
Live In Buenos Aires 1988
2011
4.39 | 30 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)

3.52 | 37 ratings
Ein deutsches album
1980
3.82 | 44 ratings
Deutsches album
1982
5.00 | 1 ratings
Collectors' Edition
1990
3.85 | 87 ratings
Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
1990
3.27 | 14 ratings
Revisited
1992
3.77 | 49 ratings
Hit
2003
4.00 | 2 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)

4.05 | 19 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1977
3.57 | 14 ratings
Modern Love
1977
1.94 | 15 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
3.40 | 10 ratings
D.I.Y.
1978
4.10 | 21 ratings
No Self Control
1980
4.24 | 26 ratings
Games Without Frontiers
1980
4.05 | 22 ratings
Biko
1980
4.13 | 15 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1980
3.25 | 4 ratings
I Don't Remember
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiel ohne Grenzen
1980
3.91 | 4 ratings
Wallflower
1982
3.32 | 19 ratings
I Have The Touch
1982
3.68 | 22 ratings
Shock The Monkey
1982
4.18 | 17 ratings
I Don't Remember
1983
3.04 | 5 ratings
Solsbury Hill (Live)
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Out
1984
2.34 | 10 ratings
Walk Through The Fire
1984
3.83 | 23 ratings
Sledgehammer
1986
3.86 | 23 ratings
Don't Give Up (w/ Kate Bush)
1986
2.38 | 22 ratings
Big Time (maxi-single)
1986
3.25 | 8 ratings
Sledgehammer - Dance mix
1986
2.95 | 2 ratings
In Your Eyes
1986
3.78 | 9 ratings
Solsbury Hill
1986
3.13 | 11 ratings
Biko/No More Apartheid (maxi-single)
1987
3.37 | 16 ratings
Red Rain
1987
3.33 | 9 ratings
Shakin' The Tree (w/ Youssou N'Dour)
1989
3.45 | 11 ratings
Steam
1992
3.81 | 16 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
3.71 | 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
3.43 | 7 ratings
More Than This
2002
2.32 | 12 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 | 3 ratings
Whole Thing
2008
3.88 | 24 ratings
Down to Earth
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Book of Love / Not One of Us
2010
3.67 | 6 ratings
Courage
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sledgehammer
2015
4.17 | 6 ratings
I'm Amazing
2016
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Veil
2016
2.75 | 4 ratings
A.I.
2016

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 Live In Athens 1987 by GABRIEL, PETER album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.39 | 30 ratings

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Live In Athens 1987
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This show called previously "P.O.V." has been restored and remix with the new technology. I can't compare this version with the first version. I can only appreciate the sharp picture quality. I have seen worst picture quality on recent high definition concerts, it just tells you how good it is. This was the "So" tour which was the album where I lost my attachment to Peter Gabriel music, but there are enough old songs to satisfy me like the great "San Jacinto" and "Family Snapshot". It surprises me that "Red Rain" didn't show up on this set list. The final 2 songs "In Your Eyes" and "Biko" are too long and kind of boring, but was a wise choice to put them at the end to get the crowd doing. It's always fun to hear Tony Levin on bass and naturally the voice of Peter Gabriel. The package contains second disks of Peter Gabriel videos. I have never been a fan of music videos, it is more a distraction for me, but here, the surround sound mixes by Daniel Lanois and Richard Chappell makes things worth it.
 Live Blood by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Live, 2011
3.56 | 38 ratings

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Live Blood
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by tarkus1980
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A live album to cap off the "Peter goes orchestral" project was inevitable, but that doesn't mean it was really necessary. In person, I bet this would have been a lot of fun (especially since this album was recorded a while before the release of New Blood), and maybe if he hadn't released New Blood I would find more novelty here than I do, but as is this pretty much just rehashes the other orchestral albums, and what few additions this album does provide are more mixed than I might have guessed. There is a rather lovely rendition of "The Drop" here, with very sparse orchestration, and "Biko" works decently enough in this context to deserve repeated listens. Sadly, though, "Signal to Noise," the one Gabriel number here to have featured an orchestral in its original context, falls surprisingly flat, simply because the lack of chanting turns out to leave a glaring hole, and the minimalist backing vocals from Ane Brun and Melanie Gabriel simply aren't strong or interesting enough to fill it (this is actually a more general problem on the album than just this song; I didn't mind them too much on New Blood, and actually liked Ane quite a bit there, but they both come across as pretty second-rate here, and there are times when Melanie barely even gets to that level).

