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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb British pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Gabriel's solo debut, the album features his autobiographical lead single, Solsbury Hill
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these seldom make the site
  • "...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."
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Super Hot Stamper

Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_2004_7) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb British pressing of Peter Gabriel's debut solo album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Gabriel's solo debut, the album features his autobiographical lead single, Solsbury Hill
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these seldom make the site
  • "...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."
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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_classic) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another addition to our Hall of Shame from one of our favorite whipping boys here at Better Records, the late but hardly lamented Classic Records.

Bernie Grundman's mastering approach for the first PG album is a disaster -- brighter and cleaner, which turns out to be precisely the wrong sound for the music.

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Direct Disk Labs Debunked

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_dd_labs) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another Half Speed Mastered Record that belongs in our Hall of Shame

The Direct Disk Labs half-speed here is thick, compressed and lifeless, though fairly rich. You could do worse I suppose, but too much of the life of the music will be lost when playing their remastered pressing.

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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Unlike any that follow, the sound varies greatly from track to track on the first PG album, as does the music. You know you have a good copy when the best sounding tracks sound their best. That may seem like a tautology but is in fact the only way to judge a side when the songs sound this different from one another.

On side one the fourth track, Excuse Me, with its barbershop quartet harmonies, has potentially Demo Disc Quality Sound.

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