Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#456 in the Series and #44 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Peter Gabriel, Play’s Live
Peter Gabriel, Plays Live… for me, this is a Desert Island Disc. And it’s not even close. Peter Gabriel’s first few solo albums after leaving Genesis are some of my favorite albums. This was recorded on his 1982 tour. He was on the road promoting his fourth album, the one that here in the States is called Security.
It was released in a few different packages. The main release in 1983 was a double album. The CD format of the album was also a double; however there was also a single CD version that was four songs shorter. There was a reissue in 2002 of the double CD that included a remastering.
Plays Livewas recorded with one of the best bands Peter ever took on the road. Jerry Marotta is a killer drummer; Larry Fast (of Synergy fame) was his keyboard player. He does a remarkable job reproducing ‘bag pipes’ on “Biko.” A young guitarist called David Rhodes was playing with Peter for the first time. His band Random Hold was the opening act for this tour as well. In fact, Peter would usually make an early appearance to introduce them. Rhodes is still with Peter. Yes, last but not least as we always have to say; Tony Levin was on bass and of course his famous Chapman Stick.
“Humdrum” is a standout and also a great place to heat Levin and the Stick. It’s actually what makes the track. “Solsbury Hill” is spectacular here as well. Then again, it always is.
Plays Live fared much better in the UK than it did here in the States. It peaked at #44 here while reaching as high as #8 there. “I Go Swimming” the only new material found here, was the only single. It didn’t do much, getting only as high as #38 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
How I wish there was a DVD of this tour, or any of those early tours. The music need to be seen as much as heard.
Oh yeah, one question…. Peter, no room for “Here Comes the Flood?”
All songs written by Peter Gabriel.
- “The Rhythm of the Heat” – 6:26
- “I Have the Touch” – 5:18
- “Not One of Us” – 5:29
- “Family Snapshot” – 4:44
- “D.I.Y.” – 4:20
- “The Family and the Fishing Net” – 7:22
- “Intruder” – 5:03
- “I Go Swimming” – 4:44
- “San Jacinto” – 8:27
- “Solsbury Hill” – 4:42
- “No Self Control” – 5:03
- “I Don’t Remember” – 4:19
- “Shock The Monkey” – 7:10
- “Humdrum” – 4:23
- “On the Air” – 5:22
- “Biko” – 7:01
- Peter Gabriel – synthesiser, piano, vox
- Jerry Marotta – drums, percussion & b. vox
- Tony Levin – bass, stick & b. vox
- David Rhodes – guitar & b. vox
- Larry Fast – synthesiser, piano