Peter Gabriel (1978 album)


Peter Gabriel
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Studio album by
Released3 June 1978 (1978-06-03)[1]
RecordedNovember 1977 – February 1978[1]
StudioRelight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
The Hit Factory, New York[1]
LabelCharisma (UK)
Atlantic (US, Canada)
ProducerRobert Fripp
Peter Gabriel chronology
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  1. "D.I.Y."
    Released: 22 May 1978 [4]

Peter Gabriel is the second solo album by English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released in 1978. The album is the second of four with the same title. It was produced by guitarist Robert Fripp.

The album did not sell as well as the first Peter Gabriel, but reached No. 10 in the UK.[5]

In the US, the album was titled Peter Gabriel II. The album is also often referred to as Scratch, referring to the album cover by Hipgnosis.[citation needed]

The influence of producer Robert Fripp is evident in the use of "Frippertronics" on the track "Exposure", which Fripp and Gabriel cowrote.[6] Fripp recorded a version the song as the title track of his 1979 solo album, Exposure.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Sun-Times[8]
Classic Rock7/10[9]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[10]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[11]
Rolling Stone[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[13]
The Village VoiceB−[15]

In the NME in 1978, Nick Kent wrote: "Its brazenly left-field veneer left me cold at first, and it's only now that its strengths are starting to come across ... once past the disarming non-focus veneer, there's a quietly remarkable talent at work – quiet in the manner of the slow fuse burn of 'Mother of Violence' with Roy Bittan's piano work outstripping anything he's turned out for either Bruce Springsteen or David Bowie. Closer to the root of the album, there's a purity, a strength to the songs individual enough to mark Gabriel out as a man whose creative zenith is close at hand."[16]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel, except where noted.

Side one
1."On the Air" 5:30
2."D.I.Y." 2:37
3."Mother of Violence"Peter Gabriel, Jill Gabriel3:10
4."A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" 3:33
5."White Shadow" 5:14
Side two
6."Indigo" 3:30
7."Animal Magic" 3:26
8."Exposure"Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp4:12
9."Flotsam and Jetsam" 2:17
10."Perspective" 3:23
11."Home Sweet Home" 4:37


  • On original LP pressings of the album, the audio track of "White Shadow" (which was the last song on Side One) continued into a locked groove.
  • Some editions of the cassette release had a different running order. "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" was track 11, "Home Sweet Home" was track 5, and "White Shadow" was track 4.
  • The original B-side of the single "D.I.Y." is a longer version of "Perspective" edited for the album and all subsequent releases.




Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[17] 50
UK Albums Chart[5] 10
US Billboard Pop Albums[18] 45


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  3. ^ a b Schneider, Martin (5 January 2018). "Peter Gabriel's German Albums". Dangerous Minds. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ "D.I.Y."
  5. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 24 August 2008.
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  8. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (4 July 1993). "A Solo Discography". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ Beaumont, Mark (2 October 2015). "Peter Gabriel: Vinyl Reissues". Classic Rock. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Gabriel, Peter". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  11. ^ Brunner, Rob (12 July 2002). "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1 / Peter Gabriel 2 / Peter Gabriel 3 / Security / Plays Live / Birdy / So / Passion / Us". Entertainment Weekly. pp. 84–85.
  12. ^ "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel". Q. No. 191. June 2002. p. 137.
  13. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Peter Gabriel". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 319–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  14. ^ Thomson, Graeme (November 2015). "Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1 ('Car') / Peter Gabriel 2 ('Scratch') / Peter Gabriel 3 ('Melt') / Peter Gabriel 4 ('Security')". Uncut. No. 222. pp. 88–89.
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (4 September 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  16. ^ Kent, Nick (10 June 1978). "Gabriel: The Image Gets a Tweak". NME.
  17. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 120. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  18. ^ "allmusic (((Peter Gabriel > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 24 August 2008.

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