Peter Gabriel: peter gabriel (a.k.a. 3 or “Melt”)
This was the first Peter Gabriel album I bought. I heard a cut on the radio when it was released, and went straight to my local record store. (For you young people, that is what music stores used to be called. Though, the discs were much bigger). It got me from the first note of “Intruder,” and has never diminished in its force. What an incredible piece of work.
I love all of his studio output, but he never topped this. Every song is a masterpiece, and fits together in an almost organic fashion. He had mastered his incorporation of world sounds, and gathered an amazing group of musicians to make it happen. It is a moody thing, complex, dark, and in the end, hopeful. There are grooves that can make the tightest booty sake, and poignancy that can bring a tear to the most macho eye. The closer is an anthem that I dare you not to feel the urge and chant along to.
The musicians are ultra-talented (a few being Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Phil Collins, Robert Fripp, Kate Bush, and even The Jam’s Paul Weller), and play like it is their last performance. This is actually some of Mr. Collins’ best work. How can you lose?
I could do a song-by-song analysis, but I wouldn’t do the album justice as a whole. Also, unlike may things I write about, this is not an obscurity.
Not only do I recommend this for all prog fans, I think all rock fans (and probably fans of any music) should have this album.
Peter Gabriel – lead vocals, percussion, bass synth, synth, piano
Jerry Marotta – drums, percussion
Phil Collins – drums
Morris Pert – percussion
John Giblin – bass
Larry Fast – bass synth, synth
Tony Levin – stick
David Rhodes – guitar, background vocals
Paul Weller – guitar
Robert Fripp – guitar
Dave Gregory -guitar
Dick Morrissey – sax
Kate Bush – background vocals