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Peter Gabriel

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and with 1982's Security, he began to move into the mainstream; "Shock the Monkey" became his first Top 40 hit, paving the way for his multi-platinum breakthrough So in 1986. Accompanied by a series of groundbreaking videos and the number one single "Sledgehammer," So became a multi-platinum hit, and Gabriel became an international star. Instead of capitalizing on his sudden success, he began to explore other interests, including recording soundtracks and running his company Real World. By the time he returned to pop with 1992's Us, his mass audience had faded away and he spent the remainder of the '90s working on multimedia projects for Real World.

Following his departure from Genesis in 1976, Peter Gabriel began work on the first of three consecutive eponymously titled albums; each record was named Peter Gabriel, he said, as if they were editions of the same magazine. In 1977, his first solo album appeared and became a moderate success due to the single "Solsbury Hill." Another self-titled record followed in 1978, yet received comparatively weaker reviews. Gabriel's third eponymous album proved to be his artistic breakthrough, however. Produced by Steve Lillywhite and released in 1980, the album established Gabriel as one of rock's most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political -- "Biko," a song about a murdered anti-apartheid activist, became one of the biggest protest anthems of the '80s. "Games Without Frontiers," with its eerie chorus, nearly reached the Top 40.

In 1982, Gabriel released Security, which was an even bigger success, earning positive reviews and going gold on the strength of the startling video for "Shock the Monkey." Just as his solo career was taking off, Gabriel participated in a one-shot Genesis reunion in order to finance his WOMAD -- World of Music, Arts and Dance -- Festival. WOMAD was designed to bring various world musics and customs to a Western audience, and it soon turned into an annual event, and a live double album was released that year to commemorate the event. As Gabriel worked on his fifth album, he contributed the soundtrack to Alan Parker's 1984 film Birdy. His score was highly praised and it won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes that year. After founding Real World, Inc. -- a corporation devoted to developing bridges between technology and multi-ethnic arts -- in 1985, he completed his fifth album, So.

Released in 1986, So became Gabriel's commercial breakthrough, largely because his Stax homage "Sledgehammer" was blessed with an innovative video that combined stop-action animation with live action. So climbed to number two as "Sledgehammer" hit number one, with "Big Time" -- featuring a video very similar to "Sledgehammer" -- reaching the Top Ten and "In Your Eyes" hitting the Top 30. As So was riding high on the American and British charts, Gabriel co-headlined the first benefit tour for Amnesty International in 1986 with Sting and U2. Another Amnesty International Tour followed in 1988, and the following year, Gabriel released Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, a collection of instrumentals used in Martin Scorsese's film. Passion was the furthest Gabriel delved into worldbeat, and the album was widely acclaimed, winning the Grammy Award in 1989 for Best New Age Performance. In 1990, he released the hits compilation Shaking the Tree.

Gabriel labored long on the pop music follow-up to So, finally releasing Us in the spring of 1992. During the recording of Us, Gabriel went through a number of personal upheavals, including a painful divorce, and those tensions manifested themselves on Us, a much darker record than So. For various reasons, not the least of which was the fact that it was released six years after its predecessor, Us wasn't as commercially successful as So, despite positive reviews. Only one single, the "Sledgehammer" knockoff "Steam," reached the Top 40, and the album stalled at platinum sales. In 1993, Gabriel embarked on the most ambitious WOMAD tour to date, touring the United States with a roster including Crowded House, James, and Sinéad O'Connor, with whom he had an on-off romantic relationship. The following year, he released the double-disc Secret World Live, which went gold. Later in 1994, he released the CD-ROM Xplora, one of many projects he developed with Real World. For the rest of the decade, Gabriel concentrated on developing more multimedia projects for the company and working on a new studio album.

