If you do not have a SACD player yet grt one! PG has has released a lot of his work on SACD and the GH before the new one is fantastic! SACD 2 channel is the way to go.
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I am not quite sure what your point of reference is, but ... the Peter Gabriel's catalog was extensively remastered a year or so ago and the remastered CDs were quite an improvement over the original CDs.
Check out the following thread, where we discussed the Gabriel remasters here on Agon ... http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?gmusi&1023807331.
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Have you tried his original LP's. They're not much better. Especially "So". There's sibilence in the recording. Tried this on several different systems with the same result. Either bad mastering or bad pressings (and I've tried several). Good music though - just suitable for the walkman and not the main system.
All Peter Gabriel titles were released in Germany (from the Nimbus plant) a year before being released in the U.S. Those German versions have been the best cd versions to this day. I find the remasters to have lost punch and emotion in order to eliminate hiss. (The same thing happenned to the Cat Stevens remasters). The sacd version's are better (I have them all) but for CD the German's are IT.
I also am a big fan of Gabriel and your right some of the recordings are awful. The first cut on "UP" will blow you out of your seat with brightness. The Lp's are much better. If you can find the older genesis albums( Selling England... or Foxtrot) you will be amazed at how good he sounds especially the Japanese pressings