Peter Gabriel [1]

Peter Gabriel [1]

by Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel

CD(Remastered / Digi-Pak / Reissue)

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Peter Gabriel tells why he left Genesis in "Solsbury Hill," the key track on his 1977 solo debut. Majestically opening with an acoustic guitar, the song finds Gabriel's talents gelling, as the words and music feed off each other, turning into true poetry. It stands out dramatically on this record, not because the music doesn't work, but because it brilliantly illustrates why Gabriel had to fly on his own. Though this is undeniably the work of the same man behind The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, he's turned his artiness inward, making his music coiled, dense, vibrant. There is still some excess, naturally, yet it's the sound of a musician unleashed, finally able to bend the rules as he wishes. That means there are less atmospheric instrumental sections than there were on his last few records with Genesis, as the unhinged bizarreness in the arrangements, compositions, and productions, in tracks such as the opener "Moribund the Burgermeister" vividly illustrate. He also has turned sleeker, sexier, capable of turning out a surging rocker like "Modern Love." If there is any problem with Peter Gabriel, it's that Gabriel is trying too hard to show the range of his talents, thereby stumbling occasionally with the doo wop-to-cabaret "Excuse Me" or the cocktail jazz of "Waiting for the Big One" (or, the lyric "you've got me cookin'/I'm a hard-boiled egg" on "Humdrum"). Still, much of the record teems with invigorating energy (as on "Slowburn," or the orchestral-disco pulse of "Down the Dolce Vita"), and the closer "Here Comes the Flood" burns with an anthemic intensity that would later become his signature in the '80s. Yes, it's an imperfect album, but that's a byproduct of Gabriel's welcome risk-taking -- the very thing that makes the album work, overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC: 0180030000611
catalogNumber: 61
Rank: 1420


  1. Moribund the Burgermeister
  2. Solsbury Hill
  3. Modern Love
  4. Excuse Me
  5. Humdrum
  6. Slowburn
  7. Waiting For the Big One
  8. Down the Dolce Vita
  9. Here Comes the Flood

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Flute,Keyboards,Recorder,Voices
Steve Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Robert Fripp   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass,Tuba,Leader
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Dick Wagner   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Jozef Chirowski   Keyboards
Michael Gibbs   Conductor
Larry "Wires" Fast   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Bob Ezrin   Producer
Jim Frank   Engineer
Keith Grant   Engineer
Martin Hall   Composer
Robert Hrycyna   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Robert Stasiak   Engineer
Dan Blore   Sleeve Restoration
Mic Smith   Introduction
Michael Gibbs   Arranger
Dave Harris   Engineer
Marc Pessant   Graphic Design
Larry "Wires" Fast   Programming

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