Hit (album)

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Hit
Greatest hits album by Peter Gabriel
Released 3 November 2003
Recorded 1977–2003
Genre Rock, worldbeat
Length 2:30:41 (US)
2:30:19 (UK)
Label Geffen Records (US & Canada)
Virgin Records
Producer Peter Gabriel, Bob Ezrin, Stephen Hague, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, David Lord, Steve Osborne, Karl Wallinger
Peter Gabriel chronology
Up
(2002)
Hit
(2003)
Big Blue Ball
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

Hit is a 2003 compilation album of songs by British musician Peter Gabriel. It reached No. 29 in the UK album charts and No. 100 in the US. Disc one is labelled Hit and disc two Miss, reflecting the first disc's containing several of Gabriel's biggest-selling singles.

The two-disc set is different in the UK and US because of the second disc. The second disc in the US spans fourteen songs by Gabriel, whilst the UK second disc features fifteen songs. Only some of these appeared on the US version. The UK version collects at least one track from every studio album by Gabriel, including soundtracks, except for Birdy, which is the only album not represented by a track.

The album is Gabriel's first greatest hits album since 1990's Shaking the Tree.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel, except "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", by Gabriel, Neil Sparkes and Karl Wallinger.

Disc One
No. Title Originally from Length
1. "Solsbury Hill"   Peter Gabriel, 1977 4:23
2. "Shock the Monkey (Single edit)"   Peter Gabriel, 1982 3:59
3. "Sledgehammer (single edit)"   So, 1986 4:59
4. "Don't Give Up"   So, 1986 5:55
5. "Games Without Frontiers"   Peter Gabriel, 1980* 3:57
6. "Big Time"   So, 1986 4:28
7. "Burn You Up, Burn You Down"   previously unreleased 5:26
8. "Growing Up (Tom Lord-Alge Mix)"   Up, 2002 4:48
9. "Digging in the Dirt"   Us, 1992 5:15
10. "Blood of Eden (Radio edit)"   Us, 1992 5:06
11. "More Than This (Radio edit)"   Up, 2002 4:33
12. "Biko"   Peter Gabriel, 1980 6:58
13. "Steam"   Us, 1992** 6:02
14. "Red Rain"   So, 1986 5:39
15. "Here Comes the Flood (1990 version)"   Shaking the Tree, 1990 4:32

*This is the single release with a more radio-friendly repeat of the line "Whistling tunes we're kissing baboons in the jungle" from the first chorus.
**While labelled as the radio edit in the liner notes, "Steam" is actually the same length as its album version.

Disc Two (UK edition)
No. Title Originally from Length
1. "San Jacinto"   Peter Gabriel, 1982 6:31
2. "No Self Control"   Peter Gabriel, 1980 3:55
3. "Cloudless"   Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2002 4:48
4. "The Rhythm of the Heat"   Peter Gabriel, 1982 5:18
5. "I Have the Touch (Robbie Robertson Mix)"   Soundtrack from Phenomenon, 1996 4:19
6. "I Grieve"   Up, 2002 7:24
7. "D.I.Y."   Peter Gabriel, 1978 2:38
8. "A Different Drum"   Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, 1989 4:47
9. "The Drop"   Up, 2002 3:02
10. "The Tower That Ate People (Steve Osborne Mix)"   Soundtrack from The Red Planet, 2000 4:06
11. "Lovetown"   Soundtrack from Philadelphia, 1993 5:23
12. "Father, Son"   OVO, 2000 4:58
13. "Signal to Noise"   Up, 2002 7:35
14. "Downside Up (Live)"   previously unreleased (original version from OVO) 5:32
15. "Washing of the Water"   Us, 1992 3:54
Disc Two (US edition)
No. Title Originally from Length
1. "San Jacinto"   Peter Gabriel, 1982 6:31
2. "I Don't Remember"   Peter Gabriel, 1980 4:32
3. "The Rhythm of the Heat"   Peter Gabriel, 1982 5:19
4. "Love to Be Loved"   Us, 1992 5:17
5. "I Grieve"   Up, 2002 7:25
6. "Family Snapshot"   Peter Gabriel, 1980 4:29
7. "In Your Eyes"   So, 1986 5:29
8. "The Drop"   Up, 2002 3:04
9. "The Tower That Ate People (Steve Osborne Mix)"   Soundtrack from The Red Planet, 2000 4:04
10. "Lovetown"   Soundtrack from Philadelphia, 1993 5:21
11. "Father, Son"   OVO, 2000 4:55
12. "Signal to Noise"   Up, 2002 7:33
13. "Downside Up (Live)"   previously unreleased (original version from OVO) 5:33
14. "Cloudless"   Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2002 4:48

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 100

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold 5 December 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011 [last update]). "Hit – Peter Gabriel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 

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