Peter Gabriel Classic Albums: So
Peter Gabriel is an extraordinary person and musician. He famously started his career as the extrovert leader of the extremely introverted band Genesis, but his real fame and success came as a solo artist and subsequently through his contributions to World Music through the label he started, Real World.
Before his enormously successful album So, Gabriel had huge hits with songs like "Solsbury Hill," "Games Without Frontiers," and "Biko" from a succession of albums all called Peter Gabriel. His fifth album So, released in 1986, was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one in the UK and number two in the US. With a stellar cast of musicians—including Kate Bush, Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nile Rodgers, Stewart Copeland, Bill Laswell, and Youssou N'Dour—and brilliant, innovative videos, So won widespread awards and plaudits (it won two Brit awards and four Grammy nominations, while both Q and Rolling Stones rate the album among the 100 greatest albums of all time). So defined its time to become a true Classic Album.