So – Peter Gabriel – 1986


So - Peter Gabriel - 1986
So - Peter Gabriel - 1986

So is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released on 19 May 1986 by Charisma Records. The album marked a stylistic shift from Gabriel’s previous experimental and progressive rock-oriented albums, towards a more accessible and pop-oriented sound, influenced by African and Brazilian music. The album features several of Gabriel’s most successful singles, such as “Sledgehammer”, “Big Time”, “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Kate Bush), and “In Your Eyes” (a collaboration with Youssou N’Dour). So received critical acclaim from music critics and was a commercial success, becoming Gabriel’s best-selling solo album to date. It also earned him several awards and nominations, including the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and the Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Artist. So is widely regarded as one of the best albums of the 1980s and one of Gabriel’s finest works.

So is considered one of the most important albums of the 1980s. It is cited as an influence by a wide range of artists, including Radiohead, Coldplay, and U2. The album is still highly regarded by fans and critics today.


    • Peter Gabriel: vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion, lyrics
    • Daniel Lanois: guitar, tambourine, producer, engineer, horn arrangements
    • David Rhodes: guitar, backing vocals
    • Tony Levin: bass
    • Jerry Marotta: drums, bass
    • Manu Katché: drums, percussion, talking drum
    • Larry Klein: bass
    • Stewart Copeland: drums, hi-hat
    • Richard Tee: piano
    • Kate Bush: vocals on “Don’t Give Up”
    • Laurie Anderson: vocals on “This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)”
    • Youssou N’Dour: vocals on “In Your Eyes”
    • Wayne Jackson: cornet, horn arrangements
    • Ronnie Bright: bass vocals on “In Your Eyes”
    • Simon Clark: synthesizer, bass, organ
    • Nile Rodgers: guitar
    • Bill Laswell: bass
    • Djalma Correa: surdo, congas, triangle
    • Coral Gordon, Dee Lewis, P P Arnold*: backing vocals on “Big Time”
    • Jim Kerr, Michael Been*: backing vocals on “In Your Eyes”
    • Kevin Killen: engineer
    • David Bascombe**: recorded by
    • Brett Wickens**, Peter Saville** (2): design
    • Trevor Key** : photography by
    • Gail Colson** : management
    • David Stallbaumer** : studio management
    • Chris Hughes**, Jimmy Bralower** : drum programming

The following is a list of the personnel of the album So by Peter Gabriel, released in 1986. The list is based on the information from the Wikipedia article.

The different versions published for this album :