So [25th Anniversary Edition] [Immersion Box] [CD/DVD/LP]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gabriel had enough success with Security to allow him to take his time in making his fifth studio album, So. During this extended time off, he continued to embrace lighter, humorous music and MTV completed its ascendance to dominate pop culture. "Shock the Monkey" had been a favorite during the early days of the music-video network, so they were prepared to embrace a new record from him -- and he seized the opportunity by developing a brilliant, kaleidoscopic video for "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gabriel had enough success with Security to allow him to take his time in making his fifth studio album, So. During this extended time off, he continued to embrace lighter, humorous music and MTV completed its ascendance to dominate pop culture. "Shock the Monkey" had been a favorite during the early days of the music-video network, so they were prepared to embrace a new record from him -- and he seized the opportunity by developing a brilliant, kaleidoscopic video for "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, happiest record he ever cut. "Sledgehammer" propelled the record toward blockbuster status, and Gabriel had written enough songs with single potential to keep it there. There was "Big Time," another colorful dance number; "Don't Give Up," a moving duet with Kate Bush; "Red Rain," a stately anthem popular on album rock radio; and "In Your Eyes," Gabriel's greatest love song which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe's classic, Say Anything. These all illustrated the strengths of the album: Gabriel's increased melodicism and ability to blend soul, African music, and jangly pop into his moody art rock. Apart from these singles, plus the urgent "That Voice Again," the rest of the record is as quiet as the album tracks of Security. The difference is, the singles on that record were part of the overall fabric; here, the singles are the fabric, which can make the album seem top-heavy (a fault of many blockbuster albums, particularly those of the mid-'80s). Even so, those songs are so strong, finding Gabriel in a newfound confidence and accessibility, that it's hard not to be won over by them, even if overall So doesn't develop the unity of its two predecessors. So is unquestionably Peter Gabriel's high-water mark commercially and creatively, it's one of his greatest albums, as well. All this makes it an ideal candidate for a super deluxe set, which the album received in 2012. Like many deluxe sets this comes in two different incarnations, the splashiest one being the Immersion box set containing a wealth of material: there is a remastered So; there is the concert film Live from Athens 1987 concert, presented both as a DVD and as a double-CD; a DVD of the Classic Albums documentary series focusing on So; a vinyl version of the album; a 12" single with two previously unreleased tracks ("Courage," "Sagrada") and an alternate version of "Don't Give Up;" finally, there's an extra CD of So DNA, containing evolutionary edits of each song on the album. Of these extras, by far the most interesting is So DNA. While the live concert -- which is the bonus feature on the far cheaper standard deluxe triple-disc edition -- is quite good, So DNA illustrates Gabriel's creative process in a way no other album has. Each cut begins as an amorphous set of instrumentals and vocals, then slowly the song takes shape. This procedure tends to be more interesting on the livelier numbers like "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time," whose origins are much further away from the finished product than, say, the always eerie "Red Rain," but each of the cuts are quite compelling and surely worth the time of any Gabriel diehard. Whether it's worth the considerable chunk of cash just to hear this disc is another matter, but the rest of the Immersion Box is indeed gorgeous -- a handsomely produced, well-annotated, deep excavation into So -- so anybody with the inclination and budget to purchase the super-deluxe set will likely not be disappointed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 884108001400
  • Catalog Number: 800140
  • Sales rank: 50,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Rain (5:40)
