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A judiciously-selected two-CD compendium of Peter Gabriel's finest moments,Hit offersa far more generous windfall than can be found on the only previous Peter Gabriel best-of selection, the 1990Shaking the Tree. The devil, after all, is in the detail, particularly on the second disc (self-deprecatingly entitledMiss), which really traverses the whole gamut of Peter Gabriel's globally-visioned artistry. It includes recent soundtrack work (the haunting "Cloudless" fromLong Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence), material from 2002's sterlingUp("Signal To Noise", featuring a compelling vocal from the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and some ominous string arrangements, really does sound like a thinking man's Massive Attack) and goes right back to that fourth album when marrying the reticence of cold, synthesised new wave with insistent African percussion seemed like a good idea (it was). The first disc--including the MTV smash "Sledgehammer", anti-apartheid war cry "Biko", "Big Time" (interesting how the styles of Gabriel and his former group Genesis seem to converge at this time) and "Games Without Frontiers"--really speaks for itself, although with hindsight it seems the single-buying public-at-large had a particular taste for a certain kind of Peter Gabriel record. Universally excellent throughout, the collection is rendered even more desirable by the inclusion of three previously unreleased tracks: a live rendition of "Downside Up", a shorter version of "Blood of Eden" and "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", latterly included on a video game and initially earmarked for theUpalbum but jettisoned at the last minute.--Kevin Maidment
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Label:  Geffen Records
ArtistPeter Gabriel
Release Date:  November 4, 2003
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review by . March 19, 2004
posted in Music Matters
Peter Gabriel's new 2-Disc compilation, simply titled "Hit," is certainly a better picture of Gabriel's career than was his previous collection, "Shaking the Tree." "Hit" contains more of what I would consider to be essential Gabriel songs, including one that was previously left out, the popular "In Your Eyes." I was glad to see that song on this collection.Many of Gabriel's standard pop hits are to be found on the first CD of the collection. Many of these are songs the made Gabriel famous as a …
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