Category: Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch

ARTIST: Peter Gabriel                        220px-Peter_Gabriel_(self-titled_album,_1978_-_cover_art)

TITLE: Peter Gabriel : Scratch

YEAR RELEASED: 1978

CHART ACTION: #45 US, #10 UK

SINGLES: DIY

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.

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 1

ARTIST: Peter Gabriel          Peter_Gabriel_(self-titled_album,_1977_-_cover_art)

TITLE:  Peter Gabriel 1 (Car)

YEAR RELEASED: 1977

CHART ACTION: #38 US, #7 UK

SINGLES: Solsbury Hill (#68 US, #13 UK), Modern Love

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Moribund the Burgermeister, Humdrum, Here Comes the Flood

LINEUP: Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp, Steve Hunter, Tony Levin, Jozef Chirowski, Larry Fast, Allan Schwartzburg, Jimmy Maleen, Dick Wagner

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Former Genesis front man’s first solo album breaks out of the mold of Genesis, but is poppier than his old band, but still as challenging and intriguing as his work with the group.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Instead of long, long story-song suites, Peter Gabriel goes towards a poppier sound (“Solsbury Hill” is a definite pop song and the key track). However, that doesn’t mean he stopped moving forward artistically.

The sound scapes that Gabriel and his crack band come up with are arty, complex and varied. The talent surrounding Gabriel gives the songs a lot of depth and makes the album and arrangements vibrant. You know with players like Fripp and Levin that it will be arty, but not inaccessibly arty.

The nine tracks here give Gabriel and excellent start on his solo career. The songs and performances are excellent and for a while, he became bigger than his old band.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is called “Car” as for the longest while, he never titled his albums. In many guides, this is also called Peter Gabriel 1.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A: Absolutely first class. He leaves Genesis behind him.