In anticipation of the October 11th release of New Blood, we’re giving away the entire almost the entirety of Peter Gabriel’s discography to an Aquarium Drunkard reader. The package will be a mix of vinyl and CD. I rarely do these types of things on the blog, but the enormity of Gabriel’s work speaks for itself. To enter, leave a comment with your favorite Gabriel ‘era.’ I’ll let you all decide how you want to define era.

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145 Responses to “Peter Gabriel :: Discography Giveaway”

  1. everything up to Security is aces.

  2. 3rd and 4th albums is a great time for him. Love it all, though 🙂

  3. The “Hey, maybe I’ll record a few of these in German” era (I & II)

  4. Unlike most artists that got their start in the 70’s, I actually really appreciate a lot of Peter Gabriel’s later work. And while his solo career is incredible, my favorite era is Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Genesis. Top 3 prog albums ever made, in my opinion. Got to give the guy props for being a shining light in the 80’s though!

  5. 3 and 4 were when gabriel really was at his best. amazing musicians on every record, great videos when they were still thought of as art, theatrical shows still at smaller venues. after those came out i waited what seemed an eternity until ‘so’ came out and ‘sledgehammer’ blew up. after that he wasn’t a nice little secret, he was ‘bigtime’ a pioneer who’s sort of lost his cool for a bit, but he’s always been about the art and not the sales.

  6. Lamb Lies Down On Broadway baby…

  7. My favourite era? “Biko” (if you can call 7 minutes and 22 seconds an era).
    There’s only 1 other song that I feel meshes anger, injustice and hopeless, frustrated, defeated emotion so perfectly & that’s Robert Wyatt’s “Shipbuilding” (As an aside Wyatt’s cover version of Biko moves me to tears regularly.)
    I was 5 when this single was first released and 12 when it was re-issued. It was certainly a part of what shaped my viewpoint on racism, apartheid, injustice and had as profound an effect on my ideas of right and wrong as any music can do.
    Ultimately there are transcendant moments all throughout his career but if I had to truly narrow it down I’d say this is perfection.

    Bonus geek out – His duet of “Another Day” w/ Kate Bush from her 1979 Xmas special can also level me completely. One day someone HAS to release that officially.

  8. Definitely Lamb Lies Down on Broadway for me

  9. I’m partial to the second solo album, which seems often overlooked. I saw that tour and was knocked out, and the material is all strong.

  10. The 3rd album is fantastic. PG and Steve Lillywhite were a great combination.

  11. Security/So (The median of his discography before “New Blood”)

  12. Seriously, I don’t know of any Gabriel eras. I guess I need to check his shit out.

  13. It’s mostly So but then it’s also Us. I call this era “whatever happened to short album titles?”: The Era.

  14. i’m a really big fan of “this” era and the “next” era – the early 80’s is the time that really defined him as an artist – but sporadic albums and tours made it very difficult to be anything more than an ‘archivist’ – so right now, to be in stride with such a fruitful and exciting span of his career (with peter so strong vocallly!), i can only pray that the momentum carries into a new project of originals that creates a new era sometime in this decade 🙂

  15. #3 (Melt) changed my life.

  16. I going to have to say that my favorite era, as it were, is the period from Security to Passion, mostly because of memories associated with listening to these albums. However, I think my favorite song is Here Come the Flood off of Exposure because it is just so raw. But basically I don’t think that there is anything he has done that I don’t appreciate and return to.

  17. So!

  18. MELT!

  19. I’m a terrible snob for Gabriel-era Genesis, and listen to Nursery Cryme/Foxtrot like decent folk go to church, but got the “Car” album in a recent vinyl binge and holy sweet crap that is amazing.

  20. I’ve loved every note the man has ever produced, from “When The Sour Turns To Sweet” off of the first Genesis album, through the effervescent heartbreak of his first solo disc’s stunning “Here Comes The Flood”,onto the present day with his skillful re-imagining of The Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is A Cage”. I came to Peter Gabriel as a six-year old boy blown away by the visuals in his “Sledgehammer” video. I’ve never left his discography since.

  21. I would vote the wonderfully creepy and surreal Genesis era. Although the 1-3 album era is not too shabby either.

  22. I;s say: Dass muss doch sein sein ‘Deutsches Album” !

  23. Shock thy munky

  24. So era, probably.

  25. Genesis era was my favorite, especially Lamb Lies down on Broadway. If I were to write books fo children, if would base it on this album. I love “Carpet Crawler.”

  26. “Games Without Frontiers” first brought Peter Gabriel to my attention as a kid – what was that woman repeatedly singing!? Then I got the satisfaction of figuring it out (remember: this was wayyyyy pre-internet. If you were the only person in you middle school into something other than Ozzy Osbourne, you weren’t going to get much help deciphering lyrics.) The guy at my local used record shop (who I think used the place as a front for dealing, he was calling it “Gilmore East” at that time) was the one who said, “I think it’s French, ain’t it?” It was during that same visit to Gilmore East that I picked up my first scratchy copies of Rain/Car, Fripp’s Exposure, and The Kick Inside, a truly watershed haul in my young music-listening life. Only problem was the skip in the first verse of “Solsbury Hill” — to this day I can’t hear the song with thinking it’ll be, “my heart going boom-boom-boom, ‘oing boom-boom-boom, ‘oing boom-boom-boom, ‘oing boom-boom-boom…..”

