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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B003ZZAXF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on May 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Peter Gabriel's second self-titled solo album from 1978, aka "PG2" or "Scratch" (see cover art), is Gabriel's least favorite of all his solo albums, but that's easily explained---the producer was Robert Fripp, the electric-guitar genius from King Crimson, who likes to record quickly. He convinced Gabriel to record "PG2" in six weeks flat, a pace MUCH too fast for Gabriel, who, as any diehard fan knows, likes to take his dear sweet time in the recording studio. As a result, Gabriel feels that his 2nd album never quite sounded as good as he would've liked.While I totally respect Peter's opinion, I have to admit that I disagree with him. Strongly, in fact! "PG2" is a fabulous album, and my personal favorite from Mr. Gabriel. And now that the album has been remastered (along with the rest of Peter's catalog up through "US"!), it's been made even more fabulous with *super* sound quality that was not available before. Throw in a complete lyric sheet to all of the songs in the CD booklet, as well as some very cool photos taken of Peter during 1978, and you've got one very, VERY satisfied customer in this reviewer!Gabriel may not have been happy with the brisk recording of "PG2," but the trade-off, I think, is that producer Fripp (who also contributes some very classy guitar parts) managed to capture Gabriel in the raw for the only time in Gabriel's recording career (though I'm certainly not knocking his other solo albums---love 'em all!). There IS some polish to the material here and there, but overall, this is a definitive in-the-studio, warts-and-all recording that sounds and feels as if it were played live directly to tape. Gabriel's vocals throughout are energetic, from-the-gut, rough & tough.Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Ward on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, there's the voice. It's a scratchy tenor. Peter Gabriel was only 28 when he recorded his second solo album. I'm sure his voice never sounded darker or more naturally menacing before or after. His voice never sounded so confident, so triumphant, so full of sex and violence. Gabriel's second solo album (titled Peter Gabriel just like his 1977 debut and the two that followed in 1980 and 1982) was the first album I ever bought by the former Genesis lead vocalist.

The year I bought it from a Record Bar in the mall near my house must have been 1984. I climbed aboard the Gabriel bandwagon kind of late. (But before the mega platinum success of 1986's So.) Since Peter Gabriel was my first taste of the man's music, that might partly explain why it remains my favorite of all his stuff. But that fact does not explain why Peter Gabriel is still my favorite album of all time. But Gabriel's voice does. And his songwriting. And his choice of musicians and producer. And that cover.

Second, there's that album cover. Like Gabriel's voice, it's scratchy. It's a black and white photograph featuring a semi-preppy looking Gabriel (in a golf shirt covered by a London Fog/Lacoste-style windbreaker) bending his fingers and scratching jagged edges of white from the top of the cover to the bottom. Gabriel's hair is long but short. It's a thick buster brown -- just short enough to look right with the windbreaker and the golf shirt but long enough to show people that it's still 1978. You can barley see his eyebrows. But you can see his dark eyes. And you can see a day or so's growth of hair on his face too. I think the cover represents sex. The back of the album represents violence. It must represent violence because it still scares me when I look at today almost 20 years later.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ewomack VINE VOICE on April 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a vastly underrated album. It's more solid and consistent than his first solo album ("car" or "windshield" or "1"). It sounds different and is far more subdued than his other albums. There are almost no booming drums or wailing vocals. There's also no hint of what's to come on his next album ("Melt" or "3"). This is essentially a vocals-guitar-keyboards-bass-drums rock album (whereas "3" introduced Gabriel's "Big BIG BIG drum sound", experimental synthesizer and from-the-throat singing"). The songs are also on the shorter side being more of a pop album length throughout. It's more similar to "So" than any of his other albums, excepting the sales, of course.
There are no incredibly well-known songs on this album, and maybe that's why it's Gabriel's most obscure album. That's too bad, because it includes some of his best songs and lyrics.
"Mother of Violence" is one of Gabriel's best songs. It also has a not too subtle message about a population living in fear (which has become a little too relevant for comfort these days):
Fear, she's the mother of violence
Making me tense to watch the way she breed
Fear, she's the mother of violence
You know self defence is all you need
It's getting hard to breathe
It's getting so hard to believe
Believe in anything at all but fear
Other great, underappreciated songs from this album are, apart from the obvious ones "On the Air" and "D.I.Y", "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World", "Floatsam and Jetsam", "Home Sweet Home", among others. The songs in general are strong with the exception of the one clunker "Exposure.
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