Last Friday I noticed that there was a massive dump of peter gabriel rarities in the form of a digital-only BSOG. Of course, that made me think of my attempt at such a beast back in 2006. I had wanted to compile all peter gabriel rarities from the moment he left Genesis to just after the “So” album. I had a lot of this material on singles, but I tackled the web and looked up what else I needed on the nascent internet and found out what early, obscure single material I would need and set about buying it up. I started this in the late 90s. I recall finding one or two of the rare 7″ singles from his first two albums on ebay. The fact that I was buying records on ebay really dates this part of the tale! It’s been well over a dozen years since I can remember that happening! I also remember buying one or two things in an actual store! Heartbeat Records in Kent, Ohio, which was packed with good finds the one time I went there in the summer of 2001. I also remember buying a copy of the “Red Rain” single for the instro B-side on it only to find out the record was trashed; necessitating the purchase of another copy. By 2006, I had all of the pieces of the puzzle in hand and made my move; a 3xCD set with 32 tracks from 1976-1988.
Now peter gabriel’s label Real World, has done all of that and more. In theory. As of last Friday one can buy/stream gabriel’s “Flotsam + Jetsam;” named for a deep cut on his second album. Let’s examine the contents.
peter gabriel: Flotsam + Jetsam DL 
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Slowburn (Extended Version)
- Perspective (Single Version)
- D.I.Y. (Re-Recorded Single Version)
- Teddy Bear
- Mother Of Violence (Single Mix)
- Solsbury Hill (Live at the Bottom Line)
- I Don’t Remember (Alternate Version)
- Biko (Remixed Version)
- Jetzt Kommt Die Flut
- Soft Dog
- Shock The Monkey (Instrumental)
- Across The River
- Kiss Of Life (Live)
- I Don’t Remember (Live Single Version)
- I Have The Touch (85 Remix)
- Sledgehammer (Dance Mix)
- Sledgehammer (Extended)
- Don’t Break This Rhythm (Full Version)
- In Your Eyes (Single Mix)
- In Your Eyes (Special Remix)
- Big Time (Extended Version)
- Ga Ga (‘I Go Swimming’ Instrumental)
- Walk Through The Fire (Single Mix)
- Biko (Live)
- Digging In The Dirt (Raw Stylus Mix)
- Digging In The Dirt (Instrumental)
- Quiet Steam
- Games Without Frontiers (Massive/Db Mix)
- Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix)
- Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix Dub)
- Mercy Street (William Orbit Mix)
- Blood Of Eden (Special Mix For Wim Wenders Until The End Of The World)
- Digging In The Dirt (Rich E Mix)
- Kiss That Frog (Mindblender Mix)
- Shaking The Tree (Bottrill Remix)
- I Have The Touch (Remix)
- In The Sun
- Shaking The Tree 97 (Jungle Version)
- I Grieve (City Of Angels Version)
- The Tower That Ate People (Red Planet Remix)
- Animal Nation
- Signal To Noise (Gangs Of New York Version)
- More Than This (The Polyphonic Spree Mix)
- More Than This (Elbow Mix)
- My Head Sounds Like That (Röyksopp Remix)
- Sky Blue (Martyn Bennett Remix)
- Growing Up (Trent Reznor Remix)
- Growing Up (Stabilizer Remix)
- Growing Up (Tricky Instrumental Mix)
- Darkness (Engelspost Remix)
- Curtains (Broad Mix)
- Father, Son (Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell Mix)
- Courage (The Hexidecimal Mix)
- I’m Amazing
- The Veil
This was a big, fat core dump of 62 cuts. Almost twice the 32 tracks of my more modest set. But anything he did after “So” had not resonated with me. And though the rarities from that album period are slightly stronger than the bulk of the album itself, there were a few things done immediately afterward that weren’t too bad. I didn’t like “Shakin’ The Tree” or anything else after that I’d heard. So now I’ll compare and contrast with my own set.
peter gabriel: Trilogy US 3xCD-R 
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- D.I.Y. [Re-Recorded Single Version]
- Me + My Teddy Bear
- Perspective [Single Version)
- Here Comes The Flood [Exposure version]
- Screaming Jets [Johnny Warman]
- I Don’t Remember [Alternate Version]
- Biko [Remixed Version]
- Jetzt Kommt Die Flut
- Not One Of Us [Live Leicester 1980]
- Humdrum [Live NYC 1980]
- Ain’t That Peculiar [Live 1977 Chicago]
- Soft Dog
- Across The River
- Excellent Birds [Mister Heartbreak version]
- I Don’t Remember [live single remix]
- Kiss Of Life [Live]
- Walk Through The Fire [Single remix]
- Out Out [‘Gremlins’ OST]
- No More Apartheid [‘Sun City’ LP]
- Sledgehammer [Extended]
- Don’t Break This Rhythm
- I Have The Touch [85 Remix]
- Sledgehammer [Dance Mix]
- In Your Eyes [Special Remix]
- Big Time [Extended Version]
- Ga Ga [‘I Go Swimming’ Instrumental]
- Biko [Live single version]
- My Secret Place [7” version – Joni Mitchell duet]
- Biko [live @ Secret Policemen’s Ball]
While the title of my set is admittedly perfunctory [I’d used it earlier for another 3xCD-R of rarities by Bryan Ferry in 2003], It looks like I was on the front end of the zeitgeist train by choosing to use blood platelet imagery along with photos of gabriel in the packaging. I seem to recall that I took the opening footage of the “Sledgehammer” video as a jumping off point for the design and thought to myself, “blood cells – that’s what this design needed!” Then following the “Scratch My Back” album of 2009, gabriel began using blood cells the way Simple Minds used Claddaghs!
