Tag: Peter Gabriel

Sunday 6/27/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Peter Gabriel – So (1986)

So is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released on May 19, 1986 by Charisma Records. After working on the soundtrack to the film Birdy (1984), producer Daniel Lanois was invited to remain at Gabriel’s Somerset home during 1985 to work on his next solo project. Initial sessions for So consisted of Gabriel, Lanois and guitarist David Rhodes, although these grew to include a number of percussionists.

Although Gabriel continued to use the pioneering Fairlight CMI digital sampling synthesizer, songs from these sessions were less experimental than his previous material. Nevertheless, Gabriel drew on various musical influences, fusing pop, soul, and art rock with elements of traditional world music, particularly African and Brazilian styles. It is Gabriel’s first non-eponymous album, So representing an “anti-title” that resulted from label pressure to properly market his music. Gabriel toured So on the This Way Up tour (1986–1987), with some songs performed at human rights and charity concerts during this period.

Often considered his best and most accessible album, So was an immediate commercial success and transformed Gabriel from a cult artist into a mainstream star, becoming his best-selling solo release. It has been certified fivefold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The album’s lead single, “Sledgehammer”, was promoted with an innovative animated music video and achieved particular success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and subsequently winning a record of nine MTV Video Music Awards. It was followed by four further singles, “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Kate Bush), “Big Time”, “In Your Eyes”, and “Red Rain”.

The album received positive reviews from most critics, who praised its songwriting, melodies and fusion of genres, although some retrospective reviews have criticised its overt commercialism and 1980s production sounds. So was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987 but lost to Paul Simon’s Graceland. It has appeared in lists of the best albums of the 1980s, and Rolling Stone included the album in their 2004 and 2020 editions of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2000 it was voted number 82 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums. So was remastered in 2002, partially re-recorded for Gabriel’s 2011 orchestral project New Blood and issued as a box set in 2012.

  1. “Red Rain” 5:39
  2. “Sledgehammer” 5:12
  3. “Don’t Give Up” (featuring Kate Bush) 6:33
  4. “That Voice Again” 4:53
  5. “In Your Eyes” 5:27
  6. “Mercy Street” 6:22
  7. “Big Time” 4:28
  8. “We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)” 3:22
  9. “This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)” (featuring Laurie Anderson) 4:25

Peter Gabriel – lead and backing vocals, CMI (all tracks), Prophet synthesizer (all except tracks 5 & 9), piano (all except tracks 7 & 9), LinnSequencer (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 1–5), drumstick bass (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), bass guitar (drumming only) (track 7)
Manu Katché – drums (tracks 2–5), percussion (tracks 3–5), talking drum (tracks 5 & 9)
Chris Hughes – electronic drums, 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), twelve-string guitar (track 9)
Wayne Jackson – trumpet (tracks 2 & 7), cornet (track 7)
Mark Rivera – tenor saxophone (tracks 2 & 7), processed saxophone (track 6), alto saxophone, baritone saxophone (track 7)
Don Mikkelsen – trombone (tracks 2 & 7)
P. P. Arnold – backing vocals (tracks 2 & 7)
Coral Gordon – backing vocals (tracks 2 & 7)
Dee Lewis – backing vocals (tracks 2 & 7)
Richard Tee – piano (tracks 3, 5 & 6)
Simon Clark – keyboards, backing vocals (track 3), Hammond organ, programming, bass guitar (track 7)
Kate Bush – vocals (track 3)
L. Shankar – violin (tracks 4 & 8)
Larry Klein – bass guitar (tracks 5 & 6)
Youssou N’Dour – backing 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, triangle (track 6)
Jimmy Bralower – programming kick (track 7)
Bill Laswell – bass guitar (track 9)
Nile Rodgers – guitar (track 9)
Laurie Anderson – synthesizer and vocals (track 9)

Saturday 9/19/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Peter Gabriel – Us (1992)

Us is the sixth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and musician Peter Gabriel, released on 28 September 1992 by Real World Records. Following the release of his soundtrack album Passion in 1989, Gabriel started work on new material for a new album, his first since So, which became his biggest selling release. Gabriel focused on personal themes on Us, including his divorce in the late 1980s, his subsequent relationship with actress Rosanna Arquette, and the growing distance between himself and his first daughter.

