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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • ASIN: B003ZZAXG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best albums ever made, PERIOD.
DiskSpinner
My choice for the best of the cd would be "San Jacinto", "The family and the fishing net", "Lay your hand on me" and "Wallflower".
Guy Campeau
Gabriel's music which has always been innovative comes of age in this recording.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Careful Critic on April 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Here's the simplest way to "get" this record:
1) Buy it.
2) Turn off the lights (candles would be fine)
3) Crank it up.
4) Beginning to end.
5) And you'll be SO glad you did.

Security is eight tracks of the most lush and thunderous perfection ever recorded, a momentous journey of rhythm, sound and passion likely unparalleled in the history of music. I simply cannot imagine any human being with taste not being blown away by this album. (And, in fact, I've never encountered one - people who were initially annoyed have then thanked me profusely for forcing them to shut up and LISTEN to this. And then raced out and bought their own copies.)

If lyrics are your thing, there's plenty to enjoy here - it's actually a very political record, but think "human" politics rather than "government" politics. Perhaps "existential" would be a better word? And yet, rather amazingly, the album actually provides a wonderful "happy ending" that entirely works.

But it's the music that makes this. It's thick and lush, tribal and primal, and esquisitely percussive. It's more about the bottom end, down in the bass range, than the thinner top above (left largely to his voice), a record you will FEEL as it alternately thunders and crawls and soars. The detail in the remaster does this recording fine justice - the bells in "San Jacinto" are utterly heavenly.

My favorite music, personally, is music rife with tension that builds to fabulous crescendo. Some other reviewers below have pointed out that some tracks are "too long." I'd earnestly disagree. Each of the eight tracks is a perfectly-paced escalation of tension into release, and their length should be savored as exactly that.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on January 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
You don't have a well-rounded CD collection if you haven't got 'Passion' and 'Security', both by Peter Gabriel. Why is 'Security' -- known as 'Peter Gabriel 4' in Europe -- so important?
1. It is a definitive hi-fi test album. If ever you buy a new component for your hi-fi, take this CD along to the shop, and test the opening track, 'Rhythm of the Heat'. Many low-quality components cannot cope with the bass boom that invades after the first Gabriel wail. This music, which first appeared on LP, had been waiting for the added clarity and impact of CD.
2. Gabriel was one of the first artists to master the complex Fairlight synthesizer. Here he creates a whirlpool of musical disorientation -- for example, the overwhelming swirling drums and percussion of the opening track, the modified marimba and eerie woodwind sounds in 'San Jacinto'.
3. This album is the fulfilment of Gabriel's departure from Genesis, some eight years earlier. Gabriel could never have stayed within the band and trodden the psychological path that took him to this masterpiece.
If you've seen the film 'Birdy', some of this album will seem strangely familiar. Gabriel took the best tunes from this and the third album, re-worked them into instrumental versions, and created, in at least one reviewer's view, an even better album.
At the time of writing this review, only 14 other reviews of the album are filed here on amazon. I don't understand why it gets so little attention when Passion, his other masterpiece, has 103 reviews. Both are equally magnificent.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here is Gabriel's most distinctive and scariest album. Just look at the cover. Here lies the first warning. The nightmarish washed out photo negative image of what looks like a ritualistic African mask seems trapped in an eternal primordial hiss. Next listen to the sounds. The big drums on Gabriel's previous album sounded big, but on "Security" they become even bigger and pound directly into your being. Like African rhythms on steriods the beats creshendo and diminish in waves akin to a psychotic roller coaster ride. The effect makes for a disturbing gut-wrenching and beautiful listen.

Most, if not all, of the drums receive electronic treatments. Gabriel didn't perform field recordings of Ghanese drummers and overdub vocals for a reason. The primordial meets the modern on this album. We in the west are modern and seemingly "civilized" but under all of our efforts, technology and supposed progress lie the deep ineffable mysteries of human nature. African drumming in general can evoke the preternatural (which makes some sense considering that many theorize the beginning of humanity in the continent of Africa) and on "Security" Gabriel attempts to bridge electronic music with those blurry elements of existence. An homage to our unavoidable humanity that underlies all we do. The businessman in the jungle. The warrior in the Board room. Gabriel arguably succeeded in evoking such things with amazing success.

Right from the first almost silent noises of "The Rhythm of the Heat" (the long fade up could represent a creation or a birth; Gabriel's first wail could be humanity arriving on the scene). The song moves along like a musical sweat lodge building building until the intensity stretches beyond the envelope and suddenly... release. Quick breaths to a prolonged sigh.
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