Jan 29, · Just to be clear, I don't have sibilance issues with any other album in my collection, so it isn't my setup (Technics SL with a Nagaoka MP). Really unfortunate because I bought this NM and I was looking forward to diving into Gabriel's music/5(). Peter Gabriel’s album, So With Peter’s previous catalogue, this recording was remastered in , but he was NOT personally happy with the perceived sound quality.. Must agree on that, it sounds a little peaky and slightly compressed. This copy has huge dynamics clearer vocal definition and wonderful swooping bass.. Opening track Red Rain totally stuns the senses!/5(). Released 19th May, The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title Sowas a watershed release in his career. Its marriage of the artistic and the commercial made for an indisputable success, with the album quickly sitting atop the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Copyright c — Peter Gabriel Ltd. Included lyric inner sleeve, made of card on early pressings, paper on later pressings. P P Arnold courtesy 10 Records Ltd. Jim Kerr courtesy Virgin Records Ltd.
Youssou N'dour courtesy Albert Koski Productions. Shankar courtesy ECM Records. Add Review bryanjordin April 29, Report. One of the most sophisticated albums of the 80s. The mixing on this album is nothing less than perfect. A truly amazing piece of musical work. Reply Notify me 3 Helpful. Amjac September 8, Report. In short, this is a must hear album, and the original when found in good condition is a must own.
Love the inner and outer artwork, also it's quality glossy finish! You have a wider range of tools, a wider range of decisions". Towards the end of recording, Gabriel became "obsessed" with the Album) listing and created an audio cassette of all the song's beginnings and ends to hear how the sounds blended together.
With later CD releases, this restriction was removed and the track was placed at the end of the album. It was over-dubbed at Power Station Studios in New YorkAlbum), despite Gabriel considering sending it via a computer-telephone set up, reasoning, "that's a lot of information to send via phone. Isn't it amazing though? You can send a song idea around the world to musicians then beam parts back by satellite". So has been described as Gabriel's most commercially accessible and least experimental album,   one that features pop songs  and incorporates art pop   and progressive pop  throughout.
Like his previous albums, its basis is in art rockalthough on SoGabriel develops an increased focus on melody and combines this with elements of soul and African music. The songs are highly influenced by traditional world musicparticularly African and Brazilian musicwith Gabriel incorporating rhythms and drum beats from these regions.
Gabriel wanted the album to "crash open at the front". Despite disliking "metal" percussion instruments, he was persuaded by Lanois to allow The Police 's Stewart Copeland to play cymbals and hi-hat on its opener, "Red Rain". It was also intended to continue the story of Mozo, a recurring character on Gabriel's first and second albums. Most of Gabriel's band had packed away their equipment and were ready to leave the studio, but he asked them to reassemble to quickly run through a song he had an idea for.
So ' s most political statement, "Don't Give Up", was fuelled by Gabriel's discontent with rising unemployment during Margaret Thatcher 's premiership and Dorothea Lange 's photograph "Migrant Mother". He initially sought Dolly Parton to portray the woman, although Parton declined; his friend Kate Bush agreed to feature.
The album's first side culminates with "That Voice Again", in which Gabriel explores the concept of conscienceexamining the "parental voice in our heads that either helps or defeats us".
He dedicated So ' s sixth track to her, calling it "Mercy Street" after "45 Mercy Street", a poem released in another posthumous collection. When these compositions were unearthed in the studio, they were accidentally played back ten per cent slower than the original recording, giving them a grainy quality that Gabriel and Lanois thought highlighted the cymbal and guitars.
Intended to give a sensual, haunting effect, this was hard to capture except when Gabriel first woke up. The dance song "Big Time" has funk influences and is built on a "percussive Album) sound". It references the experiment on obedience carried out by American social psychologist Stanley Milgramintended as a reference to the obedience citizens show to dictators during times of war. This was interpolated with a recording called "This Is the Picture", on which Nile Rodgers plays rhythmic guitar.
So is Gabriel's first non-eponymous album. Gabriel has noted his dislike for titling albums, mainly because it distracts from the sleeve design. He elaborated that for So "[he] decided to go for the anti-title It can be more a piece of graphic, if you like, as opposed to something with meaning and intention.
And that's what I've done ever since". I was told my usual obscure LP sleeves alienated women. So was released on 19 May It topped the charts of seven countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, where it became Gabriel's second number one album.
In the United States, So became one of Geffen Records ' most commercially successful releases, peaking at number two and remaining on the chart for ninety-three weeks. Gabriel would go on to say in an interview for Rolling Stone that he believed the video exposed So ' s songs to a wider audience, bolstering the album's success. Bono contacted Gabriel to perform at A Conspiracy of Hopea series of Live Aid -inspired concerts that intended to spread awareness of human rights issues in light of Amnesty International 's twenty-fifth anniversary.
Gabriel described it as "the best tour [he'd] ever been on". One of the dates was a special two-night residency 20—21 December at Tokyo 's Meiji Jingu Stadium to fund a global computer system for the University for Peacea United Nations project.
Tour in So received mostly favourable reviews from music critics. Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote "only a handful of Western rock musicians have managed to use exotic Red Rain - Peter Gabriel - So (Vinyl and instruments with so much ingenuity and conviction".
Pareles also praised his vocals, describing them as "grainy but not bluesy, ageless and joyless, the voice of some ancient mariner recounting disasters".
