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Scratch My Back (Special Edition)

Peter Gabriel

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Considering the slow trickle of completed albums he has released since becoming a superstar in 1986 -- just two albums of songs with vocals, paired with two albums of soundtracks and two live records -- deliberate is expected from Peter Gabriel, so the slow, hushed crawl of Scratch My Back is no shock. What may be a shock is that Gabriel chose to follow 2002’s Up with a covers album but, like all of his work, this 2010 record is highly conceptual no matter how minimal the end result may be. Designed as the first half of a two-part project where Gabriel would cover 12 different artists who would then return the favor by recording their own versions of Gabriel’s compositions -- the counterpart album naturally bearing the title I’ll Scratch Yours -- Scratch My Back divides neatly between six songs from his peers (Bowie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Lou Reed, David Byrne) and six songs from younger artists (Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Stephin Merritt, Bon Iver, Elbow, Regina Spektor). Gabriel doesn’t dodge familiar tunes, choosing to sing “Heroes” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” but he twists each tune to his own needs, arranging everything with nothing more than piano and strings, a change that’s almost jarring on Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble,” yet it stays true to the undercurrent of melancholy in the melody. Indeed, all of Scratch My Back is stark, sober, and spare, delving ever deeper inward, a triumph of intellect over emotion -- a noted contrast to almost all cover albums that celebrate the visceral, not the cerebral. Immediate it may not be but fascinating it is, and after hearing Gabriel turn all 12 of these songs into something unmistakably his own, the appetite is surely whetted for its companion piece.
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1
Heroes
00:04:09

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, ComposerLyricist - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

2
The Boy In The Bubble
00:04:27

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Forere Motloheloa, ComposerLyricist - Paul Simon, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

3
Mirrorball
00:04:48

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Recording Engineer, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Potter, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Jupp, ComposerLyricist - Guy Garvey, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

4
Flume
00:03:00

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Vernon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

5
Listening Wind
00:04:22

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Recording Engineer, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, ComposerLyricist - David Byrne, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

6
The Power Of The Heart
00:05:51

Jason Rebello, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

7
My Body Is A Cage
00:06:12

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Blyth, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Regine Chassagne, ComposerLyricist - Win Butler, ComposerLyricist - Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Choir - Will Dawes, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Clive Driskell-Smith, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Ben Laxton, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stainsby, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ryota Sakai, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Harris, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Winstone, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Keeley, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Hartley, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Blinko, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - James Flewellen, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Janacek, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Carey, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

8
The Book Of Love
00:03:52

John Metcalfe, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Chappell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Ingman, Unknown, Other - Stephin Merritt, ComposerLyricist - Stoltz Adrienn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Pejtsik Péter, Conductor - Nagy Krisztina, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kovács Erika, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Melanie Gabriel, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Varasdi Tünde, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Osz Aletta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Molnár Zsófia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Melis Márta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Mártha Zsuzsa, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Markócs Mária, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Láng András Vadák Katalin, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Kurucz Krisztián, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kurina Tamás, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kölcsényi Attila, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Janzsó Gergely, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Horváth Ildikó, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Gál Béla, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Csámpai Melinda, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bárdos Bori, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

9
I Think It's Going To Rain Today
00:02:34

Jason Rebello, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Unknown, Other - Randy Newman, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

10
Apres Moi
00:05:13

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Regina Spektor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

11
Philadelphia
00:03:45

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - NEIL YOUNG, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

12
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
00:05:06

Colin Greenwood, ComposerLyricist - Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed O'Brien, ComposerLyricist - Phil Selway, ComposerLyricist - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Yorke, ComposerLyricist - Jonny Greenwood, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Real World Productions Ltd.

13
The Book Of Love (Remix)
00:03:40

Richard Chappell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Ingman, Unknown, Other - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stephin Merritt, ComposerLyricist - Stoltz Adrienn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Pejtsik Péter, Conductor - Nagy Krisztina, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kovács Erika, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Melanie Gabriel, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Varasdi Tünde, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Osz Aletta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Molnár Zsófia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Melis Márta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Mártha Zsuzsa, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Markócs Mária, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Láng András Vadák Katalin, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Kurucz Krisztián, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kurina Tamás, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kölcsényi Attila, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Janzsó Gergely, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Horváth Ildikó, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Gál Béla, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Csámpai Melinda, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bárdos Bori, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd

14
My Body Is A Cage (Oxford London Temple Version)
00:06:04

William Butler, ComposerLyricist - Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Blyth, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Gara, ComposerLyricist - Regine Chassagne, ComposerLyricist - Tim Kingsbury, ComposerLyricist - Win Butler, ComposerLyricist - Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Choir - Richard Parry, ComposerLyricist - Will Dawes, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Clive Driskell-Smith, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Ben Laxton, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stainsby, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ryota Sakai, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Harris, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Winstone, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Keeley, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Hartley, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Blinko, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - James Flewellen, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Janacek, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Carey, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd

15
Waterloo Sunset (Oxford London Temple Version)
00:03:49

John Metcalfe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Davies, ComposerLyricist - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd

16
Heroes (Wildebeest Mix)
00:04:06

Louisa Fuller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Metcalfe, Mixer, Viola, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Jenkins, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Belton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Chappell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Orchard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Fitzroy, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Sené, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laurence Greed, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Claydon, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - London Scratch Orchestra, Orchestra - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Paterson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Hayes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Burgess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eliza Marshall, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Cawley, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mayes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Newell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Bonds, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cassidy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Kamminga, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Varlow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Thomas, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Will Schofield, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Lines, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Tracy Holloway, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Tarrant, Euphonium, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Burnett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Frost, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Powell, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Laing, Contra Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bissell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Steggall, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Ben Foster, Conductor - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scrivener, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Neary, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Henry, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Lee, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, ComposerLyricist - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Peter Gabriel Ltd

Album Description

Considering the slow trickle of completed albums he has released since becoming a superstar in 1986 -- just two albums of songs with vocals, paired with two albums of soundtracks and two live records -- deliberate is expected from Peter Gabriel, so the slow, hushed crawl of Scratch My Back is no shock. What may be a shock is that Gabriel chose to follow 2002’s Up with a covers album but, like all of his work, this 2010 record is highly conceptual no matter how minimal the end result may be. Designed as the first half of a two-part project where Gabriel would cover 12 different artists who would then return the favor by recording their own versions of Gabriel’s compositions -- the counterpart album naturally bearing the title I’ll Scratch Yours -- Scratch My Back divides neatly between six songs from his peers (Bowie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Lou Reed, David Byrne) and six songs from younger artists (Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Stephin Merritt, Bon Iver, Elbow, Regina Spektor). Gabriel doesn’t dodge familiar tunes, choosing to sing “Heroes” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” but he twists each tune to his own needs, arranging everything with nothing more than piano and strings, a change that’s almost jarring on Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble,” yet it stays true to the undercurrent of melancholy in the melody. Indeed, all of Scratch My Back is stark, sober, and spare, delving ever deeper inward, a triumph of intellect over emotion -- a noted contrast to almost all cover albums that celebrate the visceral, not the cerebral. Immediate it may not be but fascinating it is, and after hearing Gabriel turn all 12 of these songs into something unmistakably his own, the appetite is surely whetted for its companion piece.
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