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Scratch My Back & I'll Scratch Yours Limited Edition

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"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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heroes
  2. The Boy in the Bubble
  3. Mirrorball
  4. Flume
  5. Listening Wind
  6. The Power of the Heart
  7. My Body is a Cage
  8. The Book of Love
  9. I Think It s Going to Rain Today
  10. Apres Moi
  11. Philadelphia
  12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Disc: 2

  1. I Don t Remember - David Byrne
  2. Come Talk to Me - Bon Iver
  3. Blood of Eden - Regina Spektor
  4. Not One of Us - Stephin Merritt
  5. Shock the Monkey - Joseph Arthur
  6. Big Time - Randy Newman
  7. Games without Frontiers - Arcade Fire
  8. Mercy Street - Elbow
  9. Mother of Violence - Brian Eno
  10. Don t Give Up - Feist feat. Timber Timbre
  11. Solsbury Hill - Lou Reed
  12. Biko - Paul Simon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 2014)
  • Ltd Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Real World Productions
  • ASIN: B00E1ZIZ6G
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wow. As a big fan of Gabrial, Genesis, and Byrne all I can say is this is a let down. Also, the Vinyl was not good when played on my Audiophile setup.

First the Vinyl Issues:
1.) Disc 1 warped as the result of the BONUS CD's being compressed into the Vinyl post-Shrink Wrapping.
2.) Disc 1 dull, not your uniform shiny black. Scuffs making it look horrendous.
3.) Disc 1 adhesive from the label on the playing area.
4.) Disc 1 small metal shard in one of the grooves.
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5.) Disc 2 major scratches inducing rhythmic pops.

There are a lot of quite passages, especially on the "scratch my back" disc 2. If the vinyl is not perfect, which this isn't you may be pulled out of the listening experience as it pops and hisses over scratches and poor pressing.

The Songs:
Wow. The "I'll Scratch Yours" covers of Gabriel are simply awful. I am open minded and listen to more Genres than most, but this is somewhere lost between "Hipster" covers, and just bad musical choices. Making it a disjointed and boring experience.

1. I Don't Remember - Byrne. I'm a big Talking Heads fan and Byrne fan in general, but this sounds like a BAD DJ Mash-up.
2. Come Talk to Me - Bon Iver. Very Hipster. Lifeless
*3. Blood of Eden - Regina Speaker. THE BEST SONG THIS SIDE.
4. Not One of Us - Merritt. Ummm, I would expect to hear this in a Goth Club circa 1995, or Wille Wonka factory. Sounds like the Keebler Elves singing.
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7. Games without Frontiers - Arcade Fire. Sounds like a high school marching band/talent show cover.
*8. Mercy Street - Elbow. SOLID | GOOD | true to original
9. Mother of Violence - Eno. See #1
10. Don't Give Up - Feist+.
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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.
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This is actually a package of two different albums: Peter Gabriel's 2010 collection of cover songs Scratch My Back and the late 2013 followup And I'll Scratch Yours, which has (most of) the artists whose songs Gabriel sang on that album reciprocating by performing Gabriel's songs. (A few backed out of the project or declined to participate, sadly including David Bowie, Radiohead, Neil Young and Ray Davies.)

So don't expect a single, unified musical experience from this package. "Scratch My Back", which features Peter Gabriel performing with piano and chamber orchestra, is definitely an excellent, high-concept musical experience as the songs all share similar orchestral colors. But like most tribute albums, I found "And I'll Scratch Yours" to be a hit-and-miss hodgepodge with brilliant moments but also less brilliant ones.

I like "Scratch My Back" a lot, but as both a popular and classical music enthusiast, I am positively disposed to "crossover classical" music -- things like most of what Sting has done for the last few years, or Tori Amos' fantastic album Night of Hunters. Hell, I even like the orchestral version of The Who's Tommy.

What we have in "Scratch My Back" is a lushly orchestrated set of Peter Gabriel music, even if he didn't write it. The atmosphere is somber and wistful overall. Very frequently, Gabriel deconstructs the music so completely that the songs are hardly recognizable, for example with Bowie's "Heroes" and Paul Simon's "Boy in the Bubble", both of which dissolve into lovely orchestral atmospherics punctuated by Gabriel's voice bearing only slight resemblance to the original singing.

"And I'll Scratch Yours" is definitely a mixed bag, however.
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I was actually a little disappointed in Gabriel's covers of others' songs; I'm not sure he chose the best songs to show off his performing strengths. But part of this disappointment is due to the very high expectations I had.

And I had those high expectations because I listened to the second disc first. Each of the guest artists exactly chose Gabriel songs to complement their strengths. In many cases, you could swear the song was written for them. Paul Simon chose "Biko", for example. And listening to Lou Reed's cover of "Solsbury Hill" so soon after his death was heart-wrenching: "Keep my things; they've come to take me home".
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