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So [25th Anniversary Deluxe Box set] [Box set]

Peter Gabriel Audio CD
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Peter Gabriel’s new concert film “Back to Front – Live in London” will be released on 23 June 2014. Simultaneously made available on DVD, Blu-ray and DVD / Blu-ray Deluxe Editions this release captures the complete live performance of the “So” album from start to finish, and includes the classics: “Sledgehammer”, “Solsbury Hill”, ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Gabriel Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B008BSPQ3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This limited edition deluxe box set comprises the remastered So album, the 2CD Live in Athens 1987 album, and a So DNA CD – which gives a unique insight into the writing and recording of So, experienced via a track by track evolutionary process leading you from the early moments when rhythms, melodies and lyrical ideas were discovered through the various stages of song development and recording. Also included are  two previously unreleased DVD’s : Live in Athens 1987, directed by Michael Chapman, with executive producer Martin Scorsese. This was the first filmed Peter Gabriel concert, now fully restored and pieced together from over 150 reels of original 35mm negatives and remixed in 5.1, this concert is made available for the first time on DVD, plus a So: Classic Album documentary. The latest addition to the acclaimed and award winning Classic Album series tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album and features contributions from many of those involved in the album and videos, with interviews with Peter Gabriel, co-producer Daniel Lanois and many more. Completing the box set are a 180g So LP – mastered at half speed to maximize the audio quality - a double A side 12” vinyl collectible containing two previously unreleased tracks ‘Courage’ and ‘Sagrada’, plus 'Don’t Give Up' and a 60 page case bound book including an introduction and So DNA summary by Peter Gabriel, new liner notes and an extensive collection of rare and never before seen photographs.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Super Deluxe edition just not worth the money 17 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
Okay, many of us love the album and not much needs to be said about it here if you're looking at the box set. The content in this set is disappointing and there is much duplication:

We get the main album twice: CD and vinyl. The massive book in the box states that In Your Eyes was moved to the beginning of side 2 originally as it would not cut satisfactorily at the end of a vinyl side, yet here it is cut at the end of a vinyl side in the box. The LP, by the way, was cut half speed and sounds excellent. It is very bassy, and some may prefer the bass lighter, more open sound of the 80s cut. The CD also sounds good, is not compressed to the eyeballs and is not overbright.

We get Live In Athens twice: spread across two CDs and on one DVD. The stereo mix is not great, the 5.1 mix is near pointless as it seems to be mainly ambience sent to the rears and what information is sent is very quiet. Also it appears that there has been some vocal overdubbing on In Your Eyes as the lip sync isn't great, and a note gets held even after PG has closed his mouth at one point.

The So DNA CD: this is of historical interest, but of limited listening pleasure. Each track (possibly aside from This Is The Picture) is a medley of different versions of the same track showing the changes from inception to nearly completion. What is interesting is just how much change there was in many of the tracks, and how much PG seemed to struggle to get the lyrics straight. While this is at times fascinating, I would probably have preferred complete alternative mixes from later on in the recording with parts that didn't make the final mix. We Do What We're Told contains a modern guess by PG at what was an early version, and then goes into a mix from the sessions.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five star classic. But.... 24 Oct 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Peter Gabriel's So was the second album I ever bought. I wore the tape out so much it had a constant drumming noise each time I played it. Released 25 years ago it was the first of his albums that wasn't eponymous (at his record company's insistence). It propelled him into the limelight. Before he had a few hits, but this was a real breakthrough, due to the innovative Sledgehammer video and the more mainstream sound of the album.

Taking the original album alone this is a five star product (with one minor quibble which I will get to). The songs are as good as ever and have been used for varying reasons since. Don't Give Up is as painful a listen as it was back then. It's a beautiful sound with point and counterpoint of Gabriel and Kate Bush expertly deployed. Sledgehammer is as good as ever and Mercy Street sounds cleaner and more haunting on this remaster. The world sensibilities of Gabriel were always somewhere in the mix and whilst he wasn't as overly political on this offering as previous ones (Biko, Games Without Frontiers) he used the influences well on tracks like In Your Eyes and the mood on Red Rain. Big Time is possibly the only track that has dated. It could only be a product of the 80's and whilst almost certainly a piece about the excesses it isn't the timeless single others are. Don't Give Up has as much to say about our austere times now as the time it was conceived. So to the quibble. In Your Eyes is a beautiful track and used to be the opener to side two (as was on my tape). Here it is the closing track. Quite why the tracks have been reordered I don't know and it could have done without it to be honest.