  27. The third solo record is a mesmerizing blend of pop sensibility, widescreen storytelling, brilliant singing, electronic innovation, awesome songwriting, Phil Collins’ innovative and oft-copied gated reverb drenched and cymbal-less drums, and so many other unique factors that make it one of the greatest records of all time; it’s blend of the artsy, the punky/edgy and the commercial has influenced countless groups, namely, to my ears, TV On The Radio.
    Although it’s a bit more commercial, ‘So’ is no less brilliant, and it remains one of the best records of the 80’s, with its integration of worldbeat influenced (Youssou N’Dour on ‘In Your Eyes’), Kate Bush at the height of her powers on ‘Don’t Give Up’, the epic scope of ‘Red Rain’, and that awesome keyboard sound of ‘That Voice Again’ and ‘In Your Eyes’. There’s a sensitivity and tenderness to ‘Mercy Street’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ that can’t be faked. Spine chilling stuff. Hell, even ‘Sledgehammer’ can make a shakuhachi funky.

  28. the 2nd and 3rd records’ non-use of cymbals plays a GIGANTIC role in the sound of so many bands these days. I think those 2 PG records are the vehicle that brought the “african-esque” to modern indie.

  29. Melt Melt melt! Most definitely! Security is fascinating, but I always find my way back to the third album.

  30. The “self-titled” era: 1977-1982, the high point being the third self-titled album.

  31. I like almost all of the eras of Gabriel’s career, but I’m gonna stick up for the Genesis era as my fave, since it seems to be his most reviled. Pretentious, yes, but at its best it was also witty and delightfully strange, too. Love it.

  32. I am partial to the “Digging in the Dirt” era Peter Gabriel. Us is an album that I loved when it came out in 1992, then got pushed out of my cd rotation, to be rediscovered and listened to over and over years later. Washing of the Water is such a beautiful song, and Digging in the Dirt is one of my favorite songs ever. The live album from the Secret World Tour is another one of my favs.

  33. After Rael, things got real, the lamb was protesting on wall street– We knew the big one was coming, a flood of songs, excuse me but things have gotten Moribund for the middle class, we all want a slowburn down the dolce vita. Easy to say Do it Yourself, but there is a subtle flavor in the air, almost fear, the Mother of Violence, cause my 401k had too much overseas exposure, I’m just trying to lead a normal life, I don’t remember at all, but I have a family snapshot from that era, SELF TITLED of the games without frontiers we played– and still play.

  34. Only one era for me: Us!

  35. I love all his eras.

  36. I discovered Genesis and Peter Gabriel as a thirteen year-old when each act was at the peak of their commercial powers: 1986 “Invisible Touch” and “So”. I knew there was something different about each of them compared to the rest of the top 40 of the time, so it was gratifying to soon learn about their shared past and then to discover their rich back catalogues.

    There is so very little of PG that I don’t like, it is hard to pick a favourite era. I’ll say “So” for now (a perfect balance of artistic merit and commercial appeal), but that could change tomorrow…

  37. Hard to pick one era, but late 80s Passion and Birdy soundtracks were amazing!

  38. The So era. Definitely.

  39. I like the “Us” era Gabriel stuff. The videos didn’t hurt either. They were the best of the era.

  40. I’d agree with a few other commenters that the era of So/Passion/Us is hard to beat when “favorite” is the criteria. Of course, I’d not want to do without at least half of each album released before So, as well… I just don’t listen to them in their entirety with the same enjoyment as I do either of these three. (And I say “Blood of Eden” might be the best thing he’s ever done, still, though mostly because of that scene over which it plays in Wenders’ Until the End of the World where the bomb explodes and the plane glides to the ground over the Australian outback.)

  41. I’m sure with Mr. G. what ever he does next will be my favorite era.

  42. Like many artists, my favorite would probably be his early solo days. ‘Solsbury Hill” was, at the time, quite a departure from “Lamb Lies Down.” Practically starting over from scratch, which does not happen all the time from a lead singer who was already in a successful band.

  43. I think it was 1975 and Genesis was touring “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.” My boyfriend and I borrowed my mom’s car and drove the 60 miles to Cleveland’s Music Hall on a school night to see Peter and the band dressed up in full costume to perform the album in its entirety. The crowd, which seemed serious and older (also heavily stoned–the cloud of pot smoke looked like a halo above the crowd), was mesmerized. Peter Gabriel’s energy and stage presence were astonishing. I think I memorized the entire album after that.

  44. His 3rd solo record is my favorite for the mix of great songs, great musicians, and great production values, i.e, no crash cymbals; what a concept! I’ve read previously that Mr. Gabriel extended quite a bit of latitude for ideas and suggestions from the musicians around him, and I always find that endearing as hell. My other all-time favorite P.G. moment is the song “Across The River” from the very 1st WOMAD double album compilation; it included David Rhodes, Stewart Copeland, and Shankar on a single track I must’ve played over a thousand times. I don’t have it anymore, can’t find it, and am starting to feel anxious all over again. You must give me the prize for my mental anguish, if nothing else. Thankyou.

  45. Hard to decide between So and Melt with meybe Us in third place.

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