This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. Learn more. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I don't read any meaning into this song. I just like the eeriness and the composition. And I suppose there is a nostalgia component, having first heard this on Miami Vice, which was pretty cool back in the day.
This song is atypical of Peter Gabriel, which is to suggest a typical state for Mr. Gabriel which I do not think exists. It's hard to pin down and genre-fy the sounds PG produces. Suffice to say that this is in the "canon". See all 1 customer reviews. Write a customer review. So is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Peter Gabrielreleased on 19 May by Charisma Records. After working on the soundtrack to the film Birdyproducer Daniel Lanois was invited to remain at Gabriel's home during to work on his next solo project.
Initial sessions for So consisted of Gabriel, Lanois and guitarist David Rhodesalthough these grew to include a number of percussionists.
Although Gabriel continued to use the pioneering Fairlight CMI synthesizersongs from these sessions were less experimental than his previous material. Nevertheless, Gabriel drew on various musical influences, fusing pop, soul, and art rock with elements of traditional world music, particularly African and Brazilian styles. It is Gabriel's first non-eponymous album, So representing an "anti-title" that resulted from label pressure to properly market his music. Gabriel toured So on the This Way Up tour We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So with some songs performed at human rights and charity concerts during this period.
Often considered his best and most accessible album, So was an immediate commercial success and transformed Gabriel from a cult artist into a mainstream star, becoming his best-selling solo release. It has been certified fivefold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The album's lead single, " Sledgehammer ", was promoted with an innovative animated music video and achieved particular success, reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot and subsequently winning a record of nine MTV Video Music Awards.
The album received positive reviews from most criticswho praised its songwriting, melodies and fusion of genres, although some retrospective reviews have criticised its overt commercialism and s production sounds. It has continued to appear in lists of the best albums of the s and was included at number in Rolling Stone ' s Greatest Albums of All Time. SinceGabriel had composed his music at Ashcombe House, including his album Security and the Birdy soundtrack He had an inexpensive studio in the house's adjacent barn consisting of two rooms, one where Gabriel would produce his vocals and work on lyrics, and another where the music would be assembled.
He eventually asked his Birdy collaborator Daniel Lanois to stay at Ashcombe and work with him further. Gabriel had begun work on some songs and provided Lanois and Rhodes with chord structures, around Perry.Como - Various - Falsch (CD, MP3, MP3, MP3) they improvised compositions.
Lanois recalled they had "a nice starting point [as] in that kind of scenario, it's not a good idea to have a lot of people around because you get nervous that you're wasting other people's time". Consequently, there was a relaxed atmosphere surrounding these sessions and the trio would jokingly refer to themselves as the " Three Stooges ", an American vaudeville act of the mid-twentieth century.
This also involved the wearing of construction site hard hats as they had a "turning up for work humour". The studio's basic equipment consisted of "two analog track machines, a Studer A80and a Studer A80 shell that had been modified by a local electronics wizard, with its own audio cards and transport controls".
Gabriel Transponder - Various - Compressor record a piano demo on a modified "B machine" and play this to the band. During rehearsals, the band would listen to the Lontoon Philharmonia Orkesteri* - Eroica (Sinfonia N:o 3 Ludwig Van Beethoven) machine through headphones and record their output onto the "A machine"; parts of Gabriel's demo would also be transferred to the A machine at this stage.
Subsequent takes of the song were then put onto the B machine in order for the We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So to hear what they had played with the demo, as well as the song's new and old takes. Other equipment included the "groundbreaking" Fairlight CMI synthesizerwhich Gabriel said in an interview for Billboard meant "more human imagination is involved". He added, "the creative decision-making process has become more important than technique.
You have a wider range of Mercury Fall - Mike Fix - A Memory Of Sound, a wider range of decisions".
Towards the end of recording, Gabriel One Note Samba - Various - Collectors Treasury Of Great Stars Great Hits "obsessed" with the track listing and created an audio cassette of all the song's beginnings and ends to hear We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So the sounds blended together.
With later CD releases, this restriction was removed and the track was placed at the end of the album. It was over-dubbed at Power Station Studios in New Yorkdespite Gabriel considering sending it via a computer-telephone set up, reasoning, "that's a lot of information to send via phone. Isn't it amazing though? You can We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So a song We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So around the world to musicians then beam parts back by satellite".
