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So (2012 Remastered)

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Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, happiest record he ever cut. "Sledgehammer" propelled the record toward blockbuster status, and Gabriel had enough songs with single potential to keep it there. There was "Big Time," another colorful dance number; "Don't Give Up," a moving duet with Kate Bush; "Red Rain," a stately anthem popular on album rock radio; and "In Your Eyes," Gabriel's greatest love song, which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe's classic Say Anything. These all illustrated the strengths of the album: Gabriel's increased melodicism and ability to blend African music, jangly pop, and soul into his moody art rock. Apart from these singles, plus the urgent "That Voice Again," the rest of the record is as quiet as the album tracks of Security. The difference is, the singles on that record were part of the overall fabric; here, the singles are the fabric, which can make the album seem top-heavy (a fault of many blockbuster albums, particularly those of the mid-'80s). Even so, those songs are so strong, finding Gabriel in a newfound confidence and accessibility, that it's hard not to be won over by them, even if So doesn't develop the unity of its two predecessors.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Red Rain (2012 Remaster)
00:05:40

Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Additional Instruments Programmer - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Chris Hughes, Programmer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Tony Levin, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Vocals - Jerry Marotta, Drums - Stewart Copeland, High-Hat Cymbals - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - Alvin Clark And The Monochrome Set, Producer

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

2
Sledgehammer (2012 Remaster)
00:05:11

Wayne Jackson, Trumpet - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Prophet Synthesizer - David Bottrill, Engineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Chris Hughes, Electric (sensonics) Drums - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Tambourine - Tony Levin, Bass Guitar - David Rhodes, Guitar - Manu Katche, Drums - Greg Fulginiti, Masterer - Djalma Correa, Bass Drums, Congas - Coral Gordon, Backing Vocals - Dee Lewis, Backing Vocals - Simon Clark, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programmer - David Stallbaumer, Engineer - P.P Arnold, Backing Vocals - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Don Mikkelsen, Trombone

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

3
Don't Give Up (2012 Remaster)
00:06:33

Simon Clarke, Chorus - Richard Tee, Piano - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, Synthesizer, MainArtist - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer - Kate Bush, Vocals - Tony Levin, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar - Manu Katche, Drums, Percussion - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

4
That Voice Again (2012 Remaster)
00:04:53

Peter Gabriel, Producer, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Music, Instruments, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Additional Instruments Programmer - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Tony Levin, Bass - David Rhodes, Guitar, Writer - Manu Katche, Drums, Percussion - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - L Shankar, Violin

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

5
Mercy Street (2012 Remaster)
00:06:22

Richard Tee, Piano - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Additional Instruments Programmer - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer - LARRY KLEIN, Bass - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - Mark Rivera, Saxophone

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

6
Big Time (2012 Remaster)
00:04:29

Wayne Jackson, Cornet, Trumpet - Simon Clarke, Hammond Organ, Instruments, Bass, Additional Instruments Programmer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Tony Levin, Stick Percussion - David Rhodes, Guitar - Jimmy Bralower, Drum Programming - Jerry Marotta, Stick Percussion - Stewart Copeland, Drums - Coral Gordon, Vocals - Dee Lewis, Vocals - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - P.P Arnold, Vocals - Mark Rivera, Saxophone - Don Mikkelsen, Trombone - P P Arnold, Vocals

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

7
We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) (2012 Remaster)
00:03:22

Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Additional Instruments Programmer - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer - David Rhodes, Guitar - Jerry Marotta, Drums - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - L Shankar, Violin

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

8
This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds) (2012 Remaster)
00:04:22

NILE RODGERS, Guitar - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, Voices, MainArtist, Additional Instruments Programmer - Laurie Anderson, Vocals, Writer, Voices - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Manu Katche, Drums, Talking Drums - Bill Laswell, Bass - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

9
In Your Eyes (2012 Remaster)
00:05:30

Michael Been, Backing Vocals - Richard Tee, Piano - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - David Bottrill, AdditionalEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, Engineer - Chris Hughes, Electric (sensonics) Drums - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Engineer - Tony Levin, Bass Guitar - Youssou N'Dour, Backing Vocals - LARRY KLEIN, Bass Guitar - David Rhodes, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Manu Katche, Drums, Percussion, Talking Drums - Jerry Marotta, Additional Drums - Jim Kerr, Backing Vocals - Greg Fulginiti, Masterer - Djalma Correa, Bass Drums, Congas - Simon Clark, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programmer - David Stallbaumer, AdditionalEngineer - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone - Ronnie Bright, Bass Vocals

© 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Peter Gabriel Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd

Album review

Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, happiest record he ever cut. "Sledgehammer" propelled the record toward blockbuster status, and Gabriel had enough songs with single potential to keep it there. There was "Big Time," another colorful dance number; "Don't Give Up," a moving duet with Kate Bush; "Red Rain," a stately anthem popular on album rock radio; and "In Your Eyes," Gabriel's greatest love song, which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe's classic Say Anything. These all illustrated the strengths of the album: Gabriel's increased melodicism and ability to blend African music, jangly pop, and soul into his moody art rock. Apart from these singles, plus the urgent "That Voice Again," the rest of the record is as quiet as the album tracks of Security. The difference is, the singles on that record were part of the overall fabric; here, the singles are the fabric, which can make the album seem top-heavy (a fault of many blockbuster albums, particularly those of the mid-'80s). Even so, those songs are so strong, finding Gabriel in a newfound confidence and accessibility, that it's hard not to be won over by them, even if So doesn't develop the unity of its two predecessors.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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