Security is the North American title of the fourth eponymous studio album by Peter Gabriel, released on September 6, 1982, on Charisma (UK) and Geffen (US, Canada). Its lead-off single, “Shock the Monkey,” became a staple of early MTV. This is Gabriel’s fourth solo album after his 1975 departure from Genesis.
Gabriel self-titled his first four solo albums to make his catalog appear like an annual magazine: same title, different cover. Geffen — which signed the artist for his 1980 third album Peter Gabriel (colloquially known as the “melting face” album) — retitled this album Security to avoid confusion with its predecessor, as well as his 1977/78 albums Peter Gabriel (aka “rainy windshield”) and Peter Gabriel (aka “scratch”).
A1. “The Rhythm of the Heat” (5:15)
A2. “San Jacinto” (6:22)
A3. “I Have the Touch” (4:33)
A4. “The Family and the Fishing Net” (7:02)
B1. “Shock the Monkey” (5:31)
B2. “Lay Your Hands on Me” (6:03)
B3. “Wallflower” (6:29)
B4. “Kiss of Life” (4:17)
- Peter Gabriel – vocals, synthesizer, Linn drum machine (A1 to B2), drums (A2), Surdo bass drum (A1, B3), piano (B4), backing vocals
- Tony Levin – bass (A1, B2–B4), Chapman stick (A2–B1), synthesizer (A1)
- Jerry Marotta – drums, Surdo bass drum (A1), percussion (B2)
- David Rhodes – guitar (A2–B4), backing vocals (A1, A3, A4, B2, B3)
- Larry Fast – synthesizer (A1–B1, B3, B4)
- John Ellis – timbales (B2), guitar (A2, A4), backing vocals (A1, B3)
- David Lord – piano (B3, B4), saxophone (B2), synthesizer (B2, B4)
- Morris Pert – percussion (B3)
- Roberto Laneri – saxophone (A4)
- Stephen Paine – saxophone (A4)
- Ekome Dance Company – Ghanaian drums section
- Peter Hammill – backing vocals (A4, B1, B2)
- Jill Gabriel – backing vocals (A2)
- Producer – David Lord, Peter Gabriel
- Producer [Electronic Production and Processing] – Larry Fast, Peter Gabriel
- Engineer – David Lord
- Engineer [Assistant] – Neil Perry
- Technician [Equipment] – Albert Lawrence, Alan Terry, Ian Tucker, Mal Craggs
- Recorded By [Mobile One] – Andy Rose, Tim Wybrow
- Fairlight CMI programming – Stephen Paine, David Lord, Larry Fast, Peter Gabriel
- Remix – Julian Mendelsohn (B1)
- Remix [Assistant] – Danny Heaps (B1)
- Photography – dj
- Management – Gailforce
- Artwork [Based on Video Images By] – David Gardner, Malcolm Poynter, Peter Gabriel
- Typography [Typesetting] – Ron Hart
- Written-By, Arranged By – Peter Gabriel
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