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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Peter Brian Gabriel - Born 13 February 1950 in 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 Rights Now...
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So (25th Anniversary Remaster)So (25th Anniversary Remaster)
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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 | 604 ratings
Peter Gabriel 1 [Aka: Car]
1977
2.99 | 489 ratings
Peter Gabriel 2 [Aka: Scratch]
1978
4.20 | 785 ratings
Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt]
1980
3.93 | 545 ratings
Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask or Security]
1982
2.96 | 176 ratings
Birdy (OST)
1985
3.84 | 611 ratings
So
1986
4.09 | 391 ratings
Passion - Music from The Last Temptation Of Christ
1989
3.65 | 427 ratings
Us
1992
3.50 | 194 ratings
OVO
2000
3.35 | 114 ratings
Long Walk Home - Music from The Rabbit-Proof Fence
2002
3.98 | 528 ratings
Up
2002
2.73 | 117 ratings
Big Blue Ball
2008
2.91 | 217 ratings
Scratch My Back
2010
3.66 | 178 ratings
New Blood
2011
2.93 | 51 ratings
And I'll Scratch Yours
2013

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

4.08 | 215 ratings
Plays Live
1983
2.43 | 41 ratings
Plays Live - Highlights
1983
3.92 | 139 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
3.54 | 40 ratings
Live Blood
2011
4.22 | 9 ratings
Live in Buenos Aires 1988
2011

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

4.07 | 29 ratings
P.O.V.
1990
4.32 | 176 ratings
Secret World Live
1994
4.51 | 182 ratings
Growing Up Live
2003
3.80 | 73 ratings
Play: The Videos
2004
3.80 | 68 ratings
Still Growing Up - Live And Unwrapped
2005
4.10 | 48 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
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Veil
2016
4.17 | 6 ratings
I'm Amazing
2016

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 Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt] by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.20 | 785 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.

 Passion - Music from The Last Temptation Of Christ by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.09 | 391 ratings

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Passion - Music from The Last Temptation Of Christ
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by SteveG

5 stars Even if the music from the album The Passion by Peter Gabriel cannot be labeled as prog, it's so stunningly revolutionary that it will easily rest among the pillars of prog music. This OST was conceived as a music of ancient times and modern times. Of far away and somehow near. The secret of how Gabriel accomplished this is as easy as it is complicated. Mr. G took world rhythms, African and Middle Eastern melodies and combined these with modern ambient drones and soundscapes using all maner of modern and ancient instruments and voices. Including samples from a Fairlight sampler, Akai S900 and an Emulator, as well as his trusty Roland, Prophet and Fairlight synths, which helps the music to keep one foot firmly in the 20th century and adds a dose of Gabriel's then current musical DNA to the sound mix. Featuring his own hypnotic near chanting vocals coupled with world music chants from the likes of Youssou N'Dour and the quawwali style vocals of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, almost by default we have a memorizing musical mix that could only be sublime. Other players of note include the great Shankar on his one and only 10 string double necked violin and David Sancious on keyboards and vocals.

Adding exotic instruments such as Armenian doudouks as well as North African and South American percussion almost puts the music into the realm of the other worldly. Which is exactly what the music was supposed to do for this fantastic film that explores the human side of the Christ figure and the movie's many parallel philosophical themes.

The standout tracks include "The Feeling Begins" , "Of These, Hope", "A Different Drum" (which features Billy Cobham on drums) and the absolutely stunning 7 minute mediation titled "The Passion" which features a truly ethereal Nasrat Fateh Ali Khan.

No song from The Passion is similar to "Roundabout", "Suppers Ready" or "21st Century Schizoid Man." They are also not similar to anything else available at the time, be it prog or not. And that makes this jewel of a musical adventure even more precious. 5 stars.

 New Blood by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.66 | 178 ratings

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New Blood
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

