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Peter Gabriel - Live In Athens 1987
DVD Review

(Eagle Rock Entertainment/ Real World)
5 stars (out of 5 stars)
September 27, 2013
Peter Gabriel

Review by Andy Argyrakis

The first ever Peter Gabriel concert that was committed to film was previously only available as an abridged VHS, but considering his classic "So" album recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, it's the perfect time to reexamine the original tour. Not only does the concert that converged perfectly at the crossroads of art and pop earn a beautiful remaster on DVD and Blu-ray, but the complete performance is finally available for the first time (including even Youssou N'Dour's eclectic opening set).

The Michael Chapman directed/Martin Scorsese executive produced show has never looked or sounded better, from the chilling "San Jacinto" to the militant "Shock The Monkey" or the completely rearranged anti-war anthem "Games Without Frontiers." Fans are also sure to delight in previously unavailable progressive cuts like "Family Snapshot" or "Intruder," while also reliving the riveting crowd surfing scene during "Lay Your Hands On Me" and N'Dour's return to the stage with his Senegalese troupe for the exuberant "In Your Eyes." Throw in the haunting "Here Comes The Flood" and the human rights battle cry "Biko," and this is unquestionably Peter Gabriel at the top of his game.

Adding extra value to this completely perfect collection is the entire "Play" DVD as a bonus disc, which was previously available on its own but fell out of print. Not only does it contain all the groundbreaking "So" era videos ("Sledgehammer," "Big Time," "Red Rain"), but it goes straight through Gabriel's latest original record "Up" and literally everything in between. Together, it's simply a mandatory package for any true appreciator of the former Genesis front man's solo peak on stage, plus his pioneering foresight in the music video format straight through today.

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