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Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats (Remastered)

Peter Gabriel

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Even when putting together a simple greatest-hits collection, Peter Gabriel has to fuss and fight with himself and give fans a new experience at each turn. On this set, “Here Comes the Flood” was a brand-new 1990 rerecording, with “Shaking the Tree” (his duet with Youssou N’Dour that appeared on N’Dour’s 1989 album The Lion) including new vocals from Gabriel. Many tracks here (“I Don’t Remember,” “Sledgehammer,” “Shock the Monkey”) are either radio edits or edits to ensure that everything could fit on a single CD. Casual fans are often disappointed by this collection's omission of “In Your Eyes,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe film Say Anything. (Of course, the digital era has made it much easier to purchase a single track.) What stands out most here, however, is the beauty of the pacing. Gabriel took great pains to oversee this album and to ensure that it played as he envisioned it. From “Solsbury Hill” to “Biko,” the effect is complete. Other artists should take such care with their hits collections.

Customer Reviews

Nice "Next Step" For Curious Listeners

Listeners who are familiar with Peter Gabriel's biggest hits and interrested in going deeper - this album is for you. Most of the hits are here, including at least one track from each Gabriel album out at the time (except the Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch album). I agree with the iTunes review - "On The Air" and "D.I.Y" from Scratch would have been nice additions. I was also shocked that "In Your Eyes" doesn't make an appearance here. But it is a nice sampling for sure, and great as a next-step for curious listeners wanting to explore more of Peter Gabriel's discography. * * * 1/2

In Your Eyes????

Would have given this compilation the fifth star, but one of Peter's greatest songs,(IN YOUR EYES'') was excluded for what ever the reason, I don't understand. besides that it's great- minus the fifth star of course.

Good album, but...

Why does 'Sledgehammer' have part of another song at the very beginning of it? Hit play from the beginning and you hear about a half-second's worth of another song before making it into Sledgehammer.

When this plays at parties or in the car, it's embarrassing. People think I've bought it bootleg or illegally. Very tacky. Makes me think something could be up with iTunes music.


Born: February 13, 1950 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. He was no less ambitious as a solo artist, but he was more subtle in his methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde, electronic, and worldbeat influences into his music. The record, as well as its two similarly titled successors, established Gabriel as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and...
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