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Scratch My Back

Peter GabrielAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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Peter Gabriel will release his ‘AND I’LL SCRATCH YOURS’ album project on JANUARY 7TH 2014 through Real World. The album is the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs.

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B0035J6TA8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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1. Heroes (David Bowie)
2. The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)
3. Mirror Ball (Elbow)
4. Flume (Bon Iver)
5. Listening Wind (David Byrne/Talking Heads)
6. The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)
7. My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)
8. The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
9. I Think It s Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)
10. Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
11. Philadelphia (Neil Young)
12. Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead)

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Peter Gabriel s Scratch My Back album project is the first part of a series of song
exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other s songs.
To help craft his recording of the album s eclectic array of cult favorites and classic
tracks, Gabriel enlisted former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, composer,
arranger and the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd s The Wall , Lou
Reed s Berlin ) and engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega,
Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).
Gabriel describes this as a very personal record with twelve songs performed only
with orchestral instruments and voice. He made the choice not to include guitar or
drums. The album s richly diverse sounds include the sparse romance of Lou Reed s
The Power of the Heart , the powerful musical journey of David Bowie s Heroes
and an epic arrangement of Arcade Fire s My Body Is A Cage. Gabriel and his
collaborators recorded the album at George Martin s Air Lyndhurst Studios and the
Real World Temple with further editing and mixing at his own Real Worlds Studio in
Wiltshire. The Scratch My Back release is one of the most creative and engaging
records from an iconic artist in a long time. The marketing focus is to penetrate
Peter Gabriel s core fan base as well as fans of all genres and in all demographics
given the scope of artists being covered as well as its depth of composition.

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116 of 133 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scratch Your Head... March 14, 2010
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"Scratch My Back" will doubtlessly go down as one of Peter Gabriel's most contentious albums. Known for thundering drums and uvula exposing vocal explosions, Gabriel evaded all expectations and instead released a mellow, all orchestral album. Reviews seem very mixed and even long time fans are divided on what to think about this puzzling release.

First off, Gabriel has never recorded a cover album. Sometimes these serve as stop gap distractions while performers prepare new batches of original material (naysayers would probably like to think that such is the case here). Many such albums become throwaways. Instead, Gabriel claims that this motley collection of somewhat contemporary tunes represents his most personal endeavor to date. A deeply personal cover album? Gabriel's oeuvre, burgeoning with passionate political and social statements from his own pen, would seem a more likely fountain of personal expression than orchestral covers. In any case, there it is.

Credit definitely goes to Gabriel for trying on new pants, so to say. "Scratch My Back" is completely unlike anything else the man has ever released. Taking his work as a whole, "So" arguably feels closer to "Foxtrot" than to this album. Here the Gabriel "wall of sound" has disappeared. Innovative cracking rhythms give way to flourishing strings. Vocals float in front of often sparse orchestral and piano arrangements. "Here Comes The Flood" and "Wallflower" approach such sparseness, but everything on "Scratch My Back" outdoes even these quiet ballads in this sense. Sparse, in fact, serves as an apt one word description of this album.

Then there's the song selection. Gabriel definitely mined some of the best: Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Radiohead, Randy Newman, David Bowie, etc.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drumless covers, but still very Gabriel March 4, 2010
By D. Merk
Format:Audio CD
I cannot tell you how exciting this album is to me. I'm a bit shocked to be able to say that - considering that it is, at heart, a covers album and a Gabriel album without the percussion so essential to his other work. We hear only suggestions of the original songs in Gabriel's interpretations (with the exception of "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", which bares resemblance to Randy Newman's original) - and we certainly hear something very much like "Gabriel songs", regardless of the other songwriters and instrumentation.

Scratch My Back is as nakedly painful and loving and fragile and dark as almost anything Gabriel's done - by which I mean his voice, his performance, the brilliantly unpredictable arrangements are just out there between our eyes and in our chest, and we *feel* it. While it goes to a lot of places and sounds, there is no Sledgehammer here (which I don't say to slam Sledge or this album). It's not timid - it gets raucous, but it doesn't rock (it doesn't try to). Though the album may not dance with you, it will alternately hold you, grab and shake you and stare uncomfortably at you.

I could not make it through the album without replaying songs and then parts of songs again - and I'm dying to play the whole thing again as I write. That is a great thing to say (and something I can't pretend I say often). I don't want to take it apart bit by bit - take it in yourself. I do think it's outstanding.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That dreaded itch... March 2, 2010
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When singers get to a certain stage in their careers, they usually get the dreaded itch and do a covers album. Peter Gabriel's new CD is the first part of an intriguing project. "Scratch my back" comprises covers of 12 songs by 12 different artists. Eventually, a CD titled "I'll scratch yours" in which the 12 artists will cover different Peter Gabriel songs will be released.

