Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours
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||I Don't Remember||David Byrne||3:38||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Come Talk to Me||Bon Iver||6:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Blood of Eden||Regina Spektor||4:39||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Not One of Us||Stephin Merritt||3:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Shock the Monkey||Joseph Arthur||5:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Big Time||Randy Newman||3:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Games Without Frontiers||Arcade Fire||3:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mercy Street||Elbow||5:28||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mother of Violence||Brian Eno||3:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Don’t Give Up (feat. Timber Timbre)||Feist||5:28||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Solsbury Hill||Lou Reed||5:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Biko||Paul Simon||4:19||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|BookletDigital Booklet - Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours||Various Artists||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
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.”
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.
i AM JOINING THE LONE WOLF
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.