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    Peter Gabriel - Recording Compendium (1)

    Official Stuff, Demos, Outtakes & more

    Part 1: Peter Gabriel 1 (Car) | 1974 - 1977


    last update: 31/7/2016




    Peter Gabriel was still in Genesis when demos were recorded of several songs he wrote with Martin Hall. The songs were probably written and recorded for an album with other musicians ...


    1974




    You Never Know [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (3:35)

    Firebird [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (3:01)

    You Get What You Want (When You Rip It Off) [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (5:11)

    Recording date: summer 1974
    Recording location: Send Barns
    Produced by: ?
    Performed by: Peter Gabriel (vocals/flute) & Martin Hall (guitar) feat. Anthony Phillips (piano), Phil Collins (backing vocals)
    First official release: ---
    Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel You Never Know (CD/PondTrotMusic GHPC74PTM)

     

    The release of a Charlie Drake single supports the idea of music being written for another artist...



    1975



    You Never Know [Charlie Drake version]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (2:49)

    Recording date: 1975
    Recording location: (George Martins) Air Studios/Oxford
    Produced by: Peter Gabriel
    Performed by: Charlie Drake (vocals) feat. Peter Gabriel (backing vocals), Phil Collins (drums), Percy Jones (bass), Robert Fripp (guitar), Keith Tippett (piano), Sandy Denny (backing vocals)
    First official release: November 1975 - Charlie Drake You Never Know (UK 7"/Charisma CB 270)
    Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel You Never Know (PondTrotMusic GHPC74PTM)

     

    Later in 1975, after Peter Gabriel had left Genesis, further demos were recorded. They include two songs that made it onto Peter's first solo album.

     





    Howling At The Moon [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (3:06)

    Excuse Me [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (3:43)

    Funny Ma [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (4:28)

    No More Mickey [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (2:46)

    Get the Guns [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (2:55)

    Here Comes the Flood [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel) (3:39)

    God Knows [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel/Martin Hall) (4:59)

    Recording date: late 1975
    Recording location: David Thomas' house/Putney
    Produced by: ?
    Performed by: Peter Gabriel (vocals/piano) & Martin Hall (guitar) and others
    First official release: ---
    Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel Before The Flood (goody PitchFix version)


    Other demos were recorded in a more professional environment in spring 1976. These have not been heard by anybody since then. The demos include two songs that would end up on Gabriel's first album and another one that would be on his second ...



    1976


    Floatsam & Jetsam [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Mr. Tattoo [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    "Unknown Track" [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Slowburn [demo]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Get The Guns [demo 2]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall)

    Here Comes The Flood [demo 2]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Recording date: spring 1976
    Recording location: Trident Studios/London
    Produced by: ?
    Performed by: Peter Gabriel (vocals/keyboards) feat. Anthony Phillips (piano), Phil Collins (drums), Mike Rutherford (bass), John Goodsall (guitar)
    First official release: ---
    Best available source: ---


    Before he went into the studio to record his solo debut, Peter Gabriel recorded a cover version of a famous Beatles song for a soundtrack.













    Strawberry Fields Forever
    (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) (2:34)

    Recording date: 1976
    Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios/London
    Produced by: Lou Reizner
    Performed by: Peter Gabriel (vocals) feat. The London Symphony Orchestra & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Harry Rabinowitz & David Measham)
    First official release: November 1976 - Various Artists All This And World War II - Original Soundtrack (2LP/20th Century Records 2T-522)
    Best available source: Various Artists All This And World War II - Original Soundtrack (2007 Remaster) (2CD/Mercury B0006676-02)





    Album Tracks


    The recording sessions for his first solo album mainly took place in Toronto (Canada). Genesis musicians were no longer involved at this point.



    1976

























    Moribund The Burgermeister
    (Peter Gabriel) (4:20)

    Solsbury Hill
    (Peter Gabriel ) (4:21)

    Modern Love
    (Peter Gabriel) (3:38)

    Excuse Me
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (4:50)

    Humdrum
    (Peter Gabriel) (5:24)

    Slowburn
    (Peter Gabriel) (4:36)

    Waiting For The Big One
    (Peter Gabriel) (7:15)

    Down The Dolce Vita
    (Peter Gabriel) (5:06)

    Here Comes The Flood
    (Peter Gabriel) (5:39)

    Recording date: Autumn 1976
    Recording location: The Soundstage/Toronto, Morgan Studios/London, Olympic Studios/London
    Produced by: Bob Ezrin
    Performed by: Peter Gabriel feat. (see album credits)
    First official release: 25th February 1977 - Peter Gabriel "1" (UK LP/Charisma CDS 4006)
    Best available source: Peter Gabriel "1" (2002 Remaster) (CD/SACD/Virgin SAPGCD1)





    Alternative versions


    1977

    Solsbury Hill [edit]
    (Peter Gabriel) (3:24)

