Peter Gabriel Courage

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.

The “Courage” single is available for purchase now through iTunes and Gabriel’s site.

Comments (2)
  1. Fantastic song. I personally think ”SO” is one of the best records of the 80′s and its had a long lasting influence on me. Thanks for profiling Peter Gabriel. The kids deserve to know who he is and he’s still remarkably hip :)

  2. A rote rocker. It seems really under developed and sounds much more like his third and fourth albums. I can see why he left it off the album in favor of the more experimental tracks like This is the Picture and We Do What We’re Told.

    But still it sheds a really interesting light on So, it’s development, and context after his prior albums. Great to hear.

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