Us was promoted with an early form of interactive multimedia software for Macintosh computers entitled Xplora1: Peter Gabriel’s Secret World, which featured several music videos from the album. The album was a worldwide chart success, reaching No. 2 in the UK and the US and the top-ten in twelve other countries. Four singles were released: “Digging in the Dirt”, “Steam”, “Blood of Eden”, and “Kiss That Frog”, with “Steam” reaching No. 10 in the UK. Gabriel supported the album with his Secret World Tour in 1993 and 1994 which was documented on the Secret World Live album and same-titled concert film, both released in 1994. Us was reissued in 2002 and 2010.

1. “Come Talk to Me” (with Sinéad O’Connor) 7:06
2. “Love to Be Loved” 5:18
3. “Blood of Eden” (with Sinéad O’Connor) 6:38
4. “Steam” 6:03
5. “Only Us” 6:30
6. “Washing of the Water” 3:52
7. “Digging in the Dirt” 5:18
8. “Fourteen Black Paintings” 4:38
9. “Kiss That Frog” 5:20
10. “Secret World” 7:03

Peter Gabriel – vocals (all tracks), keyboards (all tracks), triangle (track 1), programming (tracks 1, 2, 7–10), synth bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10), percussion (tracks 2, 4, 9), valiha (track 2), horn arrangement (track 4), harmonica (track 9), Mexican flute (track 10)
Tony Levin – bass guitar (tracks 1–7 and 10)
David Rhodes – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–10), twelve-string guitar (track 3), solo guitar (track 4)
Manu Katché – drums (tracks 1, 6, 7), electric drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 10), percussion (track 10)
The Babacar Faye Drummers – sabar drums (tracks 1 and 4)
Doudou N’Diaye Rose – programming (tracks 1 and 10)
David Bottrill – programming (tracks 1–4, 7, 10), additional programming (tracks 5 and 9), studio engineer
Chris Ormston – bagpipes (track 1)
Daniel Lanois – shaker (track 1), guitar (tracks 1, 10), additional vocals (track 1), hi-hat (track 3), vocals (track 3), horn arrangements (track 4), dobro on (tracks 8, 10)
Richard Blair – additional verse keyboards (track 1), programming (tracks 4, 5, 7, 9), additional programming (tracks 2, 3)
Levon Minassian – duduk (tracks 1, 3, 8)
Sinéad O’Connor – vocals (tracks 1, 3)
Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (Russian: Ансамбль Дмитрия Покровского) – vocals (track 1)
Hossam Ramzy – tabla (track 2), surdo (track 7)
Daryl Johnson – drums (track 2)
William Orbit – programming (track 2), additional programming (track 5)
Bill Dillon – guitar (tracks 2, 5)
Mark Rivera – alto saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Brian Eno – additional keyboards (track 2)
L. Shankar – violin (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8)
Caroline Lavelle – cello (tracks 2, 6, 10), string arrangement (track 2)
Wil Malone – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
Jonny Dollar – string arrangement (track 2, 6)
Richard Evans – additional engineering (track 2), mix engineer (track 8), mandolin (track 8)
Gus Isidore – bridge guitar (track 3)
Richard Chappell – bridge section mix (track 3)
Leo Nocentelli – guitar (tracks 4, 7)
Tim Green – tenor saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Reggie Houston – baritone saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Renard Poché – trombone (tracks 4, 6)
Wayne Jackson – trumpet (track 4), cornet (track 6)
Kudsi Erguner – ney flute (track 5), shaker (track 4)
Ayub Ogada – vocals (track 5, 7)
Malcolm Burn – horn arrangement (track 6), additional synth cello (track 10), additional production ideas (track 10)
Mark Howard – horns recording (track 6)
Babacar Faye – djembe (tracks 7, 8)
Assane Thiam – tama (track 7), talking drum (track 8)
Peter Hammill – vocals (track 7)
Richard Macphail – vocals (track 7)
John Paul Jones – surdo (track 8), bass (track 8), keyboards (track 8)
Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble – additional percussion loop (track 9)
Manny Elias – Senegalese shakers (track 9)
Marilyn McFarlane – vocals (track 9)

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Peter Gabriel

Peter Brian Gabriel (born February 13, 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and frontman of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a successful solo career with “Solsbury Hill” as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the US. The album’s most successful single, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and, according to a report in 2011, it was MTV’s most played music video of all time.

