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Scratch My Back [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [A Special Edition of the album featuring a second disc of bonus material was released in 2010.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
  • UPC: 180030000185
  • Catalog Number: 18
  • Sales rank: 85,191

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heroes (4:09)
  2. 2 The Boy In the Bubble (4:27)
  3. 3 Mirrorball (4:48)
  4. 4 Flume (3:00)
  5. 5 Listening Wind (4:22)
  6. 6 The Power of the Heart (5:51)
  7. 7 My Body is a Cage (6:12)
  8. 8 The Book of Love - Hungarian Orchestrat (3:52)
  9. 9 I Think It's Going To Rain Today (2:34)
  10. 10 Après Moi (5:13)
  11. 11 Philadelphia (3:46)
  12. 12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (5:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Book of Love - Hungarian Orchestrat (3:40)
  2. 2 My Body is a Cage (6:03)
  3. 3 Waterloo Sunset (3:49)
  4. 4 Heroes (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Piano
Jason Rebello Piano
Dan Jenkins Trombone
Ian Belton Violin
Paul Cassidy Viola
Richard Edwards Trombone
Helen Kamminga Viola
Chris Laurence Double Bass
David Powell Tuba
William Schofield Cello
Jackie Thomas Cello
Richard Bissell Horn
Tracy Holloway Trombone, Euphonium
Ian Humphries Violin
Richard Watkins Horn
Richard Henry Bass Trombone
Everton Nelson Violin
Jeremy Morris Violin
Péter Pejtsik Conductor
Fiona Bonds Viola
Ian Burdge Cello
Gordon Laing Contrabassoon
John Metcalfe Viola
Chris Worsey Cello
Richard George Violin
Dave Lee Horn
Richard Steggall Horn
Helen Paterson Violin
Ben Russell Double Bass
Richard Pryce Double Bass
Daniel Newell Trumpet
Matthew Scrivener Violin
Elisabeth Varlow Viola
Melanie Gabriel Vocals
Andy Crowley Trumpet
Martin Burgess Violin
Andy Blyth Treble Vocals
Tom Cawley Piano
Clive Driskill-Smith Choir Conductor
Márta Melis Viola
Sarah Burnett Bassoon
Rick Koster Violin
Oliver Winstone Tenor (Vocal)
Ben Foster Conductor
Alice Neary Cello
Jonathan Stainsby Bass (Vocal)
Louisa Fuller Violin
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Choir, Chorus
Peter Hanson Violin
Jason Robello Piano
Mark Frost Bass Trombone
Eliza Marshall Flute
Ben Laxton Treble Vocals
Bárdos Bori Violin
Clare Hayes Violin
Paul Mayes Trumpet
Ösz Aletta Violin
Nagy Krisztina Violin
Molnár Zsótia Violin
Mitchell Keeley Treble Vocals
Mártha Zsuzsa Violin
Markócs Mária Violin
Láng András Vadák Katalin Viola
Kovács Erika Violin
Julian Hartley Treble Vocals
Janzsó Gergely Violin
Jamie Blinko Treble Vocals
James Flewellen Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Hugo Janacek Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Ed Tarrant Trombone, Euphonium
Will Dawes Bass (Vocal)
Varasdi Tünde Viola
Tim Lines Clarinet
Stoltz Adrienn Violin
Rupert Harris Treble Vocals
Ryota Sakai Treble Vocals
Csámpai Melinda Violin
Alastair Carey Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
David Byrne Composer
Peter Gabriel Arranger, Producer, Original Design Concept
Randy Newman Arranger, Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Neil Young Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Brian Eno Composer
Bob Ezrin Producer
Nick Ingman Arranger, Orchestration
Steve Orchard Engineer
Rob Bozas Publishing Coordinator
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer
Ed O'Brien Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Stephin Merritt Composer
Forere Motloheloa Composer
Will Gregory Arranger
Richard Chappell Engineer
Thom Yorke Composer
Guy Garvey Composer
John Metcalfe Arranger, Engineer, Orchestration
Craig Potter Composer
Mark Potter Composer
Pete Turner Composer
Richard Jupp Composer
William Butler Composer
Regina Spektor Composer
Olga Fitzroy Pro-Tools
Jeremy Gara Composer
Win Butler Composer
Régine Chassagne Composer
Tim Kingsbury Composer
Justin Vernon Composer
Tamás Kurina Engineer
Louisa Fuller Orchestra Leader
Attila Kölcsény Engineer
Richard Parry Composer
Marc Beesant Graphic Design, Original Design Concept
Richard "Dickie" Chappell Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Poetic Reaction to Peter Gabriel's CD: Scratch My Back

    It sounded like a lullaby to me, so I composed a composite poem:

    Hush little baby, don't you cry, daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

    Run with me against the strong winds, down to where the rivers run deep. Don't be afraid little darling, spread your wings, and fly with me, come on down, break me open, see me.

    View cracked eggs, dead birds screaming and sing for life. "The wind in my heart, the dust in my head, my mind holds the key". Carry out our intentions, set our spirits free, come escape with me.

    I loved this CD collection of shared songs that Peter Gabriel selected. His choice of classical accompaniment was emotionally powerful.

    Peter is my hero and I want to be his queen. Now if only he would tell me what the image is on the CD cover (two tongues?), it could set my mind free from its body cage.

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