I don't want to go nuts and pretend that large parts of this aren't enjoyable. Everything that worked on New Blood basically works here ("San Jacinto" ends up pretty rousing in this setting, as do "Red Rain" and "Mercy Street"), and I actually like the rendition of "The Boy in the Bubble" (preceded by a hilarious spoken introduction, in which Peter first comes clean that the process of getting other people to cover his songs hadn't gone quite like he'd hoped it would, and then mentions that, for "The Boy in the Bubble" he "stripped all the African blood out of it, and we're left with another miserable white man's song") here more than on Scratch my Back, and overall the list of included songs is pretty decent. And yet, 2 hours and 20 minutes is an awful lot of time to spend listening to something like this, where everything gets pounded into the same general template, and I say that as somebody whose tolerance for late-period live albums that function as compilations is quite high.

Also, surprise surprise, "Don't Give Up" is no better live with an orchestra than in studio with an orchestra, and it was no better in studio with an orchestra than it was originally. What a gross way to finish the "regular" performances (there's a rendition of "The Nest That Sailed the Sky" to close out, and while it's basically just the original version it leaves a better taste in my mouth than what came before it).

Honestly, if he had just removed the covers (except maybe "The Book of Love"), thrown away the orchestra, and released a live album with the same track listing as found here but with his regular band, I probably would have ended up enjoying it significantly more. As is, as great as so many of the songs here are in their essence, and as well as Peter's voice continues to hold up, I just can't feel much enthusiasm for this.

 Us by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.64 | 417 ratings

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Us
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Not only is Us a fantastic follow-up to Peter Gabriel's well regarded So, it's one of Gabriel's best albums period. Us slinks and rocks and drifts through its nearly hour-long running time with pure class. Gabriel's compositions are wonderfully realized and varied, from the big art-pop hits like "Steam" or "Digging in the Dirt," to thoughtful and emotive ballads like "Blood of Eden," and even to the abstract and highly interpretive moments that fill the space between. This is a great album, one that richly rewards the listener with lush music that lifts, tickles, provokes, and rouses. While I don't think that there were moments in Us that quite reach the emotional heights of So, it feels more consistent, varied, and experimental. This is Gabriel showing us his highly refined skills as singer, songwriter, and entertainer; the guy knows his stuff, crafting songs that are approachable enough for the masses but interesting enough for we prog-heads... that's a rare thing, and one that should be relished with many listens. Be sure to check out the diverse instrumentation, and especially the thick bass grooves laid down by the masterful Tony Levin, and the dense keyboards of Brian Eno. Highly recommended.

Songwriting: 5 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 4 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

 I Have The Touch by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.32 | 19 ratings

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I Have The Touch
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Another single from PETER GABRIEL's fourth self-titled album from 1982 (also titled as "Security" in the U.S. and as "Peter Gabriel 4" in some countries like Mexico).

"I Have the Touch" in the Side "A" of this single, is an edited version (3:45) of the original album version (4:31) which also has some mixing differences in comparison to the album version. A song with energetic drums by Jerry Marotta and very good stick bass playing by Tony Levin. I prefer the live version which GABRIEL included in his "Plays Live" album from 1983.

"Across the River", in the Side "B" of this single, is a song which was only first released in the Side "B" of this single. A song credited as being written by Peter Gabriel / L. Shankar / David Rhodes / Stewart Copeland, and arranged by Peter Gabriel. It maybe only has Peter Gabriel on keyboars and vocals, plus violinist L. Shankar (who also appeared on PHIL COLLINS's first solo album, titled "Face Value", from 1981), guitarist David Rhodes and drummer Stewart Copeland (from THE POLICE, and who coincidentally also appeared in MIKE RUHTERFORD's "Acting Very Strange" album from 1982). It is a song which in musical style could have been included in GABRIEL's fourth solo album. With some World Music / African Music influences, keyboards atmospheres, violin solos, and very good and energetic drums and percussion playing from Stewart Copeland. This song also was played by GABRIEL and his band during his 1982-83 tours, but was not included in his "Plays Live" album from 1983.

 Shock The Monkey by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.68 | 22 ratings

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Shock The Monkey
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars If the members of GENESIS as a band and as soloists (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford) were by 1982 apparently sounding and looking "very happy" playing their music with some Prog Rock and Pop Rock influences and having some Hit Singles played in the Radio, PETER GABRIEL was still having then some "resistance" to join the musical mainstream of the eighties. His fourth solo album (titled "Peter Gabriel", but AKA "Security" in the U.S. and even being titled "Peter Gabriel 4" in some countries like Mexico) was in fact his second "journey" into World Music with the addition of African percussion instruments (a thing which started a bit with his self-titled third solo album from 1980). But, he also released this single with his song "Shock the Monkey" in the Side "A", taken from his fourth solo album.

