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A two-disc set spanning Peter Gabriel's solo career, Hit collects a treasure trove of material, from early singles such as "Solsbury Hill" through international hits ("Biko," "Sledgehammer," "Big Time," and more), to his recent film soundtrack work. The set also includes a handful of previously unreleased tracks: "Burn you Up, Burn You Down," "Blood of Eden (Radio Edit)," and "Downside Up (Live)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Peter Gabriel's work doesn't lend itself easily to compilations -- not because he didn't cut singles, since he made many terrific stand-alone singles, but because his body of work is so idiosyncratic, even ...
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A two-disc set spanning Peter Gabriel's solo career, Hit collects a treasure trove of material, from early singles such as "Solsbury Hill" through international hits ("Biko," "Sledgehammer," "Big Time," and more), to his recent film soundtrack work. The set also includes a handful of previously unreleased tracks: "Burn you Up, Burn You Down," "Blood of Eden (Radio Edit)," and "Downside Up (Live)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Peter Gabriel's work doesn't lend itself easily to compilations -- not because he didn't cut singles, since he made many terrific stand-alone singles, but because his body of work is so idiosyncratic, even contradictory, that it's possible to have perfectly valid differing perspectives on his catalog. This results in differing opinions among fans, so it's perfectly logical that Gabriel and his associates would have a unique view of his own work, as captured on Hit. Billed on its slipcase as "The Definitive Two CD Collection," Hit spans 29 tracks culled from his entire solo career, from 1977's Peter Gabriel to 2002's Up, plus the previously unreleased "Burn You Up, Burn You Down." It certainly is a generous compilation, and it does contain the basics: "Solsbury Hill," "Shock the Monkey," "Sledgehammer," "Don't Give Up," "Games Without Frontiers," "Biko," "Red Rain," "Big Time," and "In Your Eyes." But the devil is in the details, and in this particular case, the details push Hit away from the broad-based appeal of So and closer to the dense, subtle territory of Us and Up. This is achieved, of course, through the track selection, which is heavy on recent material note: none of the edit details are present on the back cover, hence their presence here: from Up, there's "Growing Up [Tom Lord-Alge Mix]," "More Than This [Radio Edit]," "The Drop," "I Grieve," and "Signal to Noise," which amounts to half the entire album; the previously unreleased 2003 live track "Downside Up"; "Cloudless" from the soundtrack to the 2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence and "Lovetown" from the 1994 Philadelphia soundtrack; "The Tower That Ate People [Steve Osborne Mix]" and "Father, Son" from OVO; the 1990 Shaking the Tree remake of "Here Comes the Flood"; from Us, the album track "Love to Be Loved," plus the singles "Digging in the Dirt," "Blood of Eden [Radio Edit]," and "Steam [Radio Edit]." That's a grand total of 16 tracks dating after the career high watermark of So -- 16 tracks covering two full albums, plus a lot of odds and ends. There's unquestionably good material here -- not just the Us singles, but much of Up was quite excellent, even if it requires several listens to appreciate -- but the heavy emphasis on this post-So work skews too much to the new nine of the 14 tracks on disc two are of relatively recent vintage, at least if the yardstick is either an evenhanded appreciation of Gabriel's entire solo work or a portrait of his best-known, best-loved work. After all, there are many singles missing -- "I Have the Touch," "I Go Swimming," "Come Talk to Me," "Kiss That Frog," and "Secret World" among them -- plus other worthy uncollected rarities his deliriously paranoid "Out Out" from the 1984 Gremlins soundtrack needs to finally get a CD issue and many, many terrific album tracks that would have had given this compilation greater breadth and depth, including "Moribund the Burgermeister," "Mercy Street," "Intruder," "Family Snapshot," and the tremendous pair of "On the Air" and "D.I.Y.," the two best cuts on the underrated Peter Gabriel 2 which is once again consciously ignored by Gabriel, with this exhaustive collection featuring nothing from the record. If some of these 12 songs had managed to get on Hit, it truly would have been definitive, capturing the entire scope of his solo career. As it stands, it's a very good collection, one that delivers most of what is expected, even as it presents a relatively up-to-date self-portrait of the artist.
Blender - Phil Sutcliffe
Even as a casual inquiry, this is a panoramic array of immaginative songs and sounds.

