Peter Gabriel: So Classic Album [Blu-ray]
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In the case of the Classic Albums take on Peter Gabriel's "So" you have yet another production from Eagle Rock/Isis Productions that leaves the viewer wanting more. There are some glaring omissions in terms of the cast of characters. Most notably a handful of musicians whose performances are a part of "So", but for whatever reason do not lend their voices to this production. They mention drummer Stewart Copeland, even going so far as isolating his part on the mixing console, but he doesn't show up in the film to talk about it. Why? Mr. Copeland is generally quite a character on camera, and "a name" as far as the Marketing department is concerned. I can't think of any other tunes where Stewart Copeland simply played his distinctive "hi hat" style, and nothing more. What was HIS take on that request? The comments and sections with the drummers Manu Katché and Jerry Marotta are pretty brief (especially Marotta), but at least they're shown on camera. So you are left wondering where is the other (more) famous drummer, Mr.Read more ›
There is also great footage of videos and concerts, which are essential to a review such as this. However, there is where this Blu-Ray falls flat. While the quality of the interview segments are perfect, the quality of the non-interview footage is VHS quality. I literally have better quality footage in my personal collection of this same material. Not getting better sources is corner cutting that is unacceptable when offering a Blu-Ray. While I understand this old footage won't look perfect, it was significantly below standard.
The content is 5 star...-1 for this corner cutting on non interview footage.
First, I have to admit that I like Peter Gabriel and his music but I can't say I'm a compulsive fan. I find the Classic Albums series informative and helpful since it helps me understand all the work - in this case over a year - to put a single 45-minute album together. Using new interviews with many involved in the project - most importantly the artist, the producer and the sound engineer - plus archival "music videos" to cover the album in under an hour (these were made for broadcast on VH1 before home video release), I learn a lot. The interviews, other than those noted above, depend- of course - on access to them. In this case we get Laurie Anderson, who is fairly accessible for projects she likes, but not Kate Bush. Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard a Bush interview for a documentary. And, Khonsu regrets that that no one from Gabriel's label is included. I seem to remember a guy from Geffen records making his comments.
Producer Daniel Lanois is given a lot of screen time and he is an engaging speaker.
So, I felt this volume was at least equal to the rest of the Classic Albums series.
The DVD includes four additional interview segments - totaling 35 minutes (50% more than the broadcast version) - three of which cover the songs "Sledgehammer", "Big Time" and "In Your Eyes", plus one on Gabriel's involvement in the Amnesty International concerts. And the DVDs are fairly priced.Read more ›
Produced by Eagle-Rock and distributed by Kayos Productions in the USA, "Peter Gabriel - So" is the latest episode of this British produced series to land in America. It is terrific and you should check it out. Better yet go to Amazon and buy it as you might want to watch it a few times.
"So" is the album that took Peter Gabriel from cult artist to worldwide superstar. Before "So" Gabriel was the "weird ex-singer from Genesis!" No more. After this record (and the great videos that accompanied it) Gabriel became widely known for both his artistry and commitment to various humanitarian causes.
"So" was a sonic marvel that even today sounds incredible. Rich with nuance and musical detail in every track. "So" is always interesting to listen to and frequently punctuated with great individual performances. Tony Levin's bass. Stewart Copeland's high hat. Kate Bush's duet with Gabriel on the haunting "Don't Give Up". Laurie Anderson. Wow! What a record!
This was record that introduced the world to the unique drumming style of Manu Katche who would go on to drum with Tears for Fears, Joni Mitchell, Dire Straits, Robbie Robertson and Sting (among others). His contribution can't be overstated here in creating this indefinable collection of songs. Just give a quick listen to "That Voice Again' - crazy drumming unlike anything else at the time.Read more ›
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VERY weak documentary about a classic album. There is virtually no information imparted here that is not commonly known by Gabriel fans. A waste of my money.Published 4 months ago by Guido
Thought this was the album in BluRay Audio. It's actually a synopsis of the production.Published 8 months ago by Nighthawk
I love Peter Gabriel and I love Eagle Rock Classic Album documentaries! Along with the feature documentary you get bonus material discussing more about the album. Read morePublished 12 months ago by shawn klopfer
A truly wonderful look at the creative energies that went into the making of this classic album. Fascinating listen & watch.Published 13 months ago by Matt Popnoe
I enjoy peter Gabriel music for years and this is a great one to get if you are fan of his music.Published 17 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber