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Album : Peter Gabriel

Few albums I anticipated more than Peter Gabriel’s first solo record. I was and am a huge Gabriel/Genesis fan. So when PG left the band I was more than a little curious with what he ws going to come up with. The last time I had heard new music from him was ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’. His musical ideas always moved me.

From the cover of this album to the music. I was in from the start. It was that familiar voice with a new sound. There was some Genesis sound still but definitely a new direction. His vocals just made my ear pay attention, mixed with the musical choices the album did not disappoint. far from it. Some of his off the wall ideas mixed with great musicianship helped out by Robert Fripp and others, Cuts like ‘Modern Love’ leaned more to straight forward rock which was a change. Gone were the long extended pieces. This is stripped down (but not too much) with Gabriel adding his unique lyrics. Having Fripp along was like a dream music collaboration. I was heavy into both at the time.

He does his usual messing around with songs like ‘Excuse Me’ with lots of musical changes with some subtle jazzy guitar licks plus tuba thrown in for the hell of it. So many good ideas that worked for me. I really didnt know what to expect. He was a hard guy to pin down musically. What he did do was give me a smorg of Peter Gabriel music with his creative touch. He even got some commercial airplay with ‘Solsbury Hill’. He was far from a big name back then

The guitar work on this record is top notch. Along with Fripp, Robert Hunter and Dick Wagner chipping in.. Listen to Hunter’s licks on ‘Waiting For the Big One’. Outstanding. Plus the fact that Gabriel does a bluesy number. I loved every note. You can hear why he had to go out on his own. Could listen to a whole album of this groove. Unexpected. He goes all big sound with ‘Down The Dolce Vita’. Lots going on in this one and it’s all good to my ear. The record ends with ‘Here Comes The Flood’. beautiful.

Gabriel shares the spotlight. One of the things that grabbed me and stood out from this record was all the great guitar work. You don’ bring people like that in to strum a few chords, you cut them lose and embrace their creativity. With that all said this is still his record. One of my favorite musicians, vocalists. He takes you on a musical ride. I was all in. You hear a guy who is ready to bust out and do his own thing. Only one Peter Gabriel and he proved it with this record. I love it and it still sounds fresh to this day. Never fails to move me. Good one Pete.

“Hey Mac see you down the Dolce Vita”

47 comments on “Album : Peter Gabriel

  1. Aphoristical
    August 22, 2021

    This is kind of the quintessential frontman leaves his band and tries out everything record. First track and last track are both excellent.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 22, 2021

      I know you did a through job on Peter’s albums which I enjoyed. I think you know my like for Gabriel when he was with the band and when he moved on. Along with Springsteen, Kinks, Who and a few more I hounded my local record shop to let me know when this record was arriving. That’s how much of a fan I was. This album has a very special place in my music journey. For so many reasons. I like the “tries out everything” tag. Exactly what he did.

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  2. Vinyl Connection
    August 22, 2021

    Terrific coverage, CB. It certainly is a diverse record, musically speaking. One thing that struck me (in a negative way) was the muddy sound. I haven’t heard the remastered version from a couple of years back, but wouldn’t mind a cleaned up PG1.

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  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    August 22, 2021

    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway! Most certainly a fab record!

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 22, 2021

    I’ve never been a big fan of his. But he has one song I love a lot: Solsbury Hill. See ya, CB!

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  5. greenpete58
    August 22, 2021

    Gabriel lost me later on when he delved into World Music, but I’ve always admired his artistry and humanitarianism. This might be my favorite of his solo albums, especially the song “Humdrum.” The music is great and the lyric is very interesting. I located an excellent analysis by some anonymous fan on the internet years ago, and wish I could retrieve it again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 22, 2021

      I like Gabriel’s musical direction (and his social consciousness) but like you it’s the early stuff that grabs me. Dont worry about the “excellent analysis” your stamp is good here.

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  6. 1537
    August 22, 2021

    Loved this one too CB, although I’m an 80’s Johnny-come-lately when it comes to PG. Solsbury Hill is one of those songs that sounds more like it was discovered, than written – like it has always been around.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 22, 2021

      Pete had a real other than quality when i got into him. No press like today and he was under the radar with guys like Bowie getting the ink for the theatrics.
      You’re dead on with the ‘Solsbury Hill’ comment. Fripp and the other guitar players really shook up this album in my opinion. I just wish I had the chops to do the album more justice like that 1537 guy does when he cuts loose on something he digs.