Even as a casual inquiry, this is a panoramic array of immaginative songs and sounds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498610992
  • Catalog Number: 000148602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solsbury Hill (4:23)
  2. 2 Shock the Monkey (3:59)
  3. 3 Sledgehammer (4:51)
  4. 4 Don't Give Up (5:55)
  5. 5 Games Without Frontiers (3:57)
  6. 6 Big Time (4:28)
  7. 7 Burn You Up, Burn You Down (5:26)
  8. 8 Growing Up (4:48)
  9. 9 Digging in the Dirt (5:15)
  10. 10 Blood of Eden (5:06)
  11. 11 More Than This (4:33)
  12. 12 Biko (6:58)
  13. 13 Steam (6:02)
  14. 14 Red Rain (5:39)
  15. 15 Here Comes the Flood (4:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 San Jacinto (6:31)
  2. 2 I Don't Remember (4:42)
  3. 3 The Rhythm of the Heat (5:19)
  4. 4 Loved to Be Loved (5:17)
  5. 5 I Grieve (7:25)
  6. 6 Family Snapshot (4:29)
  7. 7 In Your Eyes (5:29)
  8. 8 The Drop (3:04)
  9. 9 The Tower That Ate People (4:04)
  10. 10 Lovetown (5:21)
  11. 11 Father, Son (4:55)
  12. 12 Signal to Noise (7:33)
  13. 13 Downside Up (5:33)
  14. 14 Cloudless (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Rhythm, Surdo, Sampling, Mellotron, Valiha, Prophet Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass, electronics, keyboard bass, Synthesizer Drums, Sampled Guitar, Linn, Jam Man
The Holmes Brothers Background Vocals
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Background Vocals
Kate Bush Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Phil Collins Surdo, Snare Drums
Stewart Copeland Drums, Hi Hat
Peter Hammill Vocals, Background Vocals
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Richard Evans Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Human Whistle
David Sancious Hammond Organ
Steve Hunter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Synthesizer, Percussion, Trombone
Black Dyke Band Brass
Shankar Violin, Double Violin
P.P. Arnold Background Vocals
Michael Been Background Vocals
Jon Brion Mandolin, chamberlain, Treated Piano
Josef Chirowski Keyboards
Andrew Clark Bass, Hammond Organ, CS-80
Billy Cobham Drums
Bill Dillon Guitar
Brian Eno Keyboards
Larry Fast Synthesizer, Bagpipes, Prophet Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass, Moog Bass
Robert Fripp Guitar, Classical Guitar
Jill Gabriel Background Vocals
Steve Gadd Drums
John Giblin Bass
Coral Gordon Background Vocals
David Gregory Guitar
Stephen Hague Percussion, Drums
Hossam Ramzy Tabla, Surdo
Reggie Houston Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Chris Hughes Linn
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Cornet
Darryl Johnson Hand Drums
Manu Katché Percussion, Drums, talking drum, Electronic Drums
Jim Kerr Background Vocals
Larry Klein Bass
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Hi Hat
Tony Levin Bass, Tuba, Stick, Vocals, Drum Sticks
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Steve Lillywhite Human Whistle
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums, Surdo, Drum Sticks
Don Mikkelsen Trombone
Dick Morrissey Saxophone
Youssou N'Dour Vocals, Guest Appearance
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals
Hugh Padgham Human Whistle
Renard Poché Trombone, Horn
David Rhodes Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Mark Rivera Saxophone
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Richard Tee Piano
Karl Wallinger Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Violin
Ayub Ogada Vocals
BT Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Fills
Babacar Faye Djembe
Gus Isidore Guitar
Lévon Minassian Doudouk
Jackie Shave Violin
Ronnie Bright Bass (Vocal)
Richard MacPhail Vocals
Arona N'diaye Sabar
James Gerard Watson Conductor
Richard Chappell Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Loops, keyboard bass
Ged Lynch Percussion, Drums
Dominic Greensmith Drums
Adrian Chivers Background Vocals
Will White Percussion
Chuck Norman Strings, Keyboards
Justin Adams Guitar
Dhol Foundation Drums
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Vocals, Background Vocals
Babacar Faye Drummers Drums
John MacArthur Ellis Guitar, Background Vocals
Tim Green Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Melanie Gabriel Vocals, Background Vocals
Ekome Dance Company Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Cmi, Loop, Drum Arrangements
Richard Evans Programming
William Orbit Programming
Tom Lord-Alge Remixing
Richard Blair Programming
David Bottrill Programming, Engineer
Andrew Clark Cmi
Tony Cousins Mastering
Pete Davis Programming
Bob Ezrin Producer
Larry Fast Programming
Keith Grant Engineer
Stephen Hague Programming, Producer
Robert Hrycyna Engineer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Caroline LaVelle String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Steve Lillywhite Producer
David Lord Producer, Engineer
Rod O'Brien Engineer
Steve Osborne Producer
Hugh Padgham Engineer
Allan Schwartzberg Director
Tim Summerhayes Engineer
Assane Thaim Tama
Karl Wallinger Composer, Producer
Neil Sparkes Composer
BT Programming
Will Malone String Arrangements
Will Gregory Bass Arrangement
Steve Double Sleeve Photo
Richard Chappell Engineer, drum programming
Alex Swift Programming
Robert Stasiak Engineer
Chuck Norman Programming
David Bascombe Engineer
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Nick Ingham Orchestration
Elizabeth Purnell Brass Arrangment
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