Peter GabrielSo

Label:Caroline International – PGLPR5X, Real World Records – PGLPR5X, Caroline International – 884108004340, Real World Records – 884108004340
2 x Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered, 180g, Half Speed Remaster
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Art Rock, Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Funk


A1Red Rain
BassTony Levin
Drum Programming [Linn Programming]Chris Hughes
DrumsJerry Marotta
GuitarDaniel Lanois
Guitar, Backing Vocals [Backing Vox]David Rhodes
Hihat [Hi-hat]Stewart Copeland
Piano, Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet]Peter Gabriel
Backing Vocals [Backing Vox]Coral Gordon, Dee Lewis, P P Arnold*
BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katché
GuitarDavid Rhodes
Guitar, TambourineDaniel Lanois
Piano, Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet]Peter Gabriel
SaxophoneMark Rivera
TromboneDon Mikkelsen
TrumpetWayne Jackson
B1Don't Give Up
BassTony Levin
Drums, PercussionManu Katché
Guest, Vocals [Guest Vox]Kate Bush
Guitar [Guitars]David Rhodes
PianoRichard Tee
Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet, Linn], PianoPeter Gabriel
Synthesizer [Chorus CS80]Simon Clark
B2That Voice Again
BassTony Levin
Drums, PercussionManu Katché
GuitarDaniel Lanois
Guitar [Guitars]David Rhodes
Percussion, Lyrics ByPeter Gabriel
Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet], Piano, PercussionPeter Gabriel
ViolinL Shankar*
C1Mercy Street
BassLarry Klein
PianoRichard Tee
Saxophone [Processed Sax]Mark Rivera
Surdo [Surdu], Congas, TriangleDjalma Correa
Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet, CS80], PianoPeter Gabriel
C2Big Time
Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax], Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax], Baritone Saxophone [Baritone Sax]Mark Rivera
Bass [Drumstick Bass]Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin
Drum Machine [Linn Kick]Jimmy Bralower
Electric Organ [Hammond], Synthesizer [CMI], BassSimon Clark
GuitarDavid Rhodes
Guitar [Surf Guitar]Daniel Lanois
Synthesizer [CMI, Prophet, Linn], SynthPeter Gabriel
TromboneDon Mikkelsen
Trumpet, CornetWayne Jackson
Voice [Voices]Coral Gordon, Dee Lewis, P P Arnold*
D1We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
DrumsJerry Marotta
GuitarDavid Rhodes
ViolinL Shankar*
D2This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
BassBill Laswell
Electronic Drums [Linndrum], Synthesizer [CMI, Synclavier]Peter Gabriel
GuitarNile Rodgers
Talking Drum [Talking Drums]Manu Katché
Twelve-String Guitar [12 String Guitar]Daniel Lanois
Voice [Voices]Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel
D3In Your Eyes
Backing Vocals [Backing Vox]David Rhodes, Jim Kerr, Michael Been, Peter Gabriel
Bass Vocals [Bass Vox]Ronnie Bright
Drums [Additional Drums]Jerry Marotta
Drums, Talking Drum, PercussionManu Katché
Guest, Vocals [Guest Vox]Youssou N'Dour
Guitar [Guitars]David Rhodes
PianoRichard Tee
Synthesizer [CMI], Piano, SynthPeter Gabriel

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The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 2 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. The vinyl cutting and mastering was overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer, Richard 'Dickie' Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned.
The album also contains a time-limited download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).

Each disc is housed in a plain white poly lined inner sleeve.
The gatefold inner spread has lyrics and credits. C1 is titled 'Mercy Street for Anne Sexton'

The first Catalog number appears back cover top right, spine, inner gatefold spread and labels. The second appears back cover lower left and on the sticker.

