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Inspired by the possibilities of digital technology and the audacious rhythms of Brazil and Africa, Peter Gabriel invigorated pop music with 1986’s So. “Sledgehammer” is a James Brown groove reinforced with juicy synths and hard-hitting drum machines. While that song highlights Gabriel’s most soulful singing, his husky voice materializes like a beam of light through the roiling pulses of “Red Rain.” The dueling currents of tension and comfort merge on “In Your Eyes,” a love song so pure in its intentions that its intricate machinery becomes almost invisible.

Customer Reviews

That voice again

Is it perverse at times? Or is it something else? Hard for me to say. Of course one initially proceeds with ignorance into the lyrics, then later recoils slightly at the many innuendos, but further along we wonder if there was ever an innuendo or was it just a statement about how we think, a challenge to the intellectual failings of modern man. An excitation of ourselves and then a challenge to rise above those limitations in thinking and find a spiritual meaning beyond our instincts.

Excellent live set included

The live set from 1987 after the release of the So album is great to have in this edition; excellent production.

True musician

As a 46y old I remember the work situation in the 80s, manufacturing just fell out of American communities, ppl driving their foreign cars, buying Chinese crap that broke the first time you used it, we've turned to a service economy and the wages went with the manufacturing jobs to overseas production. Peter rocks in "SO" and it's still a great album. Some of these are all time greatest 100 hits, "in your eyes" "Salisbury Hill" and even "sledgehammer" the only song missing is "Shaking the tree" about women's rights, another classic with a most groovy track to accompany the ethics
Then, then there's "Biko" a song about Steven Biko, murdered by South African police during apartheid in 1977. The story goes they beat him so badly he had to be taken to hospital, it was a brutal 6 hr ride and he was pronounced dead when he arrived, he was an activist, a father, and a person, just like everyone else, murdered because of the color of his skin. It was a watershed moment and movement that eventually led to the end of white rule in the country.


Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and...
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