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Although he had thrived on live performance as a member of Genesis, Peter Gabriel waited until he was four albums and six years deep into his solo career -- with the hit album Security and the Top 40 "Shock the Monkey" chalked up to his credit -- before he took the plunge into concert recording with this album. Released as a double-LP and two-CD set (but also later in a single CD "highlights" edition, missing four songs), this is a fine summing up of the artist's early solo years. Most of his biggest hits and key album tracks are represented in tight, inspired performances -- the notes concede that some of what is here was sweetened after the fact in the studio, but the immediacy of the stage performances wasn't lost in the process, and that emotional edge and intimacy give songs such as "Solsbury Hill," "I Don't Remember," and "Shock the Monkey" a sharper, deeper resonance than their studio renditions, fine as those are. It's that side of the performance that makes this release well worth owning, for anyone enamored of Gabriel's voice or songs, even if nothing here wholly supplants the studio originals. And the band -- Tony Levin (bass, stick, backing vocals), Jerry Marotta (drums, vocals), David Rhodes (guitar, vocals), and Larry Fast (keyboards) -- is in excellent form as well. What is lacking is the cohesiveness that one might have gotten from a live album assembled from a single concert; derived from a multitude of shows, the individual songs are excellent unto themselves, but there's little sense (or even the illusion) from song to song of any forward momentum across the album, and that might be the one major flaw here. But this is a suitable capstone to the first phase of Gabriel's solo career, and also a peculiar one in certain respects -- given the effort that obviously went into assembling the album, the packaging is almost minimalist by the standards of live albums and double albums of the era (the LP version even put both platters into a single sleeve).
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1
The Rhythm Of The Heat (Live; 2002 Remastered Version)
00:06:27

Larry Fast, Piano, Synthesizer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Neil Kernon, Engineer, Recorder - Tony Levin, Guitar, Vocals, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Vocals - PETER WALSH, Producer, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Jerry Marotta, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 2002 Digital Remaster (P) 2002 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

2
I Have The Touch (Live)
00:04:49

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

3
Not One Of Us (Live; 2002 Remastered Version)
00:05:44

Larry Fast, Piano, Synthesizer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Neil Kernon, Engineer, Recorder - Tony Levin, Guitar, Vocals, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Vocals - PETER WALSH, Producer, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Jerry Marotta, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 2002 Digital Remaster (P) 2002 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

4
Family Snapshot (Live)
00:04:47

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

5
D.I.Y. (Live)
00:04:05

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

6
The Family And The Fishing Net (Live)
00:07:34

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

7
Intruder (Live; 2002 Remastered Version)
00:04:47

Larry Fast, Piano, Synthesizer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Neil Kernon, Engineer, Recorder - Tony Levin, Guitar, Vocals, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Vocals - PETER WALSH, Producer, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Jerry Marotta, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 2002 Digital Remaster (P) 2002 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

8
I Go Swimming (Live)
00:05:00

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

9
San Jacinto (Live)
00:08:28

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

10
Solsbury Hill (Live)
00:04:41

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

11
No Self Control (Live)
00:05:02

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

12
I Don't Remember (Live)
00:04:13

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

13
Shock The Monkey (Live)
00:07:09

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

14
Humdrum (Live)
00:04:23

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

15
On The Air (Live; 2002 Remastered Version)
00:05:22

Larry Fast, Piano, Synthesizer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Neil Kernon, Engineer, Recorder - Tony Levin, Guitar, Vocals, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Vocals - PETER WALSH, Producer, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Jerry Marotta, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Bob Kraus, Contributor

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 2002 Digital Remaster (P) 2002 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

16
Biko (Live)
00:06:54

Peter Gabriel, MainArtist

2009 Peter Gabriel Ltd 1900 Unknown at Data Take-on

Album Description

Although he had thrived on live performance as a member of Genesis, Peter Gabriel waited until he was four albums and six years deep into his solo career -- with the hit album Security and the Top 40 "Shock the Monkey" chalked up to his credit -- before he took the plunge into concert recording with this album. Released as a double-LP and two-CD set (but also later in a single CD "highlights" edition, missing four songs), this is a fine summing up of the artist's early solo years. Most of his biggest hits and key album tracks are represented in tight, inspired performances -- the notes concede that some of what is here was sweetened after the fact in the studio, but the immediacy of the stage performances wasn't lost in the process, and that emotional edge and intimacy give songs such as "Solsbury Hill," "I Don't Remember," and "Shock the Monkey" a sharper, deeper resonance than their studio renditions, fine as those are. It's that side of the performance that makes this release well worth owning, for anyone enamored of Gabriel's voice or songs, even if nothing here wholly supplants the studio originals. And the band -- Tony Levin (bass, stick, backing vocals), Jerry Marotta (drums, vocals), David Rhodes (guitar, vocals), and Larry Fast (keyboards) -- is in excellent form as well. What is lacking is the cohesiveness that one might have gotten from a live album assembled from a single concert; derived from a multitude of shows, the individual songs are excellent unto themselves, but there's little sense (or even the illusion) from song to song of any forward momentum across the album, and that might be the one major flaw here. But this is a suitable capstone to the first phase of Gabriel's solo career, and also a peculiar one in certain respects -- given the effort that obviously went into assembling the album, the packaging is almost minimalist by the standards of live albums and double albums of the era (the LP version even put both platters into a single sleeve).
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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