Peter Gabriel has made a career of making some of the music industry’s most well known and respected music. That’s been the case for nearly five decades. Whether during his time in the legendary prog-rock band, Genesis or on his own, Gabriel has had nothing but success throughout his career. Now one of his most classic albums has gotten its own documentary, telling how it came to be. That album is his 1986 album, So.
So has become one of Peter Gabriel’s finest and most well known records thanks to hits such as ‘Red Rain, ‘Sledgehammer’, ‘Don’t Give Up’ and even a song that would make its way to the soundtrack of John Cusack’s movie, Say Anything in the form of ‘In Your Eyes’ just to name a handful of tracks. This new documentary, which is part of the “Classic Albums” series, takes a look at those songs and others from So, and how each came to life. It’s a good starting point both for any novice audiophile and a good look back for any experienced Peter Gabriel fan. It culls interviews with the likes of drummer Manu Katche and Tony Levin (King Crimson) among others to tell just how much work went into the creation of So. Levin shows some of his bass licks on camera. Just watching this fellow legend pull off said licks is amazing. The way in which he moves his hands across his instrument will leave any viewer watching these moments again and again.
One of the highlights of this documentary comes in the discussion over the album’s biggest hit, ‘Sledgehammer.’ The anecdotes shared about this song are both enlightening and entertaining. They are just a portion of the material that real long time Peter Gabriel fans will find interesting in this near hour long documentary. Even for those who are new to the music of this legend, the material offered in this release is impressive as it makes for a good starting point for said individuals. The bonus material included in both the DVD and Blu-ray presentation adds even more to the overall viewing experience as well. Whether on DVD or on Blu-ray, audiences will get the same presentation, leaving no one and nothing out. Here fans of Peter Gabriel have one more reason to check out this new release, which is available now in stores and online. It makes for one more great gift idea for the music lover in any home. It can be ordered online direct via the Eagle Rock Entertainment website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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