Peter Gabriel - So

Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Remaster 2LP Vinyl

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So is the fifth studio album by British rock musician Peter Gabriel, originally released in May 1986 via Charisma Records.

After working on the soundtrack to the film Birdy (1984), producer Daniel Lanois was invited to remain at Gabriel's home during 1985 to work on his next singing project. Initial sessions for So consisted of Gabriel, Lanois and guitarist David Rhodes, although these grew to include engineer Kevin Killen, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Jerry Marotta who became significant contributors, and were aided by percussionists Manu Katché and Stewart Copeland and violinist L. Shankar.

Although Gabriel continued to use the pioneering Fairlight CMI synthesizer, songs from these sessions were notably less experimental than his previous material, and fused pop and art rock with elements of traditional world music, particularly African and Brazilian styles.

It is Gabriel's first non-eponymous album, So representing an "anti-title" that resulted from label pressure to properly market his music. Widely regarded as his best album, as well as his most accessible, it transformed Gabriel from a cult artist into a mainstream star.

So's most prominent political statement, Don't Give Up, was fuelled by Gabriel's discontent with rising unemployment and follows a narrative of an unemployed man and his lover, which was written as a conversational piece, and features vocals by Kate BushIn Your Eyes has been described as Gabriel's greatest love song. Inspired by the Sagrada Família and its architect Antoni Gaudí, Gabriel sings over a drumbeat of only feeling complete in the eyes of his lover. The track's powerful atmosphere is created through the scat singing of Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour, who sings in his native language.

The album received positive reviews from critics, who praised its melodicism and fusion of genres, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (losing to Paul Simon's Graceland).

Gabriel toured So on the This Way Up tour (1986–1987), with some songs performed at human rights and charity concerts during this period.

So is Gabriel's best-selling solo release, and has been certified fivefold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

It spawned five singles, Sledgehammer, Don't Give Up, Big Time, In Your Eyes and Red Rain.

Sledgehammer achieved particular success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning a record of ten MTV Video Music Awards. The success of Sledgehammer can be seen, in part, due to its hugely popular and innovative stop motion music video, designed by Aardman Animations, which was amazing for it's time.

So has been deemed one of the best albums of the 1980s and is listed at number 187 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

This is a Limited Edition 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl 2LP release, individually numbered. The album has been half-speed remastered and cut at 45RPM across two heavyweight LPs. It also features a gatefold jacket with images from the original LP inner sleeve.  All images have been newly rescanned.  It also includes a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24-bit / 96k or 16-bit / 44.1k). The album was pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

A1

Red Rain

5:40

A2

Sledgehammer

5:12

B1

Don't Give Up

6:33

B2

That Voice Again

4:53

C1

Mercy Street

6:22

C2

Big Time

4:28

D1       

We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)                     

3:22     

D2

This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)

4:25

D3

In Your Eyes

5:29

SKU 884108004340
Record Label Real World Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PGLPR5X
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 July 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 19 May 1986
Barcode # 884108004340
Shipping Weight 0.5550kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Double Album 2LP Records, 45 RPM Half Speed Remaster Black 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Digital Download, Limited Edition Individually Numbered
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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