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Peter Gabriel's So Gets Deluxe Reissue
Laurie Tuffrey , August 14th, 2012 12:01

Remastered CD, as well as special editions featuring 1987 live in Athens CD/DVD and double A-side vinyl, to be released in October

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Peter Gabriel's classic 1986 album So is getting a 25th anniversary reissue on October 22 via Real World Records. The LP is Gabriel’s biggest-seller, featuring ‘Don’t Give Up’, ‘Big Time’ and the MTV mainstay ‘Sledgehammer’.

It’ll be available as a single re-mastered CD, as well as in a three CD special edition featuring two discs of Gabriel’s concert in Athens in 1987. Finally, there’s a limited edition deluxe box set, featuring the album, the live CDs, a couple of previously unreleased DVD’s - the Martin Scorsese executive-produced film of the Athens concert and the So: Classic Album making-of documentary - a 60-page book of liner notes and rare photographs and a AA-side vinyl featuring the previously unreleased tracks ‘Courage’ and ‘Sagrada’, as well as alternative versions of ‘Don’t Give Up’.

And, just because you can never see Peter Gabriel surrounded by dancing foliage too many times, here’s the ‘Sledgehammer’ video:

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Aug 14, 2012 4:42pm

Hugely disappointing. The 2002 remaster receives a 2012 remaster. The additional CD is of inspiring rhythm tracks and noises. The exclusive DVDs are being released on Blu Ray just after, and the live CDs are the soundtrack of the film, which could be ripped for a fraction of the price (the live show was so heavily reworked in the studio it took 3yrs to be finished and bears little resemblance to the tour). Finally the exclusive tracks are on vinyl, one track has been kicking around for years. Nice book though!

What makes it galling is that his b-sides and remixes released at the time were never mastered for CD, so the time spent remastering an album which didn't need it could have been spent on this. Arguably the 12" version of In Your Eyes is stronger than the album version which is an edit, dropping two verses. The B-sides are very strong.

This £80 box is to fund a family travel project next year. Most Gabriel fans are aware of this, but also of the further better quality releases from the era to come. For the first time I have to recommend Gabriel fans should avoid this.

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Post-Punk Monk
Aug 14, 2012 10:36pm

I'd avoid this simply on the face of its enormous mediocrity. This was the album that knifed eight years of fandom for me. The only "peter gabriel" class song on this mess is "Red Rain." The rest are a hodgepodge of also-ran material running the gamut from inappropriate to simply tired. Songs that were, in some cases, floating around for quite some time [see "Games Without Words" boot] before he dusted them off and gave them a perfunctory spin. In a perfect world, PG would have retired after his fourth solo album and had the decency to leave the Phil Collins records to Mr. Collins himself.

For more ruminations on the Fresh New Sound Of Yesterday…

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Aug 14, 2012 11:03pm

In reply to Post-Punk Monk:

Harsh, Post-Punk Monk! ;o) While I agree nothing scales the heights of the 3rd and 4th album, using material "floating around for some time" is what he has always done, even on the 4th album. Indeed "Red Rain" you mention originally stems from 1976, and is part of the Mozo story (see PG 1 and 2).

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Aug 20, 2012 2:48pm

At first I assumed that there was an error in your article. Then I checked elsewhere. Where are the unreleased songs, the alternate versions, some of the many versions of In Your Eyes and the b-sides that are no longer available.

What on earth have they been doing for the past 6 months?! This is a lazy way to reissue a CD.

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