5 stars What can a musician who has got continuing success in a 40 years long career need after he gets an age? Maybe a remastering of his old recordings? Maybe to enroll in other's project to feel he is still useful? Taking pupils? New Blood? PG is got an age by 2011. And what he gave us is a unique opportunity to listen the outcome of time passing by a genius musician. PG picked his best compositions and re-created them as the different person he is now. Brain scientists say that we change the wiring of our neurons all the time, and that is what makes us different persons over time. If that is so, PG shows here that the music he gave us as a youngster (and not that young) had a life out of him and he just channeled it out. Being different at every moment you live, you feel different at the same things, persons and life situations. Why do I make this cryptic introduction? Because the classic PG themes in this album have mutated so much that in most cases they appear different themes. It is not a simple change of instrumentation, they are now written for a symphonic orchestra, without electronics, drums, etc. In cases, all that remains is the lyrics, even the singing changed, themes underwent a major metamorphosis. In others only some bits remain that not even time can destroy. PG wrote a bunch of new themes out of his classics. You wander if they were still worth, and yes, they are. Can you improve the best? Well, maybe this is not the question. He made another best. Not in all cases though. For instance, one of the all-time jewels Mercy Street; probably it is impossible to write a theme better than this and not even him could have passed the original. Making a theme by theme listening is a most exciting experience. I did enjoy finding the differences, or in many cases I should rather say the similarities. I remained thinking which version I liked the more, and finally decided that the choice is impossible because they are different themes, as they are different the persons that created them both in different moments in time. And how well PG's voice is still at sixties! There are some particularly brilliant moments in the original that were not well resolved though, as the attempt to substitute goddess Kate Bush in Don't Give Up by Ane Brun. That was a mistake. He would have rather sung it all or substitute for an instrument. I mean, we cannot erase Kate's from our memory and the shock is too big. Spite of this and a few other minor stains, I think this is globally another masterpiece. Maybe PG is not strong enough to create completely anew gold tunes anymore, but he sees them, and this is the only way he has to let them get to us.
 Big Blue Ball by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.73 | 117 ratings

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Big Blue Ball
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

2 stars Tasteless. That's the most I can say of this album by genius singer and composer PG. After several years without releasing any studio material, PG reappeared a bit lazy. Quite a bit. Naturally, it is PG, and even when he is not at best, the material is acceptable, but far from the standards we are used to. He leaves most of the singing to collaborators, and that's a mistake. I mean, the bunch of great singers he recruited is a demonstration of prestige, but who cares. Prestige is smoke, we need music, we need PG. The number of musicians enrolled for the recording is amazing, a new group for each track. It is as if he is playing the orchestra driver. We know he always liked collaborations, but not to the point of disappearing himself. And worse, there is no much effort in composition either. Here is when I agree with a harsh review that criticized a major PG's album as being made only of ethnic rhythms and electronics. I see some far lights in the track Exit Through You. That's about it.
 Up by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.98 | 528 ratings

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Up
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

4 stars PG feels with no obligations in this album. As in former releases, he is off the trends, many styles have seen the light and passed away, but as if he was a hermitage off the contemporary music he rarely winks at tendencies and fashions. PG's always had clear since the GENESIS era that he opens path. He was in his fifties for this album and had no time to waste. The tracks are a bit longer than usual 6-8 min, probably the stories are denser, deeper, and need to be told slower. The themes are a bit more repetitive than before, but it seems made on purpose, making us feel the revival nature of memories. As usual, he gives a bunch of new musical motifs, and I feel this time they target people of certain age. This time my son will probably don't be as enthusiastic as I am, but he'll also get to here and will appreciate the wonders of this album. My favorite is Signal to Noise.
 Long Walk Home - Music from The Rabbit-Proof Fence by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.35 | 114 ratings

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Long Walk Home - Music from The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

4 stars A soundtrack by PG for a movie about the Australian aborigine apartheid and trafficking. A good soundtrack can make good a regular film and a bad one may spoil a good script. But as it concerns to the music itself, I haven't watched this one, and OSTs are hard to catch up with unless one has the visual partner at hand. It is a bit too atmospheric for my taste, not what we are used to from PG who is capable of making us feel sadness with a high-spirited tune, but not so in this case, in which he works to deliberately make us feel like that with no ornaments, and that is what an OST is supposed to do. It evokes loneliness, and large open spaces. Somehow it reminds me the new wave music of the early nineties, and in some passages to another superb OST for the movie Man on Fire, although the tracks in the later stand better as pure audio experiences. PG's musical elements are there anyway, and brilliant as usual. The OST can be listened in a row and the interest is sufficient not to miss the video part. However, it contains quite a few monotonic tails, which probably fit the spirit of the movie, I don't know, but that tells this is not music made to listen to without a context. It may be great to accompany quiet moments.
 Us by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.65 | 427 ratings

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Us
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

