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Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

This was initially released as a series of singles on which Peter Gabriel covered a song by an artist and that artist covered one of his songs. The singles had an encapsulated conceptual feel, making each one a distinct artistic endeavor. When it came time to compile these recordings, they were issued separately as Scratch My Back (featuring only Gabriel’s covers of other artists) and And I’ll Scratch Yours (featuring only the different artists covering Gabriel). A third option is where both albums are combined as one purchase, still with all the songs and artists pulled away from each other. What occurs here is the successful illusion that this was an easy feat to accomplish—yet a graveyard filled with well-intentioned “tribute” albums to beloved artists says this isn’t always so. However, by combining A-list veterans with an equal number of A-list newer artists, this set has a great balance. Paul Simon does a world-class reading of “Biko,” while Bon Iver treats “Come Talk to Me” with a gentility that’s touching. Lou Reed unleashes a scalding treatment of “Solsbury Hill,” while Arcade Fire pursue a very Gabriel-like take on “Games Without Frontiers.”

Customer Reviews

Lone Wolf with a Positive Review

I may be the first to write a glowing positive review of this album, but sometimes it takes being to only person standing to sway other's opinions. Not that that is what I aim to do. This album features some pretty incredible performers who in my eyes hold up to the master himself. It is interesting and refreshing to hear some of my favorite Peter Gabriel songs reinterpreted by other greats. In fact, I kinda wish Peter had made "Scratch My Back" with as much variety as this album. Still, both albums hold up to the few great albums that have been made in the spirit of musicians paying respect to other musicians. There is so much negativity in the world, why do we feel the need to criticize something that was obviously an inspired idea. We need more of this in the world.

just goes to show you

Peter can scratch a back just fine but no one scratch the master's.


This album is impressive! I think it shows all the subtle and precious elements of Peter Gabriel's music while still retaining the individual pulse of the various artists. And Lou Reed's cover of "Solsbury Hill"? Man, nobody can hate on that.

Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 18, 2013

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