On this day in music history: June 9, 1983 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1983 – “Plays Live”, the first live album (fifth overall) by Peter Gabriel is released. Produced by Peter Gabriel and Peter Walsh, it is recorded circa Autumn 1982. The sixteen track double album features live performances recorded during Gabriel’s 1982 tour of the US and Canada in support of the “Peter Gabriel 4”(aka “Security”) album. The album also includes the studio recorded track “I Go Swimming” (#38 Mainstream Rock) which receives significant airplay. “I Don’t Remember” is also issued as a single in both the US and UK. When the album is originally issued on CD in 1985 it is in edited form (as “Plays Live – Highlights”) so that it fits on one disc. In 2002, it finally is released in its complete original form as a two CD set. “Plays Live” peaks at number eight on the UK album chart and number forty four on the Billboard Top 200.