In the second of our weekly look at the solo Genesis catalogue we turn our attentions to Peter Gabriel’s first solo album entitled…er…Peter Gabriel. Or Car if you prefer. Or even Peter Gabriel 1. Listen you need to decide for yourself because it’s only going to get more confusing when he releases more albums.
Anyway, released in 1977 this is the first of 4 self titled albums by the former Genesis frontman. It followed a period of activity which involved, amongst other things, a collaboration with comedian Charlie Drake. This is an album of varied sounds and styles recorded with a band of musicians who had never met Peter before. Some of them would go on to work with him for many years to come. It also features collaborations with Robert Fripp of King Crimson and uber-producer Bob Ezrin. And there are surprises! I mean, how many other prog rock stars would do a barbershop quartet on an album. Apart from Robert Fripp, yes. Name one more!
Back in the room, Simon and Gary discuss the album and it’s many twists and turns. What does Gary think Moribund The Burgermeister is about? What interpretation of Solsbury Hill does Simon reject completely? Is it possible that Gary could be wrong about one particular track on the album and how boring it is? Where will this album come on the “Solo Leaderboard”? And for the first time anywhere we present archive recordings of actual events that happened at the time. Don’t delay, listen now and find out.
NEXT EPISODE: A Curious Feeling by Tony Banks.
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