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Peter Gabriel 1: Car Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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1. Moribund The Burgermeister
2. Solsbury Hill
3. Modern Love
4. Excuse Me
5. Humdrum
6. Slowburn
7. Waiting For The Big One
8. Down The Dolce Vita
9. Here Comes The Flood

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000065V96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on May 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With the tribal beat intro to the opening track, "Moribund The Bergermeister," the incredibly talented Peter Gabriel made his introduction to the music world as a solo artist. After leaving the band Genesis in 1975, partially due to exhaustion, and partially to spend more time with his family, among other reasons, Peter Gabriel took a couple of years off from the music business before roaring back in 1977 with his very first solo album. Simply called "Peter Gabriel" (or "Car" or "Rainy Windshield"---see cover art), it's an excellent debut from a musical genius with a long, fruitful solo career ahead of him. This is the album that features Gabriel's first signature tune, "Solsbury Hill," partially about his departure from Genesis (certainly the second verse, featuring "I was feeling part of the scenery/I walked out of the machinery", directly addresses it). It also features the lovely "Here Comes The Flood," another Gabriel staple, as well as the humorous barbershop-quartet number, "Excuse Me," the grand cocktail-jazz piece, "Waiting For The Big One," another fine ballad in the form of "Humdrum," and the great orchestral rocker, "Down The Dolce Vita." Gabriel's singing & songwriting is world class, and the sound, especially on this new remastered edition, is excellent.Peter Gabriel already made a name for himself as the lead singer for Genesis, and God bless him for his amazing years with the band. But with his 1977 debut solo album, it was time for Gabriel to spread his wings and forge his own musical path. Boy, did he ever. :-)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Forget all of the Peter Gabriel you've heard before and start a clean slate with his first solo project. The comical tracks "Moribund The Burgermeister" and "Excuse Me" not only convey utter absudity in their lyrics, but the music itself needs no words to make you giggle. "Solsbury Hill" stands with few others (like Pink Floyd's "Money") in making waves in the charts while having a 7-beat pattern instead of your standard 4- or 8-beat patterns. What makes "Waiting For The Big One" unique is that it ends several times. After a little over 2 minutes, when you hear a resounding ending chord, you would not expect the song to last another 5 minutes. "Humdrum" begins timidly, turns into a polka, and then suddenly assumes an extremely majestic tone with very strong drums: all of this in about 3 minutes! "Modern Love" comes as close to "standard" rock ala Bon Jovi as Gabriel gets for a few more years. "Slowburn" is a musical chameleon: you never know which musical color you will hear from one line of lyrics to another. "Here Comes The Flood" is the emotional highlight of the album. Intensity is present throughout regardless of the volume at any given second. But far and away, the musical highlight has to be "Down The Dolce Vita," which beautifully blends the worlds of classical music and rock-& roll. The presence of The London Symphony Orchestra will surprise the first-time listener. It is featured for nearly an entire minute before the band comes in. The interweaving of the band and symphony are excellent throughout.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott T Mc Nally on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Gabriel left Genesis in early 1975. He went somewhat into seclusion for about a year and then spent the best part of the next year putting together one of the best debuts of the late 70's. I don't know how well it did in Britain, but in the States it hit very well in some markets and went virtualy unheard in others. Classic early Peter is in abundance here. With songs like "Solsbury Hill", "Modern Love", "Humdrum", "Slowburn", "Down The Dolc'e Vita" and the majesty of "Here Comes The Flood", it's really hard to understand why this didn't become a mega platinum hit. It's a very differnt sound from the almost punkish sounds that came from his next two albums. This album is much more guitar based with lots of orchestral keyboards as well as the London Symphony on Dolc'e Vita. It certainly rocks at times. The guitar work features two Detroit legends: Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, who blistered their way through Lou Reed's "Rock & Roll Animal" along with their work with Alice Cooper. Hunter also worked with Mitch Ryder and Wagner led The Frost, which was a very popular band in Detroit and throught the midwest at the tail end of the 60's. Also featured on guitar is Robert Fripp of King Crimson. His playing here is much more in the background. It's pretty much Steve Hunter throughout. Fripp plays a banjo on "Excuse Me", strums blues chords on "Waiting For The Big One" and there's no mistaking his acoustic classical picking on "Humdrum".
Another intresting thing about this album is the quirky percussion. A percussionist I never heard of prior or since named Jim Maelin does a really fine job.
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