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Scratch My Back (Dlx Ed) Deluxe Edition

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • ASIN: B0035FBBCI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Heroes (David Bowie)
2. The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)
3. Mirrorball (Elbow)
4. Flume (Bon Iver)
5. Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
6. The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)
7. My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)
8. The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
9. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)
10. Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Book Of Love (Remix)
2. My Body Is A Cage (Oxford London Temple version)
3. Waterloo Sunset (Oxford London Temple version) (Kinks)
4. Heroes (Wildbeest mix)

Product Description

'Scratch My Back' is Peter Gabriel's first new studio album in nearly a decade. The album is the first part of a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other's songs. Gabriel describes this as a very personal record with twelve songs performed only with orchestral instruments and voice. He made the choice not to include guitar or drums. The album's richly diverse sounds include the sparse romance of Lou Reed's "The Power of the Heart", the powerful musical journey of Elbow's "Mirrorball" an epic arrangement of Arcade Fire's "My Body Is A Cage" and further interpretations of Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Regina Spektor, The Talking Heads, David Bowie, Randy Newman, The Magnetic Fields, Neil Young and Radiohead.


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I have to confess that as a fan of minimalist composers Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki I welcome their influence in the orchestration on this album. This is definitely not a pop album. Gabriel clearly is making music for music's sake here, not to top any sales charts but to fulfill his artistic integrity. I believe he accomplished that with this album and has really made these well known songs his known and has given me a greater appreciation for them.

If all you know of Gabriel is some of his bigger pop hits, this may not be the album for you as it is a large departure from that. However, for fans of deep artistic expression, this is a real treat.
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Peter Gabriel: the erstwhile 'man in the flower', 'the fox in the dress', 'the watcher of the skies', 'Mozo', Gurdjieffian shock administrator, world music pioneer, animal communicator, stage and performance ground-breaker and probably one of the few public figures who truly deserves the title of "World Citizen", here, on this album has reached a point in his personal and artistic life that he is now looking at back across it all with an august mix of insight, nostalgia, a touch of whimsy, and a wryness of humour. And on an album that is so distinctly personal, it is ironic that none of the songs are his.

"Scratch My Back" is a bit of a shocker. It is a complete break from all his previous work. The instrumentation is absolutely minimal - no guitars, no drums, no keyboards or electronica of any kind and not a single breath of anything sounding even remotely african. It is an album of cover songs, an homage that PG has been wanting to do for a very long time. The point of difference is that "SMB" is the first offering in a two-part reciprocal gesture. Later, all the artists he covers here will "scratch his back" too and return versions of his songs that they have covered. The return "scratch" is slated for later release. Gabriel's covers are remarkable and in some cases, distinctly different from the originals. Most of them are extremely well done, getting right to the very heart and spirit of each of the songs. And there is, as well, a strongly directed 'down-tempo-ing' of these tributes in order that the message of each piece is heard clearly and emotively.

The subdued and somewhat melancholy first impression is only the outer court.
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Mr. Gabriel has never been one to conform to musical trends, or even follow them for that matter.

So with that thought in mind, eight years after the release of his last album, "Up", he pulls out a bunch of songs by other artists and arranges them for an orchestra to play.

Armed with his singular voice, he proceeds to bring a symphonic exploration of music by artists as diverse as Davif Bowie (Heroes), Paul Simon (Boy In The Bubble), Neil Young ( Philadelphia), Talking Heads (Listening Wind), Lou Reed (The Power of the Heart), Arcade Dire ( My Body Is a Cage), and even Radiohead (Street Spirit).

Yet, this is not any ordinary cover album, it is Peter Gabriel's interpretation of songs by other artists, and that, in my opinion, makes all the difference.

The album is the first part of a project that will see the artists covered here repaying the compliment by producing their own takes on Gabriel's back catalogue over the course of the year.

To help craft his recording, Gabriel enlisted former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, composer, arranger and the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin to put together the 12 songs.

"Scratch My Back" is an absolute treat that shouldn't be missed.

My Highlights: Heroes, The Boy In The Bubble, Listening Wind, The Power of the Heart, My Body Is A Cage, The Book of Love, Philadelphia.

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I'm a big Peter Gabriel fan. But the first time I listened to this, I kept hoping the next song would do more for me. (they didn't really.. ) I will say the more you listen to it, the more you'll appreciate it. But it's a veeeerrrrrrryy understated album. (read "if you're depressed, this will NOT bring you up) He's made every song his own, to the point where you won't recognize some of them until you've heard the first two or three minutes. It's an interesting listen to hear his interpretations of others' work. If you're a big fan I'd recommend it, but not highly. If you want to listen to Peter Gabriel for the first time, DON'T make this your first purchase. Get Up, or Us, or even better, get Security, his best in my opinion.
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The music is sweeping, huge, powerful and yet intimate. I am still shocked that his covers album is by far his most intimate and somehow in a quirky way, most personal. Music is about telling stories and that is what he does on this album. Although the artists come from a diverse field, the album has no problem sticking together in a coherent manner. Some have said that it does take a couple of listens. Yes, but believe me the journey is well worth it.
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This is very suitable quiet background music, orchestral arrangements covering songs, some you'll know, some you may not, mixed with a crystal-clear, noiseless, crispness. Like having Gabriel singing softly in the chair beside you with an almost muzak-like production backing him up. An indulgence of an aging musician, perhaps. Listen, say, to the Talking Heads cover before buying.
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