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Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greats Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Peter Gabriel ~ Shaking The Tree: 16 Golden Gre


Peter Gabriel has never been one to stand on tradition. The former Genesis singer bends and hammers fashionable pop forms to his liking (à la his massive MTV-fueled hit "Sledgehammer") or uses the obligatory soundtrack assignment to explore the world music that has been his obsession for decades (as in "Zaar" from Passion). This 16-track anthology explores the width--and, crucially, depth--of Gabriel's rich post-Genesis music, from the post-prog obliquities of "Solsbury Hill" and "Here Comes the Flood" to the African musical and political concerns of the title track (available only on this collection) and the epic "Biko." But what makes the compilation even more compelling is the way it eschews the chronology of its decade-plus body of music, instead weaving and segueing Gabriel's music into a tapestry of compelling mood and color. It's a rewarding listening experience for fan and novice alike. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Solsbury Hill
  2. I Don't Remember
  3. Sledgehammer
  4. Family Snapshot
  5. Mercy Street
  6. Shaking the Tree
  7. Don't Give Up
  8. San Jacinto
  9. Here Comes the Flood
  10. Red Rain
  11. Games Without Frontiers
  12. Shock the Monkey
  13. I Have the Touch
  14. Big Time
  15. Zaar
  16. Biko

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000065V9T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album was a pretty good compilation of the songs written by Peter Gabriel. There are a few things that bug me about it. There are also a few things I like about it.
I own all of Peter Gabriel's albums, so I know every song of his. When you listen to this album after hearing his songs on the actual album, you will hate it. For the reason is, they butchered almost every song on there. Five songs (Sledgehammer, Mercy Street, Don't Give Up, Games Without Frontiers, Shock The Monkey) had parts in them cut out. It was too evident. The new Genesis album, "Turn It On Again: The Hits," also a greatest hits album, has a few cut-outs, but not to insanity.
Also, where the hell is the song "In Your Eyes." That song is one of his biggest hits, and yet, it is not on his greatest hits album. What the hell is the matter with the Geffen company.
Not everything about this album is bad, however. I love how the new versions of "Shaking The Tree," "Here Comes The Flood," and one of the remixes for "I Have The Touch."
If they had made this album a double CD album, it would be a lot better. First, they wouldn't have to cut everything out. Second, they could fit more songs and remixes. And, third, double albums attract more customers. What us Peter Gabriel fans look for is a double album. We hope for his new album, "Up", to be a double album.
If you do not have any Peter Gabriel albums and are looking for an album filled with hits and hits only, this is the album for you. Otherwise, if you are a huge Peter Gabriel fan and have most or all of his albums, I strongly suggest to stay away from this. Buying this album causes paragraph-long complaints like this one!
- Adam
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With the release of the double-CD, 'Hit' (2003), the 16 golden greats has been superceded as THE BEST collection for the passing or casual fan for two reasons:
(1) 'Hit' has 12 tracks that came out in the 1990s and beyond (after 'Shaking the Tree' (1990)), and even the passing fan would be remiss by passing up tunes like "Digging in the Dirt" and "I Grieve".
(2) As for earlier material from the 1970s and 1980s, one of PG's biggest hits - "In Your Eyes" - is included on 'Hit' (U.S. version), but is conspicuosly absent from 'Shaking the Tree'. ('Shaking the Tree' does have four other lesser-known tracks not included on 'Hit', the title track, "Mercy Street" from 'So' (1986), "I Have the Touch" from 'Security' (1982), and "Zaar" from the 'Passion' soundtrack (1989). )
At this point in time (2003), 'Shaking the Tree' is a collectible for die-hard PG fans only because: (1) the studio version of the title track featured only on this compilation; and (2) the remix of "I Have the Touch" that differs from the version on 'Security' (1982).
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It has been 35 years since Peter Gabriel began to make his mark on his own. After being the original lead for Genesis, before Phil Collins took the microphone, he had brought in a deep and haunting vibe into the songs. But for a brief time, he helped make the mark well with hits like Watcher Of The Skies, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, and I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe. But after 1975, Peter offically said goodbye to Genesis, and began his long and well-driven solo efforts. He made his mark more through art into his melodic and dark songs. While he hasn't had the commerciality Phil Collins did, his songs still remain as deep and vivid through the soul, and this collection of songs shows it.

Shaking The Tree - 16 Golden Greats, is a simple and straight-forward hits collection reflecting Peter Gabriel's solo efforts suring the 70's and 80's. The collection of songs remain simple, and include most of his biggest hits. The MP3 album has been remastered well, and sounds mostly strong. The collection include Gabriel favorites like the #1 smash Sledgehammer, Big Time, Shock The Monkey, and Games Without Frontiers. Each song is a great trip back in time from what made Peter so striking. Sadly, there were a few of his biggest hits that honestly shouldn't have been omitted from the collection like In Your Eyes to name one his more dominant ones. Still, it shows how Peter was able to make his own red rain in his songs at the peak of his career a one of a kind.

All in all, Shaking The Tree - 16 Golden Greats remains a great buy for anyone whom has never heard the shocked monkey of Peter Gabriel's music. While the solid strength of the collection isn't definitive as it could've been, just as the case is also with 2003's Hit, it still is simple from the sledgehammer himself.
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An effective collection. It's missing a track or two, as compilations inevitably are (especially from such an accomplished artist as Gabriel), but this is, on the whole, a satisfying collection. The big hits and well-known songs are here - Sledgehammer, Shock The Monkey, Big Time, Red Rain, Games Without Frontiers, etc. Also gratefully included are some personal favorites of mine - Mercy Street, Don't Give Up, San Jacinto, and a stunning new version of Here Comes The Flood. All of these are great, sprawling songs of the emotionally impactive variety Gabriel does so well. Also included, of course, is his first single, Solsbury Hill, which addresses his leaving Genesis, and, despite the years, is still my all-time favorite track of his. It's one of those songs that, no matter how many times I hear it, I still love it. Zaar, from his beautiful album Passion, is here as well. Shaking The Tree is a very nice starting place for the casual fan.
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