Peter Gabriel's "So"...

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  1. Droliver

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    Loved this in college, but I gotta be honest..... it's hard to listen to and hasn't aged well. I'm totally into Daniel Lanois, but this production style on "So" sounds so dated.
     
  2. gman1951

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    Great, great album; one of my top 10 as well.

    I also loved the four previous "Peter Gabriel"; each showing his constant growth and development as a singer/composer with So being the pinnacle of his progression. Thanks to the OP for bringing this to my attention.
     
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    Peter Gabriel is incredible, and that's all I got to say about that.
     
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    There is no bad Gabriel from Genesis to Solo.
    I listen to him all the time, saw UP concert same week my father passed, special album.

    The Last Temptation of Christ
    A Long Walk Home.
    Great movie sound tracks to chill by
     
  5. Wyatt Martin

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    Supposedly it's the last album EVH ever bought.

    For me it's one of very very few albums that appealed to a lot of people from diverse musical backgrounds.
     
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    Completely agree. High on my list of best rock albums ever, and on my even shorter list of 'perfect albums'.
     
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    Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

    What a 3 record run.
     
  8. flatnine

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    This one was my go to CD to tune the PA or to take places and check out speakers back in the day...
     
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  9. Axeaholic

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    I rediscovered it recently, dammit what a great record, In your eyes is timeless. The thing with Peter Gabriel is songs like Blood of Eden, they stick to your brain and just orbit there for a while, he's a great live performer as well.
     
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    Dolly Parton is a LEGEND and one of the greatest and uniquely American artists and songwriters ever. Even when Dolly is cheesy, she is awesome (and not really cheesy) and has been WAY ahead of her time on so many occasions I cannot count.

    And as for her style, I quote the master herself:
    "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap"

    as for the "rhinestones" : “Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world"

    I don't think there is any other country artist in her league, except for Johnny Cash. She is the greatest living country legend certainly imnsho
     
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    I think Sledgehammer is pretty amazing. He got a song on pop radio, popular with people from various ages and cultures, that is about as overtly blatantly sexual as one could imagine. It's about as subtle as a ... sledgehammer.

    Sure, there have been more overt hits, like "Cream" by Prince (Little Red Corvette not so much) that weren't as popular, but despite it being so blatant, most people who love that song never really grok what he's going on about.
     
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    ... and David Byrne. :)
    The So album is killer. Just had to pop in on this thread to support!
     
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    Some great songs on this album. “Don’t Give Up” is the best one. It's a flawless composition and the performance is very emotional. It’s brilliant as a duet with Kate Bush and Gabriel’s voice sounds amazing on it. Love “Red Rain” and “Sledgehammer” as well. Not so keen on the other tracks though.

    Sinead’s like a fish out of water on “Don’t Give Up”. It’s a good example of how a brilliant musician can in the wrong context fail quite badly. Paula Cole sounds really good though, nice phrasing and feel, although not a patch on Kate Bush. I think the only person who could do the chorus justice apart from her is Gabriel himself. He should have recorded a solo version as a b-side or something.
     
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  14. Bluesful

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    You don't like In Your Eyes?
     
  15. shadow mask

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    It's ok. I'd say that the verses are better than the chorus. I like the other tracks I mentioned a lot more.
     
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    What a 5 record run, if you go further back.
     
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    True.

    I just prefer those 3.
     
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    It's amazing. I like Us even more.
     
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    He will likely always be my favorite artist. So and Us and both absolute top tens for me. Two sides of the same coin.
     
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    Saw him in 1986 on the tour for this album, with Youssou N’Dour as the opening act. Fabulous show. Manu Katché was the drummer, same as on the album, but was pretty forward in the mix - there were times (“Red Rain” comes to mind) I thought I was seeing and hearing the reincarnation of Keith Moon up there. I had never seen Gabriel before, so the crowd-surfing during “Lay Your Hands On Me” was a complete surprise, one of the wildest things I had ever seen at an arena show from a major rock star. And N’Dour came out and joined Gabriel during the first encore, “In Your Eyes”. Quite a night!
     

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