Peter Gabriel  (Security) (Vinyl) Import
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2002 remastered pressing. SECURITY picks up on the structural advances made on Gabriel's previous album (the third of his untitled solo recordings), by combining his creepy, quirky, post-art rock leanings with Third World-rhythmic patterns. A successful fusion of the modern (synths, heavily-processed guitars) and the ancient (tribal rhythms, lyrical themes that reach into the ancestral memories of various cultures), SECURITY was both Gabriel's most sophisticated and most accessible work to date. Infectious, funky rhythms allow mega-hit "Shock The Monkey" and the propulsive "Kiss Of Life" to transcend Gabriel's more cerebral tendencies, exploring the visceral end of things. While there's a celebratory feel to much of the music here, tunes like "The Rhythm of the Heat" reach back to the darker, ominous tone of Gabriel's last album, but throughout SECURITY, Gabriel sounds like a man who's been liberated from the constraints of his old habits, dancing up a storm without everlosing sight of his conceptual/thematic goals.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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.Published on Sept. 2 2013 by Gionet Josee
Du Peter Gabriel à son meilleur. Indémodable. Un CD à avoir dans sa collection.(dit ma conjointe). Mais la pochette est particulièrement laide.Published on Nov. 1 2012 by KiKOiComment
This is his best effort. The first track will transport you with it's anthemic darkness and heeeeuge soundscape. Read morePublished on May 1 2007 by furbottle
Security had a hit song on it but it was highly cerebral and engaging and thats one of the great things about this album. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Brian Ogilby
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Penmachine
This 1982 album is just phenomenal that I cannot muster up the right words to explain how great this CD really is. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003