"Shock the Monkey" was also an obvious choice to be released as a single. A World Music / Pop Rock influenced song, with some African drums and percussion influences, with some synthesisers playing a very characteristic riff, some guitar playing, and with Tony Levin's very good stick bass playing. This somewhat "strange" song has lyrics about jealousy, as PETER GABRIEL once mentioned in an interview. The song also has a "strange" and a bit "disturbing" music video which I watched to on TV one or two times. After all, GABRIEL always has been interested in "strange" and "disturbing" themes for some of his songs. The video also shows him using some make-ups, a thing which he also used a lot when he was a member of GENESIS since late 1972 until his departure from the band in 1975. There are some influences from DAVID BOWIE in his music and in his looks, in my opinion. But BOWIE tended to change them from time to time, like a "musical chameleon". GABRIEL found his musical style and looks and tried for several years to have them as part of his identity as an artist. Anyway, with his next album ("So" from 1986) GABRIEL tried to join the mainstream with a more accessible album, even if he also included some songs with "dark" musical and lyrical themes.

"Shock the Monkey" was played in at least two FM Radio stations in my city in 1982-83 and also years later. But I prefer the live version which was included in his "Plays Live" album from 1983.

"Soft Dog", in the Side "B" of this single, and which was not included in the album, is an almost instrumental musical piece, very simple, but very similar to other songs from the album. GABRIEL only sings for a brief time the title of the song at the end of it. A song with a guitar riff, a stick bass, a saxophone, a synthesiser, and a bit of drums. It is also a bit "strange" song which maybe influenced some songs which were released on some "B" sides of singles from new bands of the eighties like TEARS FOR FEARS.

As GABRIEL has said in some interviews, some of his music could be "hard to stomach" for some people. I agree with him. One really has to be in the mood to listen to some of his music. But "Shock the Monkey" is a good song. With "Wallflower" it is one of the best and most accessible songs from his fouth solo album.

 In Your Eyes by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
2.95 | 2 ratings

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In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "So" (1986) is maybe PETER GABRIEL's most accessible album. It has mostly very good songs and he even was trying to give to his music a more Pop Rock style then, without losing his musical identity, in a year in which other Prog Rock artists (GENESIS, EMERSON LAKE & POWELL, GTR) were also trying to "update" their sound for the mid eighties. All of these artists had some success doing it.

This 12" single has two versions of "In Your Eyes", which is one of my favorite songs from "So" and from all the music that I have listened to from GABRIEL as soloist.

The first version of "In Your Eyes" is a bit different to the album's version, not only in lenght but also in the sound mixing and with the use of some additional lyrics which GABRIEL sang in some live versions of the song (for example, in the live version which he included in his "PoV" concert video which was recorded in Greece in 1987). The song also starts in a similar way like the live version from "PoV".

The second version, called "In Your Eyes (Special Mix)", is more different in structure and arrangements to the album's version, and it seems that GABRIEL also included some parts of this arrangement in some live versions of this song. But this "Special Mix" version sounds more like "ambient music" or "soundtrack music" in some places.

I prefer the original version of "In Your Eyes" from the "So" album. But both versions which were included in this single are good. But I don't remember if both of them or at least one of these versions were played in the FM radio stations of my city. I only remember listening in the radio to the original album's version. Anyway, it is a very good song.

The other track which was included in this single is an extended version of "Biko" from his third self-titled album from 1980.

 So by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.83 | 599 ratings

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So
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Is So Peter Gabriel's best work? Maybe, but it's much easier to say with certainty that this excellent release is his most enjoyable. This breakthrough album features killer pop, thoughtful ballads, and nuanced ambiance in equal proportions, giving something for every one, but especially those of us interested in a complete and artistic Peter Gabriel experience.

"Red Rain" opens the album strongly with a highly rythmic and dense art-pop tone. The pulsing beats and textured synthesizer definitely aren't prog, but they are instantly appealing. Gabriel's lyrics and vocals are spot on; the whole thing gets the album off to a great start. "Sledgehammer," the one song on So that everyone already knows, is a hook-laden monster that is a perfect example of pop-music done right: you remember the hooks, hum the melody, and can listen engaged to the layers and layers of musicianship going on behind the scenes.

"Don't Give Up" may be one of the most powerful ballads I've ever heard. It's understated, elegant, subtle, and soulfully delivered. Gabriel's vocals cut to the core, and just when you're feeling vulnerable, Kate Bush's perfect tone and phrasing will reduce you to a quivering pool of emotional jelly. Perfect (and with a Tony Levin bass solo!).

"That Voice Again" features complex and interesting work by the rhythm section, while "Mercy Street", another standout track, demonstrates the atmospheric qualities brought by a subtle composition and thoughtful keyboard textures. "Big Time" is tongue in cheek funk-pop, while "We Do What We're Told" and "This is the Picture" are cryptic and moody ambient pieces. They remind me of a darker shade of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" or "True Colors". Great stuff.

