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Peter Gabriel - Recording Compendium (11)

Official stuff, demos, outtakes & more

Part 11: Scratch My Back / New Blood | 2009 - 2012


last update: 10.10.2016




For a long time, Peter Gabriel had the idea of some kind of song swap project. A few years ago he mentioned Another Tongue as a possible album, where other singers would sing his songs. In 2009 he began recording of what would eventually become Scratch My Back / And I'll Scratch Yours - an album in two parts: Peter covers songs by twelve artists, who would then cover a Gabriel track themselves on the second album.

After a very popular interpretation of The Magnetic Fields' The Book Of Love, Peter decided to produce a whole album with an orchestra, but without guitars or drums. Thirteen songs were recorded for Scratch My Back, among them also a new version of The Book Of Love ...



Album Tracks



2009

Heroes
(Brian Eno/David Bowie) (4:10)

The Boy In The Bubble
(Forere Motloheloa/Paul Simon) (4.28)

Mirrorball
(Craig Potter/Guy Garvey/Mark Potter/Pete Turner/Richard Jupp) (4:48)

Flume
(Justin Vernon) (3:01)

Listening Wind
(Brian Eno/David Byrne) (4:23)

The Power Of The Heart
(Lou Reed) (5:52)

My Body Is A Cage
(Jeremy Gara/Richard Parry/Régine Chassagne/Tim Kingsbury/William Butler/Win Butler) (6:13)

The Book Of Love
(Stephin Merritt) (3:53)

I Think It's Going To Rain Today
(Randy Newman) (2:34)

Après Moi
(Regina Spektor) (5:13)

Philadelphia
(Neil Young) (3:46)

Street Spirit (Fade Out)
(Colin Greenwood/Ed O'Brien/Jonny Greenwood/Phil Selway/Thom Yorke) (5:06)

Recording date: 2009
Recording location: The Bus Stop, Real World Studios/Box, Real World Temple, Air Lyndhurst/London, Tom-Tom D Studio/Budapest
Produced by: Bob Ezrin & Peter Gabriel
Performed by: see album credits
First official release: 12th February 2010 - Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back (EU CD/Virgin PGCD12)
Best available source: Peter Gabriel Society Of Sound Music: 22 - Scratch My Back (24bit FLAC download/bowers-wilkins.com)








Outtakes


Besides the twelve regular tracks on that record, a further song was used as a bonus track for the special edition of the album ...



2009

Waterloo Sunset (Oxford London Temple Version)
(Davies) (3:50)

First official release/Best available source: 15th February 2010 - Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back (Special Edition) (EU 2CD/Virgin PGCDX12)








Alternate versions


Special versions of the album tracks are also part of the bonus disc of the Special Edition (or can be found on a promo single) ...




2009

My Body Is A Cage (Oxford London Temple Version)
(Jeremy Gara/Richard Parry/Régine Chassagne/Tim Kingsbury/William Butler/Win Butler) (6:04)

Heroes (Wildebeest Mix)
(Brian Eno/David Bowie) (4:07)

Remixed by: John Metcalfe & Richard Chappell

The Book Of Love (Remix)
(Stephin Merritt) (3:40)

First official release/Best available source: 15th February 2010 - Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back (Special Edition) (EU 2CD/Virgin PGCDX12)




The Power Of The Heart (Instrumental)
(Lou Reed) (5:48)

The Power Of The Heart (Radio Edit)
(Lou Reed) (4:31)

First official release: 5th April 2010 - Peter Gabriel "The Power Of The Heart" (UK promo CD/Virgin PGSP16)
Best available source: same








Non-Album activities


Between March and May 2010, Peter went out on tour with his New Blood Orchestra. Peter and his orchestra presented the whole Scratch My Back record as well as selected favorites of his solo career in orchestra style. These tracks were eventually recorded as studio versions in the upcoming twelve months (with the exception of Sledgehammer, which was only performed as an introduction snippet up until the first Berlin show. Recordings for a studio album began immediately after the shows in May, only interrupted by the second leg of that tour, which took place between September and October 2010. Meanwhile, Peter also found some time for other activities ...


