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Plays Live - Highlights (Remastered)

Peter Gabriel

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This is the “edited” collection of Peter Gabriel’s two-LP/two-CD live album Plays Live; this was released in 1985 as a single CD of highlights. The full-length version is obviously preferable, but for those unbothered by the exclusion of “The Rhythm of the Heat,” “Not One of Us,” “Intruder," and “On the Air,” the performances that are here explain well enough what an incredible performer and live interpreter Gabriel and his all-star band were in December of 1982. It’s impossible for a band featuring Tony Levin on bass and a Chapman Stick, Jerry Marotta on drums, David Rhodes on guitar, and Larry Fast on keyboards to be anything less than terrific—even though the album’s original notes confess to post-production tinkering. “I Go Swimming” is the one previously unreleased song, with the remaining songs being among the most popular in Gabriel’s catalog—including “Shock the Monkey,” the Top 40 hit and No. 1 Mainstream Rock hit that enabled the easy release of a live album. For anyone who finds studio work too stiff, the humanity flowing here through “D.I.Y.,” “Solsbury Hill,” “I Don’t Remember," and “Biko” add tangible warmth. 

Customer Reviews

The Incomplete Version

This is NOT the full version of the album, don't waste your money.

where are the rest of the songs?

Originally released as a double-album, this is arguably my favorite Peter Gabriel album, but where are the other 4 songs? I suggest finding the complete selection elsewhere until they're all available here! (at that time 5-stars)

This is the best of any version of Solsbury Hill, and San Jacinto is absolutely beautifully haunting! It's an amazing album with Peter's voice at it's top, but...

...missing are...
The Rhythm Of The Heat
Not One Of Us
On The Air

why missing songs?

I owned the CD years ago, just downloaded this and realized it's missing a few songs, "Kiss of Life" should be included, bummer.


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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