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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get ripped off!!!!!!!!!!
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...
Published on July 19 2004 by Bill Bennett
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This review is from: Security (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Security" system,
This review is from: Security (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.")
Still, that almost sounds like I am somehow slighting this album by comparing it to others. I'll even go so far as to say that the "Biko" derivative "Wallflower" makes the album come up a bit short between PG3 and "So." It's hard to do that with an artist as consistently creative as Peter Gabriel, who chose to keep challenging himself even though commercial success had been eluding him for quite some time. "Shock The Monkey" finally gave him the watershed American momentum that would codify with "So."
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get ripped off!!!!!!!!!!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Security,
This review is from: Security (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent album plus wonderful remastering!,
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. It starts with mechanical sounding chimes and gets more dramatic and intense and gets darker and more and more instruments come in and really amazing keyboard work finally culminates with the song becoming a very intense power ballad with a very desperate tone before falling back into a strange outro with an eerie style that's kind of hard to explain what it's like but it's really strange.
"Wallflower" is a hauntingly beautiful song about a prisoner who is mentally tortured by his captors and resists the captors' lies and deceit. The song itself is just beautiful and showcased a new and growing maturity in Gabriel's music and is one of his best ballads and provides some light after the darkness of the rest of this album. This song is the forshadow of the much more accessible sound that defined his following album "So" a few years later but "Wallflower" perfectly fits especially with it's haunting keyboards and unbelievably innovative sounds and beat. Upon listening to this, I almost find it hard to believe that this album was actually released way back in 1982!
You should hear the samples taken from these two tracks that would make onto his tear-inducing "Birdy" soundtrack because they are absolutely haunting especially "Wallflower".
"Shock The Monkey" and "I Have The Touch" are likely the most accessible tracks on this album. "Shock The Monkey" was Gabriel's first top 40 hit of his solo career and still stands as one of his most memorable hits of his career. The song has really amazing brass section and a really disturbingly awesome sound. I would almost go as to say that it's even better than "Sledgehammer". No pun intended at all. I still get chills listening to this timeless classic and the video was awesome too. This version easily beats the 'radio' edit by a longshot. "I Have The Touch" I can easily relate to. This song comes in two version that I'm aware of. The version on this album is different from the single 1983 remix. The version on this CD though is darker and has a much heavier and more techno-style beat and a much sunnier melody than the other tracks on this CD. I really can relate to this song as it's about the tale of someone disillusioned with small town life and wanting to live in the 'Big City' and enjoying the 'rush of it all'. I love the lyrics too.
"The Family and The Fishing Net" is the scariest song on this album after "Rhythm of The Heat" and is every bit as dark as almost anything from his third album. The song has a really creepy and strong African tribal sound and a dark and disturbing melody. I don't know how to describe this song except that it's one of the highlight songs on this CD. The song is a dark and disturbing tale of a wedding taking place but not the kind on a sunny Saturday afternoon with wedding but of a tribal ritual where sacrifices take place. The last minute and a half is nerve-rattlingly scary but absolutely awesome!
Everything ends on an upbeat note with the closing track "Kiss of Life". It is a highly upbeat and fast-paced song with a much happier vibe and a strongly African beat and the song grows faster until it comes to an epic end, ending things on a bright note.
The remastered edition of this album completely renders the original CD version recycling or art project material and is far more intense with greater volume quality, greater detail and a much sharper sound quality, not to mention nice matt finish painting! I completely agree with another reviewer: Be careful not to crack the windows! I couldn't agree more especially with the opening song. I strongly recommend that you purchase this CD as soon as possible. Do not let the fact that there are only eight songs on here. You'll get more out just the eight songs on this album than you would on these useless CDs with 16 toothless songs on new pop CDs nowadays. Gabriel never again toyed with such popular music in an intense matter the way he did on this album even though "So" is arguably my favorite album of his.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel's Best,
This is also one of those albums you either love or hate. Not as radio-friendly as his later work (shy "Shock the Monkey"), this is music to be taken at one dose.
Please note that this is a stero-only SACD, and SACD-compatible hardware is required.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an album for a bad acid trip,
This review is from: Security (Ltd.Ed) (Audio CD)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 prog-rock days with Genesis. The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was one of the first digital samplers, and Gabriel used it to record scraped exhaust pipes, marimbas, grunts, growls, and a raft of unidentifiable sounds, then combined them with processed drums and guitar, percussion, bass, the Chapman stick, and vocals often on the edge of insanity. The album sounds the way its cover looks: you're not sure what the heck is going on, but it's pretty freaky, whatever it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars pull my chin, stroke my hair, scratch my nose, hug my knees,
This review is from: Security (Audio CD)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 songwriter/performer. the re-mastering is impeccable. some new photos. i have two major complaints:
1. there is plenty of room on a cd these days...room for maybe 20 seconds of silence followed by a bonus track or two. i'm not sure how many singles were released for this album but i know of at least one track [soft dog] that would have been a perfect 'gift' to us dedicated fans who have probably already paid full price for this album once or twice before.
2. it would have been nice to have some liner notes by the man himself...describing ideas for the songs, emotions in the studio, etc.
i hope one day for a comprehensive 3 or 4 disc box set of alternate takes, rare stuff & remixes of PG. if you look at the date this review was posted, you may draw the conclusion that i have been pussyfooting. why would a hard-core PG fan wait until now to buy the same album, remastered? well, i guess like most people, i have to work hard for the money i make and there is very little 'extra' to offer here aside from the improved sound quality. at some point i would like to shed my current PG collection with the newly remastered editions. if there had been bonus tracks on each, i would have all of them by now...instead, i think i'll take my time - maybe try to find 'em used.
5.0 out of 5 stars His greatest album without a doubt!,
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This review is from: Security (Audio CD)This 1982 album is just phenomenal that I cannot muster up the right words to explain how great this CD really is.
"Security" is like nothing else that came around this time in music. I never would've guessed that this album came out way back in 1982 as it sounds so many years ahead of it's time like as if it was music from another planet.
"Shock The Monkey" is chaotic and intense fun with edgy bass lines and that unforgettable trumpet riff. The best song on here is the ballad "Wallflower" which while softer in general than the rest of this album, has very dramatic and touching lyrics. In ways, it also forms the bridge between this and "So" four years later.
"SO" may be his commercial peak and is great but "Security" is his masterpiece no doubt about it.
The remastering is unbelievable.
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