Terry Atkinson of Los Angeles Times viewed the album as offering "an amazing variety of tones, moods, and topics and a consistently powerful level of expression". So has continued to perform well in most retrospective reviews. Erlewine particularly praised Gabriel's fusion of art rock with African music and soul.
Ryan Bray, writer for Consequence of Soundconcluded So was an "all-too-rare record that manages to have it both ways, earning its richly deserved critical and commercial respect without giving so much as LP artistic inch".
He added that "it still stands on its own two feet as one of the consensus best records of the 80s". He added that "Gabriel crafted an album of user-friendly pop that was still reassuringly odd. In a less positive retrospective review, Mojo ' s David Buckley contrasted the album with Gabriel's earlier, more experimental LP, claiming "on 's Sohe switched tack to write pop, and write big.
The results are mixed. He praised its state-of-the-art production in parts, highlighting "Big Time" and "Sledgehammer" as standout tracks, but claimed elsewhere it interfered, such as the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on "That Voice Again" and whistling ambient accompaniment on "Mercy Street". Its video is the most played music video in the history of MTV. So is often regarded as Gabriel's best album, as well as one of the best albums of the s. It enabled Gabriel to transform from a cult artistacclaimed for his cerebral, experimental solo work, into a mainstream, internationally known star.
It's a masterpiece. A chronicle of political, emotional, and artistic exploration, the album [attempts] to balance standard pop orthodoxy with his still-rumbling desire for sonic experimentation". It includes the remastered So album, the Live at Athens album and a So DNA album which examines its production, as well as new liner notes, photographs, vinyl collectibles and the So: Classic Albums documentary.
Michael Glabicki of the American band Rusted Root acknowledges this album as a key influence on his own career exploring worldbeat music, saying, "I just kind of got locked into that sound. Peter Gabriel's So kind of gave everyone the go-ahead that this could work in a popular fashion. For people like me who were exploring those sounds, the wonder of if it's going to work or not just went away at that point. Credits adapted from So ' s liner notes.
The track numbers correspond to the original release. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Peter Gabriel. Pop art pop art rock progressive pop worldbeat. Charisma Virgin Geffen. Peter Gabriel Daniel Lanois. Opening with the shakuhachi bamboo flute Gabriel uses a prominent horn section inspired by the music of American soul singer Otis Redding. Wayne Jacksonwho toured with Redding in the s, plays the horn on the track.
Though the "Sledgehammer" video's ubiquity has bludgeoned the song, its parent album is a marvel Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography. It is precisely this seamless quality that makes So so easy to listen to and yet initially obscures the fact that the album is illuminated by an inner light of subversion, an acknowledgment of the emotional tug of war lying beneath the surface of day-to-day reality.
A mournful melody is interrupted when a ray of hope — embodied by Kate Bush — penetrates the gloom. Everything about the song is larger than life, larger than myth even. Here the tone is carnivallike, the music a pumped-up hurdy-gurdy of excess. So is a record of considerable emotional complexity and musical sophistication.
Beneath its disarming simplicity and accessibility is the voice of an artist who does what his heart tells him to do. That So would finally bring Peter Gabriel commercial success is an extremely positive sign for the acceptability of intelligence on the airwaves and in pop music in general.
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The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title of its own, So was a watershed release in his career. Although experimentation was still high on the agenda (a mindset still enthusiastically fostered by producer Daniel Lanois), this record steered itself towards a poppier, more commercial sound, no more so than with huge, meaty. Peter Gabriel's So - from - available again in its original LP configuration. The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33rpm on heavyweight vinyl. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell. Sleeve artwork and inner bag as per the original LP release. So opens with Gabriel standing in a shower of “Red Rain.” A descending melody line acts as a soothing metaphor for an apocalyptic image. A descending melody line acts as a soothing metaphor.
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" Red Rain " is the first track on English rock musician Peter Gabriel 's solo album So. In the USA, it was the second single from the album and reached number three on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock chart in , where it stayed for three weeks between July and August. So is often regarded as Gabriel's best album, as well as one of the best albums of the s. It enabled Gabriel to transform from a cult artist, acclaimed for his cerebral, experimental solo work, into a mainstream, internationally known star. .
Apr 27, · The opening track of Peter's fifth studio album and the first one to have a proper title: So was a watershed release in his career. Its marriage of the artistic and the commercial made for an indisputable success, with the album quickly sitting atop the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jul 16, · Plays Live • Live in Athens • Secret World Live • Growing Up Live. Peter Gabriel is to reissue four classic live albums on vinyl, with each multi-disc package half-speed mastered and coming with a hi-res download card. The albums in question are Plays Live, Live in Athens , Secret World Live and Growing Up liehageludedownfumetheamegilern.coinfo is from the tour that followed Gabriel’s last four studio. Jan 24, · Song Red Rain; Artist Peter Gabriel; Album So; Licensed to YouTube by itspetergabriel, WMG (on behalf of Real World Records); LatinAutor, BMI - .
Jul 15, · The album was compiled from live recordings made at four venues across the American Midwest in late It is effectively a sign-off to the first phase of Peter Gabriel the solo artist. As such, it’s a celebration of all that was achieved on his opening quartet of self-titled long-players, while also standing as confirmation that Gabriel was an engaged and engaging frontman. The 2 LP artwork .
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