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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peter Gabriel - So

Sometimes there are artists out there, that are flat out amazing. They do things musically that are so different, and so great - but they don't get the recognition for being as outstanding as they really are. One of those artists is Peter Gabriel. Everytime I hear more from him - I'm simply captivated. Born in 1950 in England - Gabriel has seen his fair share of ups and downs. Gabriel founded the band Genesis back in 1967 with a bunch of guys he went to prep school with. Back in the day, their concerts were known as completely crazy and over the top. Gabriel often changed into various costumes over the course of the show and was known for being very flamboyant and theatrical on stage. Phil Collins originated as the drummer of Genesis until Gabriel left the band in the late 70's. Fans were stunned when he left. People thought the band would never go on. They all came to odds when the band felt the performances got more attention than the actual music, and when Gabriel instituted a concept album for Genesis to produce. Gabriel and his wife were expecting their first child, and upon a tough pregnancy - Gabriel stayed home with his family in lieu of making more music and touring with Genesis. That was the final straw. Gabriel's first single was 'Solsbury Hill' which was written about his departure from the band. (and personally one of my favorite Gabriel songs ever) 'So' came out in 1986 and is a resounding 5x platinum in the states. His first platinum selling album - with it being his 5th studio attempt. He had two MONSTROUS singles, 'In Your Eyes' and 'Sledgehammer' that contributed toward the success. I maintain that 'In Your Eyes' is one of the greatest songs of all time. This record is short, 9 tracks - but the quality is outstanding. It's a perfect 'mood' type record, and a great listen. Please check it out today. Gabriel deserves getting more recognition - so I'll start trying to get people on the bandwagon.

1. Red Rain
2. Sledgehammer
3. Don't Give Up
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
8. This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. In Your Eyes
2. Sledgehammer
3. Don't Give Up

4 out of 5 stars

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