"Peter Gabriel (1977)"
March 20 - 26, 2022
Year of Release: 1977
Moribund The Burgermeister
Waiting For The Big One
Down The Dolce Vita
Here Comes The Flood
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Peter Gabriel returns this week, with his self-titled 1977 (solo debut) album. His next three solo albums were also self-titled. His 1977 release was also
titled as Car (having a car on the album cover. 1978 (Scratch), 1980 (Melt) and 1982 (Security) would be the other self-titled albums.
"Solsbury Hill" was the big hit from the 1977 album - A song that everyone has heard. His solo works are unique, as he did with his former band, Genesis.
More uniqueness in his solo efforts, his solo works have been described as "strange," as in his other solo hits, heard later on his self-titled 1980 album - "Games
Without Frontiers" and "I Don't Remember." However, on this first solo debut, he does bring his own uniqueness, and songs that could have been the
continuation of the band he left to pursue his solo career, the band Genesis.
"Moribund The Burgermeister" would later define Peter Gabriel's music as "World Music." This song just may have been ahead of it's time for this
type of music. The next track is the most famous "Solsbury Hill." A song that definitely most Rock music fans remember. "Modern Love" is another
one of those songs that you know you have heard before. It kind of sounds like Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away."
Now we talk about something different... "Excuse Me" has an accapella start, and has an old-time sound, as in ragtime music. Maybe the song title
explains this... "Humdrum" is a song that his former band (Genesis) could have recorded, having the Progressive Rock sound the early years of Genesis with
Peter Gabriel was. "Slowburn" is another Rock-styled song, different for his past musical endevors, and has a Progressive Rock sound as well.
And again, another different sounding track -- "Waiting For The Big One" -- It's blusey, it's jazzy. It's different for Peter Gabriel. It's where
the solo career to start on? Maybe. "Down The Dolce Vita" is an energetic Rock song, and could be a good "workout song," as in the future 1980s band,
Survivor, and their most popular hit, "Eye Of The Tiger." Ending the album is another track that he and Genesis could have recorded -- "Here Comes The
As mentioned, Peter Gabriel's solo career was different than what he had accomplished with Genesis. Phil Collins would replace him, and become more popular
as Peter Gabriel had been. And, Peter Gabriel would accomplish a more successful solo career, than he did with Genesis. So it would work out for all three of
them: Genesis, Phil Collins, and Peter Gabriel. In 1986 his next solo album So would make him even more popular. His 1992 album Us was also
popular, which included another big hit, "Steam." And, his work with soundtracks, and with World Music, and the WOMAD movement - the World of Music, Arts
and Dance. He was also involved in political events.
The music of Peter Gabriel's solo debut has the Progressive Rock of the early Genesis, and his broadening the musical ventures into what would later become
more famous. By 1986, he did achieve his most popular work with so, and as they say, "the rest is History." Peter Gabriel's solo music is quite different
than the "normal" Rock and Progressive Rock bands and artists that were popular from the 1970s. By 1977, he would pursue his solo career, and this was not a shock
for his former Genesis bandmates. He had wanted to pursue a solo career of his own. He, and Genesis would proceed to bigger and better (ad)ventures in their
future careers. "Solsbury Hill" was the start for Peter Gabriel. The best was yet to come in his solo career.
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