The extras are what really lets the side down. The booklet on this version contains no information other than lyrics and credits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start here 2 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the PG album that all his diehard fans seem to have scoffed at as a sell out to commercialism (as did all the diehard Pink Floyd fans at DSOM when that came out). For me, though, as someone who finds much of his other work somewhat indigestible or simply inferior, none of that matters at all. This is, without question, a great album in just about every respect, not just the songs but the recording and the performances (from a host of notable studio musicians) and the way it all hangs together quite superbly. So what if Sledgehammer is a bit on the commercial side? It rocks! Apparently, it took a year to record (at his own studio in Box, a few miles east of Bath) and to finalise the mixing and mastering.

The digitally remastered edition improves just a bit on the original CD issue, which was pretty good to begin with, though the track order has been (slightly) rearranged, as compromises had to be made to the original track order due to the limitations of vinyl. If you want to hear the album as issued originally, the track order is 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 5, 6 and 7. Track 8 is a bonus cut, not on the vinyl, so stick it where you like (my preference is at the end).
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel - So So 22 Oct 2012
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Let us begin accentuating the positives since having "So" all polished and spruced up in a remaster after 25 years is like seeing an old friend in a new light and a smart suit. It is the case that the album has something quintessentially eighties about it and if you examine the "visual look" of the band in the accompanying live concerts its all high turned up collars, rolled up sleeves and those ridiculous long coats that passed for high fashion at the time. And yet unlike much of the music of that period it does transcend the decades and is a five star product. Everyone of course remembers "Sledgehammer" and its ubiquitous music video not least Gabriel' s "plastic" face distortions and two oven-ready chickens, headless and featherless, dancing along to the synthesized flute solo in the middle of the song. It was one of the most played videos on MTV of all time and the song remains a pop classic. Equally the cynicism of "Big Time" with its allusions to the eighties greed and corporations perfectly captured a cultural mood of avarice not least the great verse "my parties all have big names/and I greet them with the widest smile/tell them how my life is one big adventure/and always they're amazed". Opener "Red Rain" is packed full of drama and a brilliant husky Gabriel vocal which has made it such a staple of his live shows. While you can still see John Cusack holding that huge beat box above his head in the Cameron Crowe film "Say Anything" outside of Iona Skye's bedroom and blaring out the stirring "In your eyes". It was completely soppy but very endearing all the same. Read more ›
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Published 3 days ago by Janet Puzzar
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite voice in ever times
When I listing his voice I have a big heart. This music is great
Hi was always so much talented.
with a Genesis band and singing in depend. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Barbara Stasicka-rusak
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best albums
The original 5th album was a classic, albeit more poppy than the earlier stuff. 'In Your Eyes' one of PGs best ever songs of course. Read more
Published 28 days ago by D. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Possibly his best ever album and certainly the best from his 1990 back catalogue. Just full of absolutely brilliant songs.
Published 1 month ago by andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably his best....
This is probably the album that brought Peter Gabriel to the widest audience of his music.

Chart favourites combined with more thoughtful melodic music, combining his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaguar enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Added bonus material.
One of the early great works with the added bonus of CDs of the material from his Live in Athens album
Published 1 month ago by D. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars So......
Not too sure about this, apart from the big hits I think its one of those which will grow on you. Never a big fan but you got to take your hat off to him what a talented guy.
Published 2 months ago by Adger
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I bought the record originally and decided to get the remix and was not disappoint.A must for Peter Gabriel fans and any quality music lover.
Published 2 months ago by A. W. Charkewycz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gabriel
Fabulous collection of some of Gabriel's finest work, at a really fantastic price, unbeatably anywhere for an MP3. More bargains like this please!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Mr. K. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Just buy the original
Not worth the extra dosh. Just buy the original plus 'Plays Live' and you will have so much more for your money.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D Bailey
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