So has been described as Gabriel's most commercially accessible and least experimental album,   one that features pop songs  and incorporates art pop   and progressive pop  throughout.
Like his previous albums, its basis is in art rockalthough on SoGabriel develops an increased focus on melody and combines this with elements of soul and African music. The songs are highly influenced by traditional world musicparticularly African and Brazilian musicwith Gabriel using the distinctive drum beat from these styles.
Gabriel wanted the album to "crash open at the front". Despite disliking "metal" percussion instruments, he was persuaded by We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So to Diarrhea - Pig Pen - .Prick The Police 's Stewart Copeland to play cymbals and hi-hat on its opener, Red Rain.
It was also intended to continue the story of Mozo, a recurring character on Gabriel's first and second albums. Most of Gabriel's band had packed away their equipment and were ready to leave the studio, but he asked them to reassemble to quickly run through a song he had an idea for.
So ' s most political statement, "Don't Give Up", was fuelled by Gabriel's discontent with rising unemployment during Margaret Thatcher 's premiership and Dorothea Lange 's photograph "Migrant Mother". He initially sought Dolly Parton to portray the woman, although Parton declined; his friend Kate Bush agreed to feature. The album's first side culminates with "That Voice Again", in which Gabriel explores the concept of conscienceexamining the "parental voice in our heads that either helps or defeats us".
In Your Eyes has been described as Gabriel's greatest love song. He dedicated So ' s sixth track to her, calling it Mercy Street after "45 Mercy Street", a poem released in another posthumous collection.
When these Jean Carn - If You Wanna Go Back were unearthed in the studio, they were accidentally played back ten per cent slower than the original recording, giving them a grainy quality that Gabriel and Lanois thought We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So the cymbal and guitars.
Intended to give a sensual, haunting effect, this was hard to capture except when Gabriel first woke up. The dance song Big Time has funk influences and is built on a "percussive bass sound". It references the experiment on obedience carried out by American social psychologist Stanley Milgramintended as a reference to the obedience citizens show to dictators during times of war. So is Gabriel's first non-eponymous album. Gabriel has noted his dislike for titling albums, mainly because it distracts from the sleeve design.
He elaborated that for So "[he] decided to go for the anti-title It can be more a piece of graphic, if you like, as opposed to something with meaning and intention. And that's what I've done ever since". I was told my usual obscure LP sleeves alienated women. So was released on 19 May It topped the charts of seven countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, where it became Gabriel's second number one album.
In the United States, So became one of Geffen Records ' most commercially successful releases, peaking at number two and remaining on the chart for ninety-three weeks. Gabriel would go on to say in an interview for Rolling Stone that he believed the video exposed So ' s songs to a wider audience, bolstering the album's success. Bono contacted Gabriel to perform at A Conspiracy of Hopea series of Live Aid -inspired concerts that intended to spread awareness of We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So rights issues in light of Amnesty International 's twenty-fifth anniversary.
Gabriel described it as "the best tour [he'd] ever been on". One of the dates was a special two-night residency 20—21 December at Tokyo 's Meiji Jingu Stadium to We Do What Were Told (Milgrams 37) - Peter Gabriel - So a global computer system for the University for Peacea United Nations project.
Tour in So received mostly favourable reviews from music critics. Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote "only a handful of Western rock musicians have managed to use exotic rhythms and instruments with so much ingenuity and conviction". Pareles also praised his vocals, describing them as "grainy but not bluesy, ageless and joyless, the voice of some ancient mariner recounting disasters". Terry Atkinson of Los Angeles Times viewed the album as offering "an amazing variety of tones, moods, and topics and a consistently powerful level of expression".
So has continued to perform well in most retrospective reviews. Erlewine particularly praised Gabriel's fusion of art rock with African music and soul. Ryan Bray, writer for Consequence of Soundconcluded So was an "all-too-rare record that manages to have it both ways, earning its richly deserved critical and commercial respect without giving so much as an artistic inch".
He added that "it still stands on its own two feet as one of the consensus best records of the 80s". Michael J. We Were Sharks. We Were Promised Je…. When People Were Sh…. If I Were a Gladiat…. Then There Were Two. Peter Gabriel. Peter Peter. Gabriel Dell. Gabriel Garzon Mont…. Peter Gabriel 2 Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel 3 Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel Years… Genesis. Peter Gabriel [1 Hy… Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel [1 Ja… Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel  Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel  [… Peter Gabriel.
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