Up was released in 2002, a full decade after Gabriel's last studio effort. Dense, cerebral, and often difficult, the record peaked at number nine but failed to sell well in America. It fared slightly better in Canada, where it went gold. He then turned his attention to a host of different projects, although the release of Big Blue Ball -- a compilation of collaborative performances recorded at Real World Studios during the '90s -- helped placate fans while Gabriel focused his energies elsewhere. He eventually returned to the studio for another album, 2010's Scratch My Back, which featured orchestral covers of songs originally performed by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Paul Simon, David Bowie, and others. Gabriel uncharacteristically delivered the sequel to Scratch My Back quickly, releasing New Blood -- a collection of orchestral reinterpretations of his own songs -- in the fall of 2011. The following year, Gabriel held a lavish celebration of the 25th anniversary of So, releasing several deluxe editions of the record -- the largest being a four-CD, two-DVD, two-vinyl box -- and launching the Back to Front tour, where he played So in its entirety. In 2014, Gabriel was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act, joining Genesis, which had been inducted four years earlier. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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I'm about to sing this to my beautiful wife!!!!! Please forgive me Nicole for making a big deal about everything!! I love you more than Phil Collins!!!! And Genesis, with and also without Mr. Peter Gabriel
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A deeply moving song from a great artist and humanitarian ...
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vshippee
Such Insight...
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BRILLIANT
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Sky Blue: Nice ;-) Especially .....
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Peter Gabriel, is talented. lol
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Come Talk To Me: I love you Peter Gabriel. How's that for talking to you? LOL! You are an AWESOME music artist.
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I get so lost sometimes!
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Cool
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In Your Eyes: Great wedding song
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Love To Be Loved: Beautiful song. That's the people pleasers syndrome. When you love to be loved. LOL! Who doesn't though, you know?
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Looking back on the solo careers of Collins and Gabriel..... Seems like Collins had more hits, but Gabriel had the better songs that stood the test of time.
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Only Us: I love Peter Gabriel's music. I've got to start going to more concerts, that's for sure. Only 2 really good ones that I've been to besides the one with my friends from Ventura, was BTO when I was 8 and Stevie Nicks when I was 12. That's it. I haven't been to any concerts since. I've been wanting to go, but no circumstance has ever allowed me to go thus far. BUT it's definitely my bucket list. :_)
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Only us: I love Peter Gabriel's music
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I went to see a lot of concerts that summer & have seen many more in my 42 years, (well over 250) & I can say that his performance that night & the concert as a whole was a top ten show for me certainly!
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It was exactly that, as I was ever so lucky to get to see him in the early fall of 93 in Sacramento at a show I'll never forget. By the middle of an already excellent show he was joined by Sinead O'Conner for a duet of not only the tracks that they did together on the "Us" album & she also handled the vocals for "Don't give up" that were originally sung by the wonderful Kate Bush & they did a touching rendition of it that night!
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Peter Gabriel must be like watching God when he performs live on stage. That would be an uplifting show experience. :-)
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kevin-burns9
In your eyes what a incredible coal !from mr enuies
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Peter Gabriel, will b turning out a new album soon.
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guilloj1966
Am 13 Since I heard this song in 2002 The Sound are Slow and Every Musical Instrument It Was Very A,Amzin How They Sing This Song I always hear it and I dream something in my head it them singin in 1980 stage it was awsome seen them amd with you all this Best of Peter Gabriel I was born be 80th person :D
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Don't Give Up: I love this song. I feel like this sometimes. It's not sunny California, that's for sure.
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All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside.-
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book of love
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In ur eyes, sing it Peter
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Unbelivable selection of music!
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Don`t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don`t post this you will die in 2 days. Now you`ve started reading so don`t stop. This is scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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Nice, can't stay away lol
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You're so handsome Peter. :-)
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an excellent show live. i saw his so front to back show
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Good way to start the day. No, the best way !!!! Music
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Interesting that Rosanna Arquette was the inspiration for two of the most iconic hits of the 80s
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dinahanjan
This is Firouz/Victo r Dina's husband using her iPad because I lost my iPod.
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dinahanjan
I've been married for 46 years but am still in love with all of them: the Artists, the songs each and every of them girls too some of them more like One More Night-Phil Colin's. That's
'S All - Genesis -Phill Colin's.
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Not, the 70's then 80's
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Don't matter if it's Peter or Phil I like both Artist music. Although Genesis Genesis album was the best with the unbelievable percussions. 80's was the Greatest musical decade hands down!
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Shock The Monkey - my fav ��. Now this one Good 4 everything.
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That's Bobbi Ysmeal to you.
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It's me bbysmael. This is for In Your Eyes-New Blood Version. That's beautiful. Great music art. That would be great at a wedding. Nice. :-)
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Peter Gabriel = a PG movie- everyone can listen to him and go home happy. ☆
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GABE WAS BEST AS RAEL
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Wow sooo lovely! I felt the energy of the music was healing for me+ for my broken heart!!
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Hall of Famer! Innovative with a distinctive voice...what a talent!
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survivor45ae r
Here's another song that is so strong and beautiful. I need all the hope songs like this give me to get through a day.
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I miss them good old days!!!!!!!! !
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ryn.mulhern
Games Without Frontiers -- great song. After all these years we're still getting the sanitized U.S. version of this song instead of what he originally wrote. I guess times are sensitive again.
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Amazing artist!
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My favorite Peter Gabriel song!
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Remember the Video?
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THE MORE I LISTEN THE MORE I REMEMBER SUPPERS READY IS THE BEST !!!
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This is awesome music & I really like it a hell of a lot!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! Rob Amerine

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