Peter Gabriel III (album) by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel III
Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel (1980)
Overall rank: 392nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 432 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1980 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (53rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (392nd)

Peter Gabriel bestography

Peter Gabriel III is ranked 2nd best out of 23 albums by Peter Gabriel on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Peter Gabriel is So which is ranked number 264 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,297.

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82/100 (from 432 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 81.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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From 07/24/2019 22:24
I like So, but this may be his best. Way better than anything Phil Collins did.
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From 06/27/2019 04:24
A brilliant collection of strong political songs by Peter Gabriel. Family Snapshot and Games Without Frontiers are pure gold. A great listen.
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From 05/08/2019 06:24
My favorite PG album without doubt. Fair enough to those who prefer So but PGIII is much more my style, reminiscent of contemporaries like Talking Heads but you're never going to mistake Peter Gabriel for anyone else, and this album has his mark all over it.

Intruder opens things in what can only be called a rather creepy fashion, but that is a testament to the fact it works. High marks to the great Robert Fripp lending his great style to a few songs here, especially I Don't Remember. Everyone knows Games Without Frontiers which is of course great, and Biko ends things in the most PG way possible.

Agree with a previous commenter who said this album is why Gabriel left Genesis. While I'd be lying if I said think either party improved after that split, this is a consistently high quality effort that is unmistakably the result of years of growth on Gabriel's part, and I recommend it for anyone who is even slightly inclined to call themselves a fan.
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From 06/01/2018 23:40
Ex-Genesis frontman records a touching tribute to Brian Pern who died suddenly in a tragic Segway accident.
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From 02/02/2018 08:34
What a pleasure it was to hear 'Games Without Frontiers' and 'Biko' for the first time in donkey years , definitely reminded me what great songs they both are.

The rest of this album is pretty good also , especially track 1 'Intruder' which IMO is a good as any on the album . Musically there's some interesting stuff such as track loops , xylophones , whistling and Phil Colin's drumming .

If you are a music fan I can't recommend this album more highly .
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From 10/25/2017 13:06
This is so good! Not as lush or full-sounding as So, but terrifically written. I love it.
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From 12/03/2016 21:38
Very ambitious album. Personal favorite Peter Gabriel album. I like the fact that Peter Gabriel told the drummer to not use any cymbals
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From 09/08/2016 20:50
Absolutely brilliant... this is the reason PG left Genesis.. this is the album he intuitively knew he had in him and would not be able to birth while still with Genesis.
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From 06/05/2016 11:21
Peter Gabriel's first masterpiece. He's finally found his solo voice after two slightly ambitious and uncertain albums. Here though, is the start of the Peter Gabriel sound, these are the kind of songs you associate with him. Great songs here, games without frontiers, family snapshot, and, I don't remember, are all excellent. Closing with the superb, Biko, this is the true start of Gabriel's solo career.
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From 03/03/2016 14:00
This is (obviously) a massive favorite of mine. I've listened to it regularly since the day I pulled it off the new release rack at my local record store
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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
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