Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So 25th Anniversary Box Set Latest in Disappointments for Peter Gabriel Fans

The first Peter Gabriel album I ever bought was So.  I managed to purchase most of the singles, too.  Back in 1986, purchasing singles was a minor sport.  Last year (or was it the year before?) when PG announced on his website that a special 25th anniversary edition box set would be released, I was excited.  It sounded great! And since I no longer own a turntable, I could finally get this stuff on CD.

And then Gabriel gave us a double-whammy:

1) He's taking "a year" (read = "at least two years") off to travel the world (even though he has already done so.)  That wouldn't have been much, but since the end of last year, PG has been promising to "soon" release a new album -- perhaps the long-delayed I/O.

2) His website announced the the contents of the box set -- and they contain almost NOTHING of what fans expected.  No B-sides, no 5.1 CD and "new" material (apparently demos of 2 songs that were left unfinished back in 1986) only available on vinyl.

I love Peter, but he's really been taking the piss since 1995.  There are a lot of character defects I look over when dealing with a man I've fantasized about for over 25 years, but taking the piss is NOT one of them.

Paul Sincliar of has published an open letter to PG and expects a response.  A response from a man who was 25 years in between KIDS?  Yeah, good luck with that, Paul.

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