Peter Gabriel is the debut solo studio album by progressive rock singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel and the first of four with the same eponymous title. Released on 25 February 1977, it was produced by Bob Ezrin. Gabriel and Ezrin assembled a team of musicians, including King Crimson frontman and guitarist Robert Fripp, to record the album. Upon the album’s release, Gabriel began touring with a seven-piece band under his own name.
This album is often called either Peter Gabriel 1 or Car, referring to the album cover by London artist Peter Christopherson
The album went to No. 7 in UK and No. 38 in the US.
Gabriel’s first solo success came with the album’s lead single “Solsbury Hill”, which Gabriel has said is about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get … It’s about letting go. Although mainly happy with the music, Gabriel felt that the album, in particular the track “Here Comes The Flood”, was over-produced. Piano-only or piano with synth versions may be heard on Robert Fripp’s Exposure, his appearance on Kate Bush’s 1979 TV special and a third version on his greatest hits compilation Shaking the Tree (1990). He often performs the song live accompanied by only himself on keyboard, either in German or English, depending on the audience.