Last year Peter Gabriel released a box set reissue of his 1986 classic So. Among the extras was an unfinished track called “Courage” that, upon revisiting, Gabriel and his team decided was worthy of resuscitation. They were right: The new mix of “Courage,” released today as a single with mixing by Tchad Blake and new overdubs from Gabriel and guitarist David Rhodes, is brimming with energy that belies its 27 years in obscurity. Says Gabriel:
“When So drew to a close I didn’t feel the song was delivering in the way I had hoped, so decided not to include it. When we were reviewing all the material from that time, we wanted to take a fresh look at it and get it finished. I always liked the track and very much enjoyed the playing on it, especially the energy of the drums.”
“Courage” is prime Gabriel, and we’re lucky to have such buried treasure unearthed all these years later. Listen below.