After 2009, gabriel was all about the blood! As the album and DVD designs above clearly show. What I want to know is, was I influenced by something other than my memories of the “Sledgehammer” video? Or was I just ahead of the design curve? I really can’t decide.
To weed out the differences in the sets, I have colored any tracks on “Flotsam + Jetsam”that I lacked in blue. While coloring any songs I included that are not in this new larger set in red. The tracks gabriel included that were not interesting to me, I made gray.
The first thing I immediately saw was a track that was a 1978 flexidisc in ZigZag magazine in the UK. This was “Solsbury Hill” recorded live at The Bottom Line in New York City. This wa sonly added to the Discogs database four years ago, so I clearly had no idea about the existence of this track 13 years ago! This is a candidate to buy ala carte from iTunes should I want to remaster my set to something more complete.
The next thing I didn’t have was the “Slowburn” extended version. That’s because this was uncovered just for this set. Much more galling was the fact that there was a single version of “Mother Of Violence” included on the B-side of the “D.I.Y.” UK 7″ single [which I did own, thank you very much]. I included the very different single remix of “D.I.Y.” as well as “Me + My Teddy Bear,” but shamefully neglected to needle drop “Mother of Violence” also on the B-side of the disc! Yes, it was another buried treasure that I neglected to verify by simply playing my records! The pain, the pain!
I had the UK 7″ of “Shock The Monkey” for the “Soft Dog” B-side. The 12″ single un the UK was the same as the US 12″ with the LP version of the A-side and “Soft Dog” on the flip side. What I did not know at the time was that there was a second UK 12″ [cat. no. SHOCK 350] which had a cover proclaiming “Soft Dog” as the B-side while actually containing “Shock The Monkey [instrumental version].” That sounds like one of those things that drive collectors mad. Only by looking at the label can you be assured of getting the track! Those sorts of hijinx make mail order so less than optimal for building a collection!
Another new track in the set was the full length 6:05 version of “Don’t Break this Rhythm,” the “Sledgehammer” B-side. Another anomaly was the 6:15 A-side version of “In Your Eyes!” The LP version was 5:29 so that one was different. I had the 7 minute+ “Special Mix” on the B-side of the UK “Don’t Give Up” 7″ that Mr. Ware had given me and at the time, that was as far as I thought that thread went. I may have not known at the time that “In Your Eyes” was not a single in the UK.
Next: …The Other Side Of The Coin
I tend to agree on the disinterest in his more recent items. The cover of Suzanne is one of
the better takes from the parent Leonard Cohen album in particular as is his take on Summertime from the Glory Of Gershwin. The item that I want from this is the instrumental Shock the Monkey so that I may make my own high voltage extended mix.
The Ovo project is interesting, if not a bit saccharine. i snagged it for the Paul Buchanan contributions, if you’re in the market for some later day PG to test.
Tim – Had no idea that pg and Buchanan ever crossed wires.
Tim – Did you not get the WAV stems of “Shock The Monkey” some years back to make your own remix? I still have them. Untouched. Real World gave them away and I registered and got than. For the time in my dotage when it’s time to do some remixing, along with the John Foxx and Vidage stems.
I don’t delve as deep into the music sites as you do. Trust me, this blog is one of a handful of places that helps me find things that I don’t otherwise have the time to. Between a special needs kid who means the world to me and my hobbies my free time is pretty skint.
Re Ovo, yup, he’s on two tracks. They’re not as good as the Quiet City project that he moonlighted on but they are probably the best parts of the album in my obviously prejudiced opinion. Didn’t both he and PG get run over by Rosanna Arquette? Gotta stick to models like a proper rawk star I tellya.
Tim – Now that I know pg and Buchanan were connected socially/professionally, the second degree of separation that Rosanna Arquette represented finally makes sense; at least where Buchanan was concerned! Once I found out about that horrific dalliance, I strained my mind wondering how it had happened. Needless to say, both men’s artistic output coincided with having Arquette as a lover. Significantly, it seemed to have no ill effect on a hack like Steve Porcaro. Hmmm.
By the way, for those in the audience averse to iTunes the PG set is now on Amazon. Wasn’t there a few days ago but I have been diligently stalking and well, dang this weekend is booked up, the Shock the Monkey (Harry Harlow 147 Volts Per Minute Mix)
will have to gestate for another week before I can take a crack at it).
Tim – Yean, I knew they were on Amazon, but I am way against Amazon. Even moreso than Apple, whose products I use with regret in the last decade or so.
Holy crap, I didn’t even know these existed! Are they still available somewhere somehow??
Digital downloads via Amazon & iTunes.
Tim – To clarify, I thought Mathmandan was talking about the mix stems. But you’re right about the German Language albums. They are available at the “big two” for download.
Wasn’t there a German language version of “Shock the Monkey”? I seem to remember it on one of those WB/Sire compilations (“Just Say Yes”)
diskojoe – Au contraries, mon ami. peter gabriel recorded German language versions of his entire third and fourth albums. “Shock Den Affen” was on the “Killer Bs” compilation in the US, but there’s more where that came from.
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hi mr monk,
thanks for this, you learn something new every day.
negative1ne – I am unsure if the albums are simply re-sung or if any remixing was also happening but there is “Ein Deutsches Album” as well as the confusingly titled “Deutsches Album.” So he kept up the perverse trait of having his first four albums issued with the same title even in Germany.