Plays Live

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Plays Live
Plays Live - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Live album by Peter Gabriel
Released 6 June 1983
Recorded November–December 1982, United States
1983, Bath, England
Genre Art rock, progressive rock, worldbeat, experimental rock
Length 89:53 (original version)
66:50 (highlights version)
Label Geffen (US & Canada), Charisma
Producer Peter Gabriel, Peter Walsh
Peter Gabriel chronology
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Alternative cover
2002 reissue cover
2002 reissue cover
Singles from Plays Live
  1. "I Don't Remember (Live)"
    Released: 1983
  2. "I Go Swimming (Live)"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Solsbury Hill (Live)"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Plays Live is the first live and fifth album overall released by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel. This album was originally released as a double album and longplay cassette in 1983, with sixteen songs. It was re-released in 1985, as a single CD version called Plays Live (Highlights) with only twelve songs, some of which are edited from their full-length versions, so that the album could fit on a single CD. It was eventually re-released in its entirety as a double CD set in 1987. In 2002, a remastered version of the Highlights version was re-released.

"Plays Live" concerts were recorded at:

Liner notes by "the producers" admit, "Although this album was compiled from four concerts in the mid-West of the United States, some additional recording took place not a thousand miles away from the home of the artist. The generic term of this process is 'cheating'. Care has been taken to keep the essence of the gigs intact, including 'human imperfection'."

The album's one previously unreleased song, "I Go Swimming," received airplay and made the US charts in 1983. (The song was initially performed by Gabriel during his 1980 world tour, in support of his third album.) "I Don't Remember" was issued as a single, with an accompanying music video, in the US as well.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel.

Original vinyl release[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Side one
  1. "The Rhythm of the Heat" – 6:26
  2. "I Have the Touch" – 5:18
  3. "Not One of Us" – 5:29
  4. "Family Snapshot" – 4:44
Side two
  1. "D.I.Y." – 4:20
  2. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:22
  3. "Intruder" – 5:03
  4. "I Go Swimming" – 4:44

Disc two[edit]

Side three
  1. "San Jacinto" – 8:27
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:42
  3. "No Self Control" – 5:03
  4. "I Don't Remember" – 4:19
Side four

This side was recorded at Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas on 4 December 1982.

  1. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:10
  2. "Humdrum" – 4:23
  3. "On the Air" – 5:22
  4. "Biko" – 7:01

Dual CD Version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "The Rhythm of the Heat" – 6:26
  2. "I Have the Touch" – 5:18
  3. "Not One of Us" – 5:29
  4. "Family Snapshot" – 4:44
  5. "D.I.Y." – 4:20
  6. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:22
  7. "Intruder" – 5:03
  8. "I Go Swimming" – 4:44

Disc two[edit]

  1. "San Jacinto" – 8:28
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:40
  3. "No Self Control" – 5:02
  4. "I Don't Remember" – 4:20
  5. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:40
  6. "Humdrum" – 4:03
  7. "On the Air" – 5:20
  8. "Biko" – 6:50

Plays Live (Highlights)[edit]

  1. "I Have the Touch" – 4:47
  2. "Family Snapshot" – 4:47
  3. "D.I.Y." – 4:05
  4. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:38
  5. "I Go Swimming" – 4:54
  6. "San Jacinto" – 8:19
  7. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:41
  8. "No Self Control" – 5:04
  9. "I Don't Remember" – 4:12
  10. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:10
  11. "Humdrum" – 4:21
  12. "Biko" – 6:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard Pop Albums 44
1983 UK 8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "I Don't Remember"/"Solsbury Hill"/"Kiss of Life"(on 12")(All live) UK 62
1983 "I Go Swimming" Billboard Mainstream Rock 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011 [last update]). "Plays Live – Peter Gabriel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.  Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. ^ Fricke, David (1 September 1983). "Plays Live". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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