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Peter Gabriel [4] (Security) (Vinyl) [Import]

Peter Gabriel LP Record
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After three eponymous discs noteworthy for their thematic richness and musical experimentation, Peter Gabriel yielded to conventional wisdom by actually titling this 1982 successor. In every other respect, however, Security was another stride beyond the progressive rock terrain Gabriel had explored from Genesis forward. Most crucially, he goes deeper into the heart of world music, and further investigates the African sources first invoked on the prior album's magisterial track, "Biko." Security is steeped in polyrhythms, sculpted with synthesizers, and detailed with percussive textures set to a low boil beneath Gabriel's yearning vocals. Its themes of transcendence and identity, and contrasts of modern isolation with primordial community, reverberate through "Lay Your Hands On Me," "I Have the Touch," "The Rhythm of the Heat," and "San Jacinto." And in "Shock the Monkey," the set's initial hit, Gabriel portentously stands dance rhythms on their head in a troubling, funny riff on the mammal within. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sept. 2 2013
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Peter Gabriel is my favorite singer and this CD is the one to buy. Gabriel, the one and only. Gabriel at is best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this one first May 1 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is his best effort. The first track will transport you with it's anthemic darkness and heeeeuge soundscape. The rest of the album will take your breath away with it's amazing atmosphere.
Peter's vocals are at their peak here, and the whole album exudes a very African vibe, check out Family and the Fishing Net and San Jacinto, beautiful and totally different.
I believe this album was one of the first to use the then-new Fairlight computer/keyboard sampling technology, and the music was so well arranged and composed...and then with this new technology it became so orchestral in it's execution. A rock masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Security" system July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I loved Peter Gabriel's third album, but it is a primarily English affair, even with the hints of African rhythms that began to creep in around the edges. When it came time to make his fourth album, Gabriel decided to take strides into areas outside his island, and the resulting album (and first to bear a proper title), "Security," was rich with African, Native American and other worldly influences. Not only were the sounds more internationalist, so were the characters involved. From the American Indian who's sadness at seeing his culture dissolve into trivialities like the "Sit'n Bull Steakhouse" to the tribal marriage in "The Family and The Fishing Net," these are people more real than anyone Gabriel had imagined on any of his other recordings. And they certainly did not sound like they were taking tea on the row.
The sound of "Security" influenced many to come. The newly reformed King Crimson and the Talking Heads were dabbling in this style of music, and it was still four years before Paul Simon would make "Graceland." It is easy to say that PG3 had as much to do with these musicians' sounds as "Security" did, but it was Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" that wedged the tribal sounds onto MTV and out from under the novelty aspect. (Adam Ant anyone?) Also, "Security" is easily the first album that carried the term "world music" out and into the general public. Even a band as innocuous as Starship wound up quoting from "Security": their "Connection" from "Nuclear Furniture" lyrically references "I Have The Touch." (There's a line about needing "Peter Gabriel like contact.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get ripped off!!!!!!!!!! July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is just a re-hash of the stereo CD, it's not "re-mastered" for multi-channel playback. You'd be much happier with Pink Floyd's 30th Anniversary Edition of the album "Dark SIde Of The Moon" or the Eagles "Hotel California" or Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"; these artists took the time and spent the money to do SACD right. Peter Gabriel is just trying to suck more money out of your pocket without any value added in return. Sure it's a slightly better recording than the original CD but certainly not worth buying again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Security June 19 2004
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Security had a hit song on it but it was highly cerebral and engaging and thats one of the great things about this album. When Peter Gabriel made Peter Gabriel 3 he dropped his Prog Rock past permanantly but compromised by adding in world music and more moods, tempos (mostly dark), and tackled subjects. Security is more vibrant then PG3 and not quite as strong but Peter plays instruments on every song for the first time this time around from powerfull percussion to amazing synths making this album a landmark recording and he journeys even deeper into world music shown on the african Rhythm Of The Heat, the carribian Kiss Of Life and Family and The Fishing Net and Native American San Jacinto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent album plus wonderful remastering! May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Peter Gabriel's 1982 opus entitled "Security" picks right up where his 1980 self-titled third album left off but at the same time is another great leap forward from his previous outings.
Somewhat brighter in mood, Less monochromic and more accessible in sound, "Security" is arguably one of his greatest, most innovative, and most important work of art of his entire solo career. At the same time parts of this album are every bit as dark and spooky as his third album is. Having been one of my favorite albums of his career, I decided to replace the older CD editions with the then newly re-issued remasters and "Security" was the first one I got and HOLY GOOD NIGHT! This album is unbelievably intense and loud!
"Rhythm Of The Heat" scared the daylights out of me when I first heard it many years ago on a train during a thunderstorm. The song begins with the sound of an industrial machine sound effect and with Gabriel's distant wail a very ominous melody comes in and the song will take you to dark but amazing places. The song becomes very tribal and very intense, not to mention scary as h.e.l.l. Everything rises to a critically high-intensity with the last minute with the songs beat rising to a very fast pace and menacing sound that has been unrivalled by almost anything I've ever heard before. Must I say this song is much more intense and more earth-shaking than any heavy metal song can even dream to be. If there's any song on this album that really had it's power multiplied, it's "Rhythm of The Heat". Be very careful not the crack or shatter the windows nearby.
A couple of these songs are very deep and sometimes even a bit heartbreaking especially nowadays with a harsh social and political climate.
"San Jacinto" is the most bizarre track on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, dit ma conjointe
Du Peter Gabriel à son meilleur. Indémodable. Un CD à avoir dans sa collection.(dit ma conjointe). Mais la pochette est particulièrement laide.
Published 21 months ago by Jean Christophe Pertin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel's Best
When I first heard this album on vinyl years ago on a high-end sound system, I thought nothing could improve on it. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by James E. Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an album for a bad acid trip
Gabriel has always pushed the limits of recording technology--on this album he was finally able to achieve the chilling creepiness he'd been striving for since his earliest... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Penmachine
5.0 out of 5 stars pull my chin, stroke my hair, scratch my nose, hug my knees
if you've never heard this album, there's not much i'm going to say to try to convince you to. this review is, instead, for those of us who are long-time fans of this master... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by spaceboy
5.0 out of 5 stars His greatest album without a doubt!
This 1982 album is just phenomenal that I cannot muster up the right words to explain how great this CD really is. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe and secure!
This 1982 album is just phenomenal that I cannot muster up the right words to explain how great this CD really is. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars An Artist Losing His Touch ...
This is a really good recording. I'd rank it third behind his first and third solo albums [neither of these have names]. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Dr. Michael A. Rinella
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