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  7. Jim S.
    August 22, 2021

    My Gabriel knowledge is hit or miss. I’ve gotta drive somewhere tomorrow so I’ll spin this. My wife loves ‘Solsbury Hill.’ The difference is she knows the song but wouldn’t recognize the name Peter Gabriel. Just knows what she likes

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 22, 2021

      That was probably the first time Genesis/Gabriel got commercial airtime.
      I think you’ll dig he guitar work Doc. Couple guys off the Rock n Roll Animal record. The record explores a lot of ideas. I guess Peter was bursting at the seems. ‘Wiating For The Big One’ we discussed before. Crank it.

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      • Jim S.
        August 22, 2021

        Yeah, I would listen to Hunter/Wagner play the Happy Days theme song.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    August 23, 2021

    Nice post, CB! My Peter Gabriel solo journey started with what probably is his most accessible album: “So” from 1986. It remains my favorite.

    Then through my best friend I got access to Gabriel’s earlier solo albums. “Solsbury Hill” was love at first listen. Most of his other tunes were more of an acquired taste, but I really came around and pretty much like all of his solo albums through “Us”. I also dig “Plays Live” from 1983.

    I saw Gabriel once in Cologne, Germany, during the tour that supported the “So” album – great show!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2021

      ‘Plays Live’ is a good one. Seeing PG live is something. He never cheats his audience.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        August 23, 2021

        That concert in Cologne was definitely memorable. They had some spot lights attached to large telescope arms, and Gabriel was “interacting” with them.

        The lights would move toward him and he would move back. Then they retreated and he would forward – really cool choreography. I’m doing it very poor justice here.

        And, yes, Gabriel is a great vocalist! He kind of fell off my radar screen after the “Us” album from 1992. I didn’t like that one as much as “So”.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2021

        He was always on his own curve. I was really happy to see him gain some commercial success because in the early days he was definitely underground. Seeing Fripp show up on this album wa co cool because I was a big fan of both early Genesis and King Crimson.
        Then he hooks up with another guy I think we both dig, Springsteen for the Amnesty tour. Pretty cool.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2021

      PS Your entry point for Peter was a good one.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        August 23, 2021

        So many good tunes on this one” “In Your Eyes”, “Mercy Street”, “Red Rain”, “Sledgehammer” – and let’s not forget about “Don’t Give Up,” the powerful duo with Kate Bush. That one has literally made me well up. I guess I sometimes get too much into it! 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2021

        Dont fight it. The music moves you go for it.
        A song I really like was ‘Love Town’ off the Philadelphia film. Real eerie sounding. he is one talented guy with so many musical ideas. I loved this album and ate up the next couple also.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2021

        Oy yeah Bush and him are great together. Earlier collab on ‘Frontiers also.

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  9. deKE
    August 23, 2021

    Not a huge fan but Pete would not make the same record twice so for that total respect!

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  10. the press music reviews
    August 24, 2021

    Nice review CB, love this album, a real mixed bag. His solo work is a personal favourite up to and including IV.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 24, 2021

      I was pretty well locked in with his Genesis stuff and then with these first solo albums. Sounds like we are on the same page with PG.

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      • the press music reviews
        August 24, 2021

        We certainly are CB. I love PG-era Genesis, particularly The Lamb….I liked your take on PG I. Must go and listen been too long.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 24, 2021

        ‘Lamb’ will be getting the CB treatment whether it likes it or not. That’s what these back and forth blogs, do inspire new listens and revisits.

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  11. hotfox63
    August 24, 2021

    Apart from the catchy “Solsbury Hill”, I miss here the great moments and the charismatic ideas of a Peter Gabriel with Genesis.

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  12. keepsmealive
    August 24, 2021

    Yes yes yes. I have this on an old original LP. What you said!

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  13. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 17, 2021

    This guy is like Neil Young in some ways…changing styles like we change socks. I just started to listen to early Genesis…I like what I’m hearing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 17, 2021

      I was a huge fan back then. Gabriel does have interesting musical ideas. Helps when you get good people to help realize them.

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