So Original recording remastered
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So is generally regarded as a peak in Peter Gabriel's recording career, notable both for its solid set of songs and lush production. For Gabriel, who'd been putting his music in theatrical contexts ever since his days with Genesis, the modern sound of So (coproduced with Daniel Lanois) was a dramatic conceit that effectively played off the organic roots of many of its songs. The album's big hit was "Sledgehammer," the English rocker's somewhat stilted take on the Stax/Volt style of rhythm & blues. Gabriel is much more powerful on his own art-rock songs, such as "Red Rain," which evokes nuclear ruin with its cascading rush of guitars and synthesizers. "Don't Give Up" is perhaps Gabriel's best ballad, with Kate Bush's heavenly second vocal enough to give anybody encouragement. But the song that best exploits So's blend of technology and soul is "In Your Eyes," a beguiling rhythmic tapestry in which Gabriel duets with Youssou N'Dour. --John Milward
Top Customer Reviews
It's called "Build Your Own Box". It would be a several step process on the artists' page of selecting the content you want AND on the media that you want it on, not unlike building your own PC at Dell. It's really quite simple; Do you want vinyl or CD? Do you prefer Blu-ray or DVD? The only redeeming quality here is that you are given a 24 bit download code for ALL of the audio in the box.
A lot of work went in to the DNA CD so props for that. Though it would have been nice for some full alternate takes or demos. I can't express my disappointment enough with the exclusion of B-Sides (Curtains, Walk Through The Fire, Across The River, Don't Break This Rhythm, Ga-Ga I Go Swimming) and alternate mixes, especially the special extended mix of In Your Eyes which to my knowledge has never been released on CD, only vinyl. They could have even included Out Out from the Gremlins soundtrack which came out around the same time.
Finally, live stuff is great but had this live stuff been sold separate (and on Blu-ray), it would have freed up more space for studio stuff which, I believe, the really hardcore fans wanted. Half the content here is live. It should have been called "So/Live 25".
As someone who has been a big fan of PG since my youth, I'd really love to hear what others think about this set. Are you as disappointed as I am?
I purchased the stand-alone 24-bit/48 kHz download elsewhere, but even after a coupon code that product was the same price as this box. So, as long as the download coupon for the 24-bit version is included with this product, it seems like a good deal. My comments will only be about the quality of the 2012 remastering, since I don't find any good information about that elsewhere. I have owned the following versions of this album for points of comparison:
1986 Geffin cassette - not worth mentioning, EXCEPT for one funny thing. When I finally replaced my cassette with the CD version, the goal was to get rid of some muddiness and an almost tape-dragging sound, especially evident on "Red Rain." Guess what? That subjective slight dragginess is in the mastering, not the cassette: it's a feature, not a bug. It initially results from choices about a "watery" keyboard effect used on the album (we know it, we love it); combined with Tony Levin's frettless bass, which is just higher in pitch than I expect from a bass and so that sliding around hits the same register as the keyboards; the digital "kapow" effect at the beginning, which I take to be a slow-motion backwards drum-hit; and the overall layering of many instruments. It's just an overall effect of lack of clarity , still present in the 24-bit 2012 mastering. It probably never was a problem with my cassette, but it primed me to hear my tape as dragging as that watery keyboard and growly vocal styling continued throughout side A. I mention it in case this is happening to you on your CD copy: don't expect it to change, because it's just the way "Red Rain" is.
1980s CD - The 2012 engineer says the goal of the 2012 remaster was to get back to the original, but with slightly better equipment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why tamper with a great album? It's like taking a magic marker and drawing a bigger smile on Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Edward Hunsecker
I absolutely loved it. I'm a Peter Gabriel fan anyway and So, for my taste, is a perfect recording. The sound clarity is fantastic, Peter Gabriel at his best and great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike S
Just one of those got to haves by PG. Never seems to put out a bad project. Good remastering also. He wouldn't have it any other way if you know and have followed him from the way... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robbob
EVERYTHING GOOD, I ORDERED THE WRONG CD, REALLY WANTED SECRET WORLD, BUT THIS ONE IS GOOD.Published 1 month ago by DEBBIE YATES