Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel [Car] (1977)
I’ve got this thing with Peter Gabriel lately – where I’m obsessed with this idea that he’s one of so very few rock/pop stars who has been able to grow old gracefully. Think about it though – he’s never made a dick-move like Sting or Phil Collins or Bono or so many others, he’s never tried too hard to be cool – like David Byrne – he’s never been bothered by his changing appearance, he’s grown with it, moved with it, and his music sounds as good as ever. His voice still there, his concepts for the shows – again, still growing. So many ideas. And even when he did the pop-star-engages-with-charity-thing (which he continues to do) it was managed with aplomb; never was it a case of look at me/tax rort. He just seems, I dunno, nice. And the music is still staggering. This one – the debut solo album, the first of four called “Peter Gabriel” – and then subtitled ‘Car’ because each of the albums was then named after the cover image – contains that break-away-from-Genesis moment, Solsbury Hill. Still one of my all-time favourite songs. But it contains so much – and I still think of it as being this great album from the early 1980s, even though it was made in 1977. That speaks to Gabriel’s ahead-of-his-time approach. Incredible talent. I have two copies of this album. And even though I probably don’t need two copies of this album – sometimes I feel like I kinda actually do.
Sample Track: Waiting For The Big One
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