Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Audio CD | 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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Several of the tracks are different than the original album versions, either edited or re-mixed, including "Here Comes the Flood" and the title track. So there is the completist challenge.
More importantly, the 16 tracks give the novice Peter Gabriel listener an idea of the vast scope of his work. Covering a range of topics from personal emotions to social awareness, Gabriel uses every line to his advantage.
For the veteran Gabriel fan, "Shaking the Tree" can give one the opportunity to become re-acquainted with his lyrical artistry. Sometimes sharp, almost bitter tales of isolation and alienation (Family Snapshot, Don't Give Up) are counter-balanced with tongue-in-cheek humor (Sledgehammer, Big Time).
"Shaking the Tree" has a favored spot in my extensive commute-time rotation.
And I was equally pleased with the dynamic sound quality of the SACD. The individual instruments on a song like SHOCK THE MONKEY are so very distinct from one another that the first time I heard this, it was as if each instrument had it's own set of speakers dedicated to them! Now that's the difference between SACD and a conventional redbook compact disc. It is a shame that SACD has struggled as it has, but I am still hopeful that more and more people will see the light when it comes to this wonderful format. Thanks to the third party engineering magicians at Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, more and more worthy titles are getting the SACD treatment they so richly deserve.