Peter Gabriel (1978 album)

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Peter Gabriel
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
Released 2 June 1978 (1978-06-02)
Recorded November 1977 – February 1978 at Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
Genre Progressive rock
Length 41:29
Label UK: Charisma
USA: Atlantic
Producer Robert Fripp
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel
(1977)
Peter Gabriel
(1978)
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Peter Gabriel is the second solo album by the British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released in 1978. The album is the second of four with the same eponymous title. Guitarist Robert Fripp served as producer, whose influence on the album is evident in the use of Frippertronics on the track "Exposure". The album did not sell as well as the first Peter Gabriel, but reached No. 10 on the UK charts.[4] "Mother of Violence" was written by Peter and his first wife Jill Gabriel.

This album is often referred to as Scratch, referring to the album cover by Hipgnosis.

This album was originally intended as part of a loose trilogy with Robert Fripp's Exposure and Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs (all three albums were produced by Fripp).

Critical reception[edit]

Writing in the NME in 1978, Nick Kent claimed "its brazenly left-field veneer left me cold at first, and it's only now that its strengths are starting to come across...once past the disarming non-focus veneer, there's a quietly remarkable talent at work – quiet in the manner of the slow fuse burn of Mother of Violence with Roy Bittan's piano work outstripping anything he's turned out for either Bruce Springsteen or David Bowie. Closer to the root of the album, there's a purity, a strength to the songs individual enough to mark Gabriel out as a man whose creative zenith is close at hand."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel, except where indicated.

Side one
  1. "On the Air" – 5:30
  2. "D.I.Y." – 2:37
  3. "Mother of Violence" (Peter Gabriel, Jill Gabriel) – 3:10
  4. "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" – 3:33
  5. "White Shadow" – 5:14
Side two
  1. "Indigo" – 3:30
  2. "Animal Magic" – 3:26
  3. "Exposure" (Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp) – 4:12
  4. "Flotsam and Jetsam" – 2:17
  5. "Perspective" – 3:23
  6. "Home Sweet Home" – 4:37
  • On original LP pressings of the album, the audio track of "White Shadow" (which was the last song on Side One) continued into the run-off groove, causing the track to play continuously until the tonearm was lifted from the record.
  • Some editions of the cassette release had a different running order: "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" was track 11, "Home Sweet Home" was track 5, and "White Shadow" was track 4.
  • The original B-Side of the single "D.I.Y." is a longer version of "Perspective" edited for the album and all subsequent releases.

Musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 45[6]
1978 UK Album Charts 10[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen T. "Peter Gabriel [2] – Peter Gabriel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (4 September 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave (26 July 2001). "Peter Gabriel (2)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Nick Kent: "Gabriel: The Image Gets a Tweak". NME. 10 June 1978
  6. ^ "allmusic (((Peter Gabriel > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 24 August 2008. 

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