PETER GABRIEL - 1 - * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
Peter Gabriel tells why he left Genesis in "Solsbury Hill," the key track on his 1977 solo debut. Majestically opening with an acoustic guitar, the song finds Gabriel's talents gelling, as the words and music feed off each other, turning into true poetry. It stands out dramatically on this record, not because the music doesn't work, but because it brilliantly illustrates why Gabriel had to fly on his own. Though this is undeniably the work of the same man behind The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, he's turned his artiness inward, making his music coiled, dense, vibrant. There is still some excess, naturally, yet it's the sound of a musician unleashed, finally able to bend the rules as he wishes. That means there are less atmospheric instrumental sections than there were on his last few records with Genesis, as the unhinged bizarreness in the arrangements, compositions, and productions, in tracks such as the opener "Moribund the Burgermeister" vividly illustrate. He also has turned sleeker, sexier, capable of turning out a surging rocker like "Modern Love." If there is any problem with Peter Gabriel, it's that Gabriel is trying too hard to show the range of his talents, thereby stumbling occasionally with the doo wop-to-cabaret "Excuse Me" or the cocktail jazz of "Waiting for the Big One" (or, the lyric "you've got me cookin'/I'm a hard-boiled egg" on "Humdrum"). Still, 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. Yes, it's an imperfect album, but that's a byproduct of Gabriel's welcome risk-taking -- the very thing that makes the album work, overall. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker. (DSC)
Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
Label: Real World Records – PGLP01, Classic Records – PGLP01
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition, 200 Gram Press
Country: US Released: 2002
Tracklist Hide Credits
A1 Moribund The Burgermeister 4:19
A2 Solsbury Hill 4:20
A3 Modern Love 3:37
A4 Excuse Me Written-By – Martin Hall (4) 3:20
A5 Humdrum 3:23
B1 Slowburn Guitar [Solo] – Dick Wagner 4:34
B2 Waiting For The Big One 7:26
B3 Down The Dolce Vita Arranged By [The L.S.O.], Conductor [The L.S.O.] – Michael GibbsOrchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra 4:43
B4 Here Comes The Flood Guitar [Solo] – Dick Wagner 5:54
Bass, Tuba, Leader [Barbershop Quartet] – Tony Levin
Cover – Hipgnosis (2)
Drums, Other [Directories] – Allan Schwartzberg
Electric Guitar, Guitar [Classical], Banjo – Robert Fripp
Guitar [Full Frontal], Rhythm Guitar [Electric And Acoustic], Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel] – Steve Hunter
Keyboards [Frontal Keyboard], Performer [Barbershop] – Jozef Chirowski
Management [Organisation By] – Alex (169), Brian (53), Tony Smith (13)
Mastered By – Craig Richardson, George Graves
Percussion, Effects [Synthibam], Percussion [Bones], Performer [Barbershop] – Jim Maelen*
Producer – Bob Ezrin
Recorded By – Brian Christian
Recorded By [With] – Dave Harris (3), Jim Frank, Keith Grant, Robert Hrycyna, Robert Stasiak, Rod O'Brien
Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Programmed By [Programming] – Larry (Wires) Fast*
Voice [Backing Voices] – Dick Wagner
Written-By, Voice [Voices], Keyboards [Keyboard], Flute, Recorder – Peter Gabriel
℗ © 2002 Peter Gabriel Ltd.
Pressed on 200 gram Quiex-SVP vinyl.
Initially released as the first volume of Peter Gabriel's eponymous body of work, this release was later retitled "1" on certain editions. Also noted on Peter Gabriel's web site as "Peter Gabriel 1 (Car)".
Barcode (On sticker, not printed on jacket): PG1QP
Barcode (Scanned): 601704363615
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