So

~ Release group by Peter Gabriel

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
So CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) PGCD 5 5012981237622
So CD 9 Geffen Records 9 24088-2 075992408820
So CD 9 Charisma, Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 32VD-1021 4988006602830
So (unknown) 9 Charisma PGCD 5 5012981237622
So CD 9 Geffen Records GEFMD 24088 07599240882
So CD 9 Geffen Records CD 24088 07599240882
So CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) PGCDP 5 5012984500501
So 12" Vinyl 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 207 587 [none]
So 12" Vinyl 8 Charisma PG 5 5012981237615
So 12" Vinyl 8 Geffen Records GHS 24088 07599240881
So CD 9 Geffen Records M2G 24088 07599240882
So CD 9 Geffen Records 9 24088-2 075992408820
So CD 9 Geffen Records 9 24088-2 720642408827
Питер Гейбриэл 12" Vinyl 8 [none]
So 12" Vinyl 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) LPCENT16 724384280116
So (remaster) CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), Real World 7243 8 11746 2 3, PGCDR5 724381174623
So CD 9 Geffen Records 069 473 272-2 606949327224
So 12" Vinyl 9 Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Real World PGLP07 [none]
So Hybrid SACD 9 Real World SAPGCD 5 724358308020
So SACD 9 Geffen Records 069 493 626-2 606949362621
So CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) VJCP-68851 4988006858503
So CD 9 Real World PGCDR5 180030000680
So 4×12" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Real World PG7-45 [none]
So Digital Media 12 Real World none [none]
So CD 9 Real World PGCDRR5 884108001349
So (25th Anniversary Special 3CD Limited Edition) 3×CD 9 + 9 + 7 Real World PGCDRX5 884108001356
So (special edition) 2×Digital Media 9 + 16 Real World [none]
So (2012 remaster) CD 9 Real World PGCDRRUS5 884108001547
So (25th anniversary edition) 4×CD + 2×DVD-Video + 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 9 + 9 + 7 + 16 + 1 + 9 + 3 Real World PGBOX2 884108001400
So (special edition, mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 25 Real World
So (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 9 Real World 884108003503
So (half-speed 45rpm remaster) 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 5 Real World PGLPR5X 884108004340
So (half-speed 45rpm remaster) 12" Vinyl 9
(unknown)
So CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 077778636625

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Big Time
Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
Red Rain
Sledgehammer
part of: CFNY: Top 10 Albums of 1986 (number: 1)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 187)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650174 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/35759 [info]
Wikidata: Q657185 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Peter_Gabriel:So_(1986) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/peter_gabriel/so/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/24965 [info]

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Summer 1986. A British singer has just knocked his old group off the top of the American charts. Twelve years previously, he'd been performing 23-minute epics inspired by Arthur C. Clarke, naming songs after Labour Party slogans, and dressing up a knight. But this was a different world, and this appeared to be a very different Peter Gabriel.

But once you look past the bombast of Sledgehammer (Gabriel's biggest hit, which pushed Genesis' Invisible Touch off the US No.1 spot), you notice how easily its artful ideas slipped inside the 80s mainstream. Before its well-known salvo of sexual euphemisms, the song begins with a sampled Japanese flute, and a horn figure inspired by John Coltrane.

Elsewhere, the sultry pull of Mercy Street is driven by Brazilian percussion, and references to the life of poet Anne Sexton. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37), inspired by a controversial set of 1960s electro-shock experiments, could be off the second side of David Bowie's Low. And all this on an album that went triple-platinum in the UK, and five-times that stateside.

But for many, Gabriel's 80s success remains a benchmark for po-faced pretentiousness in pop, while musical soulmates like Kate Bush escape similar criticism. Certainly, time has not withered how special she sounds on the album's greatest track Don't Give Up. But it's unfair how she's said to soar while Gabriel gets derided, as he gives us so much to enjoy here.

Big Time's satire on 80s corporate excess is as cheeky and fun as ABC's (How to Be A) Millionaire. Red Rain is as powerful and thrilling an album opener as that era can offer. In Your Eyes is as back-of-a-cab-at-2am as big ballads can ever be, but when Gabriel sings, "I want to touch the light / The heat I see in your eyes," his voice has a timbre, and a tenderness, that can't be ignored.

Hindsight shows this is an album put together with care. It's also worth noting that this remaster beats a 2002 attempt that didn't meet Gabriel's expectations, and that the deluxe box set contains So DNA, a disc exploring the evolution of each song.

Newcomers might also hear ideas that recall contemporary bands like Elbow, who covered Mercy Street as part of Gabriel's covers project Scratch My Back/I'll Scratch Yours.

It's time innovation in pop was celebrated properly, rather than sneered at. This reissue reminds us how successful such experiments can be.