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Peter Gabriel (1978 album)

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Peter Gabriel
Studio album by
Released2 June 1978 (1978-06-02)[1]
RecordedNovember 1977 – February 1978[1]
StudioRelight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
The Hit Factory, New York[1]
ProducerRobert Fripp
Peter Gabriel chronology
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Singles from Peter Gabriel
  1. "D.I.Y."
    Released: 22 May 1978[5]

Peter Gabriel is the second studio album by the English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released on 2 June 1978 by Charisma Records. Gabriel started recording the album in November 1977, the same month that he had completed touring in support of his debut solo release. He employed former King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, who was part of Gabriel's early touring band, to produce the album and incorporated his use of Frippertronics effects on the co-written "Exposure".

The album was released in the US as Peter Gabriel II.[citation needed] It later became known informally as Scratch, referring to the album's artwork by Hipgnosis. Some music streaming services refer to it as Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch.[6]

The album reached No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 45 on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart.[7]


Robert Fripp produced the album

The influence of producer Robert Fripp is evident in the use of Frippertronics on the track "Exposure", which Fripp and Gabriel cowrote.[8] Fripp recorded a version of the song as the title track of his 1979 solo album Exposure.



The cover depicts an image of Gabriel with several vertical grooves gouged into it that end at his fingertips. He stands with hands raised, palms facing himself, and fingers bent to simulate the appearance of tearing the image. The effect was achieved by gluing strips of torn paper onto a photo of Gabriel in the appropriate pose, taken by photographer Peter Christopherson, then using Tipp-Ex correction fluid to touch up the spots where they met his fingers.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Sun-Times[11]
Classic Rock7/10[12]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[13]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[14]
Rolling Stone[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[16]
The Village VoiceB−[18]

In the NME in 1978, Nick Kent wrote: "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."[19]

Track listing


All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel, with additional contributors noted.

Side one
1."On the Air" 5:30
2."D.I.Y." 2:37
3."Mother of Violence"Jill Gabriel3:10
4."A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" 3:33
5."White Shadow" 5:14
Side two
6."Indigo" 3:30
7."Animal Magic" 3:26
8."Exposure"Robert Fripp4:12
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 of "White Shadow" (the last song on side one) continued into a locked groove.
  • 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.




Chart (1978) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[20] 50
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[21] 46
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 49
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 10
US Billboard 200[27] 45


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  15. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel". Q. No. 191. June 2002. p. 137.
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  20. ^ 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.
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  27. ^ "Peter Gabriel Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2024.