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Peter Gabriel

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Label: ATCO Records
Catalog#: SD 36-147
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1977-02
Tracklist
A1 Moribund The Burgermeister 4:19
A2 Solsbury Hill 4:20
A3 Modern Love 3:37
A4 Excuse Me 3:20
  Notes:

Martin Hall - Written-By
Peter Gabriel - Written-By

A5 Humdrum 3:23
B1 Slowburn 4:26
  Notes:

Dick Wagner - Guitar [Solo]

B2 Waiting For The Big One 7:26
B3 Down The Dolce Vita 4:43
  Notes:

Michael Gibbs - Arranged By [Orchestra]
London Symphony Orchestra - Orchestra

B4 Here Comes The Flood 5:54
  Notes:

Dick Wagner - Guitar [Solo]

Credits

Hipgnosis - Artwork By [Cover]
Tony Levin - Bass, Tuba, Leader [Barbershop]
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums, Other [Directories]
Robert Fripp - Guitar [Electric, Classical], Banjo
Steve Hunter - Guitar [Full Frontal, Electric, Pedal Steel]
Jozef Chirowski - Keyboards [Frontal Keyboard], Performer [Barbershop]
Craig Richardson - Mastered By
George Graves - Mastered By
Jimmy Maelen - Percussion, Effects [Synthibam], Percussion [Bones], Performer [Barbershop]
Bob Ezrin - Producer
Brian Christian - Recorded By
Dave Harris - Recorded By
Jim Frank - Recorded By
Robert Hrycyna - Recorded By
Rod O'Brien - Recorded By
Larry Fast - Synthesizer, Programmed By
Dick Wagner - Voice [Backing]
Peter Gabriel - Written-By, Vocals, Keyboards, Flute, Recorder

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Peter Gabriel's first solo album came less than two years after his departure from Genesis. (Trainspotters, take note: His first post-Genesis release was a cover of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the soundtrack for the 1976 film All This And World War II.) Gabriel teamed up with producer Bob Ezrin, then best known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, to record the album in Toronto. Here, Gabriel sought to distance himself from his previous band and work; and apart from his distinct voice, the album indeed offers little of his past. Instead, Peter Gabriel is a contemporary (for the time, that is) rock record-though the results are mixed: While there's little excuse for the barbershop quartet of "Excuse Me" or the straight-up blues of "Waiting for the Big One," tracks like "Modern Love" and "Down the Dolce Vita" are good enough mainstream rock. "Moribund the Burgermeister" is perhaps the one throwback to Genesis. Gabriel's voice is in great form and he's expressing a lot of ideas, but here they tend to be stitched together Franken-style. Ultimately, the overwrought production is the biggest letdown. Yet in juxtaposing an intimate vocal against a dense arrangement of sound, "Humdrum" does give a glimpse of where Gabriel's solo work would go, while the haunting melody of "Here Comes the Flood" would be revisited a few years later on Robert Fripp's solo record, Exposure. However, the album does contain one instant classic: "Solsbury Hill." Gabriel's ode to his former band, it's a song where all points—production, instrumentation, composition and voice—connect. As a single, it reached No. 13 in the UK, while the album rose to No. 7 in the UK and No. 38 in the US. The cover featured the first in a series of iconic images of Gabriel that were used in lieu of titles. The "car" featured on the cover is a Lancia Flavia that was owned by Hipgnosis boss Storm Thorgerson.
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