If you’re an Italian Peter Gabriel collector, or are looking for a way to get just about his entire solo discography in one fell swoop, you’ve met your match. Gabriel is partnering with Italian publications TV Sorrisi e Canzoni and Corriere della Sera to sell just about all of his studio albums to create a mega-box for fans.
Beginning with his latest project, last year’s orchestral New Blood album, 18 sets will be sold at kiosks, one per week, and will ultimately provide a semi-definitive album-by-album overview for the iconic performer. New Blood comes with a box to hold everything in, while the second in the series, his 1977 debut album, comes with “an unpublished book with an an exclusive interview and album by album story of Peter’s musical career.”
Gabriel’s solo albums from 1978 to 2010’s Scratch My Back will follow in the coming weeks (including 2000’s OVO, the soundtrack to London’s Millennium Dome show), as well as five live sets (CDs Plays Live (1983) and Secret World Live (1994) and DVDs Growing Up Live (2003), Still Growing Up: Live and Unwrapped (2004) and New Blood Live in London (2011)), 2004’s Play: The Videos DVD and the soundtracks to Birdy (1985) and Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ (1989).
The definitiveness of the set is somewhat challenged by some gaps: the non-LP material from 1990’s Shaking the Tree compilation doesn’t show up, nor does Long Walk Home, the 2002 soundtrack from Rabbit-Proof Fence. (There’s also whatever might be found in the forthcoming So reissue, for which Gabriel’s site recently started a mailing list in anticipation of its September release.) Still, if you’re a collector looking for a fix, this might be your moment.
Hit the jump for a full line-up of what fans can add to the box.
Note: all catalogue numbers are based on the original U.K. releases.
Peter Gabriel, The Collection (Real World (IT), 2012)
Disc 1: New Blood (originally released as Real World PGCD 13, 2011) + box
Disc 2: Peter Gabriel (originally released as Charisma CDS 4006, 1977) + book
Disc 3: Peter Gabriel (originally released as Charisma CDS 4013, 1978)
Disc 4: Peter Gabriel (originally released as Charisma CDS 4019, 1980)
Disc 5: Peter Gabriel (originally released as Charisma PG 4, 1982)
Disc 6: So (originally released as Charisma PG 5, 1986)
Disc 7: Us (originally released as Real World PGLP 7, 1992)
Disc 8: OVO (originally released as Real World RWPG 01, 2000)
Disc 9: Up (originally released as Real World PGCD 11, 2002)
Disc 10: Scratch My Back (originally released as Real World PGCD 12, 2010)
Discs 11-12: Plays Live (originally released as Charisma PGDL 1, 1983)
Discs 13-14: Secret World Live (originally released as Real World PGDCD 8, 1994)
Discs 15: New Blood Live in London (DVD – originally released as Real World/Eagle Vision EREDV888GV, 2011)
Discs 16-17: Still Growing Up – Live and Unwrapped (DVD – originally released as Real World/Warner Music Vision 50-51011-0458-2-0, 2005)
Disc 18: Growing Up Live (DVD – originally released as Real World/Warner Music Vision 5050466-8596-2-4, 2003)
Disc 19: Play – The Videos (DVD – originally released as Real World/Warner Music Vision 5050467-5681-2-9, 2004)
Disc 20: Birdy – Music from the Film (originally released as Charisma CAS 1167, 1985)
Disc 21: Passion – Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (originally released as Real World RWLP 1, 1989)