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Peter Gabriel / So 25th Anniversary Edition being prepared for 2012

Peter Gabriel / So / 25th Anniversary EditionPeter Gabriel has today announced that he is planning a special reissue of his seminal So album from 1986. No details, in terms of formats or content, are currently available, but we can probably expect the reissue around spring next year.

Gabriel has appealed to fans to send in scans of related merchandise or memorabilia, some of which could even end up as part of the reissue. Submit here.

In the meantime, why not tell us what you think the best configuration of a So Deluxe or Super Deluxe Edition might be? We’d love to hear your views.

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15 responses to Peter Gabriel / So 25th Anniversary Edition being prepared for 2012

  1. Chris Ryan says:

    Here’s how I think it will come out as:
    CD1-Remaster
    CD2-Outtakes
    DVD/Bluray of 5.1 mix of SO
    DVD/Bluray of POV concert.
    Photo/interview book.
    All in a 12″ x 12″ box.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Hi Chris. IF that is what we get I think most fans will be quite happy. I’d expect that to be priced around the £75 mark.

      However this is my guess at the configurations

      • 2CD version with extra disc of b-sides + remixes

      • 3 Disc Deluxe Edition to include 2CDs above + DVD of videos and 5.1 surround.

      • Possibly a Super Deluxe Edition as well as you describe, although I don’t think we’ll get outtakes… maybe an extra CD audio for bonus tracks because I’m not sure if they can fit everything onto one CD and I don’t think they’ll want to spoil the album buy adding bonus tracks to that.

      * I think POV might get a separate standalone as well as/ instead of being included in Super Deluxe.

      • cedric says:

        And don’t forget a vinyl version included in a super deluxe edition !

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          I don’t think they’ll put the vinyl in with the Super Deluxe Edition. Most don’t if truth be told – Achtung Baby, Quadrophenia, Dark Side of the Moon and some Some Girls are all recent SDEs with no vinyl of the album included.

          • cedric says:

            Yes, but i remember some SDEs like the Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary or the Exile On Main Street

  2. zeckel says:

    I would opt for a deluxe edition consisting of 2 CDs (+ perhaps 1 dvd).
    CD: remastered standard CD
    CD2: extras
    – Long Version of In Your Eyes
    – Don’t Break this Rhythm
    – Curtains
    – Across the River
    – other rare b-sides (I don’t know, what exists)
    – live tracks (for example excerpts from the Amnesty International Tour 1988)

    Content of the DVD:
    – PG’s ground breaking video clips (Sledgehammer etc)
    – live stuff (see above)

    This list is everything but comprehensive – lets’s see what happens.

    Benchmarks should be the U2-reissues (Joshua Tree and Unforgettable Fire)

  3. omar says:

    I think the most commercial appeal would be to put out a 2cd/dvd set with all the b sides, ext. remixes and unreleased stuff. The dvd could have promo videos,live footage and a brand new interview with Peter discussing the making of So . Is that asking too much?

  4. The Mendis says:

    I think the best thing PG/VirginEMI could do is to do a fresh transfer from the stereo master tape to 32bit/192k (or another hi-res configuration), carefully re-master with someone like as good as Suha Gur (if not better) in two ways 1) at the highest resolution possible 2) then truncate (not dither) from the ‘untouched’ transfer and remaster (eq/compress etc) into 24bit/96Khz. This has been the DVD audio standard since the mid 90’s. – a higher res could be released on Blu Ray in the future. I really don’t see the point in another 16bit/44.1Khz CD release – especially not after 25 years!!

  5. Ron says:

    And so it seems we will get a 3CD edition plus a super deluxe box set. No details are known yet.
    My bet is that the 3CD will feat:
    CD1 = album
    CD2 = b-sides
    CD3 = concert
    I cannot imagine that we will get demos or out-takes as PG is too much of a perfectionist to release such ‘imperfect’ or incomplete material. I hope I’m wrong though!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The 3CD sounds good, but of course can’t help but wonder about the Super Deluxe Edition. Not unrealistic to expect a 5.1 mix given Gabriel’s interest in sound quality and production values etc. It’s coming out in September the same day as Bad 25!

  6. Ron says:

    And so it seems that EMI have announced a 7CD+LP+7″ box for So for September!
    So there should be a:
    – 1CD
    – 3CD
    – 7CD+LP+7″

    7 CD’s! Now that will be interesting!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Wow – 7CDs sounds promising. Although the absence of any “DVD” in that suggests no surround mix..

  7. Kosta says:

    I think “No More Apartheid” , “Walk Through The Fire” (original and remix version), “Big Time” (unreleased but circulating demo version), GaGa (I Go Swimming) and the remixed an/or edited versions of “Sledgehemmer” , “Don’t Give Up”, “Big Time” and “In Your Eyes” will be included as well

  8. Richard John says:

    I’m upset that SACD has died a death, as this won’t replace my SACD copy of “So” as a hi-res version.

    Glad my fave P-Gab album is getting the uber box treatment though.

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