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Hit: The Definitive Two-CD Collection

Hit: The Definitive Two-CD Collection

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by Peter Gabriel

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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


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)."

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Geffen Records


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
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,Mandolin,Vocals,Human Whistle
David Sancious   Hammond Organ
Steve Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Trombone
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Lakshminarayana 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
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,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
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
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 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
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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