The album is the second of four with the same title. Guitarist Robert Fripp served as producer, whose influence on the album is evident in the use of ‘Frippertronics’ on the track “Exposure”. The album did not sell as well as the first Peter Gabriel, but reached No. 10 on the UK charts. “Mother of Violence” was written by Peter and his first wife Jill Gabriel.
This album is often referred to as Scratch, referring to the album cover by Hipgnosis.
This album was originally intended as part of a loose trilogy with Robert Fripp’s Exposure and Daryl Hall’s Sacred Songs (all three albums were produced by Fripp).
01. On the Air
03. Mother of Violence
04. A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World
05. White Shadow
07. Animal Magic
09. Flotsam and Jetsam
11. Home Sweet Home
Line-up / Musicians
– Peter Gabriel / lead & backing vocals, piano (2), organ (11), synthesizer (5,7)
– Sidney McGinnis / electric (1,4,8-11) & acoustic (2,3) & steel guitars, mandolin (2), backing vocals (7)
– Robert Fripp / electric (1,3,5,10) & acoustic (5) guitars, Frippertronics (8), producer
– Bayete (Todd Cochran) / Keyboards (2,4,6,7)
– Roy Bittan / keyboards (1,3,5,6,10,11)
– Larry Fast / synthesizers & treatments (1,2,5,7,10)
– Timmy Capello / saxophone (10,11)
– George Marge / recorders (6,8,9)
– Tony Levin / bass, string bass (6), Chapman stick (2,4,9), recorder arrangements (6,9), backing vocals
– Jerry Marotta / drums, backing vocals
– John Tims / insects noises (3)