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Peter Gabriel
Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England
Active: '70s-2010s Major
Styles: Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Album Rock
Instrument: Vocals, Keyboards Representative
Albums: "Peter Gabriel", "Peter Gabriel", "Peter Gabriel" Representative
Songs: "Solsbury Hill", "Sledgehammer", "Don't Give Up"

UPC Type Title
601704620015 Vinyl Birdy
5099973071129 (i) CD Birdy: Soundtrack (Remastered)
180030000598 CD Birdy-Music From the Film
724359523729 CD Hit
7898103002952 (i) CD Live Blood
724381223826 (i) CD Long Walk Home
884108000359 CD New Blood
826992026626 CD New Blood Live in London (2CD)
7898103207852 (i) DVD New Blood Live in London
801213036998 Blu-Ray New Blood-Live in London
884108000380 CD New Blood: Live in London Special Edition (2 CD)
724384954000 (i) CD Ovo: The Millennium Show
5099973071525 (i) CD Passion: Soundtrack (Remastered)
180030000604 CD Passion-Music for...
180030000635 CD Peter Gabriel 3: Melt
180030000666 CD Peter Gabriel 4: Security
180030000611 CD Peter Gabriel 1: Car
180030000628 CD Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch
801213052394 DVD Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live
801213037094 DVD Peter Gabriel: New Blood-Live in London
801213339099 Blu-Ray Peter Gabriel: New Blood-Live in London
801213341894 Blu-Ray Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live
601704345208 Vinyl Peter Gabriel 3
180030000642 CD Plays Live Highlights
720642531921 (i) CD Plays Live
075678242922 (i) CD Revisited
884108002131 CD Scratch My Back/and I'Ll Scratch Yours
180030000178 CD Scratch My Back
180030000185 CD Scratch My Back
884108002384 Vinyl Scratch My Back & I'Ll Scratch Yours
884108002339 (i) Vinyl Scratch My Back & I'Ll Scratch Yours
724383984022 (i) CD Secret World Live
180030000673 CD Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
884108001691 (i) CD So
884108001400 CD So (25th Anniversary)
884108001547 CD So-25th Anniversary Edition (Remastered)
884108001554 CD So-25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
077778636823 (i) CD Unpopular Songs
180030000741 CD Up
724381306208 (i) CD Up
180030000697 CD Us
5099973070924 (i) CD Us (Remastered)

Biography: As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and with 1982's Security, he began to move into the mainstream; "Shock the Monkey" became his first Top 40 hit, paving the way for his multi-platinum breakthrough So in 1986. Accompanied by a series of groundbreaking videos and the number one single "Sledgehammer," So became a multi-platinum hit, and Gabriel became an international star. Instead of capitalizing on his sudden success, he began to explore other interests, including recording soundtracks and running his company Real World. By the time he returned to pop with 1992's Us, his mass audience had faded away and he spent the remainder of the '90s working on multimedia projects for Real World.

Following his departure from Genesis in 1976, Peter Gabriel began work on the first of three consecutive eponymously titled albums; each record was named Peter Gabriel, he said, as if they were editions of the same magazine. In 1977, his first solo album appeared and became a moderate success due to the single "Solsbury Hill." Another self-titled record followed in 1978, yet received comparatively weaker reviews. Gabriel's third eponymous album proved to be his artistic breakthrough, however. Produced by Steve Lillywhite and released in 1980, the album established Gabriel as one of rock's most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political -- "Biko," a song about a murdered anti-apartheid activist, became one of the biggest protest anthems of the '80s. "Games Without Frontiers," with its eerie chorus, nearly reached the Top 40.

In 1982, Gabriel released Security, which was an even bigger success, earning positive reviews and going gold on the strength of the startling video for "Shock the Monkey." Just as his solo career was taking off, Gabriel participated in a one-shot Genesis reunion in order to finance his WOMAD -- World of Music, Arts and Dance -- Festival. WOMAD was designed to bring various world musics and customs to a Western audience, and it soon turned into an annual event, and a live double album was released that year to commemorate the event. As Gabriel worked on his fifth album, he contributed the soundtrack to Alan Parker's 1984 film Birdy. His score was highly praised and it won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes that year. After founding Real World, Inc. -- a corporation devoted to developing bridges between technology and multi-ethnic arts -- in 1985, he completed his fifth album, So.

Released in 1986, So became Gabriel's commercial breakthrough, largely because his Stax homage "Sledgehammer" was blessed with an innovative video that combined stop-action animation with live action. So climbed to number two as "Sledgehammer" hit number one, with "Big Time" -- featuring a video very similar to "Sledgehammer" -- reaching the Top Ten and "In Your Eyes" hitting the Top 30. As So was riding high on the American and British charts, Gabriel co-headlined the first benefit tour for Amnesty International in 1986 with Sting and U2. Another Amnesty International Tour followed in 1988, and the following year, Gabriel released Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, a collection of instrumentals used in Martin Scorsese's film. Passion was the furthest Gabriel delved into worldbeat, and the album was widely acclaimed, winning the Grammy Award in 1989 for Best New Age Performance. In 1990, he released the hits compilation Shaking the Tree.

Gabriel labored long on the pop music follow-up to So, finally releasing Us in the spring of 1992. During the recording of Us, Gabriel went through a number of personal upheavals, including a painful divorce, and those tensions manifested themselves on Us, a much darker record than So. For various reasons, not the least of which was the fact that it was released six years after its predecessor, Us wasn't as commercially successful as So, despite positive reviews. Only one single, the "Sledgehammer" knockoff "Steam," reached the Top 40, and the album stalled at platinum sales. In 1993, Gabriel embarked on the most ambitious WOMAD tour to date, touring the United States with a roster including Crowded House, James, and Sin ad O'Connor, with whom he had an on-off romantic relationship. The following year, he released the double-disc Secret World Live, which went gold. Later in 1994, he released the CD-ROM Xplora, one of many projects he developed with Real World. For the rest of the decade, Gabriel concentrated on developing more multimedia projects for the company and working on a new studio album.

Up was released in 2002, a full decade after Gabriel's last studio effort. Dense, cerebral, and often difficult, the record peaked at number nine but failed to sell well in America. It fared slightly better in Canada, where it went gold. He then turned his attention to a host of different projects, although the release of Big Blue Ball -- a compilation of collaborative performances recorded at Real World Studios during the '90s -- helped placate fans while Gabriel focused his energies elsewhere. He eventually returned to the studio for another album, 2010's Scratch My Back, which featured orchestral covers of songs originally performed by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Paul Simon, David Bowie, and others. Gabriel uncharacteristically delivered the sequel to Scratch My Back quickly, releasing New Blood -- a collection of orchestral reinterpretations of his own songs -- in the fall of 2011. The following year, Gabriel held a lavish celebration of the 25th anniversary of So, releasing several deluxe editions of the record -- the largest being a four-CD, two-DVD, two-vinyl box -- and launching the Back to Front tour, where he played So in its entirety. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi