SD 36-147 Peter Gabriel
Produced by Bob Ezrin
Released on February 10, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #38
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SD 36-147 cover  

K ronomyth 1.0: HERE COMES THE DUD. I had crossed between the poles with Peter Gabriel—climbed white mountains, battled giant hogweeds, stood at the threshold of a new Jerusalem and chased a raebbit through 32 doors of unreality—and I thought not now our journey done. A Peter Gabriel solo album promised nothing less than a grand adventure on an even greater scale than Steve Hackett’s marvelous Voyage. Or not. Peter Gabriel I (as the album has come to be called) isn’t the lost Genesis album I had hoped for, just lost. The first two tracks on it are actually very good: “Moribund The Burgemeister” is another colorful character in Gabriel’s Rogues Gallery, “Solsbury Hill” is a declaration of independence from Genesis done in his own special way. The rest of the record, unfortunately, is a schizophrenic mess made up of barbershop (“Excuse Me”), modern rock (“Modern Love”) and lounge theatrics (“Waiting For The Big One”). Only the closing “Here Comes The Flood,” which looks forward to the quiet intensity of “Biko” and “San Jacinto,” can be salvaged after the opening pair. So there you have it: three good songs, three years in the making, three stars at best on a scale of one to five. As we know, Gabriel’s solo music got progressively better with time, making it easier to chalk up this mediocre effort to a maiden voyage’s misadventure, but at the time it was a major disappointment. The real continuing adventures of Genesis can be found on A Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering, Steve Hackett’s Voyage of the Acolyte and Anthony Phillips’ The Geese & The Ghost.

SD 36-147 back cover
SD 36-147 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. MORIBUND THE BURGEMEISTER    4:19
  2. SOLSBURY HILL    4:20
  3. MODERN LOVE    3:37
  4. EXCUSE ME    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall)    3:20
  5. HUMDRUM    3:23
  6. SLOWBURN    4:34
  7. WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE    7:26
  8. DOWN THE DOLCE VITA    4:43
  9. HERE COMES THE FLOOD    5:54

    All songs written by Peter Gabriel unless noted

CREDITS

PETER GABRIEL -- voices, keyboard, flute, recorder
JOZEF CHIROWSKI -- frontal keyboards, barbershop
LARRY (WIRES) FAST -- synthesizers and programming
ROBERT FRIPP -- electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo
STEVE HUNTER -- full frontal guitar, electric and acoustic rhythm guitar, pedal steel
TONY LEVIN -- bass, tuba, leader of barbershop quartet
JIM MAELEN -- percussion, synthibam, bones and barbershop
ALLAN SCHWARTZBERG -- drums, directories
Michael Gibbs -- conductor (8)
The London Symphony Orchestra -- orchestra (8)
Dick Wagner -- backing voices, solo guitar
Brian Christian -- engineer
Jim Frank -- engineer
Keith Grant -- engineer
Dave Harris -- engineer
Robert Hrycyna -- engineer
Rod O'Brien -- engineer
Robert Stasiak -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- cover

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 10, 1977 Charisma LP/CS CHC 39  
US February 10, 1977 Atco LP/CS SD 36-147  
JPN 1977 Charisma LP RJ 7216  
JPN 1978 Charisma LP BT-5197 lyric sleeve
UK March 1983 Charisma 2CS 102 repackaged w. PETER GABRIEL 2
GER May 18, 1987 Charisma CD 786 367  
UK 1987 Charisma CD PGCD1  
JPN 1988 Charisma LP VJL-144 insert
US 2002 Classic/Real World LP PGLP1 original master recording
GER/NET 2002 Virgin CD 811 678 digital remaster

 

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