- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 8
- Format: Box set
- Label: Real World Productions
- ASIN: B008BSPQ3E
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So [25th Anniversary Deluxe
Audio CD | Double Vinyl, Box Set
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 17 Oct 2011
Audio Cassette, 19 May 1986
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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.
Summer 1986. A British singer has just knocked his old group off the top of the American charts. Twelve years previously, he'd been performing 23-minute epics inspired by Arthur C. Clarke, naming songs after Labour Party slogans, and dressing up a knight. But this was a different world, and this appeared to be a very different Peter Gabriel.
But once you look past the bombast of Sledgehammer (Gabriel's biggest hit, which pushed Genesis' Invisible Touch off the US No.1 spot), you notice how easily its artful ideas slipped inside the 80s mainstream. Before its well-known salvo of sexual euphemisms, the song begins with a sampled Japanese flute, and a horn figure inspired by John Coltrane.
Elsewhere, the sultry pull of Mercy Street is driven by Brazilian percussion, and references to the life of poet Anne Sexton. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37), inspired by a controversial set of 1960s electro-shock experiments, could be off the second side of David Bowie's Low. And all this on an album that went triple-platinum in the UK, and five-times that stateside.
But for many, Gabriel's 80s success remains a benchmark for po-faced pretentiousness in pop, while musical soulmates like Kate Bush escape similar criticism. Certainly, time has not withered how special she sounds on the album's greatest track Don't Give Up. But it's unfair how she’s said to soar while Gabriel gets derided, as he gives us so much to enjoy here.
Big Time's satire on 80s corporate excess is as cheeky and fun as ABC's (How to Be A) Millionaire. Red Rain is as powerful and thrilling an album opener as that era can offer. In Your Eyes is as back-of-a-cab-at-2am as big ballads can ever be, but when Gabriel sings, “I want to touch the light / The heat I see in your eyes,” his voice has a timbre, and a tenderness, that can't be ignored.
Hindsight shows this is an album put together with care. It's also worth noting that this remaster beats a 2002 attempt that didn't meet Gabriel's expectations, and that the deluxe box set contains So DNA, a disc exploring the evolution of each song.
Newcomers might also hear ideas that recall contemporary bands like Elbow, who covered Mercy Street as part of Gabriel's covers project Scratch My Back/I’ll Scratch Yours.
It's time innovation in pop was celebrated properly, rather than sneered at. This reissue reminds us how successful such experiments can be.
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I find that they still sound relevant and have stood the test of time. That groove of Sledgehammer with the energetic horns pushing you into one of the most melodic and powerful baselines in pop music, tight drums and the nicely sarcastic/funny lyrics... I don't get bored by it!
One of my other favourites is In Your Eyes. A classically beautiful melody driven by an understated groove.
The reissue in this boxset is IMO the ultimate version mainly because of the excellent vinyl that comes with it. For a change any re-mastering and new pressing equipment have not ruined the dynamics and soundstage. To the contrary, this is the best sounding version of So that I have. More dynamic lows without it feeling hyped than the original pressings I have. And even a bit more clarity and detail. I usually associate this with the excellent re-issues by Analogue Productions or Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. I would say that this vinyl is of similar quality.
In all other aspects (print quality, finishing of the box and sleeves) this box set is lovingly made.
Just one negative remark: at this kind of price I would have expected some good quality (anti static, soft plastic)inner sleeves.
In fact, empty the room of interlopers, turn it up, in the dim light, drink in hand, it's like a concert. Great stuff from a great artist, songwriter, entertainer, and performer.
I bought the original 'So' as well, I guess I am a fan. In total, 2.72 hours of stonking-good Pete Gabriel trax.
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