Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel II (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:42:24 minutes | 955 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: realworld.co.uk | @ Charisma Records
Peter Gabriel’s second solo album, affectionately known as SCRATCH, due to the iconic Hipgnosis designed cover, will be re-issued on vinyl for the first time since 2002.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 2 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell. This album really has never sounded so good! It also looks amazing with the gatefold sleeve utilising imagery from the original LP inner bag and all images are newly re-scanned.
The album comes with a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24/96k or 16/44.1k), and is both Numbered and a Limited Edition – 10,000 for the World.
Recorded in the Netherlands and New York City, Peter’s second solo album saw Robert Fripp promoted to the role of producer. The album was released in June 1978. Fripp continued to feed Peter’s growing fascination with electronics and the resulting album is denser and more experimental than the debut.
The pairing sounds ideal — the former front man of Genesis, as produced by the leading light of King Crimson. Unfortunately, Peter Gabriel’s second album (like his first, eponymous) fails to meet those grandiose expectations, even though it seems to at first. “On the Air” and “D.I.Y.” are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium. Then, things begin to drift, at first in a pleasant way (“A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World” is surprisingly nimble), but by the end, it all seems a little formless. It’s not that the music is overly challenging — it’s that the record is unfocused. There are great moments scattered throughout the record, yet it never captivates, either through intoxicating, messy creativity (as he did on his debut) or through cohesion (the way the third Peter Gabriel album, two years later, would). Certain songs work well on their own — not just the opening numbers, but the mini-epic “White Shadow,” the tight “Animal Magic,” the tense yet catchy “Perspective,” the reflective closer “Home Sweet Home” — yet for all the tracks that work, they never work well together. Ironically, it holds together a bit better than its predecessor, yet it never reaches the brilliant heights of that record. In short, it’s a transitional effort that’s well worth the time of serious listeners, even it’s still somewhat unsatisfying. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 On The Air 5:30
2 D.I.Y. 2:37
3 Mother Of Violence 3:10
4 A Wonderful Day In A One-Way World 3:33
5 White Shadow 5:14
6 Indigo 3:30
7 Animal Magic 3:26
8 Exposure 4:12
9 Flotsam And Jetsam 2:17
10 Perspective 3:23
11 Home Sweet Home 4:37
Peter Gabriel – vocals; organ on 11; piano on 2; synthesizer on 5, 7
Robert Fripp – electric guitar on 1, 3, 5, 10; acoustic guitar on 5; Frippertronics on 8
Sid McGinnis – electric guitar on 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11; acoustic guitar on 2, 3; steel guitar on 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11; mandolin on 2; backing vocals on 7
Larry Fast – synthesizer and treatments on 1, 2, 5, 7, 10
Bayete – keyboards on 2, 4, 6, 7
Roy Bittan – keyboards on 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11
Tony Levin – bass guitar on 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11; Chapman stick on 2, 4, 9; string bass on 6; recorder arrangements on 6, 9; backing vocals on 1, 4, 7, 10, 11
Jerry Marotta – drums on all except 3; backing vocals on 1, 4, 10, 11
Tim Capello – saxophone on 10, 11
George Marge – recorders on 6, 8, 9
John Tims – insects on 3