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Peter Gabriel (1982 album)

Peter Gabriel is the fourth eponymous album released by English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It is sometimes known by the title Security. A German-language version, entitled Deutsches Album, was also released.

Peter Gabriel
Security - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
Released6 September 1982
RecordedSpring 1981 – Summer 1982
StudioAshcombe House, Bath, England
GenreArt rock, experimental rock, worldbeat, progressive rock, industrial rock
Length45:27
LabelCharisma (UK)
Geffen (US)
ProducerDavid Lord and Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
Peter Gabriel
(1982)
Plays Live
(1983)
Singles from Peter Gabriel
  1. "I Have the Touch"
    Released: 8 September 1982
  2. "Shock the Monkey"
    Released: 14 September 1982
  3. "Wallflower"/"Kiss of Life"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times2.5/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Uncut8/10[7]
The Village VoiceC+[8]

Contents

SongsEdit

The songs on the album cover a wide variety of subject matter. "The Rhythm of the Heat" is based on Carl Jung's experience while observing a group of African drummers. "San Jacinto" reflects on the fear and pain experienced by a Native American man who sees his culture overwhelmed by modern white society, its lyrics based on a story told to Gabriel by an Apache member. "Shock the Monkey", a meditation on jealousy, uses imagery of a primate to describe personal anxieties.[9] "Lay Your Hands on Me" deals with a theme of healing, through trust, which is further explored on later albums. "The Family and the Fishing Net" is a song comparing a modern-day wedding to a voodoo sacrifice. "Wallflower" is about the treatment of political prisoners in Latin America during the 1980s.[10]

Larry Fast, who played synthesizer on the album, mentioned during a presentation on Moog synthesizers that the working title for "The Rhythm of the Heat" was "Jung in Africa", the working title for "Shock the Monkey" was "Black Bush", and the working title for "Lay Your Hands on Me" was "93" – this was the number of the LinnDrum pattern used on the track.[11]

In The South Bank Show's documentary of the album's recording, the working title for "I Have the Touch" was shown to be "Hands".[12]

RecordingEdit

The album is an early full digital recording. Its instrumentation is mostly electronic with extensive sampling (through use of the then-new Fairlight CMI) and percussion.[13] It was recorded at Gabriel's then-home, Ashcombe House in Somerset, England in 1981.[14]

The album was remastered with most of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002.

TitleEdit

As with his previous three albums, the album had no title other than Gabriel's name. In the United States and Canada, his new label Geffen Records issued the album, with Gabriel's reluctant agreement, with a Security sticker on top of the shrink-wrap to differentiate it from his previous releases, and this title was also printed on the labels. Whilst Gabriel provided the title himself, the album was officially known as Peter Gabriel in other territories. As a result, it is known by fans as Security or Peter Gabriel 4.

This was the last album by Gabriel to be titled Peter Gabriel until the 2008 compilation album released covermounted onto The Mail on Sunday.[15]

Alternative versionsEdit

Five songs from the album – "The Rhythm of the Heat", "San Jacinto", "The Family and the Fishing Net", "I Have the Touch", and "Shock the Monkey" – are included among the live performances on Gabriel's double album Plays Live (1983).[16]

Adaptations of "The Rhythm of the Heat", "San Jacinto", and "Wallflower" were included in Gabriel's soundtrack for the 1984 film Birdy.

Alternative metal band Primus covered "The Family and the Fishing Net" on their 1998 EP Rhinoplasty.

In other mediaEdit

"The Rhythm of the Heat" appears prominently in the opening scene of the episode "Evan" from the first season of the television series Miami Vice. With seven songs used, Gabriel had the most songs featured by a solo artist in the series. He is also the only artist to have had a song used in four of the show's five seasons. (None of his songs were used in the second season, though "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins, which features backing vocals by Gabriel, was used in the second-season premiere.) The song was also used in the film Natural Born Killers.

"Shock the Monkey" was featured on the 1987 film, Project X (starring Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt). The song was referenced in the 1988, Season 6, Episode 17 of the American sitcom Cheers. Lillith says she will never be able to hear "Shock the Monkey" again without crying. The song also appeared in the South Park episode "Raisins".

"I Have the Touch" featured in the 1988 film, The Chocolate War. An alternate version of the track was featured on the 1996 film, Phenomenon, starring John Travolta. A cover version by Heather Nova was featured in The Craft.

