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Peter Gabriel – Red Rain (Europe 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 15th, 2012


“Red Rain” is the first track on Peter Gabriel’s 1986 solo album So. In the USA, it reached #3 on Billboard magazine’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Stewart Copeland from The Police played the hi-hat for the rain-like background sound; the rest of the drumming was handled by Jerry Marotta.

The song is a combination of several inspirations. The lyrics directly reference a recurring dream Gabriel was having where he swam in his pool drinking cold red wine. Another version of the dream had bottles falling from a cliff, and the bottles were in the shape of people. When they were smashed on the ground, the people-shaped bottles had red liquid coming out, and then it began to rain the same red liquid.

Earlier in his solo career, Gabriel had an idea for a movie, Mozo. In it, villagers were punished for their sins with a blood red rain. “Red Rain” was to be the theme song. This idea was eventually scrapped, although there was a mention of Mozo in the song “On the Air” in Peter Gabriel (II). “Down The Dolce Vita”, “Here Comes The Flood”, “Exposure”, and “Big Blue Ball” are also reference the Mozo story, as well.

According to the sleeve notes from the remastered version of So, it is also a reference to acid rain. Based on one interpretation of some of the lyrics it is also thought to refer to nuclear fallout.

Red Rain 5:35
Producer – Daniel LanoisPeter Gabriel
Written-By – Peter Gabriel

Ga-Ga (I Go Swimming Instrumental) 4:28
Producer – Steve Lillywhite
Written-By – Peter Gabriel

Walk Through The Fire 3:31
Producer – Nile RodgersPeter Gabriel
Written-By – Peter Gabriel

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Red Rain U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #3


Label: Virgin – 609 240
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Europe
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Classic Rock
Credits: Painting, Design – Peter Saville Associates
Photography By – Trevor Key

Printed in Western Germany

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Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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15 Responses to “Peter Gabriel – Red Rain (Europe 12″)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Wow! Great, great, great!!!! Thanks a lot, Paul! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Spring 🙂


  2. JestaCat Says:

    You are THE man! Thanks for this, so so much.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JestaCat!


  3. Victor Says:

    Love every tracks in SO album, thank you for this!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    My pleasure Victor!


  4. Alessandro Says:

    Many thanks for this very interesting maxi-single.
    In my opinion Red Rain is the best track off So, and Walk Through The Fire (a remixed version of the song included in the Against All Odds soundtrack) is one of my favourite PG songs.

    I really hope you have more Gabriel material to offer!!


  5. Goodguy Says:

    Good God, Paul. You’re a miracle worker. At the mere mention of Red Rain, you pluck it out of the ether. 🙂

    Thanks, as always for these aural treats!


  6. Will Says:

    Walk Through The Fire is flopped L-R compared to what I had before, but, since what I had before was muddy (and with an unknown providence) and this, in contrast, is rather more defined (and I trust is faithful to the vinyl, as it always is here!), I’ll go with this. Thanks! It seems like Walk Through the Fire was always a fairly muddy recording.


  7. Sailer Says:

    Will, it’s funny you mention the Left/Right Flop. I noticed it on the Sledgehammer Remix. On some mixes the lead guitar is on the right, in others it’s on the left on the same 12″ maxi single!

    As mentioned before, it is very disappointing that the 25th Anniversary 8 disc SO re-issue (or any of the other configurations for that matter) lacks any of the non-album material.


  8. Sailer Says:

    You do amazing work. I love the richness and warmth of these rips. I love comparing the rips I have done to your work, and all I can say is AMAZING!!!

    I listened to my 45 of Ga Ga to yours and of course yours sounds much much cleaner. Were there different mixes of this from the 12″ and the 45? My 45 starts with a rythmic drum machine sound for about 3 seconds before the other instruments kick in, and your 12″ version kicks in where all the instruments start together


  9. Robb Says:

    Loved grabbing the rips of Ga Ga and special mix of In Your Eyes. I did have a rip of In Your Eyes, but yours was much cleaner.

    Quick question, will you be doing other 12″ from SO? I have a couple that I would love to hear, would be willing to send if you can rip. Looking for Sledgehammer with the remixes and the Biko extended version. Also for the In Your Eyes mix that is 6:15 in length.

    Again, bang up job. What a great site. I shared your link on my Facebook and a couple of my friends LOVE it too.

    Keep up the good work.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Robb yes I do plan to post more from Mr. Gabriel just keep checking back 🙂


  10. george e. Says:

    Good to see you’re up and runnin’ again! Cheers!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Georg 🙂


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