This British Charisma Pink Label original has As Good As It Gets (AGAIG) White Hot Stamper sound for side one! And mostly quiet vinyl on both sides. Man, does it ever ROCK. The sound just jumps out of the speakers.
The overall sound is rich, warm, and full-bodied with incredibly punchy drums. We just could not believe how right this copy sounded — we rated it A+++ for its tonally correct, super-low distortion Master Tape Sound.
The bass is amazing — deep and tight with a wonderfully meaty texture. There’s lots of extension up top and loads of texture to the synths. The clarity and presence of PG’s vocals are superb.
You will have one helluva hard time finding an import pressing with a comparable side one. And of course the domestic pressings are a joke. The Classic Heavy Vinyl pressing too.
The second PG album thankfully 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 a goofy 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 bend 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.
A+++. So much more punchy and dynamic than any other side we played.
A+ to A++, with only one major fault, one that plagues most copies: lack of top end extension. Without all the top the sound can get a big midrangy. In every other way it was fine, with good clarity and punchy bass. Just needs more top so that all the harmonic structures are intact, the way they are on this amazing side one.
On the Air
Mother of Violence
A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World
Flotsam and Jetsam
Home Sweet Home
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.