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Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours (Gatefold Sleeve) [2LP Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00GI43W34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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)
  11. Philadelphia (Neil Young)
  12. Street Spirit (Radiohead)

Disc: 2

  1. David Byrne - I Don't Remember
  2. Bon Iver - Come Talk To Me
  3. Regina Spektor - Blood Of Eden
  4. Stephin Merritt - Not One Of Us
  5. Joseph Arthur - Shock The Monkey
  6. Randy Newman - Big Time
  7. Arcade Fire - Games Without Frontiers
  8. Elbow - Mercy Street
  9. Brian Eno - Mother Of Violence
  10. Feist - Timber Timbre - Don't Give Up
  11. Lou Reed - Solsbury Hill
  12. Paul Simon - Biko

Product Description

Product Description

180 gram audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / Printed inner sleeves

About the Artist

'Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title 'Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours'. Peter Gabriel, 2013 'Scratch My Back…And I'll Scratch Yours' is a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other's songs. The first half of this double album, titled 'Scratch My Back', was originally released in 2010. Gabriel covers work by seasoned superstars like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Lou Reed, but he also took on marvelous interpretations of work by younger acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Radiohead. In 2013, most of these artists returned the favour on '…And I'll Scratch Yours'. The reciprocating artists opted for differing approaches to Peter's songs. A few chose to radically reinterpret the original material, in the process leaving it barely recognisable - Lou Reed's snarling 'Solsbury Hill' or the frighteningly futuristic version of 'Mother Of Violence' by Brian Eno, co-writer of David Bowie's 'Heroes' covered by Gabriel on 'Scratch My Back'. Other contributors include Arcade Fire ('Games Without Frontiers'), Elbow ('Mercy Street') and Regina Spektor ('Blood Of Eden').

Customer Reviews

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I was a huge fan of Peter Gabriel in my youth, both as part of Genesis and in his solo career, seeing him live on many occasions. As life got more complicated I lost touch with his music, coming across it with pleasure now and then in film scores and at the millenium dome. And that's rather how I came upon this, recognising his dulcet tones in the sublime 'My Body Is A Cage' as background (fore and centre ground too, overpoweringly wonderful as it was) in an episode of House. I've had the album two weeks now and it grows more of a joy at each listen, new tracks becoming favourites with familiarity. Mirrorball is particularly heavenly, The Book of Love a delight, but most tracks illicit goose bumps. So here I am at 53, a Peter Gabriel fan once again. Utterly beautiful.
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3.5 stars

I honestly wanted to love this album. Peter Gabriel is a national treasure and I am sadly old enough to admit to seeing Genesis at Bristol's Colston Hall in 1973 where Gabriel was mesmerizing. When I saw them next at Knebworth in 1978 he wasn't in the band and I preferred Devo (unlike the majority of the crowd!). Gabriel has always ploughed his own furrow and his development of WOMAD deserves a knighthood. He has a great sense of humour and his recent cover with Hot Chip of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" by Vampire Weekend is a wicked gem.

"Scratch my back" is not just a covers album it's about song exchange with the different artists covered pledging to return the favour. I had hoped that Gabriel's album could do a "Joni Mitchell". When the great lady revisited her standards the mature reading that she produced through a voice that was no longer angelic but infused with a life of experience and backed by a stirring orchestra was superb. Songs like "Both Sides Now" sounded better than the originals.

Gabriel's covers are certainly well chosen and show impeccable taste (although "My Body is a cage" is a least favourite Arcade Fire song), the problem is that some work incredibly well while other fall flat. Thus Gabriel's version of Bon Iver's "Flume" for instance is workmanlike and misses the mark. His reading of Neil Young's "Philadelphia" never quite captures the quiet desperation and sheer sadness to be found on the original. When we finally get a cover like Radiohead's "Street Spirit" that is so radically reworked that it is almost unrecognizable to the original, you punch the air. The trouble is that it just does not work and is mournful and dreadfully dull. Indeed my dog gave me a dirty look when I played it!
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Bought this album on a whim, iv'e always liked Peter Gabriel's music. On first playing, I found the music a bit over orchestrated and samey and I wasn't that impressed. I was expecting to like Street Spirit (as the Bends is my Favourite album} but even that left me cold.
I played the album a few days later. "The boy in the bubble", and "Mirrorball" sounded quite nice, I then heard "The Book of Love" for the second time and my knees went weak, what a gorgeous song, it makes me feel so good. Every time I play the album it seems to get better. Flume is beautiful, "The Power of the Heart" "Philadelphia" lovely. There is not a bad song on the album. "Heroes" and "Street Spirit" are probablly my least favourites. But i'm sure i'll get to like them eventally. I have since bought "69 songs by Magnetic Fields (The book of Love) on the strengh of this Album- But thats another story.

Iv'e never written a review before, but I love this album so much. Please ignore the poor reviews, If you have given the Album a poor review Listen to it again, and again. You wont be sorry.
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Peter Gabriel has made his fans wait 8 years for new material. Although "Scratch My Back" is an album full of covers, the way the music has been arranged makes this release very original and daring and can be potentially classed as an album of new material as the songs are given a new life. The song choices are very bold and have been composed by some very reputable artists, but Peter Gabriel has never been the type of artist to compromise on his vision.

One of the highlights here is "Heroes" as it provides a majestic opening to the album with a full blown orchestra and powerful strings. "The Boy In The Bubble" is much gentler and emotionally intense with a simple piano and a gentle soothing cello playing in the background. This contrast of classical arrangements works in the context of this release. "Mirrorball" is another beautifully constructed song with intense and captivating string arrangements providing exciting variation in the melody. "Flume" represents the quiet before the storm with soft vocals from Peter in the verses and the use of his more plaintive tone in the chorus, helping to build the song to a crescendo. "Listening Wind" is very dark and sombre, adding magic and an element of bitter sweet passion so present in Peter's own compositions. "The Power Of Your Heart" has a very sentimental and spine tingling orchestral arrangement which suits Peter like a glove and is another highlight. "My Body Is A Cage" is another dark and atmospheric track which builds into a a mini symphony of sounds combined with deep hypnotising vocals. "The Book Of Love" is very endearing with a sweet melody and arrangements and ends up being the third highlight. "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" is a very quiet and gentle piano led ballad focussing on the beauty of the lyrics and melody.
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