Peter Gabriel – So (1986/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:46:27 minutes | 979 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: realworld.co.uk | © Real World Music Ltd./Peter Gabriel Ltd.
“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” – Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel’s iconic So album features as part of the second phase of vinyl re-issues that sees all three of his two-letter word titled albums: So, US and UP, get the same meticulous re-issue treatment as 2015’s PG1-4.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 2 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned.
The album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title, So was a watershed release with its perfect marriage of the artistic and the commercial. The album, produced by Daniel Lanois, features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush and Youssou N’Dour and contains some of Peter’s most recognisable and popular songs.
Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with “Sledgehammer,” an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, happiest record he ever cut. “Sledgehammer” propelled the record toward blockbuster status, and Gabriel had enough songs with single potential to keep it there. There was “Big Time,” another colorful dance number; “Don’t Give Up,” a moving duet with Kate Bush; “Red Rain,” a stately anthem popular on album rock radio; and “In Your Eyes,” Gabriel’s greatest love song, which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe’s classic Say Anything. These all illustrated the strengths of the album: Gabriel’s increased melodicism and ability to blend African music, jangly pop, and soul into his moody art rock. Apart from these singles, plus the urgent “That Voice Again,” the rest of the record is as quiet as the album tracks of Security. The difference is, the singles on that record were part of the overall fabric; here, the singles are the fabric, which can make the album seem top-heavy (a fault of many blockbuster albums, particularly those of the mid-’80s). Even so, those songs are so strong, finding Gabriel in a newfound confidence and accessibility, that it’s hard not to be won over by them, even if So doesn’t develop the unity of its two predecessors. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 Red Rain 5:40
2 Sledgehammer 5:13
3 Don’t Give Up 6:34
4 That Voice Again 4:49
5 Mercy Street 6:17
6 Big Time 4:27
7 We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37) 3:22
8 This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) 4:20
9 In Your Eyes 5:27
Peter Gabriel – lead and backing vocals, Fairlight CMI, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 (all except tracks 5, 9), piano (all except tracks 7, 9), Linn LM-1 (tracks 3, 7), synthesizer (tracks 5, 7), percussion (track 4), Yamaha CS-80 (track 6), LinnDrum (track 9), Synclavier (track 9)
Tony Levin – bass guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), drumstick bass guitar (fretting only) (track 7)
David Rhodes – guitar (all except tracks 6, 9), backing vocals (tracks 1, 5)
Jerry Marotta – drums (tracks 1, 8), additional drums (track 5), drumstick bass guitar (drumming only) (track 7)
Manu Katché – drums (tracks 2, 3, 4, 5), percussion (tracks 3, 4, 5), talking drum (tracks 5, 9)
Chris Hughes – LinnDrum programming (track 1)
Stewart Copeland – hi-hat (track 1), drums (track 7)
Daniel Lanois – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4), tambourine (track 2), surf guitar (track 7), 12-string guitar (track 9)
Wayne Jackson – trumpet (track 2, 7), cornet (track 7)
Mark Rivera – tenor saxophone (track 2, 7), processed saxophone (track 6), alto and baritone saxophone (track 7)
Don Mikkelsen – trombone (track 2, 7)
P. P. Arnold – backing vocals (track 2, 7)
Coral Gordon – backing vocals (track 2, 7)
Dee Lewis – backing vocals (track 2, 7)
Richard Tee – piano (tracks 3, 5, 6)
Simon Clark – Yamaha CS-80 chorus effect (track 3), Hammond, Fairlight CMI and bass (track 7)
Kate Bush – vocals (track 3)
L. Shankar – violin (tracks 4, 8)
Larry Klein – bass guitar (tracks 5, 6)
Youssou N’Dour – vocals (track 5)
Michael Been – backing vocals (track 5)
Jim Kerr – backing vocals (track 5)
Ronnie Bright – bass vocals (track 5)
Djalma Correa – surdo, congas and triangle (track 6)
Jimmy Bralower – LinnDrum kick (track 7)
Bill Laswell – bass guitar (track 9)
Nile Rodgers – guitar (track 9)
Laurie Anderson – vocals (track 9)