The finale conceits to pop balladry with "In Your Eyes", what may be Gabriel's most famous work thanks to its use in Cameron Crowe's 1989 film Say Anything. It's a cheap shot and cheesy and fun, and a satisfying close to a great album.

So is balanced, artful, enjoyable, and memorable, and easily one of Gabriel's best works. Not a masterpiece, but first-rate and a great purchase.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 5 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

 Peter Gabriel 2 [Aka: Scratch] by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.98 | 479 ratings

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Peter Gabriel 2 [Aka: Scratch]
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The ratings don't lie with Peter Gabriel's second solo release. While there is undeniably a lot of interesting musical moments to be discovered, as a whole the piece is much weaker than his preceding, and following works.

First let's acknowledge a few things Peter Gabriel 2 does well. The songwriting is actually quite good. While not heavy on surprises, Gabriel delivers his characteristic take on art-rock that is energetic, nuanced, and approachable: pretty much exactly what a "crossover" artist should be. His backing musicians do a great job as well, with Tony Levin's personality-filled bass standing out as a highlight for me. The variety of keyboard and piano textures, as well as surprises like a saxophone or Fripp guitar solo are pleasing addition.

The downside is, ironically, Gabriel himself. Lyrically this album is interesting but not impactful. Likewise with Gabriel's vocals, which are interesting but uninspiring. Disappointing given the importance and magnetism of his voice in other albums. The production may be part of the problem, which makes it sound as if Gabriel is singing in a closet with a cheap Radio-Shack microphone while the rest of the band gets the studio hi-fi. Production sometimes may be a quibble, but not this time around.

Peter Gabriel 2 isn't bad, but it's definitely one that fans will get much more out of than new comers or casual listeners. There are a variety of quirky, acoustic, rocking, and soulful songs to enjoy for the occasional listen.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

 Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
3.85 | 87 ratings

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Shaking the Tree Sixteen Golden Greats
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars In my early school days, I heard my first of Gabriel was the song 'Biko' from his third eponymous release. At the time I didn't think much of it, but after awhile I came into contact with the progressive genre and learned more about Gabriel and his career. I tend to shy away from his Genesis material, which to me is often riddled with either mediocrity or over-bearing pretentiousness. I didn't own much Gabriel's solo works, except for a copy of So from '86. Much later in time I found a cheap copy of Shaking the Tree, a compilation released fresh in the 90's, on easy CD. Listening to it was a new venture into the shifting psyche of the man behind early Genesis.

Because this is indeed a compilation album, I won't be judging the music but instead the material it holds. The album has a total of 16 full length tracks. Most of the tracks come from various Gabriel albums, spreading from his first to his late 80's material. As seen the album does think much of chronological order but it does mean for a unique journey bouncing through the years. It comes with the obvious picks like 'Solsbury Hill' and 'Sledgehammer', undeniably his most recognized tracks. The overall format is cluttered but in a wonderful way. The only track that doesn't exactly feature on a Gabriel album is the compilation title track, which is from Youssou N'Dour (the second part of the duet with him and Gabriel)'s 1989 The Lion.

The history of compilation albums has been a little rocky when it comes to progressive rock artists, but this is definitely one of the better ones. It's less of a selection of a few albums, it's more of a multifarious experience of Peter Gabriel's music over his career. Simple, innocent, and likable, Shaking the Tree is fantastic for new introductions and old hellos.

 Solsbury Hill (Live) by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.04 | 5 ratings

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Solsbury Hill (Live)
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A single that has live versions of "Solsbury Hill" and "Kiss of Life", and that was maybe released to promote PETER GABRIEL`s "Plays Live" album which was released in mid 1983, but was recorded in late 1982.

"Solsbury Hill" is the same live version which was released in the "Plays Live" album. It was a good choice to be released as a single, being a very good song with a good guitar riff, very accessible for the listeners, and more fo the casual listeners, because most of the songs that Gabriel recorded for the "Plays Live" album are not as accessible, with some of them being really "dark" musically and lyrically. Gabriel has said in interviews that some of his music could be "difficult to stomach" for some people. I agree with him. One really has to be "in the mood" to listen to some of his music. But "Solsbury Hill" could be more like a Pop Rock song. And this live version is very good.

"Kiss of Life", in the B-side of this single, was not included in the "Plays Live" album. So, the live version of this song is the main interest (at least for me) to have this single, being now more like a rarity. It also is a good live version, played fast and very well by Gabriel and his band, with drummer Jerry Marotta using some electronic drum pads like he did in Gabriel`s fouth solo album titled "Peter Gabriel", which was also titled as "Security" in the U.S. This live version of "Kiss of Life" can be listened to in youtube.

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