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Learn more about Scratch My Back (Deluxe Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 214098639
UPC: 180030000185
UPC 14: 00180030000185
Release Date: 3/2/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Heroes ~ Peter Gabriel
2. Boy in the Bubble, The ~ Peter Gabriel
3. Mirrorball ~ Peter Gabriel
4. Flume ~ Peter Gabriel
5. Listening Wind ~ Peter Gabriel
6. Power of the Heart, The ~ Peter Gabriel
7. My Body Is a Cage ~ Peter Gabriel
8. Book of Love, The ~ Peter Gabriel
9. I Think It's Going to Rain Today ~ Peter Gabriel
10. Apr?s Moi ~ Peter Gabriel
11. Philadelphia ~ Peter Gabriel
12. Street Spirit (Fade Out) ~ Peter Gabriel
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Book of Love, The - (remix) ~ Peter Gabriel
2. My Body Is a Cage [Oxford London Temple Version] ~ Peter Gabriel
3. Waterloo Sunset [Oxford London Temple Version] ~ Peter Gabriel
4. Heroes [Wildebeest Mix] - (remix) ~ Peter Gabriel
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Richard George, Rick Koster, Matthew Scrivener, Louisa Fuller, Peter Hanson , Martin Burgess, Helen Paterson, Clare Hayes, Steve Morris , Ian Belton, Ian Humphries, Everton Nelson, Jeremy Morris (violin); John Metcalfe , Elisabeth Varlow, Fiona Bonds, Paul Cassidy, Helen Kamminga (viola); Ian Burdge, Jackie Thomas, Will Schofield, Alice Neary, Chris Worsey (cello); Eliza Marshall (flute); Tim Lines (clarinet); Sarah Burnett (bassoon); Gordon Laing (contrabassoon); Daniel Newell, Paul Mayes , Andy Crowley (trumpet); Tracy Holloway, Ed Tarrant (trombone, euphonium); Dan Jenkins, Richard Edwards (trombone); Mark Frost, Richard Henry (bass trombone); David Powell (tuba); Richard Steggall, Richard Bissell, Richard Watkins , Dave Lee (horns); Tom Cawley (piano); Ben Russell, Chris Laurence , Richard Pryce (double bass).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: John Metcalfe ; Richard Chappell.
Muze PNote Recording information: Air Lyndhurst; AIR Studios; Real World Studios; The Bus Stop; The Real World Temple; Tom-Tom D Studio, Budapest.
Muze PNote Photographers: David Hiscock; Nadav Kander.
Muze PNote Arranger: John Metcalfe .
Muze PNote Considering the slow trickle of completed albums he has released since becoming a superstar in 1986 -- just two albums of songs with vocals, paired with two albums of soundtracks and two live records -- deliberate is expected from Peter Gabriel, so the slow, hushed crawl of Scratch My Back is no shock. What may be a shock is that Gabriel chose to follow 2002's Up with a covers album but, like all of his work, this 2010 record is highly conceptual no matter how minimal the end result may be. Designed as the first half of a two-part project where Gabriel would cover 12 different artists who would then return the favor by recording their own versions of Gabriel's compositions -- the counterpart album naturally bearing the title I'll Scratch Yours -- Scratch My Back divides neatly between six songs from his peers (Bowie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Lou Reed, David Byrne) and six songs from younger artists (Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Stephin Merritt, Bon Iver, Elbow, Regina Spektor). Gabriel doesn't dodge familiar tunes, choosing to sing "Heroes" and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," but he twists each tune to his own needs, arranging everything with nothing more than piano and strings, a change that's almost jarring on Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble," yet it stays true to the undercurrent of melancholy in the melody. Indeed, all of Scratch My Back is stark, sober, and spare, delving ever deeper inward, a triumph of intellect over emotion -- a noted contrast to almost all cover albums that celebrate the visceral, not the cerebral. Immediate it may not be but fascinating it is, and after hearing Gabriel turn all 12 of these songs into something unmistakably his own, the appetite is surely whetted for its companion piece. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Peter Gabriel; Bob Ezrin

Engineer: John Metcalfe; Richard "Dickie" Chappell; Richard Chappell; Steve Orchard

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Pure Moods
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Live At The Baked Potat (Live)
Muze Music Compilations I Want My 80's Box! (Box Set)
Muze Music Compilations Shall We Dance
Muze Music Compilations Big Blue Ball
Muze Music Compilations Box Office Hits
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Wall-E
Muze Music Compilations Djin Djin
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Muze Music Compilations In Good Company
Muze Music Compilations Pure Moods Iv
Muze Music Compilations Capture 1995-2010
Muze Music Compilations 30:Real World At Womad
Muze Music Compilations Real World 25

Associated Artists and Works

Afro Celt Sound System
Elbow
Original Soundtrack
Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/02/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1
Music Label Name Label : Real World Productions
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00180030000185

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.84)
- "[T]his imaginatively selected and sequenced collection achieves such a haunting consistency of tone that its spell lingers..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.90)
- "[Each song is] transformed into an arty dirge using only his voice and an understated orchestra....A nicely melancholy suite." -- Grade: B

Billboard - "He treats David Bowie's 'Heroes' with shimmering strings and Paul Simon's 'Boy in the Bubble' as a mellow piano ballad."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.51)
- Ranked #46 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "His covers projects tapped four decades of the power of love and transformation..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]erhaps the most effective retread is Talking Heads' 'Listening Wind': Gabriel removes the funk, parks the dance, and leaves the words to do the work....It sounds like a timeless song, written yesterday."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Gabriel,Peter
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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