Peter Gabriel 3
Released 22 May 1980
Recorded both at his home studio at Ashcombe House, near Bath, and at London’s Townhouse Studios, Peter’s third self-titled album was produced by Steve Lillywhite.
The album saw Peter change his writing style; now the rhythm came before the melody and the songs were built up on top of the rhythmic sequences.
The album delivered a top 5 UK single in Games Without Frontiers and Peter’s first overtly political song in the shape of totemic closer Biko. It also features notable contributions from Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Phil Collins and David Rhodes.
“I think that the third album was quite important for me in terms of really having a defining sound and the band coming through. It was the first record where I was clearly doing something different from what other people were doing.”
The third solo album, affectionately known as MELT, due to the iconic Hipgnosis designed cover is available on either CD or heavyweight LP.
The LP release is Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33rpm.
The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Sleeve artwork and inner bag as per the original vinyl release.
The vinyl LP album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
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“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” – Peter Gabriel