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Finally the package is complete.,
This review is from: Scratch My Back & I'll Scratch Yours (Audio CD)
I picked up "Scratch My Back" when it first came out and it took a few listens but once you pick up how beautifully it is arranged and how powerful some of the performances are, it's a really nice disc. Gabriel kicks it off with just a stunning version of Bowie's "Heroes" and from there goes to Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble". Other highlights are Lou Reed's "The Power of the Heart", The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love" and Talking Heads' "Listening Win".
It took nearly four years for "And I'll Scratch Yours" to come out where artists (many of whom he covered on the other disc) take on Gabriel's music. David Byrne starts with "I Don't Remember", Bon Iver (who I'm normally not a huge fan of) really nails "Come Talk To Me", and the late Lou Reed does what is now a haunting and distorted "Solsbury Hill". I really liked Arcade Fire's version of "Games Wtihout Frontiers". Randy Newman's version of "Big Time" is creative but sounds out of place. Paul Simon closes it out with "Biko".
All and all it's a concept that is executed well by Peter Gabriel and by the other artists. Everything is tastefully done and it provides a really nice set up for fans of Gabriel's work. It's a nice package to have both albums in one set. Fans should pick it up.