Other Sellers on Amazon
Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
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!
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
Released in 1990, it features one song each from "Peter Gabriel 1", "Security", and "Passion", four from "Peter Gabriel 3", and five from "So". Additionally, it's got a rerecording of "Peter Gabriel 1"'s "Here Comes the Flood", a remix of "I Have the Touch" from "Security", and the new on this compilation "Shaking the Tree"
Of the sixteen selections here, only four are not on "Hit"-- the "I Have the Touch" remix and "Shaking the Tree" as well as "Mercy Street" and "Zaar" (from "So" and "Passion" respectively). Unless you're a big Gabriel fan, its unlikely either of these are worth the price for this set. "Shaking the Tree" is a great song, but the remix is largely unnecessary. The final new track, "Here Comes the Flood", presents that song as a piano ballad rather than the somewhat overblown recording from "Peter Gabriel 1". I still prefer the Frippertronics and piano version on Robert Fripp's "Exposure" album, but this one is quite nice (and available on "Hit").
Looking at the compilation itself, the track selection is really nice-- noticably absent is Gabriel's biggest hit, "In Your Eyes", and any material from "Peter Gabriel 2", but all the other hits are here. There's a bit of a deemphasis on the brilliant album tracks that could have been included, realizing room had to be made for singles, I still question not including "Family Snapshot" or "Exposure", both unique and (in my opinion) important songs. Still, regardless of what they picked, I suspect any real fan would have something to complain about.
Its a decent compilation, but my review rating is based on the relative lack of necessity of this given "Hit".