Peter Gabriel (1978 album)

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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (self-titled album, 1978 - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
Released 2 June 1978 (1978-06-02)
Recorded November 1977 – February 1978
Studio Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 41:29
Label UK: Charisma
USA: Atlantic
Producer Robert Fripp
Peter Gabriel chronology
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Singles from Peter Gabriel
  1. "D.I.Y."
    Released: September 1978

Peter Gabriel is the second solo studio album by English 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.[1] "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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times 3/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice B−[9]

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."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel, except where indicated.

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Indigo"   3:30
7. "Animal Magic"   3:26
8. "Exposure" Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp 4:12
9. "Flotsam and Jetsam"   2:17
10. "Perspective"   3:23
11. "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.


Additional musicians



Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 50
UK Albums Chart[1] 10
US Billboard Pop Albums[12] 45


  1. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Peter Gabriel [2] – Peter Gabriel". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (4 July 1993). "A Solo Discography". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2 November 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (12 July 2002). "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 2". Entertainment Weekly: 84–85. 
  6. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 2". Q (191): 137. June 2002. 
  7. ^ Marsh, Dave (7 September 1978). "Peter Gabriel (2)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Peter Gabriel". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 319–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (4 September 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Nick Kent: "Gabriel: The Image Gets a Tweak". NME. 10 June 1978
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 120. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  12. ^ "allmusic (((Peter Gabriel > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 24 August 2008. 

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