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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.

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Real World Prod. Ltd


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Recorder,Vocals,Background Vocals,Surdo,Sampling,Mellotron,Synthesizer Bass,keyboard bass
Holmes Brothers   Background Vocals
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
Kate Bush   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phil Collins   Drums,Surdo
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   Background Vocals
Steve Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Trombone
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Fatala   Percussion
Rachel Z   Keyboards,Vocals
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin
P.P. Arnold   Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Mandolin,chamberlain,Treated Piano
Josef Chirowski   Keyboards
Billy Cobham   Drums
Larry Fast   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer,Prophet Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass,Moog Bass,Electric Bagpipes
Robert Fripp   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Jill Gabriel   Background Vocals
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums
John Giblin   Bass
Coral Gordon   Background Vocals
Peter Green   Electric Guitar
Stephen Hague   Percussion,Drums
Hossam Ramzy   Surdo
Reggie Houston   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Cornet
Manu Katché   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Daniel Lanois   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Hi Hat
Tony Levin   Bass,Tuba,Stick,Vocals
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
Steve Lillywhite   Human Whistle
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Don Mikkelsen   Trombone
Dick Morrissey   Saxophone
Youssou N'Dour   Voices
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Hugh Padgham   Human Whistle
Morris Pert   Percussion
Renard Poché   Trombone,Horn
David Rhodes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Mark Rivera   Saxophone
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Richard Tee   Piano
Karl Wallinger   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bayete   Keyboards
Ayub Ogada   Vocals
James Watson   Conductor
Babacar Faye   Djembe,Sabar
Gus Isidore   Guitar
Lévon Minassian   Doudouk
Doudou N'Daiye Rose   Percussion
Jackie Shave   Violin
Richard MacPhail   Vocals
Arona N'diaye   Sabar
James Gerard Watson   Conductor
Richard Chappell   Tom-Tom,Loops
Ged Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Dominic Greensmith   Drums
Adrian Chivers   Background Vocals
Will White   Percussion
Chuck Norman   Strings,Keyboards
Justin Adams   Guitar
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals,Background Vocals
John MacArthur Ellis   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Green   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Melanie Gabriel   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Ellis and His SDB   Guitar,Background Vocals
Sidney McGinnie   Guitar,Mandolin
Ningali Lawford   Vocals
Myarn Lawford   Vocals
Jozef Chirowski   Keyboards
Gavin White   Violin
Ganga Girl   Didjeridu
Ekome Dance Company   Drums
Ad Chivers   Background Vocals
Richard MacPhail   Vocals
Simon Clark   Bass,Hammond B3
Gordon Carol   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Taylor   Engineer
Peter Gabriel   Composer,Programming,Producer,Whistle
Richard Evans   Programming,Engineer,Whistle
Tom Lord-Alge   Remixing
Richard Blair   Programming
David Bottrill   Programming,Engineer
Malcolm Burn   Horn Arrangements
Brian Christian   Engineer
Pete Davis   Programming
Bob Ezrin   Producer
Larry Fast   Programming
Jim Frank   Engineer
Robert Fripp   Producer
Michael Getlin   Engineer
Keith Grant   Engineer
Stephen Hague   Programming,Producer,Bass Programming
Robert Hrycyna   Engineer
Chris Hughes   Programming
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Whistle
David Lord   Producer,Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn   Remixing
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Steve Osborne   Producer,Remixing
Hugh Padgham   Engineer,Whistle
Allan Schwartzberg   Direction
Steve Short   Engineer
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Tim Summerhayes   Engineer
Assane Thaim   Tama
Karl Wallinger   Composer,Producer
Neil Sparkes   Composer
BT   Programming
Dave A. Harris   Engineer
Will Gregory   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Richard Chappell   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Danny Heaps   Remixing
Alex Swift   Programming
Robert Stasiak   Engineer
Steve Taylor   Engineer
Chuck Norman   Programming
David Bascombe   Engineer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Nick Ingham   Orchestration
Elizabeth Purnell   Orchestration
Dave Harris   Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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