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Peter Gabriel

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Artist: Peter Gabriel
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1980

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

After a successful debut and a disappointing follow up, Peter Gabriel put it all together for his quintessential masterpiece on his third self-titled album. This recording is full of great songs with panoramic views of the Gabriel musical vision. The dark, chilling, and right to the heart of the matter moods are what made his songs so prolific and memorable. The music is just as fantastic, and that's what made the lyrics carry that much more impact.

"Games Without Frontiers" became one of his most popular songs and it quickly became a radio favorite, and it remains one today. "Biko" was a loud protest for an African prisoner of political injustice, and also a great song in its entirety. Peter knew how to use his music to carry a message, and that particular message was heard around the world and gave him more than just attention to his music. He reached his goal by bringing notice to a subject matter he believed in. "And Through The Wire" was another catchy tune that became popular on the airwaves. Progressive rock once was again the bedrock of all the Gabriel tunes, with just enough pop injected to make the songs favorable to a large cross section of listeners and radio stations.

Per usual, an immensely talented roster of talent was at Peter's disposal for these sessions. Peter Gabriel had arrived as a permanent fixture on the music scene and was a bonafide solo star without exception.


1. Intruder (Gabriel) - 4:53
2. No Self-Control (Gabriel) - 3:55
3. Start (Gabriel) - 1:20
4. I Don't Remember (Gabriel) - 4:42
5. Family Snapshot (Gabriel) - 4:28
6. And Through The Wire
7. Games Without Frontiers (Gabriel) - 4:06
8. Not One of Us (Gabriel) - 5:21
9. Lead a Normal Life (Gabriel) - 4:14
10. Biko (Gabriel) - 7:30


Peter Gabriel - Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer Bass
Kate Bush - Vocals (bckgr)
Phil Collins - Drums, Surdo, Drums (Snare)
Larry Fast - Synthesizer, Producer, Photography, Synthesizer Bass, Processing, Electric Bagpipes
Robert Fripp - Guitar
John Giblin - Bass
David Gregory - Guitar
Tony Levin - Stick
Steve Lillywhite - Whistle (Human), Producer
Jerry Marotta - Percussion, Drums
Dick Morrissey - Saxophone
Hugh Padgham - Whistle (Human), Engineer
Paul Weller - Guitar
Morris Pert - Percussion
David Rhodes - Guitar, Vocals (bckgr)



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