Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

by Peter Gabriel



Three years in gestation -- which, in Peter Gabriel time, is a mere handful of months -- And I'll Scratch Yours, the companion piece to the 2010 covers album Scratch My Back, finds most (but certainly not all) of the artists who were interpreted on Gabriel's album returning the favor by tackling the progressive singer/songwriter's back catalog. Not every artist chose to scratch Gabriel's back. Radiohead reportedly were irked by his version of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and Neil Young followed his own path away from Gabriel, so Joseph Arthur was drafted to contribute an entirely too moody version of "Shock the Monkey" and, better, Brian Eno dug into the dark, unsettling corners of "Mother of Violence." Eno is a contemporary of Gabriel's -- he contributed to Genesis' masterwork The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway -- and, like on Scratch My Back, the veteran artists provide a better, riskier experience than the younger acts. Generally, the newer artists here -- Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Arcade Fire, Elbow, Feist; Stephin Merritt is a grand exception with his nervy reading of "Not One of Us" -- favor the moody, foreboding side of Gabriel while his peers prefer to play around. Lou Reed turns the celebratory "Solsbury Hill" into a dirge befitting Magic and Loss (and changes the lyrics to read "my friends would think I was a slut" because, you know, sexual danger), David Byrne seizes upon the new wave disco menace of "I Don't Remember," Randy Newman spins "Big Time" into vaudeville, and, best of all, Paul Simon turns "Biko" into the folk protest anthem it always longed to be. And there are moments scattered among the younger acts worth hearing, too: Arcade Fire retain the ominous, dangerous air of "Games Without Frontiers," Spektor lends a gorgeous shimmer to "Blood of Eden," and Feist retains the delicacy of "Don't Give Up." This doesn't amount to a cohesive record -- although it favors the contemplative, there are too many shifts in mood here from track to track -- but it is without question a worthwhile record, as its best moments are strong, substantive reinterpretations that illustrate just how good a songwriter Peter Gabriel is.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2014
Label: Real World Prod. Ltd
UPC: 0884108002117
catalogNumber: 80021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Gabriel   Primary Artist
David Byrne   Vocals
Mike Rathke   Guitar
Joseph Arthur   Bass
Leslie Feist   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Pedals
Regina Spektor   Vocals
Mocky   Organ,Synthesizer
Jack Dishel   Vocals
Sean Carey   Drums
Paul Taylor   Percussion
Mika Posen   Violin
Timber Timbre   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Stewart   Cello
Kimberly Lockwood   Vocals
Rick Lockwood   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Instrumentation
Peter Gabriel   Composer,Liner Notes
Lou Reed   Producer
Joe Mendelson   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Stephin Merritt   Producer,Engineer
Mark Lawson   Engineer
David Hiscock   Artwork
Bruno Coon   Producer
Marc Bessant   Cover Art
Elbow   Producer
Regina Spektor   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Arcade Fire   Producer
Feist   Producer
Mocky   Producer
Robbie Lackritz   Engineer
Jack Dishel   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Justin Vernon   Instrumentation
Korey Richey   Engineer
Charles Newman   Producer,Engineer
Annie Parsons   Personal Assistant
Eric Kramer   Engineer
Sarth Calhoun   Programming
Steve Gschmeissner   Artwork,Cover Art
Nige Tassell   Sleeve Notes
Oli Jacobs   Assistant Assembly,Compilation Assistant
Morri$   Producer

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