"Lay Your Hands on Me" appears in the fifth season of The Americans in the episode "Crossbreed." It is the third appearance of a Gabriel tune in the series, the first being "Games Without Frontiers" in the season one finale "The Colonel" and the second being "Here Comes The Flood" in the third episode of season three, "The Walk In."

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Peter Gabriel.

Side One
No.TitleLength
1."The Rhythm of the Heat"5:15
2."San Jacinto"6:21
3."I Have the Touch"4:30
4."The Family and the Fishing Net"7:08
Side Two
No.TitleLength
5."Shock the Monkey"5:28
6."Lay Your Hands on Me"6:03
7."Wallflower"6:30
8."Kiss of Life"4:17

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Peak position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 28
Music Week (UK) Albums 6

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "I Have the Touch" Billboard Mainstream Rock 46
"Kiss of Life" Billboard Mainstream Rock 34
"Shock the Monkey" Billboard Black Singles 64
Billboard Club Play Singles 26
Billboard Mainstream Rock 1
Billboard Pop Singles 29
UK Singles 58

CertificationsEdit

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold 30 November 1982
CRIA – Canada Gold 1 February 1983
CRIA – Canada Platinum 1 February 1983

Deutsches AlbumEdit

Deutsches Album
Studio album by Peter Gabriel
ReleasedSeptember 1982
Recorded1981–1982
GenreArt rock, experimental rock, worldbeat, progressive rock
Length45:27
LabelCharisma Records
ProducerDavid Lord and Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
Deutsches Album
(1982)
Plays Live
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [17]

Deutsches Album (1982) is Gabriel's German-language adaptation of his fourth album. It was released simultaneously with the international edition in Germany.

Gabriel's previous German-language album, Ein deutsches Album (1980), is mostly an overdub of its corresponding English-language version, Peter Gabriel (1980).[citation needed] In contrast, Deutsches Album differs from its international release in several ways.

The album boasts a different running order: "San Jacinto" is transposed with "The Family and the Fishing Net" (here, "Das Fischernetz").

Some of the songs are substantially remixed. Some songs are 15–30 seconds longer or shorter than their international versions. Track eight gains a final coda not on the English version, while track seven has an earlier instrumental fade.

The background vocals are redone in German. In the third track, a shouted nonsense refrain has been added.

All songs written by Peter Gabriel. "Texte" (lyrics) by Peter Gabriel and Horst Königstein.

Side one
  1. "Der Rhythmus der Hitze" – 5:36
  2. "Das Fischernetz" – 6:45
  3. "Kon Takt!" – 4:31
  4. "San Jacinto" – 6:13
Side two
  1. "Schock den Affen" – 5:43
  2. "Handauflegen" – 6:02
  3. "Nicht die Erde hat dich verschluckt" – 5:59
  4. "Mund zum Mund Beatmung" – 4:54

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (4 July 1993). "A Solo Discography". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2 November 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Brunner, Rob (12 July 2002). "Peter Gabriel: Security". Entertainment Weekly: 84–85.
  5. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1: 'Car' / Peter Gabriel 2: 'Scratch' / Peter Gabriel 3: 'Melt' / Peter Gabriel 3: 'Ein Deutsches Album' / Peter Gabriel 4: 'Security' / Peter Gabriel 4: 'Deutsches Album'". Q (352). November 2015.
  6. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Peter Gabriel". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 319–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Thomson, Graeme (November 2015). "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1 ('Car') / Peter Gabriel 2 ('Scratch') / Peter Gabriel 3 ('Melt') / Peter Gabriel 4 ('Security')". Uncut (222): 88–89.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 November 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Tracks explained". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Wallflower by Peter Gabriel Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Conversations in the Key of MOOG". Synthtopia.com. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  12. ^ "The South Bank Show 31 October 1982". IMDB.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Fairlight – The Whole Story". Audio Media. January 1996.
  14. ^ "Peter Gabriel at Ashcombe House". Synergy-emusic.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  15. ^ "The Mail on Sunday Covermount CD". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  16. ^ Peter Gabriel Plays Live at AllMusic
  17. ^ Valdivia, Victor W. (2011). "Security [Germany] - Peter Gabriel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.

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