Additionally, Gabriel's CD consists of orchestra only; no guitars or drums. Rod Stewart he ain't! Opening cut David Bowie's "Heroes" is a gradually ascending string-swathed piece, while Paul Simon's "The boy in the bubble" is transformed into a melancholic piano piece shorn of all its Afrocentric traces.

The remaining 10 songs comprise mostly more recent fare of which I only knew 5 originals; Elbow's "Mirrorball" (even more sublime here with just strings), Bon Iver's "Flume" (piano and strings unlike the original's folky guitar), Arcade Fire's "My body is a cage" (with icy strings replacing the original's drum/guitar bursts), Regina Spektor's "Apres moi" (a stunning swelling symphonic makeover), and a delicate piano reworking of Radiohead's "Street spirit ( Fade out)".

The other songs are Talking Heads' "Listening wind" (with a Celtic feel), Lou Reed's "The power of the heart", The Magnetic Field's "The book of love" (with some female harmonies - stirring and truly beautiful), Randy Newman's "I think it's going to rain today" (hymnal with a heartfelt quivering voiced delivery), and Neil Young's "Philadelphia".

Dark and forlorn yet beautiful, these already sound like Gabriel originals. It will be exciting to hear what Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Bowie and the rest do with the Peter Gabriel songs they select.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Of course it wasn't what I was expecting but it is SO GOOD and keeps getting better with each listen. It's not easy listening. It's not background music. Sometimes it's a little TOO intense. Mirrorball has to be the best track and it is a triumph (never heard the original). Anybody who would call this record "mellow" has a very limited understanding of music. This version of Heroes is cinematic and epic. Once again Mirrorball is the kind of piece that makes you want to take a big risk that will change the course of your life. I'm talking purely from the musical perspective, when you add the lyrics it feels like deeply reveling in the joys of the human experience.

Book of Love is Tender and deeply touching.
Boy in the bubble is contemplative and raw.

Just an amazing album. I never know what he's going to do next but he NEVER disappoints and always leaves me feeling like I have grown just by listening.

It goes way beyond rock and pop and to listen is to evolve, no wonder some listeners are scratching their heads unable to comprehend what this is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter with the New Blood Orchestra is absolutely Awesome!
The best album I've heard in the new millineum!
Published 8 days ago by reba
1.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel
I was very disappointed in this CD. Knowing Peter Gabriel's work in the past, I expected at least a toe tap or two.
Published 1 month ago by Joy of O'town
1.0 out of 5 stars Um,..... It sucks!
...this is dreadful. I don't usually write music reviews, but I felt compelled, out of sheer disappointment, to write this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by s.e.a.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scratch My Back
My daughter's favorite cd. Her old one was damaged so I hunted for a replacement. It is just Perfect. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Mary Blanscet
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable!
For Gabriel fans, a treasure of authentically arranged versions of treasures. Couldn't have been more pleased with the selections and surprises in this album.
Published 4 months ago by Donald L. Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
Can't beat Gabriel. He's a genius and he's just wonderful. His voice is soothing. I just wish he'd sing Biko. That is the best song.Thank you for your music, Peter.
Published 5 months ago by Margie Berglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Again, a great show, Scrubs, this song was featured in the last season where JD was looking into the future during the last few minutes of the last show. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer, Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Peter Gabriel album for old farts who like orchestras -- like...
"Scratch My Back" features Peter Gabriel performing with piano and chamber orchestra, and I found it to be an excellent, high-concept musical experience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Can you give less than one star?
Holy crap this album really sucks! Before you summarily dismiss me, I have 7,000 LPs and 5,000 CDs so I clearly love music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Brilliant!!!!
Dark and brilliant! The music is top notch and Peter Gabriel's voice looms over the dark orchestra tones beautifully. I love this evolution in his musical style.
Published 7 months ago by B. Williams
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Sounds like a bad case of attention-seeking
REALLY? As a Peter Gabriel fan, I would think that you already have a broad musical horizon, obviously not!
What is being displayed here is talent! A huge portion of it! Its called using talent to expand horizons, to explore new concepts, arrangements, vocals, musicianship and a whole host of... Read More
Jun 21, 2011 by Amy Borg |  See all 7 posts
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Mmmm... I've stuck with Peter Gabriel from the early 70's and so I've learnt over time that not every venture is 'even' or predictable. 'Scratch my back' needs some different ears. To be honest I didn't like it on first listen and I agreed with a lot of the initial reviews; 'depressive'- yes,... Read More
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Selling out? are u joking.
I've heard it and it's - absolutely brilliant, a masterpiece with so many stunning moments!
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