Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats Original recording remastered
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Fifteen years after leaving Genesis, Gabriel looked back at his solo career with this 1990 "best-of." A new version of Here Comes the Flood and the new song Shaking the Tree join all the essentials: Red Rain ; his hits Solsbury Hill; Games Without Frontiers; Shock the Monkey; Sledgehammer; Big Time , and more!
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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!
(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).
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. I honestly still recommend this as a great buy, and a reason to celebrate the reason solsbury hill is a part of pop music history.
Songs: B 1/2-
Price: B 1/2-