"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
Although, at first, I hoped to have the companion record out at the same time, it became clear it would take a while longer pulling in the second record with all the other artists. This will come later." - Peter Gabriel in 2010
Three years later, and And I'll Scratch Yours
is here. Given the calibre and careers of the artists Gabriel selected to cover on the Scratch My Back
album it s rather incredible that all but two of them are present on this new release. The two absentees being ably replaced by Feist and Joseph Arthur.
Though the cover versions on Scratch
were all arranged for an orchestra, no such parameters were placed on the song-swap, making And I'll Scratch Yours
a fascinatingly diverse record.