Having been all through the catalog now, I thought it would be fun to type out how I think the albums stack up to one another.
To my mind, the only reasonable way to do that is to break up the albums in to eras. I'll stick to the box set divisions, though other divisions could make sense too.
The Peter Gabriel Era:
Foxtrot - between Can Utility and Supper's Ready, this is some of my all-time favorite prog
Selling England By the Pound - very powerful, tight and in some ways concise, musically, with haunting themes
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - would have been a super strong single album - the best way to enjoy this is in 5.1 with the slides
Nursery Crime - some great stuff here
Trespass - interesting historically, but not a very enjoyable album overall
From Genesis to Revelation (haven't actually heard it - is there any point?)
The Middle Era:
Duke - from start to finish I love everything about this album
Trick of the Tail - very, very solid and would have been a strong contender in the PG era too
...And Then There Were Three - not very memorable, but enjoyable texturally - feels like a grower
Abacab - the songs I love I really love, but I can't fully get in to the 1st half of the album
Wind and Wuthering - as with it's artwork, this album just feels kinda blah to me
The Final Era:
S/T (a.k.a. Shapes/The Mama Album) - Dayum, such a fracking awesome album - poppy, heavy, proggy, dark, funny
Invisible Touch - don't let the poppy lead-off track fool you, this is a poppy, proggy record with lots of depth
We Can't Dance - I like the title track the least of everything - would have been stronger picking another title and leaving that song off, though it is catchy and I understand their decision - otherwise great album
Calling All Stations - no
Favorite era? Can't really pick one. Which ever one I'm listening to. The top one or two albums in each era are among my favorites in my entire collection. I bought the first era box set, but bought my favorites from the other eras individually, partly because the middle era is OOP and for the last era because I had stumbled upon IT and WCD over the years and only needed S/T to make my joy complete in that era. The hi-res, 5.1 mixes from the Rhino reissues are phenomenal.