Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Greatest-hits albums are a traditional way of buying time for artists between albums. Peter Gabriel's, entitled Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, arrived in December of 1990, as he was toiling away at the follow-up to his smash So, which was four years old at that point. As greatest-hits albums go, it's pretty good, containing all the hits, plus an effective re-recording of "Here Comes the Flood" and a good new song in the form of the title track. While the sequencing may leave something to be desired -- it is neither chronological, nor as supple as a good mix tape -- it does contain nearly everything a casual fan could want nothing from the second album,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Greatest-hits albums are a traditional way of buying time for artists between albums. Peter Gabriel's, entitled Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, arrived in December of 1990, as he was toiling away at the follow-up to his smash So, which was four years old at that point. As greatest-hits albums go, it's pretty good, containing all the hits, plus an effective re-recording of "Here Comes the Flood" and a good new song in the form of the title track. While the sequencing may leave something to be desired -- it is neither chronological, nor as supple as a good mix tape -- it does contain nearly everything a casual fan could want nothing from the second album, though; both "On the Air" or "D.I.Y." would have been nice additions, making it an effective sampler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724381178829
  • Catalog Number: 811788

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solsbury Hill (4:22)
  2. 2 I Don't Remember (3:48)
  3. 3 Sledgehammer (4:55)
  4. 4 Family Snapshot (4:26)
  5. 5 Mercy Street (4:43)
  6. 6 Shaking the Tree (6:24)
  7. 7 Don't Give Up (5:54)
  8. 8 San Jacinto (6:40)
  9. 9 Here Comes The Flood (4:31)
  10. 10 Red Rain (5:35)
  11. 11 Games Without Frontiers (3:57)
  12. 12 Shock The Monkey (3:57)
  13. 13 I Have The Touch (3:44)
  14. 14 Big Time (4:25)
  15. 15 Zaar (2:58)
  16. 16 Biko (6:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Gabriel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Surdo, Sampling, Prophet Synthesizer, fairlight, CS-80, D-50, Linn
Kate Bush Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Phil Collins Conga, Triangle, Surdo, Snare Drums
Stewart Copeland Drums, Hi Hat
Peter Hammill Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Hunter Guitar
Simon Phillips Drums
Shankar Double Violin
George Acogny Percussion, Background Vocals, fairlight
P.P. Arnold Vocals, Background Vocals
John Barclay Trumpet
Guy Barker Trumpet
Pete Beachill Trumpet
Jimmy Bralower Linn
Andrew Clark Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, fairlight, keyboard bass, CS-80
Simon Clerk Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, fairlight, keyboard bass
Djalma Corrèa Conga, Triangle, Surdo
Nathan East Bass
John Ellis Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Fast Synthesizer, Bagpipes, Moog Synthesizer, Prophet Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass, Moog Bass, Brass Synth
Habib Faye Bass, Guitar
Robert Fripp Guitar
Jill Gabriel Background Vocals
John Giblin Bass
Coral Gordon Vocals, Background Vocals
David Gregory Guitar
Hossam Ramzy Tabla, Tambourine, Triangle, finger cymbals
Chris Hughes Linn
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Cornet
Manu Katché Drums
Larry Klein Bass
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar
Tony Levin Bass, Stick, Drum Sticks
Dee Lewis Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Lillywhite Human Whistle
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums, Drum Sticks
Don Mikkelsen Trombone
Dick Morrissey Saxophone
Youssou N'Dour Vocals, Background Vocals
Hugh Padgham Human Whistle
David Rhodes Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Rivera Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer Saxophone
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Richard Tee Piano
Philip Todd Saxophone
Guy Baker Trumpet
Tabrizi Mahmoud Zadeh Kemence
Roger Bolton fairlight
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Composer, Programming, Producer, Cmi, Audio Frame Systems Operator
George Acogny Producer
David Bottrill Producer
Tony Cousins Mastering, Remastering
Bob Ezrin Producer
Hossam Ramzy Contributor
Chris Hughes Programming
Daniel Lanois Producer, Contributor
Steve Lillywhite Producer
David Lord Producer
Peter "Pops" Walsh Producer
Richard Chappell Engineer, Audio Frame Systems Operator
Roger Bolton Programming
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Peter Walsh Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fine introduction into the church of Gabrielism

    First and foremost, this is NOT a ''greatest hits'' compilation. Instead, it is a career retrospective covering everything from his first self-titled LP to the album he recorded as the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ. Sure, there are some tunes on this cd that broke through commercially like ''Sledgehammer'' and ''Shock The Monkey'' but I seriously doubt that any of the rest of it ever cracked the Top 40 given the fickle nature of the record buying public in general. It's a shame too given the sheer brilliance of Gabriel's post-Genesis output. Sure, it's highly experimental in its approach but not in such a way that it seems self-indulgant and subsequently alienates the listener like progressive rock did to most of the populous during its heyday. Instead, Gabriel seeks to hook the listener with songs with textured layers of sound, thought-provoking lyrics, and powerhouse vocals. It's so hard to choose one song above the rest as my absolute favorite but I must admit I lean heavily towards ''Games Without Frontiers,'' a wonderful tune from his third self-titled LP which foreshadowed the synth-pop movement to come at the time of its initial release in 1980. If you are looking for music with style, substance, and sophistication, look no further than this Peter Gabriel compilation. If you'd prefer mindless drivel, go elsewhere.

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