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This 1990 release is a great collection of Peter Gabriel's best known songs. It's a good CD to have in your collection if you are just a casual fan and want to have his best tracks all on one album. The CD has been superseded by the 2CD collection 'HIT' though, which contains a larger collection and more recent chart topping tracks.
This CD features 16 songs from Gabriel's earliest days when he had just left Genesis to anything he recorded until 1990. It opens with the stomping 'Solsbury Hill', a song he wrote about his frustration when trying to cope as the lead singer of rock band Genesis. The song is a not too veiled message to his former band-mates about how bad it was towards the end before he split from the group.
Other great tracks that just had to be in this collection include some of his biggest chart topping tracks 'Don't Give Up', the sublime, emotional duet with Kate Bush as well as the rousing pop rock song 'Sledgehammer', a fun and high energy track. Another loud pop song 'Big Time' is also included in the collection.
There are a couple of classics on the album with the anthemic 'Biko' and the popular but curious hit 'Games Without Frontiers'.
A few more surprising songs on the album include 'Zaar', an instrumental piece which is more in line with Gabriel's more recent work. The atmospheric track 'San Jacinto' also makes an appearance. It's an epic, spiritual track which is incredibly moving.
There are a lot of fast paced, darker rock-pop tracks including 'Red Rain', 'I Don't Remember' and 'Shock The Monkey'. I would say the album overall has more of a lively style with the slower, softer tracks interspersed here and there. One of the more beautiful quieter tracks is 'Mercy Street', a delicate, hypnotic track that is quite long but which is like a long, sweet dream.
I would definitely recommend this album as it's a wonderful collection of some of Gabriel's best tracks from his most productive era.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Solsbury Hill
2 I Don't Remember
4 Family Snapshot
5 Mercy Street
6 Shaking The Tree
7 Don't Give Up
8 San Jacinto
9 Here Comes The Flood
10 Red Rain
11 Games Without Frontiers
12 Shock The Monkey
13 I Have The Touch
14 Big Time