M2G 2011 Security
Produced by David Lord and Peter Gabriel
Released on September 1982
UK CHART POSITION #66 . . . US CHART POSITION #28 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/14/87)
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M2G 2011 cover
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P eter Gabriel dug deeper to find the animal within, exploring two very different paths in the process that led to a sort of future primitivism on Security. Not only is the music ahead of its time, but somehow it manages to be ahead of Gabriel’s own vision. As intelligent and ambitious as these songs are, Gabriel fails to bring most of them into focus, and you get the sense that the singer only had a vague idea of what the final product might sound like. At least that’s the impression left on me by works like “The Family And The Fishing Net,” “I Have The Touch” and “Wallflower.” This suspicion was confirmed in part when Gabriel released a far superior version of “I Have The Touch” a few years later that finally balanced the song’s disjointed giddiness with its worldbeat sensibilities. That balance is already evident on the wonderful “Shock The Monkey” (with a video that made plain the album’s theme of a modern man lost in a primal world), far and away Security’s most immediately accessible track. The rest of the record takes time to sink in, from the subtle but stirring “Lay Your Hands On Me” to the spellbinding “San Jacinto.” Security is well worth the effort, as the arrangements are so rich in subtle detail that nuances are discovered with each sitting, eventually revealing the power and unlocking the obscured majesty of songs like “The Rhythm of the Heat” and “San Jacinto.” And yet it’s not the stunning achievement of his last album, here suffocating under too many layers, but a necessary step toward the cooly confident So. In a real sense, “Biko” and “Wallflower” and “Red Rain” are the same image articulated by an evolving artist (and listeners may favor one period or style of composition over another as their tastes dictate). I’ve always been impressed with the record, and over the years continue to go digging in it for hidden treasures, but it’s never been the rewarding experience of the works around it. Note that the original elpee featured a sticker with the title “Security” that, when removed, rendered the album again untitled.

M2G 2011 booklet back cover
M2G 2011 booklet back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE RHYTHM OF THE HEAT    5:15
  2. SAN JACINTO    6:21
  3. I HAVE THE TOUCH    4:30
  4. THE FAMILY AND THE FISHING NET    7:00
  5. SHOCK THE MONKEY    5:23
  6. LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME    6:03
  7. WALLFLOWER    6:30
  8. KISS OF LIFE    4:17

    DEUTSCHES ALBUM track listing
  9. RHYTHMUS DER HITZE
  10. DAS FIRSCHERNETZ
  11. KON-TAKT!
  12. SAN JACINTO
  13. SCHOCK DEN AFFEN
  14. HANDAUFLEGEN
  15. NICHT DIE ERDE HAT DICH VERSCHLUCKT
  16. MUNDZUMUNDBEATMUNG

    All songs written and arranged by Peter Gabriel

CREDITS

PETER GABRIEL -- lead vocals, backing vocals, CMI, Prophet, Surdo drums, Linn programming, additional drums, piano, vocal noises, Fairlight CMI programming, artwork
JOHN ELLIS -- backing vocals, guitars
LARRY FAST -- Moog, Moog brass, Prophet, Moog bass, Fairlight DCMI programming
TONY LEVIN -- bass, stick, fretless bass
JERRY MAROTTA -- drums, Surdo drums, percussion
DAVID RHODES -- guitars, backing vocals
Ekome Dance Company -- Ghanaian drums section (1)
Jill Gabriel -- backing vocals (2)
Peter Hammill -- backing vocals
Roberto Laneri -- treated saxophone (4)
David Lord -- CMI, polymoog, Prophet, piano, Fairlight CMI programming, engineer
Stephen Paine -- CMI, Fairlight CMI programming
Morris Pert -- timbales (6)
Julian Mendelsohn -- remix engineer
Malcolm Poynter, David Gardner -- artwork
Ron Hart -- typesetting

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1982 Charisma LP/CS PG4 lyric sleeve
US September 1982 Geffen LP/CS GHS 2011/GEFM 5201 lyric sleeve
BRA 1982 BMG LP 1408062  
COL 1982 Charisma LP 6302 201  
GER 1982 Charisma LP 6302 221 rel. as DEUTSCHES ALBUM, lyric sleeve
JPN 1982 Charisma LP 25S137 lyric insert
MEX 1982 Charisma LP LPR-34005  
US 1983 Geffen CD M2G 2011 lyric sleeve
US   Geffen CD 493266 digital remaster
GER 2000 EMI CD 87220 as DEUTSCHES ALBUM
UK 2002 Classic/Real World LP PGLP04 original master recording

 

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