So [25th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with "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 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, So, with "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 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 African music, jangly pop, and soul 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 So doesn't develop the unity of its two predecessors. [A 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2012.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 884108001547
  • Catalog Number: 800154
  • Sales rank: 2,666

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, 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
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
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
Technical Credits
Laurie Anderson Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Cmi
David Bottrill Engineer
Tony Cousins Remastering
Wayne Jackson Horn Arrangements
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bruce Lampcov overdub engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
David Rhodes Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Ian Cooper Mastering
David Stallbaumer Engineer, Studio Manager
Jairo Gualberto Percussion Engineer
Richard Chappell Engineer
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
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