- A KILLER shootout winning UK copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides, on quiet vinyl too
- The overall sound here is incredibly big and full, with punchy bass and energy that’s off the charts
- Probably his most consistent recording, with the estimable Robert Fripp on guitar – some of his most innovative mainstream music
- A 4 1/2 star: “…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.”
This is one of our favorite Peter Gabriel albums around here, and may well be the best recording he ever made. The typical copy, though, barely hints at just how good this album can sound. Only the best early British pressings have any hope of sounding this good.
Thankfully the second PG album does not suffer from the digital spit, grit and hash of So and Security. It’s arguably his best recording overall with superb dynamics and a clean, punchy rock sound that perfectly fits the music. Some of the cymbal crashes on the hot copies of this album really CRASH.
This is The Peter Gabriel Rock and Roll Album. To my knowledge he never made another.
We Love This Album!
Musically I like PG 2 the best as well. Most PG fans dismiss this album, but having played it hundreds of times over so many years I have a hard time understanding how anyone could not be knocked out by the quality of the songwriting and musicianship. From start to finish there’s not a bad song to be found here. (Exposure is an experimental prog exercise, but it’s not actually bad.)
The first two tracks on side one are blistering rockers that get things off to a rollicking good start. Special mention must go to the closer for side two, one of the most emotionally powerful songs PG ever laid to tape. Its saxophone-led climax takes your breath away, with the end coming soon after. The entire album is a wonderful journey; anyone with a pop-prog bent will enjoy the ride. Just turn the volume up good and loud, turn off your mind, relax and float along with PG and the boys. You’re in good hands.
AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review!
“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.
On the Air
Mother of Violence
A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World
Flotsam and Jetsam
Home Sweet Home