Peter Gabriel: “Solsbury Hill (live)” (1983)

The view from the hill a few years down the road.

Kronomyth 5.11: Hill or hi water.

Yet another chapter in the convoluted story that is Peter Gabriel’s discography. Different regions were treated to different singles from the Peter Gabriel Plays Live set. In North America, Geffen released an edited version of “Solsbury Hill” with “I Go Swimming” as the B side. In Europe, Charisma flipped it, making “I Go Swimming” the A side. In the UK, Charisma released a different single altogether, “I Don’t Remember,” with “Solsbury Hill” again as the B side. A lot of work for a little single that didn’t make much of a dent anywhere it went.

This view of the Hill is pretty close to the original, with Tony Levin’s  bass now more pronounced. In fact, most of the performances from Peter Gabriel Plays Live were as good as (or better than) the studio versions.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Solsbury Hill (live) (Peter Gabriel) (3:58)
B1. I Go Swimming (live) (Peter Gabriel) (3:44)

Back-to-back hits 7-inch single
A1. Shock The Monkey (Peter Gabriel) (3:58)
B1. Solsbury Hill (live) (Peter Gabriel) (3:58)

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single in August 1983 in the US (Geffen, 29542) and Spain (Charisma, 814 100-7) with picture sleeve. Reached #84 on the US charts (charted on August 27, 1983 for  weeks). Also released as promotional 7-inch single in 1983 in the US (Geffen, 29542) feat. A mono on flip.

  1. Re-packaged with “Shock the Monkey” on back-to-back hits 7-inch single in the US (Geffen, GGEF 0481).

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