Peter Gabriel's "So"...

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Stratofreak, May 19, 2019.

  1. yfeefy

    yfeefy Member

    Messages:
    928
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Keep your rolling stones, your beatles... Genesis with Gabriel is my #1 favorite band evar. They are the headwaters of prog. There was a diminishment when they parted company, I appreciate that it had to happen. After Steve Hackett left, Genesis was pretty much done, but PG solo career -- seems like he is doing what he wants to do, not what record execs want.
     
    amstrtatnut, FuzzyAce and Husky like this.
  2. twotone

    twotone Member

    Messages:
    1,645
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    I've got it. Good album, although I don't care for the dance drum beats in some of the songs.
     
  3. porcytree

    porcytree Member

    Messages:
    1,026
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2015
    Location:
    North West England
    I first got into Peter Gabriel around the time PG4 ( Security ) came out …… I caught a "making of...." documentary on a UK show called " The South Bank Show" ( a art/theatre/music appreciation show ) back in 81 / 82 and was fascinated with the process he undertook ( sampling and sound processing etc...…..I was heavily into electronic music back then ).

    That record ( & PG3 or Melt ) will always be my favourites.

    So came out around the time my wife & I first started "dating" and she had never heard of Gabriel - played her that album and she became a huge fan ( of Gabriel not me :D:D )

    It is a great album ( though it is somewhat dated by it's production - very typical of 80's AOR stuff) and we even had "In Your Eyes" as our first dance when we got married a few years later. ( it's still "our song" )

    Like a lot of Gabriels' stuff, I think most of the songs from So sound much better played live....I guess they are "freed" from that 80's production and have more power & punch as a result.

    side note - We used some of the music from Passion during our wedding ceremony ( didn't want any Hymns ). My wife wrote to Gabriels management to ask if we could have permission to use the music ( the Church would only allow it if we got permission from the music publisher ). We got a handwritten letter from Peter himself giving us permission to use the music and wishing us well for the day.....he did, however, decline her invitation to the wedding.
     
    Daanh, FiestaRed, burningyen and 9 others like this.
  4. deeohgee

    deeohgee Member

    Messages:
    10,375
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Can you imagine Islands In The Stream with Peter Gabriel in place of Kenny Rogers?
     
  5. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

    Messages:
    28,417
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2014
    Location:
    Australia
    PG just knew when to hold 'em.
     
  6. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    96,891
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2007
    Location:
    ATL
    Or in place of Dolly Parton.
     
  7. trainwrecker

    trainwrecker Member

    Messages:
    902
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Location:
    Nowhere, man
    Amazing talent, to have been in a great band like Genesis and help create Supper's Ready and Lamb, then to go on to a monster solo career, pretty rare. Trying to think of someone else to have done this, no one comes to mind right off. I love So but my favorite Gabriel is his first, Solsbury Hill is, IMHO, his masterpiece.
     
    yfeefy, amstrtatnut and FuzzyAce like this.
  8. SnidelyWhiplash

    SnidelyWhiplash Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,593
    Joined:
    May 8, 2005
    Location:
    Hogtown,KY.
    I just find it amazing that PG not only had a major label contract, but sold very well with no artistic oversight from said label. People ragg 80s music, but it was the last era when artists were actually encouraged to chart their own path.
     
  9. Dirty_Tones

    Dirty_Tones Member

    Messages:
    3,364
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2017
    Location:
    A Kafkaesque Nightmare
    Great record but my sentimental favorite is still "Security". Saw them at a smaller venue in Austin on that tour and Gabriel, Tony Levin, David Rhodes, Larry Fast, and Jerry Marotta marched in from the rear of the auditorium through the crowd to an intense drum-beat which led into the opener "Rhythm of the Heat" when they hit the stage.
     
    yfeefy, amstrtatnut, Madsen and 3 others like this.
  10. KHAN

    KHAN Member

    Messages:
    3,176
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    Location:
    Ceti Alpha 5
    I love a lot of this album. But 3 and 4 are far superior to me.
    So was the move to total pop artist that made him a superstar. Not nearly as bad as what happened to Genesis though after Hackett left.
     
    yfeefy likes this.
  11. seward

    seward Member

    Messages:
    616
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    Was a prog-head and Gabriel fanatic at the time, worshipped Security. So actually kind of broke our hearts because it felt like he was selling out. We were young.
     
  12. seward

    seward Member

    Messages:
    616
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    I remember that well. The Security tour was my introduction to Mr. Gabriel and made me a lifelong fan.
     
    Dirty_Tones likes this.
  13. FuzzyAce

    FuzzyAce Member

    Messages:
    1,416
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Could have worked?:D
    Throw in a 'world beat' at 7/4 and it's gold.
    I like Kenny too. And, the Bee Gees wrote and sang it together.
     
    A-Bone likes this.
  14. FuzzyAce

    FuzzyAce Member

    Messages:
    1,416
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Location:
    Atlanta
    I would have to agree with you. While the Beatles and Stones are obviously great and i love them too, the old Genesis music just hits me on a whole different level.
     
    yfeefy likes this.
  15. ellis dee

    ellis dee Member

    Messages:
    1,625
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2014
    i really enjoyed watching that. fabulous!
     
    Bluesful and fretless like this.
  16. Dirty_Tones

    Dirty_Tones Member

    Messages:
    3,364
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2017
    Location:
    A Kafkaesque Nightmare
    Oh man the gut wrenching sound in that show, too...
     
  17. Mad Wombat

    Mad Wombat Member

    Messages:
    1,072
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2015
    Location:
    Beside the big wet thing.
    I can't begin to imagine how many times I've listened to "So" since I first heard it in 1987. It's a part of my U days, and a reminder of them every time I hear it.
     
  18. JPH118

    JPH118 Member

    Messages:
    1,248
    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Location:
    NJ/NYC
    That song got me thru a very tough time in life... it’s amazing.
     
    fretless likes this.
  19. chrisr777

    chrisr777 Member

    Messages:
    23,110
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2007
    Location:
    Lost in Hollywood
    Love the album, though not my favorite solo record. The first will always be number one with me. I will see him play any time. Saw him on the first solo tour at the Roxy and multiple times through the years up to most recently at the Hollywood Bowl with Sting. a consummate performer.
     
    yfeefy likes this.
  20. Crowder

    Crowder Dang Twangler Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    17,480
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Location:
    Chattanooga, TN
    There are lots of good reasons to read Daniel Lanois' memoir...great stories about recording people like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, U2 and Peter Gabriel.

    He says he had to trick/cajole/inspire Gabriel into finishing the songs for So while they were already working on the music.
     
    LordByron and fretless like this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice