Peter Gabriel - Play (DVD)

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published 06/10/2016 | justarube
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"Delving Into Peter Gabriel's Toy Box!"

I've been a huge fan of the singer Peter Gabriel since I was very young. I find that his gravelly but tender voice moves me like no other singer can. I love all of his progressive rock work with the band Genesis before Phil Collins took over lead duties. However it's Gabriel's intelligent, unusual and often spiritually uplifting solo work that I really find most compelling. I received this 'Play' DVD as a gift many years ago and I think it's a great item for any Gabriel fan to have in their collection. It's a DVD compiled of 23 of Gabriel's music videos from his solo career along with a few bonus music videos too. Although I'm not an expert at discussing things like sound or visual quality these videos have been reworked with a Dolby Digital 5.1 format (by longtime Gabriel collaborator Daniel Lanois) which has helped to make the audio more succinct and full.

Track Listing

Father, Son
Blood Of Eden
Games Without Frontiers
I Don’t Remember
Big Time
Red Rain
In Your Eyes
Don’t Give Up
The Barry Williams Show
Washing Of The Water
Kiss That Frog
Mercy Street
Growing Up
Shaking The Tree
Shock The Monkey
The Drop
Solsbury Hill
Digging In The Dirt

Although Youtube gives us access to music videos nowadays this DVD presents them with a superior visual quality along with impressive menu features and intros. When I first received this DVD there were many videos I hadn't yet seen. This was either because the songs were not chart hits or because they were solo tracks created for film soundtracks. The videos for 'Zaar' and 'Lovetown' may be two that have been missed by even the most attentive Gabriel fans!

Gabriel has had a reputation as a genius music video creator ever since his smash hit 'Sledgehammer' in mid eighties. The music video was ahead of its time and paved the way to a more creative way of presenting music through visual art. That awesome video is one of the gems on this collection and it is a treat to watch the complicated animation involved. There are several 'sister' videos to 'Sledgehammer' too. 'Steam', my favourite Gabriel track, apes the this earlier production whilst 'The Barry Williams Show' and 'Big Time' feature a similar sense of humour and wit.

The mood and tone shift quite dramatically between some videos. 'Father Son' is perhaps the most meek and gentle of all the videos compiled here and the content is dramatically different to that of all of the other pieces. It reveals a more mature and calmer Gabriel offering nothing but himself and a piano alongside moving home video footage. This differs drastically from the silly 'Kiss That Frog' or the terrifying 'I Don't Remember'.

I really feel that many of these videos play out like mini movies and some of the best examples of that is with pieces like 'Digging In The Dirt'. This video charts the journey of a troubled child through his early experiences up until his transformation into a sick and angry man. The lyrics of the song refer to the emotional experiences of prisoners on death row so there is a lot of drama in the piece. Overall it's quite shocking and sad but there are some fascinating scenes, angles and imagery which I feel belong to a very special artistic vision.

This collection brings together some of the best loved and biggest hits of Gabriel's career along with some unexpected tracks that perhaps are included because of their technical brilliance, to balance out the mood or perhaps just because Gabriel likes them! 'Washing Of The Water' is an example of this. It is a beautiful, gentle track but not one that immediately leaps out from the US album.

This eclectic collection contains music videos of songs that are moving (Don't Give Up; Father, Son; Washing of The Water) or aspirational (Biko; In Your Eyes), downright strange (Shock The Monkey; Red Rain) or fun (Sledgehammer; Steam) along with songs that don't fit into just one category. Ultimately Gabriel's perfectionism and dedication in making music videos that really mean something is definitely worth seeing and experiencing.

There are three extra videos on the DVD:

Games Without Frontiers (Live 2004)
Modern Love
The Nest That Sailed The Sky

The latter of these reveals an interesting perspective from the performances performed to the OVO soundtrack at what was then called the Millennium Dome.

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  • Bollinger28 published 17/10/2016
    Some great tracks on there
  • RICHADA published 16/10/2016
    Very good review - potentially one for our own collection. R.
  • siberian-queen published 09/10/2016
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