Eagle Rock Entertainment have officially announced that they will release Peter Gabriel - Classic Albums: So the next instalment in their Classic Albums series on Blu-ray. This release tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So. Street date is September 18th.
So was Gabriel's fifth solo album and the first one to have a title (all others were self-titled). The album spawned a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including "Sledgehammer," "Big Time," "Don't Give Up," (a duet with Kate Bush) and "In Your Eyes" which drove So to multi-platinum sales, the No.1 spot in the UK and No.2 in the US.
The acclaimed Classic Albums series is a definitive collection of the stories behind the albums that form the soundtrack to our lives. Made with the full authorization and co-operation of the artists, Classic Albums: So offers contributions from many of those involved in the making of the album and the landmark videos. Those featured include Peter Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, engineer Kevin Killen and musicians Jerry Marotta, Laurie Anderson, Tony Levin and Manu Katché and many more.
So was very much an album of the MTV generation and the distinctive videos for tracks like "Sledgehammer," "Red Rain," "Big Time," and "Don't Give Up" were key factors in the album's success. A special re-mastered version of the classic album So will be released by Real World/EMI in September 2012 on CD, triple CD and a super deluxe box set.
Peter Gabriel - Classic Albums: So offers a unique perspective on the motivations behind – and the actual creation of – this masterwork and contains as Bonus Features over 30 minutes of additional material not included in the broadcast version.
From SA-CDs of his entire catalog, to new concert BDs (NEW BLOOD), to re-releases of catalog concert films on BD (SECRET WORLD), I wish more artists were as interested in "next gen" packaged media as PG is.
Eagle Rock has fast became one of my favorite Blu-ray distributors, due to their great catalogue and my own love of classic rock/metal. I hope they plan on making Blu-ray releases of their previous "DVD only" releases, though - I want the Deep Purple Machine Head one in a Blu release!
I haven't heard diddly squat about there being a 5.1 surround mix, but I am sitting 10th row floors for the Toronto stop of the So tour this September and will be bringing a sign to let PG know that a 5.1 mix would go over really well on Blu-ray Audio. No doubt from that close he will see it at least once, and no it won't be in anyone's way.
This will not be in the Super Deluxe set, two different companies.