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982. He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services. Gabriel has also been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single “Biko”. He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! tour in 1988, and co-founded the Witness human rights organisation in 1992. Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize. He was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize laureates in 2006, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. AllMusic has described Gabriel as “one of rock’s most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014. In March 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music.

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of the 80s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Van Halen, T’Pau, Living Colour, Red Rider, Peter Gabriel and more . . .

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature your requests and music from:  Boz Scaggs, John Mellencamp, Reba McEntire, Peter Gabriel, Julian Lennon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Ramones, Steve Carlisle, Journey and more . . . 

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Artist Countdown: Peter Gabriel Top 30 6p ET @itspetergabriel

Peter GabrielPeter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is the most played music video in the history of the station.

More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music as well as his involvement in humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008, TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Gabriel was also awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, and the Polar Music Prize in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and he is to be inducted as a solo artist in 2014.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sledgehammer 
2 Big Time
3 Steam 
4 Digging in the Dirt
5 Don’t Give Up (with Kate Bush)
6 Games Without Frontiers
7 Shock the Monkey
8 In Your Eyes 
9 Solsbury Hill
10 Red Rain
11 Kiss That Frog 
12 Biko
13 Lovetown 
14 The Barry Williams Show
15 More Than This
16 Shakin’ the Tree (with Youssou N’Dour)
17 Blood of Eden (with ‘Sinéad O’Connor)
18 Secret World
19 Burn You Up, Burn You Down
20 That Voice Again
21 While the Earth Sleeps (with Deep Forest)
22 No Self-Control
23 Kiss of Life
24 Down to Earth (with The Soweto Gospel Choir)
25 I Have the Touch
26 Growing Up
27 Darkness
28 The Book of Love
29 I Don’t Remember
30 Modern Love

Artist Countdown: Genesis – Top 30 Hits – 7pm ET

GenesisGenesis are an English rock band that formed in 1967. The band currently consists of its three longest-tenured members – Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar), who were founder members; and Phil Collins (vocals, drums), who first joined in 1970. Past members Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitar) and Anthony Phillips (guitar) also played major roles in the band in its early years. Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time, with approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide.

In the late 1960s, with the release of their first album, Genesis’s music was initially regarded by the band and the fans as a pop experiment, referring to then-popular melodic pop. Then, over the course of a year, (beginning with their second album in mid-1970) they quickly evolved into a progressive rock band with the incorporation of complex song structures and elaborate instrumentation. Their concerts became theatrical experiences with innovative stage design, pyrotechnics, extravagant costumes and on-stage stories. This second phase was characterised by lengthy performances such as the 23-minute “Supper’s Ready” and the 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. In the late ’70s and early ’80s the band’s musical direction changed once again, becoming more pop oriented and commercially accessible. This resulted in their first top 40 single in the US with “Follow You Follow Me“, their first number one album in the United Kingdom, Duke, and their only number one single in the United States, “Invisible Touch”. – Wikipedia

1 No Son of Mine
2 I Can’t Dance
3 Mama
4 Land of Confusion
5 Follow You Follow Me
6 Jesus He Knows Me
7 Invisible Touch
8 That’s All
9 Abacab
10 Hold on My Heart
11 In Too Deep
12 Congo
13 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
14 Paperlate
15 Throwing It All Away
16 Misunderstanding
17 Never a Time
18 Man on the Corner
19 No Reply at All
20 Tell Me Why
21 Match of the Day
22 Turn It on Again
23 Many Too Many
24 Illegal Alien
25 Your Own Special Way
26 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
27 Keep It Dark
28 Shipwrecked
29 Duchess
30 Not About Us