Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel
This is The Peter Gabriel Rock and Roll Album. To my knowledge he never made another.
We Love This Album!
Musically I like PG 2 the best as well. Most PG fans dismiss this album, but having played it hundreds of times over so many years I have a hard time understanding how anyone could not be knocked out by the quality of the songwriting and musicianship. From start to finish there's not a bad song to be found here. (Exposure is a goofy prog exercise, but it's not actually bad.)
The first two tracks on side one are blistering rockers that get things off to a rollicking good start. Special mention must go to the closer for side two, one of the most emotionally powerful songs PG ever laid to tape. Its saxophone-led climax takes your breath away, with the end coming soon after. The entire album is a wonderful journey; anyone with a pop-prog bend will enjoy the ride. Just turn the volume up good and loud, turn off your mind, relax and float along with PG and the boys. You're in good hands.
A++. Very clear and clean with zero smear and no edge to the vocals. The typical copy doesn't have this kind of extension on the top and bottom, either. So good!
A++. Clear and present with big, solid bass and punchy drums. The recorders in the first track are nice and breathy, just as they should be.
Big Time Fan
I'm a huge Peter Gabriel fan, having grown up with every one of the first five studio albums practically as they were released. The first is an operatic extravaganza, with everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production, a sound PG would never return to for some reason. (Guess he got it out of his system.) This album, the second of four to be named simply Peter Gabriel, has a leaner, more rock oriented sound, and boasts none other than Robert Fripp as a co-conspirator. His fuzzed out Frippertronics are all over PG 2, kicking each song into a higher gear. The third album has always been my least favorite. It has a dark quality (no cymbals, just drums) I never cared for. I see it as a transition to the fourth album, Security, with its powerful rhythms and trance-inducing drumming.
So, the fifth album, is the one everyone knows, with its uncharacteristic commercial appeal. After that I never heard anything on any PG album that moved me much so I gave up on those later albums.
But this is never a problem for us record lovers, because we have plenty of Peter Gabriel music to listen to from his first five albums. I've played the second and fourth albums alone hundreds of times; I had them on cassette (and later CD) in the car, and they went round and round that way an awful lot of times. (I practically never tire of hearing good albums over and over again. The more I listen the more I find in them new details and qualities in the recording, even after more than twenty years!)
(Interestingly, if you know his early work well, none of the first five albums has much in common with the others. Like Steely Dan's body of work, each of the albums has its own production qualities, its own sound, and music that ties tightly into both.)
Side One - A++
Side Two - A++
1) Mint Minus (light crackle on edge, becomes very quiet)
2) mostly Mint Minus (some light crackle throughout)
Cover Grade: 8+ out of 10
On the Air
Mother of Violence
A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World
Flotsam and Jetsam
Home Sweet Home
Flotsam and Jetsam
Home Sweet Home
"On the Air" and "D.I.Y." are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium.