Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by neilgee (2020)
- Chart updated: 04/05/2020 17:15
- (Created: 11/09/2012 13:46).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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One of the classic opening tracks of all time for me. It works perfectly. It's the best of his imput to Genesis meets the best of Peter the solo artist. I always thought this could have been a double a-side with Solisbury Hill.
Track 2 continues where Moribund leaves off, magical music. The first 3 tracks on this album hit heights never seen on one album for me.
Track 3: Just superb, classy rock n roll. Hard to comprehend that this wasn't a hit in it's own right as the follow up to Solisbury Hill.
4: I love it, I think it's interesting and inspired, it breaks all the rules, Gabriel's vocals never grate but they are great (Groan). It starts out like A Capella but almost develops into a rock ballad and the lyrics on this album are simply unsurpassed by any other album he's recorded. Terrific stuff!
5: After the pounding of Modern Love and the exquisite strangeness of Excuse Me, Humdrum is where Gabriel's ability to create an atmosphere in music comes to the fore.
I ride tandem with a random
Things don't run the way I planned them
In the humdrum
he sings with that faux ennui, and then the lilting, undercutting chorus before the song begins to build and build like a symphony towards it's climax. This is extraordinary stuff. Love it.
6: We're character actors from the Tower of Babel
Bewildered, burned out, hardly able
To sit astride the high wire cable
It's hard to balance, a little unstable.
sings PG in this beguiling start to the second side of the album, this song changes pace 3 times in the first 3 verses and held me mesmerised when I first turned my vinyl copy of this over in 1977.
Dont get me wrong, I'll be strong
When the slow burn sunset come along
goes the powerful chorus, one that I'm sure many teenagers identified with at the time and since as PG creates an atmosphere of pure pathos. God, I love this stuff!
7: The wine's all drunk and so am I
slurs PG against a background of a tinkling bar-room piano in another perfect example of atmosphere in song. Waiting for the Big One. If the album was going to have a weak link it may be this one - it is rated as the 'weak' track by one Gabriel biographer but i love it because this song is superb and just adds to the spellbinding nature of this album. If that's the weakest track then no wonder this is my favourite album of all time!
8: An uplifting rock rhythm after the inebriated atmosphere of Waiting For the Big One but it's contrasted with the dark lyrics:-
And the sea is whipping up a welcome
If hell come we're all easy prey,
Trying to find a way
to make it alive"
and the repeated despairing refrain of 'You guys are crazy!' yet there's something shiningly optimistic in the music that defies the lyrics. A supreme example of a contrast/contradiction that works and all part and parcel (one part in nine equal parts) that makes up the most perfect album of all time, for me.
9: The superb show closer on the best album of all time, Flood builds slowly to a thundering chorus reminscent of crashing waves and ends with PG's plaintive:
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.
before that magnificient chorus breaks over us and ends the perfect album, God this is lovely stuff, writing about it makes me want to go and put it on right now!
As you can see I rather like PG's lyrics on this album, but the band is so tight too that finally here's a list of the personnel who played on it:
Peter Gabriel – vocals, keyboards, flute, recorder
Allan Schwartzberg – drums
Tony Levin – bass, tuba, leader of the Barbershop Quartet
Jimmy Maelen – percussion, synthibam, bones
Steve Hunter – acoustic guitars on "Solsbury Hill"; lead guitar on "Slowburn" and "Waiting for the Big One"; electric, acoustic & rhythm guitars; pedal steel
Robert Fripp – electric & classical guitars, banjo
Jozef Chirowski – keyboa [First added to this chart: 11/09/2012]
This was an album that I got me back into music at a time when I was beginning to lose interest so it deserves a lot of credit for that. [First added to this chart: 09/21/2015]
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Huge Peter Gabriel fan
good to see some recognition
I like your chart, it has Stevie Wonder with FFF. And i like that you put Peter Gabriel at Number 1 you have some of the artists that i have on the list. Jimi Hendrix and Lou Reed, Elvis Costello. Maybe Elvis on this list would make it also good. But nice that you have The Beatles here too.
Wow, your notes for your no.1 pick are gorgeous; I've never seen that Peter Gabriel album so high n someone's chart, you've given me a strong case to go check it out.
That said, I think there's a little too much focus on the 70s/80s. Having Morrissey and Elvis Costello topping the 2010s feels like a nostalgia trip, I think it's a little unfair to suggest that no-one this decade has been able to top those artists recording well past their songwriting prime ...
Wow ! Excellent choices !
Interesting collection with a lot of different music styles from the 70s and 80s. I see some some of my favorite artists and a lot of other stuff to broaden my horizon.
Very eclectic mix - some real gems here
Love the adoration for Dexy's... and for Beatles debut!
Wow. Rufusized, 3+3, Original Soundtrack, Just Cant Stop It, The Move, Sensemilia!!!! I LOVE this chart. Its awesome..
Nazareth nice. Not too keen on funk and 80s pop rock, but a classy chart