1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

603. Peter Gabriel/Car – Peter Gabriel

Brief Background: This album is the self-titled debut album by Mr. Gabriel. In fact, his first four albums were self-titled/ untitled and this one is referred to as Car, because of the cover image. The album was recorded during the second half of 1976 and released in 1977.

What I think: I’ve never sat down and just listened to a Peter Gabriel album, but maybe I should. There is something he does with his voice at times that I just love and manages to pull me into the songs even if they aren’t my normal fare. I found this with the Genesis albums as well. The first song Mouribound the Burgermaster”, for example is a bit to proggy and isn’t something I would normally enjoy, but at a few transition points when he uses the pronouns “I” or “You” his voice lifts and it is just magical. So a song like that becomes instantly enjoyable.

My favorite song here is of course “Solsbury Hill”, which I believe is my favorite Gabriel song, but the rest aren’t really slouches. “Modern Love” (is there a bad song with that title?) is stellar, “Excuse Me” is nice and the album ends perfectly with closer “Here Comes the Flood”.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s really good, and I hope to listen to plenty more of his albums as I want to here the transition into the 80’s MTV pop icon.

Rating (Out of 5) 4 

Amazon Rating of Peter Gabriel/Car: 4.5/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (306 /399)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%


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