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Peter Gabriel 2 [VINYL] Original recording remastered

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  • Vinyl (2 Dec. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000630X3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Okay, so I'm in a minority, but this is my favourite Gabriel album. Consequently, I couldn't resist responding to the woefully inadequate negative reviews on here. A friend played me this album the week it came out and the following week I bought my own copy, together with the first album. It received enthusiastic reviews then, which is impressive considering the hostile nature of music journalists to anything that didn't come out of the New Wave. What it didn't have the benefit of was a major promotional campaign, something which was afforded to the ludicrously overrated 'So' a decade later. Gabriel's US distributor did little to support it because there was no obvious hit single. Indeed, it's his only album not to spawn a hit (I think 'DIY' sold about fifty copies and Gabriel himself probably bought fifty-one of them).

PG2 is, however, Gabriel's warmest album, perhaps because it isn't as over-produced as some of the others, yet that isn't to say that it sounds at all shoddy. To the reviewer who suggests that all the tracks sound the same, have you really listened to this? There are a couple of lean, fit rock tracks in the radio ham homage 'On The Air' and 'Perspective'; there's the feisty, acoustic 'DIY'; 'A Wonderful Day...' uses a lilting rhythm in its use of a trip to the shops as a metaphor for something bigger; 'White Shadow' is a spine-tingling lament for the eradication of cultures; 'Exposure' is like nothing else on the album, an electronic trip with a cosmic sheen; 'Flotsam and Jetsam' is like John Lennon in a blue funk; 'Animal Magic' is a jaunty dig at soldiering; and 'Home Sweet Home' is a devastating, bluesy song (check the story in the lyric). Only the mawkish 'Indigo' is at all under par.

Peter Gabriel's second album has always stood up as a fine work and deserves better than a careless dismissal. (So there)
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Format: Audio CD
I have nearly all of PG's albums, having followed him from Genesis circa Foxtrot onwards.One thing that most fans and critics seem to agree on is that this is his least impressive album. I remember being a bit disappointed on the first few listens, especially after the huge/overblown (take your pick) production and instrumentation of "PG 1".
However, in all honesty, this is the album that I go back and listen to most; and find has some of his strongest actual compositions, along with a very satisfying range of tone and texture,thanks to Robert Fripp's highly-focused production and an excellent engineering job, not to mention some wonderful, understated playing, especially keyboards.
I remember hearing Fripp in an interview about the making of this album.Interestingly, he was conscious of the obvious time and effort that went into polishing the first album to within an inch of its life, and deliberately limited the amount of time that PG had to think about the recording (presumably writing as well). This was to capture the spontaneity and urgency of the artist at work - also a nod to the New Wave anti-virtuoso ethos of the times,no doubt.
Whatever the intention, it worked to my ears at least; and although by no means an unqualified success, with a track like "Exposure" falling into the..er.."interesting" category as an apparent Frippesque experiment in soundscape-ism, there are more than enough top quality tracks here to highly recommend the album as a somewhat neglected "grower" of an LP, but definitely worth repeated listens to appreciate the subtleties and downright beauty of its best tracks, like White Shadow,Indigo,Home Sweet Home and Mother of Violence.
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Gabriel's 2nd solo project is another solid collection of decent material with an interesting array of fast, rocky numbers including the catchy album opener 'On The Air', 'Animal Magic' and 'Perspective' as well as some superb, slower songs including the excellent 'White Shadow', 'Mother of Violence', 'Indigo' and the bitter-sweet closing track 'Home Sweet Home'. Although it was only 2 years before the classic Gabriel 3 album hit the airwaves in 1980, this is an impressive stepping stone in Gabriel's career and well worth investing in.
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I recently listened to this album for the first time in maybe 15 years and remembered how, at the time, I was desperately "playing the field" in the (ex-)Genesis solo-recordings for an inkling of the atmosphere that had changed my life when I heard Genesis' "Selling England..." several months previously. Genesis themselves had become boring by then, but, Boy !, this wasn't it either ! The man who had come to characterize a whole era was having none of it anymore, and hardly anything on this record even closely resembled prog-rock at its best (or worst). It took a lot of work to accept what Gabriel was doing at the time, and though he later claimed that he would love to re-record his first two albums in the style he adopted from his 3rd LP onwards (sound & production do seem a little dated at times), there is still a lot to discover here. Gabriel's quirkiness is to the fore in D.I.Y. and A Wonderful Day..., Animal Magic seems to anticipate the Falklands War, Flotsam...sounds like Lennon, Indigo is a wonderful follow-up to Here comes the Flood from the first album, Mother of Violence is sinister in its beauty, and Exposure is downright weird thanks to maestro Bob Fripp, whose own solo-album "Exposure" is needed as a companion-piece to this, if only for its inclusion of Gabriel's superior version of Flood.
At a time when Genesis were singing about Little Nemo and Cowboy Big Jim, Gabriel gained in relevance. If his social criticism in Home Sweet Home is a tad stereotyped I dare anyone not to collapse in tears towards the end where his vocal acrobatics compete with the saxophone in one of his best performances ever. With his 2nd album Gabriel left his past behind, proving, among other, more important things, that there are other ways with a piano ballad than the Collins way.This led on to greater things before he himself stopped experimenting and became boring with "so". So, cherish this !
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