From back cover:
℗ 2016 Peter Gabriel Ltd
© 2016 Peter Gabriel Ltd
Manufactured in the EU

From inner gatefold spread:
Originally mastered by Ian Cooper at The Town House, London
Vinyl cut by Mark Colton at Alchemy Mastering
Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis
All songs published by Real World Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd except 'This Is The Picture - excellent birds' published by Difficult Music/Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd/Real World Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
All tracks recorded and mixed at Real Worls Studios, England except for 'Mercy Street'; percussion recorded in Polygram Studios, Rio de Janeiro, engineered by Ary Carvalhaes and Jairo Gualberto, studio organisation by Luigi Hoffer, session supervision by Renato Costa and Graciela Silberberg.
New York overdubs recorded at The Power Station, engineered by Bruce Lampcov, assisted by Steve Boyer, session supervision by Charlene Colon
For additional work on tracks not included, thanks to Larry Fast, Jimmy Bralower, Paul Higgins and The House of Music

Runouts are etched except '14991 1X 00884108004340' is stamped, where 1X is 1A, 1B, 1C or 1D depending on the side.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 84108 00434 0
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC-A): 884108004340
  • Matrix / Runout (Label sides A and B): 884108004357
  • Matrix / Runout (Label sides C and D): 884108004371
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A ): PGLPR5X - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): PGLPR5X - 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side C): PGLPR5X - 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side D): PGLPR5X - 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): = MATT @ ALCHEMY = PGLPR5 X A1 14991 1A 00884108004340
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): PGLPR5 X B1 14991 1B 00884108004340
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): = MATT @ ALCHEMY = PGLPR5X C1 14991 1C 00884108004340
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): 14991 1D 00884108004340 PGLPR5X D1

Other Versions (5 of 306)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
So (LP, Album)Charisma, VirginPG 5UK1986
So (LP, Album, Stereo, Don Mills Pressing)Geffen RecordsXGHS 24088Canada1986
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So (CD, Album, Digital Audio Disc, 557)Geffen Records9 24088-2US1986
So (LP, Album, Specialty Pressing)Geffen RecordsGHS 24088US1986
So (LP, Album)Virgin, Virgin, Virgin207 587, 207 587-630, 207 587-8Europe1986



  • J-Keller's avatar
    I've been through multiple US OG's over the years and this release improves on all of them. Sibilance had always been a reoccurring battle with majority of the OG copies I've acquired over the years and this two disc 45rpm version has finally fixed that. Overall, the soundstage and separation are excellent. Such a joy to listen to this album in this presentation.
    • morgenstern71's avatar
      My Version of this Vinyl was warped too. I send the records to a professionell flatening and cleaning Shop. Now they are perfect flat and without any flaw like surface noise or pops. Really really good sounding Vinyl.
      • Pixsells1's avatar
        Wondering if anyone has a Classic Records version that they can compare this to?
        • NighthawkRecordsNJ's avatar
          One of the greatest pop records of all time got the treatment it deserves. Outstanding in every way. This is the ultimate listening experience.
          • BLACKY131313's avatar
            THERE ARE albums that should be left unrated because
            they are so good that they are beyond the scale of the ratings.
            Mastery of arrangement, production and execution.
            Super editing in terms of printing and sound.
            In the "ambitious pop-rock" category, this album is at the forefront.
            • cdfreak1's avatar
              Edited 6 years ago
              Found this (#010944)at a local Barnes and Noble earlier today, mis-priced at $21.99!
              • irishwombat's avatar
                Looking to buy Disc1 of the 45rpm. My Side 1/2 are badly warped and sounds terrible, but it was too late for me to return to the seller as I kept it one the shelf for months before opening. if any one is selling a flat Disc 1 , then please PM me directly.
                • perkes's avatar
                  Additionally, this recording has very little dynamic range compression (-0.1 as measured by DRC-Meter).
                  • perkes's avatar
                    These limited edition, numbered, 45 rpm half-speed master editions are awesome. They are whisper quiet and have a very strong signal (+1.5 dB on my scale). They also come with a free digital download and you can select 24-bit, 48 kHz hi-resolution versions. In addition the LPs come in beautiful gatefold jackets (even if the original album was not gatefold). They are produced directly by Peter Gabriel’s company and so they are done right. These albums are my most prized and loved possessions.

                    I am a huge Peter Gabriel fan and had to get them all. So is my favorite Peter Gabriel album, and “Mercy Street” my all-time favorite Peter Gabriel song. This album has a lot of hits like: “Sledgehammer”, “Big Time” and “In Your Eyes”. As with all the others the production and mastering on this version is precisely perfect—a joy to listen to.

                    • Native12's avatar
                      Have to say, the quality of these reissues is simply fabulous. The sound is breathtaking. Begs the question, if this level of sound can be achieved, why isn't every vinyl release like this? Are we buying substandard most of the time?!


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