Hollywood, CA: One of the most successful and iconic music releases of the Eighties, Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album, So, has been digitally remastered for a special 25th Anniversary Edition to be released October 23rd (October 22nd internationally) by Real World Records/EMI in multiple physical and digital configurations. Peter Gabriel has confirmed a 16-date North American tour for September and October, with many of the musicians from his 1987 ‘So’ tour joining him to perform the album from start to finish, as well as other hits spanning his solo career.
Peter Gabriel’s So topped charts around the world, hitting Number 1 in the UK, Canada, Italy, and Holland and Number 2 in the US and Germany. So became a decade-defining album and the best-selling release of Gabriel’s solo career, landing an international array of multi-Platinum certifications, including quintuple-Platinum in the US with sales of more than five million copies.
Launched with the huge hit single “Sledgehammer” and its groundbreaking music video (which remains MTV’s most played video of all time), So also includes “In Your Eyes,” famously featured in Cameron Crowe’s film Say Anything, the haunting duet “Don’t Give Up,” performed with Kate Bush, and “Big Time,” Gabriel’s bombastic, tongue-in-cheek commentary on ‘80s extravagance. Co-produced by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois, the album also includes contributions from Laurie Anderson, Stewart Copeland, Jim Kerr, Bill Laswell, and Nile Rodgers.
So’s 25th Anniversary Edition will be available on CD and digitally, as well as in an expanded 3CD and digital Special Edition, which adds a previously unreleased 1987 Athens concert recording from Gabriel’s So" tour, and as a 4CD/2DVD/LP/12” Deluxe, Limited Edition box set.
The box set includes the remastered album on CD and on 180-gram vinyl which has been mastered at half speed to maximize the audio quality and re-sequenced so the tracklist, unlike that of the original LP, is as Peter Gabriel had originally envisioned. The set also features a bounty of previously unreleased audio and video content, including the two Athens concert CDs and a So DNA CD of work-in-progress drafts of So’s songs, mapping the album’s evolution from concept to completion.
One of the box set’s two DVDs features the fully restored Athens concert, which was filmed and recorded by director Michael Chapman and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Gabriel’s first concert to be filmed, the footage has been assembled for the first time from more than 150 reels of original 35mm negatives and its audio has been mixed in 5.1 surround. The box set’s second DVD features a new ‘So: Classic Album’ documentary. The latest addition to the acclaimed and award-winning Classic Album" series tells the story behind the making of the album and its music videos, with contributions from many of those involved, including interviews with Gabriel and Lanois, among others.
The box set also includes a 12-inch double A-side vinyl single with two previously unreleased tracks from the So sessions, “Courage” and “Sangrada,” plus an alternate version of “Don’t Give Up” (Piano and Bvox Mix). A 60-page case-bound book with an introduction and So DNA summary written by Peter Gabriel, new liner notes, and an extensive collection of rare and never before seen photographs completes the set.
Tickets are on-sale now for Peter Gabriel’s North American Back To Front" Tour, to begin in Quebec City on September 16th and continue to Montreal, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and several other major cities.
Peter Gabriel: So (25th Anniversary Edition) [CD, digital]
Original album, remastered:
1. Red Rain
3. Don’t Give Up (with Kate Bush)
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)
8. This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel: So (25th Anniversary Special Edition) [3CD, digital]
CD 1 - Original album, remastered (tracklist above)
CDs 2 & 3 – ‘Live In Athens 1987’:
This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
Shock The Monkey
Games Without Frontiers
No Self Control
The Family And The Fishing Net
Don’t Give Up
Lay Your Hands On Me
Here Comes The Flood
In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel: So (25th Anniversary Deluxe, Limited Edition) [4CD/2DVD/LP/12” box set]
CD 1 - Original album, remastered (tracklist above)
CDs 2 & 3 – ‘Live In Athens 1987’ (tracklist above)
CD 4 – ‘So DNA’ (work-in-progress song drafts; track sequence is the same as the So CD tracklist)
DVD 1 – ‘Live In Athens 1987’ concert film + 5.1 surround audio mix (tracklist above)
DVD 2 – ‘So: Classic Album’ documentary
LP – Original album, remastered and re-sequenced [180-gram vinyl]
12-inch AA Vinyl Single:
Don’t Give Up (alternative version - Piano and Bvox Mix)
Peter Gabriel: Back To Front" Tour – confirmed North American dates
16 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi
18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
23 Wantaugh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
24 Boston, MA TD Garden
26 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
27 Chicago, IL United Centre
30 Denver, CO Red Rocks
2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Showroom
6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
8 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino
9 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl
13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
14 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
ABOUT PETER GABRIEL
Peter Gabriel first came to international prominence with the success of Genesis, a band he co-founded while still at school. Since leaving Genesis in 1975, his recording career has included seven studio albums, acclaimed film soundtracks for Birdy, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Rabbit Proof Fence, as well as live and compilation albums.
His wider musical career has included multiple GRAMMY Awards (16) and the creation of the now global WOMAD festival.
Peter Gabriel co-founded the human rights organization Witness.org in 1989 and in 2007, Peter Gabriel and Sir Richard Branson founded Elders.org which was launched by Nelson Mandela. In 2006 Peter Gabriel was awarded the prestigious Man of Peace title by The Nobel Peace Laureates. He has also engaged in a wide variety of tech-based businesses throughout a variety of creative industries.