Real World RecordsPaul Simon, Lou Reed and Randy Newman are just some of the stars who have recorded their own versions of Peter Gabriel songs for a new album titled And I'll Scratch Yours, which is due out September 23. The 12-track collection is a companion piece to Gabriel's 2010 studio effort, Scratch My Back, which features the legendary musician's renditions of tunes by most of the same artists who contributed tracks to And I'll Scratch Yours.
And I'll Scratch Yours will be available as a single standalone CD, and as part of a two-disc set packaged with Scratch My Back. Digital versions of both releases also will be sold.
Explaining the concept behind the project, Gabriel notes, "Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, [that is,] you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title -- Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours."
Among the songs on the new record are Simon's acoustic take on "Biko," Reed's gritty, noisy reimagining of "Solsbury Hill" and Newman's sparse and soulful rendition of "Big Time. Other artists who appear on And I'll Scratch Yours include Brian Eno, ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.
And I'll Scratch Yours and Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours can be pre-ordered now at RealWorldRecord.com.
Here is the full track list for And I'll Scratch Yours:
"I Don't Remember" -- David Byrne
"Come Talk To Me" -- Bon Iver
"Blood of Eden" -- Regina Spektor
"Not One of Us" -- Stephin Merritt
"Shock the Monkey" -- Joseph Arthur
"Big Time" -- Randy Newman
"Games Without Frontiers" -- Arcade Fire
"Mercy Street" -- Elbow
"Mother of Violence" -- Brian Eno
"Don't Give Up" -- Feist featuring Timber Timbre
"Solsbury Hill" -- Lou Reed
"Biko" -- Paul Simon
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