Plays Live

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Plays Live
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Live album by
Released6 June 1983
RecordedNovember–December 1982, United States
1983, Bath, England
Genre Art rock, progressive rock, worldbeat, experimental rock
Length89:53(original version)
66:50 (highlights version)
Label Geffen (US & Canada), Charisma
Producer Peter Gabriel, Peter Walsh
Peter Gabriel chronology
Peter Gabriel
(1982)
Plays Live
(1983)
Birdy
(1985)
Singles from Plays Live
  1. "I Don't Remember"
    Released: 4 July 1983 [1]
  2. "I Go Swimming"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Solsbury Hill"
    Released: 1983
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Plays Live is the first live and fifth album overall released by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel; it was his first solo album to not be titled simply Peter Gabriel. This album was originally released as a double album and longplay cassette in 1983, with sixteen songs. It was re-released in 1985, as a single CD version called Plays Live (Highlights) with only twelve songs, some of which are edited from their full-length versions, so that the album could fit on a single CD. It was eventually re-released in its entirety as a double CD set in 1987. In 2002, a remastered version of the Highlights version was re-released. In 2019, the complete double-LP version of the album was released on music streaming platforms for the first time.

Contents

"Plays Live" concerts were recorded at:

Liner notes by "the producers" admit, "Although this album was compiled from four concerts in the mid-West of the United States, some additional recording took place not a thousand miles away from the home of the artist. The generic term for this process is 'cheating'. Care has been taken to keep the essence of the gigs intact, including 'human imperfection'."

The album's previously unreleased "I Go Swimming" received airplay and made the US charts in 1983. The song was initially recorded for Gabriel's third album [4] and was performed on his 1980 tour.

"I Don't Remember" was issued as a single, with an accompanying music video, in the US.

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Gabriel.

Original vinyl release

Disc one

Side one
  1. "The Rhythm of the Heat" – 6:26
  2. "I Have the Touch" – 5:18
  3. "Not One of Us" – 5:29
  4. "Family Snapshot" – 4:44
Side two
  1. "D.I.Y." – 4:20
  2. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:22
  3. "Intruder" – 5:03
  4. "I Go Swimming" – 4:44

Disc two

Side three
  1. "San Jacinto" – 8:27
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:42
  3. "No Self Control" – 5:03
  4. "I Don't Remember" – 4:19
Side four

This side was recorded at Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas on 4 December 1982.

  1. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:10
  2. "Humdrum" – 4:23
  3. "On the Air" – 5:22
  4. "Biko" – 7:01

Dual CD Version

Disc one

  1. "The Rhythm of the Heat" – 6:26
  2. "I Have the Touch" – 5:18
  3. "Not One of Us" – 5:29
  4. "Family Snapshot" – 4:44
  5. "D.I.Y." – 4:20
  6. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:22
  7. "Intruder" – 5:03
  8. "I Go Swimming" – 4:44

Disc two

  1. "San Jacinto" – 8:28
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:40
  3. "No Self Control" – 5:02
  4. "I Don't Remember" – 4:20
  5. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:40
  6. "Humdrum" – 4:03
  7. "On the Air" – 5:20
  8. "Biko" – 6:50

Plays Live (Highlights)

  1. "I Have the Touch" – 4:47
  2. "Family Snapshot" – 4:47
  3. "D.I.Y." – 4:05
  4. "The Family and the Fishing Net" – 7:38
  5. "I Go Swimming" – 4:54
  6. "San Jacinto" – 8:19
  7. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:41
  8. "No Self Control" – 5:04
  9. "I Don't Remember" – 4:12
  10. "Shock the Monkey" – 7:10
  11. "Humdrum" – 4:21
  12. "Biko" – 6:52

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1983)Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report) [5] 55
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [6] 21
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [7] 40
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [8] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [9] 31
UK Albums (OCC) [10] 8
US Billboard 200 [11] 44

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