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So [25th Anniversary Edition]
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Album: So [25th Anniversary Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Red Rain
2)    Sledgehammer
3)    Don't Give Up
4)    That Voice Again
5)    Mercy Street
6)    Big Time
7)    We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
8)    This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
9)    In Your Eyes
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Peter Gabriel (vocals, keyboards); Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Youssou N'Dour (vocals); David Rhodes (guitar, background vocals); Daniel Lanois (guitar, tambourine); Nile Rodgers (guitar); L. Shankar (violin); Mark Rivera (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Don Mikelsen (trombone); Richard Tee (piano); Simon Clark (Hammond B3 organ, synthesizer, bass); Tony Levin (bass, Chapman stick); Larry Klein, Bill Laswell (bass); Manu Katche (drums, talking drums); Jerry Marotta, Stewart Copeland (drums); Chris Hughes (programming); Djalma Correa (surdu, congas, triangle); Jimm Kerr (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Kevin Killen, Daniel Lanois, David Bottrill.
  • Recorded at Ascombe Studios, Bath, England between Feruary and December, 1985.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel includes: Peter Gabriel (vocals, keyboards); Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Youssou N'Dour (vocals); David Rhodes (guitar, background vocals); Daniel Lanois (guitar, tambourine); Nile Rodgers (guitar); L. Shankar (violin); Mark Rivera (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Don Mikelsen (trombone); Richard Tee (piano); Simon Clark (Hammond B3 organ, synthesizer, bass); Tony Levin (bass, Chapman stick); Larry Klein, Bill Laswell (bass); Manu Katche (drums, talking drums); Jerry Marotta, Stewart Copeland (drums); Chris Hughes (drum programming); Djalma Correa (surdu, congas, triangle); Jimm Kerr (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Kevin Killen, Daniel Lanois, David Bottrill.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel includes: Peter Gabriel (vocals, keyboards); Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Youssou N'Dour (vocals); David Rhodes (guitar, background vocals); Daniel Lanois (guitar, tambourine); Nile Rodgers (guitar); L. Shankar (violin); Mark Rivera (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Don Mikelsen (trombone); Richard Tee (piano); Simon Clark (Hammond B3 organ, synthesizer, bass); Tony Levin (bass, Chapman stick); Larry Klein, Bill Laswell (bass); Manu Katche (drums, talking drums); Jerry Marotta, Stewart Copeland (drums); Chris Hughes (programming); Djalma Correa (surdu, congas, triangle); Jimm Kerr (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Kevin Killen, Daniel Lanois, David Bottrill.
  • Recorded at Ascombe Studios, Bath, England between Feruary & December 1985.
  • Audio Remasterer: Tony Cousins.
  • Recording information: Polygram Studios, Rio De Janeiro; real World Studios, England; The Power Station, New York, NY.
  • Introduction by: Mic Smith .
  • Photographers: Margaret Maxwell; Armando Gallo; Neal Preston; Connie Moest; Trevor Key.
  • Arranger: David Rhodes.
  • Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, happiest record he ever cut. "Sledgehammer" propelled the record toward blockbuster status, and Gabriel had enough songs with single potential to keep it there. There was "Big Time," another colorful dance number; "Don't Give Up," a moving duet with Kate Bush; "Red Rain," a stately anthem popular on album rock radio; and "In Your Eyes," Gabriel's greatest love song, which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe's classic Say Anything. These all illustrated the strengths of the album: Gabriel's increased melodicism and ability to blend African music, jangly pop, and soul into his moody art rock. Apart from these singles, plus the urgent "That Voice Again," the rest of the record is as quiet as the album tracks of Security. The difference is, the singles on that record were part of the overall fabric; here, the singles are the fabric, which can make the album seem top-heavy (a fault of many blockbuster albums, particularly those of the mid-'80s). Even so, those songs are so strong, finding Gabriel in a newfound confidence and accessibility, that it's hard not to be won over by them, even if So doesn't develop the unity of its two predecessors. [A 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2012.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #14 in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of The 80's survey.

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #187 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"

Entertainment Weekly (7/12/02, pp.84-5) - "...Nicely rounds out his catalog...revealing a surprisingly logical progression...Gabriel sharpens his writing and expands his sonic scope with every release..." Rating: B

CMJ (1/6/03, p.14) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"

CMJ (1/5/04, p.18) - Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1986"

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.126) - "...Sustained 3's level of inspiration and craftsmanship....Gabriel constantly demonstrated a wonderful ear for choosing, from his quincontinental mental archive, sound and rhythm that did the job, no artsy farting about..."
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