Scratch My Back (Dlx Ed) Deluxe Edition
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'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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.Read more ›
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 one of the few that actually realy like this album. Apart from Heroes and the horrible version of Street Spirit (Fade Out), PG managed to reinvent these great songs, and add a... Read morePublished on June 14 2014 by ssigouin
fantastic orchestral take on Peters influences ( some sound better than the original) - what more can I say - genius! I hope he tours in Canada.Published on Dec 17 2012 by Russ
Glad Peter ended up leaving "YES". I have bought several of his "SOLO" CDs included this new Double CD! Titled "Scratch My Back!" It's great! Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2012 by Luap Van Horn
I am a huge music fan - I like virtually every genre. I like Genesis; I like most of Peter Gabriel's solo work; I like many of the original songs that Gabriel has done on this... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2010 by paul k
When I heard that Peter Gabriel was doing a cover album I was not very excited. When I saw the song selection I was even less excited. Read morePublished on May 9 2010 by Tanguy Kervahut
OMG I was so worried I would not like this CD. I'm 2 tracks in and I'm almost in tears! What I love about him the most is the way his voice touches, no GRABS my soul. Read morePublished on May 7 2010 by Zee
In short, this album presents a number of classics from various indie rock/lo-fi type artists in an extremely symphony-heavy setting. Read morePublished on March 24 2010 by Lawrence G. S. Williams