  2. 2 Sledgehammer (5:13)
  3. 3 Don't Give Up (6:34)
  4. 4 That Voice Again (4:49)
  5. 5 Mercy Street (6:17)
  6. 6 Big Time (4:27)
  7. 7 We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) (3:22)
  8. 8 This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds) (4:20)
  9. 9 In Your Eyes (5:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Red Rain (6:15)
  2. 2 Sledgehammer (6:30)
  3. 3 Don't Give Up (6:10)
  4. 4 That Voice Again (6:39)
  5. 5 Mercy Street (7:50)
  6. 6 Big Time (6:54)
  7. 7 We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) (5:00)
  8. 8 This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds) (3:58)
  9. 9 In Your Eyes (10:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds) (5:57)
  2. 2 San Jacinto (7:26)
  3. 3 Shock the Monkey (6:44)
  4. 4 Family Snapshot (4:35)
  5. 5 Intruder (5:26)
  6. 6 Games Without Frontiers (5:29)
  7. 7 No Self Control (6:15)
  8. 8 Mercy Street (9:15)
  9. 9 The Family and the Fishing Net (7:08)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Don't Give Up (8:16)
  2. 2 Solsbury Hill (5:10)
  3. 3 Lay Your Hands on Me (6:14)
  4. 4 Sledgehammer (5:06)
  5. 5 Here Comes the Flood (2:47)
  6. 6 In Your Eyes (10:38)
  7. 7 Biko (9:38)
Disc 5
  1. 1 This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
  2. 2 San Jacinto
  3. 3 Shock the Monkey
  4. 4 Family Snapshot
  5. 5 Intruder
  6. 6 Games Without Frontiers
  7. 7 No Self Control
  8. 8 Mercy Street
  9. 9 The Family and the Fishing Net
  10. 10 Don't Give Up
  11. 11 Solsbury Hill
  12. 12 Lay Your Hands on Me
  13. 13 Sledgehammer
  14. 14 Here Comes the Flood
  15. 15 In Your Eyes
  16. 16 Biko
Disc 6
  1. 1 [Untitled]
Disc 7
  1. 1 Courage
  2. 2 Sagrada
Disc 8
  1. 1 Don't Give Up
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synclavier, Prophet Synthesizer, Linn Drum, CS-80, Linn
Laurie Anderson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kate Bush Vocals, Guest Appearance
Stewart Copeland Drums, Hi Hat
Bill Laswell Bass
David Sancious Keyboards
Nile Rodgers Guitar
P.P. Arnold Background Vocals
Michael Been Background Vocals
Djalma Corrèa Conga, Triangle
Coral Gordon Background Vocals
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Cornet
Manu Katché Percussion, Drums, talking drum
Jim Kerr Background Vocals
Larry Klein Bass
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Tambourine, 12-string Guitar
Tony Levin Bass, Background Vocals
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Jerry Marotta Drums
Don Mikkelsen Trombone
Youssou N'Dour Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Rhodes Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Rivera Saxophone
Richard Tee Piano
Ronnie Bright Bass (Vocal)
Simon Clark Bass, Hammond Organ, CS-80
Les Super Étoiles de Dakar Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Laurie Anderson Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, Cmi
David Bottrill Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering, Remastering
Wayne Jackson Horn Arrangements
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bruce Lampcov overdub engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
David Rhodes Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Rob Bozas Publishing Coordinator
Ian Cooper Mastering
David Stallbaumer Engineer, Studio Manager, Stage Manager
Jeremy Gee Camera Operator
Jairo Gualberto Percussion Engineer
Richard Chappell Engineer
Armando Gallo Photo Courtesy
Miles Showell Cut
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
Ary Carvalhaes Percussion Engineer
Marc Bessant Graphic Design, Repackaging
Graciela Silberberg Session Supervisor
Simon Clark Cmi
Dan Blore Sleeve Restoration
Charlene Colon Session Supervisor
Renato Costa Session Supervisor
Mic Smith Introduction
Mike Large Executive Producer
John Doran Writer, Liner Notes
Mark Claydon Archival Assistant
Sandy Lieberson Producer
Daniel Mason Print Production
Annie Parsons Personal Assistant
Rachael Henley Personal Assistant
Scott Barnett Archival Assistant
Robbie McIntosh Marketing
Nguyen Green Compilation Assistant, Archival Assistant
Ray Andrew Camera Operator
Michael Genne Camera Operator
Malcolm Macintosh Camera Operator
John De Borman Camera Operator
Michael Chapman Director
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