5 stars Six years after the success of SO, PG scores a tour de force with US. I can't say if there is anything new in the album, maybe not, but it sounds as never heard, except for the rhythmic section (it would be hard to make up something new in percussion, wouldn't it). The question is that by simply using and reusing their all-time resources PG plays magician and gets a trick off the hat after another, on every track. Maybe we've seen it thousand times, but he manages to make us feel it is anew. Someone said nearby that you leave out the electronics and ethnic stuff and you get contemporary adult music. That's a curious way of saying I don't understand where music comes from. If you leave those out friend, you are left with PG, a man that wore bizarre costumes while singing and you wouldn't even realize because something extraordinary was floating on the air. Something coming out of a gifted throat and a gifted brain. PG steps out of the commercial line in US, what makes the album more exclusive, without concessions to the audience, but PG's audience knows he can give something different at every note. Maybe there are no refrains here to remember, nor easy tunes to sing in the shower, but every note, every arrangement is a spoonful of delicious joy for the music lover. I needed 3-4 spins to start getting the essences flowing slowly out of my ears and into my brain, but I can now tell you, it is infectious, you may keep it spinning all day long and never get tired.
 So by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.84 | 611 ratings

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So
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

5 stars 4.5 SO probably marked a divide in PG's solo career, maybe it was a demonstration that he had nothing to demonstrate anymore. I remember when it was released in Spain, it rapidly got massive airplay, some friends of mine and people in general who did not know what Prog music was or where PG came from, appeared to suddenly know him since ever. It was probably the hit Don't Give It Up, sung duet with superstar Kate Bush, what put the album in the top and launched this "newbie" called Peter Gabriel. Funny, because this theme is a masterpiece in addition to a commercial success. That was PG's magics; that`s what PG made for mainstream music. Every now and them, the general public gets hypnotized by sensibility and genius creation, though it lasts no more than the time the next of myriad stupid two-note pop songs brings them to dance again. There is a bunch of themes for the history of music, as the mentioned Don't Give It Up, the marvelous Red Rain, and the pack of sensibility that is in Mercy Street, but the album had also a couple weak themes with mainstream percussion arrangements. That was not normal in PG's releases. After this, he appeared to take a break, seemingly out of personal stuff and it took six more years to release one more, a time he used for alternative projects. Was he getting tired? Panic of being crushed again by the disc machinery? Whatever. This album is a demonstration that PG's should had never felt jealousy (if he ever was, you know, rumor says) of former GENESIS mates who had turned worldwide pop stars, shame on them. PG changed for good the view that complex and sensitive music is not for the general public, while Collin's GENESIS just showed that genius musicians can also turn into entertainers for the general public. There is a difference.
 Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask or Security] by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.93 | 545 ratings

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Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask or Security]
Peter Gabriel Crossover Prog

Review by poito

4 stars 4,5 This one is easy to score. Eight tracks, eigth hits. Peter Gabriel at his most. Here PG puts to work his growing interest with ethnic rhythms and percussion, but still servicing the tunes. The composition is clock-precise, not a note out of place, elegant, subtle, innovative, catching. All tracks are impressive; it is hard to stand one out. The best known are The rhythm of the Heat, San Jacinto, I Have the Touch and Shock the Monkey, but Lay Your Hands On Me, The Family and The Fishing Net, or Wallflower are also pieces of silversmithing and sensibility. One to take home.
 Peter Gabriel 3 [Aka: Melt] by GABRIEL, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.20 | 785 ratings

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

Review by poito

4 stars Third solo album by PG. Well, solo means nothing once you take a glance to the list of major artists that accompanied PG in this album. Kate Bush, Robert Fripp, Paul Weller, Toni Levin, Phil Collins. It appears that everybody was in love to PG after his amazing debut off Genesis and wanted to steal a share. Sure they did. I think PG was revolutionizing mainstream music. The themes are sufficiently short and melodic to attract wide audiences through radio broadcasting, and sensitive, rich and musically innovative as to maintain and even gather new Prog-oriented followers. Even to attract hardcore Proggers like me to mainstream. I have a problem with the production of this album, since I first bought PG Plays Live in 1983 on double tape format, one of my all-time favorites and possibly one of the best live albums ever. The amazing performance of PG live and the sound quality made me a bit reluctant when I bought this in CD format later on, I was a bit disappointed by the apparent lack of freshness of themes in the studio version. But it may have been the absence of sharps, that was made on purpose, while in the live version it all sounds more balanced and epic. Some of the highs in this studio album are Family Snapshot, Not one of us, and of course the anthem Biko, a song for the History. Overall, the album is a major opus, with a collection of hits of great sensitivity and innovative elements; a couple of fillers keep it away from scoring as masterpiece.
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