2009


Here Comes The Flood [piano version 2010]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:55)

Recording date: 5th May 2010
Recording location: Guitar Center/Hollywood
Produced by:
Performed by: Peter Gabriel
First official release: 21st August 2010 - Peter Gabriel Here Comes The Flood On Guitar Center Sessions (webstream broadcast/DirectTV.com)
Best available source: Peter Gabriel Here Comes The Flood Live At Guitar Center (mp3 download/petergabriel.com)




In The Neighborhood
(Tom Waits) (2:41)

Recording date: 26th May 2010
Recording location:
Produced by: Peter Gabriel
Performed by: Peter Gabriel
First official release: 21st June 2010 - Peter Gabriel In The Neighborhood (webstream video/TheVoiceProject.org)
Best available source: Various Artists – (The Voice Project presents) Home Recordings, Vol. 1 (mp3 download/???)







Open Your Eyes (Pakistan Humara)
(Salman Ahmad) (5:53)

Recording date: 2010
Recording location: ???/US, Real World Studios/Box
Produced by: Salman Ahmed & John Alec
Performed by: Salman Ahmad (vocals/guitar/keyboards/harmonium) feat. Peter Gabriel (vocals/keyboards/celeste), Alison Sudol & Samina (vocals), John Alec (bass/sitar), Sunny Jain (drums/doumbek/dhol), Samir Chatterjee (tablas)
First official release/Best available source: 2nd November 2010 - Salman Ahmed with Peter Gabriel Open Your Eyes (m4a download/itunes.com)




Pakistan Humara (Urdu Remix)
(Salman Ahmad) (4:00)

Remix date: 2011
Remixed by: ?
First official release/Best available source: 18th March 2011 – Salman Ahmad of Junoon Pakistan Humara (Urdu Remix) (m4a download/itunes.com)



Open Your Eyes [remix]
(Salman Ahmad) (5:12)

Remix date: 2015
Remixed by: ?
First official release: 21st August 2015 - Open Your Eyes (movie release)
Best available source: Salman Ahmed Open Your Eyes (feat. Peter Gabriel) (mp3 download/soundcloud.com/junoon25)



Open Your Eyes [remix edit]
(Salman Ahmad) (3:04)

First official release: 7th Cctober 2015 - Salman Ahmed Open Your Eyes (feat. Peter Gabriel) (m4a download/itunes.com)
Best available source: same




Wallflower [piano version]
(Peter Gabriel) (4:55)

Wallflower [piano version remix]*
(Peter gabriel) (4:54)

Recording date: November 2010
Recording location: Real World Studios/Box
Produced by: Dickie Chappell
Performed by: Peter Gabriel feat. Tom Cawley (piano)
First official release: 21st December 2010 - Full Moon Club (webstream video/petergabriel.com)
*First official release: 2nd February 2011 - Full Moon Club (webstream video/petergabriel.com)
Best available source: same




We Want Peace
(Emmanuel Jal/Clinton Outten) (3:50)

Recording date: 2010
Recording location: ???
Produced by: Clinton Outten
Performed by: Emmanuel Jal feat. Peter Gabriel (string arrangement), Alicia Keys, ???
First official release: 14th December 2010 – Emmanuel Jal We Want Peace (webstream video/youtube.com)
Best available source: Emmanuel Jal See Me Mama (CD/Gatwich – Universal Music)




We Want Peace (Reloaded)
(Emmanuel Jal/Clinton Outten) (4:35)

Remix date: 2012
Remixed by: ?
First official release/Best available source: 2nd October 2012 – Emmanuel Jal See Me Mama (m4a download/itunes.com)





 


Live Tracks


In March 2011, Peter played two shows with his New Blood Orchestra in London, which were filmed for a DVD / Blu-ray release. Among the tracks was also Biko, which did not have an orchestral arrangement up to that point ...



2011




Intruder [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Wallflower [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)
The Boy In The Bubble [live 2011]
(Paul Simon)

Après Moi [live 2011]
(Regina Spektor)

The Drop [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Washing Of The Water [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

The Book Of Love [live 2011]
(Stephin Merrit)

Darkness [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

The Power Of The Heart [live 2011]
(Lou Reed)

Biko [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

San Jacinto [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Digging In The Dirt [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Signal To Noise [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Downside Up [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Mercy Street [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

The Rhythm Of The Heat [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Blood Of Eden [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Red Rain [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Solsbury Hill [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

In Your Eyes [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

The Nest That Sailed The Sky [live 2011]
(Peter Gabriel)

Recording date: 23rd/ 24th March 2011
Recording location: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London
Produced by: Richard Chapell (audio)
Performed by: Peter Gabriel & The New Blood Orchestra
First official release: 18th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood – Live In London (EU Blu-Ray/)
Best available source: Peter Gabriel Live Blood (24bit FLAC download/Eagle Rock Entertainment)

 







Album Tracks


The recording sessions for the New Blood album were eventually finished during the summer of 2011...

