ARTIST: Peter Gabriel
TITLE: Peter Gabriel : Scratch
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #45 US, #10 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: On the Air
LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Roy Bittan, Larry Fast, Jerry Marotta, Sid McGinnis, Todd Cochran, George Marge, Tim Cappello
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second solo album from Gabriel is a collaboration with Robert Fripp in terms of sound and structure.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Peter Gabriel and Robert Fripp made an interesting combo. Fripp at the time, as both a producer and performer, was heavily into sequences and his “Frippertronics”, while Gabriel’s penchant for arty rock was allowed free reign with Fripp. The result is an intriguing album, more progressive than pop, and not one to convert the masses to either Fripp or Gabriel.
“On the Air” and “DIY” are relatively straight forward, with “DIY” being a tribute to the punk scene that threatened Gabriel and his progressive rock movement. After that, Gabriel and Fripp move away towards various styles and mostly hearkens back to the some of the deep cuts in Genesis.
While worthy, it doesn’t stand up as well as other Gabriel solo albums in his early phase, and is usually regarded as the lesser one, though it was the most ambitious.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Allegedly, this album was part of a trilogy with albums by Fripp and Daryl Hall. The shelving of Hall’s Fripp-produced album put paid to that idea.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE B: It just leaves one cold a bit, and the production seems a bit flat for all of the experimentation.