Update – the original YouTube version of this video disappeared, but you can see the first half of the show here and the second half here, apparently – although I haven’t watched this second link myself.
Another great old documentary about the recording of a classic album from YouTube – this time of Peter Gabriel’s fourth album.
I’ve written before about how much I love the sound of this great-sounding album, so finding this video and being able to see the songs actually being written – well, I got a bit over-excited, actually.
There are so many fascinating and enjoyable things here that it’s hard to know where to start, but one thing that jumped out at me straight away was – look at the studio ! If you can call it a studio. In fact, you can’t – it’s just a room with a load of gear in it – a far cry from the facilites at Real World today. And all the vocals were recorded on… a Shure SM57 !
Another is the inspirational use of early sampling technology – in this era of gigabyte-sized multi-sample sound libraries, it’s easy to forget that you can (and should) build the sonic signature of an entire song around the sound of nothing more than someone blowing across a metal pipe…
And finally, who knew it was so hard to smash a telly ?