 

 


2011





The Rhythm Of The Heat [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:41)

Downside Up [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:52)

San Jacinto [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:58)

Intruder [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:07)

Wallflower [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:25)

In Your Eyes [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (7:13)

Mercy Street [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:59)

Red Rain [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:15)

Darkness [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:10)

Don't Give Up [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:40)

Digging In The Dirt [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (4:57)

The Nest That Sailed The Sky [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:54)

A Quiet Moment
(Peter Gabriel) (4:48)

Solsbury Hill [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (4:35)

Recording date: June 2010 – summer 2011
Recording location: Air Lyndhurst/London, Real World Studios/Box, Ladbroke Temple
Produced by: Peter Gabriel with John Metcalfe
Performed by: see album credits
First official release: 10th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (EU CD/Real World PGCD13)
Best available source: Peter Gabriel New Blood (24bit FLAC download/bowers-wilkins.com)

 







Non-Album Tracks


Further tracks of these sessions, which were not used for the album, somehow managed to find a home of their own - or not ...



2011


Washing Of The Water [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:58)

First official release: 28th September 2010 - Peter Gabriel The Book Of Love/The Washing Of The Water (mp3 download/amazon.com)
Best available source: same



 


Blood Of Eden [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:05)

First official release: 10th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (Special Edition) (EU 2CD/Real World PGCDX13)
Best available source: same



 


Signal To Noise [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (7:46)

First official release: 10th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (Special iTunes Edition) (m4a download/itunes.com)
Best available source: same



 


Father, Son [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (4:09)

First official release: 10th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (petergabriel.com Editions) (mp3 download/petergabriel.com)
Best available source: same




The Drop [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (??)

First official release: --
Best available source: --





Lead A Normal Life [New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (??)

First official release: --
Best available source: --








Abweichende Versionen


Besides countless instrumental versions, quite a few edits or slower versions were released ..


2011


Blood Of Eden [New Blood version instrumental excerpt]
(Peter Gabriel) (1:32)

First official release: 26th June 2010 - Full Moon Club (webstream video/petergabriel.com)
Best available source: same








The Rhythm Of The Heat [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:41)

Downside Up [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:52)

San Jacinto [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:58)

Intruder [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:07)

Wallflower [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:25)

In Your Eyes [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (7:13)

Mercy Street [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:59)

Red Rain [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:15)

Darkness [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:10)

Don't Give Up [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (6:40)

Digging In The Dirt [New Blood version instrumental]
(Peter Gabriel) (4:57)

First official release: 10th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (Special Edition) (EU 2CD/Real World PGCDX13)
Best available source: same

 




The Rhythm Of The Heat [New Blood version radio edit]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:27)

Red Rain [New Blood version radio edit]
(Peter Gabriel) (3:43)

First official release: September 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood (promo CD/EMI)
Best available source: same



 





The Drop [New Blood version instrumental remix]
(Peter Gabriel) (1:13)

Lead A Normal Life [New Blood version instrumental remix]
(Peter Gabriel) (1:20)

Downside Up [New Blood version instrumental remix]*
(Peter Gabriel) (1:21)

Blood Of Eden [New Blood version instrumental remix]
(Peter Gabriel) (1:20)

First official release/Best available source: 18th October 2011 - Peter Gabriel New Blood – Live In London (EU DVD/Eagle Vision EREDV888)
*Best available source: Peter Gabriel New Blood – Live In London (EU Blu-Ray/Eagle Vision ERBRD5084)




Topping The Mountain [from San Jacinto New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (13:03)

Slow Blooded [from Blood Of Eden New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (5:30)

Deep Heat [from The Rhythm Of The Heat New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (9:13)

Warm And Alive [from Father, Son New Blood version]
(Peter Gabriel) (17:29)

First official release: January 2012 - Peter Gabriel Full Stretch (CD/La Fabrica Revista Matador 9788415303442)
Best available source: same

 


The New Blood tour took Peter in June 2011 to North America and in November to Central- and South America. Part of the set was now also Secret World, whose orchestra arrangement was created after the studio recordings for New Blood. In spring 2012, Peter played some additional gigs in Europe, bevore the three-year-run of his orchestra project came to an end. Peter would eventually concentrate on new songs for a new album. And on other stuff, as always ...

 


 


Author: Steffen Gerlach

 



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