    First official release: March 1977 - Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill (UK 7"/Charisma CB 301)
    Best available source: Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill (UK 3"CD/Virgin CDT 33)




    Solsbury Hill [5.1 surround mix]
    (Peter Gabriel) (4:23)

    Remix date: 2004
    Remixed by: Daniel Lanois and Richard Chappell with Paul Grady
    First official release: 25th October 2004 - Peter Gabriel PLAY - The Videos (DVD/Warner Music Vision 5050467-5681-2-9)
    Best available source: same






    Modern Love [edit]
    (Peter Gabriel) (3:05)

    First official release: June 1977 - Peter Gabriel Modern Love (UK 7"/Charisma CB 302)
    Best available source: same




    Modern Love [5.1 surround mix]
    (Peter Gabriel) (3:22)

    Remix date: 2004
    Remixed by: Daniel Lanois and Richard Chappell with Paul Grady
    First official release: 25th October 2004 - Peter Gabriel PLAY - The Videos (DVD/Warner Music Vision 5050467-5681-2-9)
    Best available source: same





    Slowburn [full length version]
    (Peter Gabriel) (5:15)

    First official release: 1981 - Peter Gabriel "1" (Direct-Disk Labs Super Disk) (US LP/Atco SD 16615)
    Best available source: same






    Collaborations


    One of the Gabriel / Hall demos eventually found a different outlet, but without Gabriel's involvement ...



    1977



    Get The Guns [Alan Ross version]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (3:11)

    Performed by: Alan Ross
    First official release: 27th May 1977 - Alan Ross Get The Guns (UK 7" Promo/Good Earth GD 14)
    Best available source: same






    Get The Guns [Alan Ross version remix 1]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (3:22)

    Performed by: Alan Ross
    First official release: October 1977 - Alan Ross Are You Free On Saturday (UK LP/Ebony EBY 1000)
    Best available source: Alan Ross Are You Free On Saturday (2009 Remaster) (JP CD/Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1553)



    Get The Guns [Alan Ross version remix 2]
    (Peter Gabriel - Martin Hall) (4:04)

    Performed by: Alan Ross
    First official release: 1978 - Alan Ross Get The Guns (NL 7"/RCA Ebony EYE-12)
    Best available source: same





    Live Tracks


    Other tracks were played on the tour supporting the album (5th March until 30th April and 30th August until 1st November 1977). These included cover versions, Genesis tracks, songs for his second album and one new Gabriel track that was performed during this tour only ...



    1977



    On The Air [live 1977]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Why Don't We [live 1977]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    Ain't That Peculiar [live 1977]
    (Pete Moore/Smokey Robinson/Marv Tarplin/Ronald White)

    Song Without Words [Indigo] [live 1977]
    (Peter Gabriel)

    All Day And All Of The Night [live 1977]
    (Ray Daviesl)

    Back In N.Y.C. [live 1977]
    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford)

    First known performance date: 5th March 1977 - Passaic (USA), Capitol Theater
    Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel Broken Eyes And Contact Lenses (PRRP SAE 02)

    White Shadow [live 1977 fast version]*
    (Peter Gabriel)

    White Shadow [live 1977 slow version]**
    (Peter Gabriel)

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine [live 1977]**
    (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong)

    Animal Magic [live 1977]***
    (Peter Gabriel)

    D.I.Y. [live 1977 instrumental]****
    (Peter Gabriel)

    First known performance date: 2nd September 1977 - Courtrai (Belgium), Pavilion Des Sports

    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway [live 1977]*
    (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford)

    First known performance date: 10th September 1977 - Fête de L'Humanité, Parc de la Courneuve, Paris
    *Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel Fast Brighton 77
    **Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel 09 October 1977, Tivolis Conzertsal, Copenhagen (Digital Brother & RDWM)
    ***Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel Muppet 13 (Digital Brother & RDWM)
    ****Best available source: Bootleg - Peter Gabriel Belgique 77


    From this tour, only one track has been officially released...






    Ain't That Peculiar [live 1977]
    (Pete Moore/Smokey Robinson/Marv Tarplin/Ronald White) (4:38)

    Performance date: 7th March 1977 - Chicago, Uptown Theater
    First official release: 12th January 1981 - Various Artists The Bristol Recorder #2 (UK LP/Bristol Recorder 002)
    Best available source: same



    Immediately after the tour, Peter began the recording sessions for his second album.


    For a full picture it should be noted that new recordings of certain songs by and with Peter Gabriel were made, which will be mentioned in later parts of this Recording Compendium: Here Comes The Flood [Robert Fripp Version 1978], Here Comes The Flood [Robert Fripp Version Remix 1983], Here Comes The Flood [Solo Version 1979], Jetzt Kommt die Flut [Here Comes The Flood German Version 1980] and Here Comes The Flood (New Recording 1990). A new recording of his hit Solsbury Hill was done 2010/11 for his orchestra album New Blood.



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    Editor: Thomas Schrage

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