Peter Gabriel gathers solo rarities on new digital compilation, ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’

Real WorldPeter Gabriel has been relatively quiet lately, but the former Genesis frontman has just released an expansive collection of solo rarities titled Flotsam and Jetsam, which is available now exclusively as a digital download and via streaming services.

The 62-track compilation includes remixes, B-sides, live performances, single edits, extended versions and instrumentals spanning from 1976 to 2016. Most of the recordings previously appeared on either seven-inch, 12-inch or CD singles, soundtracks or tribute albums.  The majority have not been available digitally until now.

Flotsam and Jetsam is arranged chronologically and split into three eras — 1976-1985, 1986-1993 and 1994-2016. The album kicks off a cover of The Beatles‘ “Strawberry Fields Forever” that Peter contributed to the 1976 musical documentary All This and World War II.

Among the other interesting recordings: a live version of “Solsbury Hill” recorded at the New York club The Bottom Line in 1978, an instrumental version of “Shock the Monkey,” and alternate mixes or versions of such popular Gabriel tunes as “I Have the Touch,” “Sledgehammer,” “In Your Eyes,” “Big Time,” “Games Without Frontiers,” “Steam” and “Digging in the Dirt.”

A few tracks on Flotsam and Jetsam are previously unreleased: an extended version of the 1977 song “Slowburn”; a full version of the “Sledgehammer” B-side “Don’t Break This Rhythm”; and alternate mixes of “Curtains” and “Father, Son.”

Closing out the collection is “The Veil,” a Grammy-nominated song that Gabriel contributed to the 2016 Oliver Stone film Snowden.

You can listen to the 1978 live rendition of “Solsbury Hill” now at Gabriel’s official YouTube channel.

Here’s the full Flotsam and Jetsam track list:

1976-1985
“Strawberry Fields Forever”
“Slowburn” (Extended Version)*
“Perspective” (Single Version)
“D.I.Y” (Re-recorded Single Version)
“Teddy Bear”
“Mother of Violence” (Single Mix)
“Solsbury Hill” (Live at The Bottom Line)
“I Don’t Remember” (Alternate Version)
“Biko” (Remixed Version)
“Shosholoza”
“Jetzt Kommt Die Flut”
“Soft Dog”
“Shock the Monkey” (Instrumental)
“Across the River”
“Kiss of Life” (Live)
“I Don’t Remember” (Live Single Version)

1986-1993
“I Have the Touch” (’85 Remix)
“Sledgehammer” (Dance Mix)
“Sledgehammer” (Extended)
“Don’t Break This Rhythm” (Full Version)*
“In Your Eyes” (Single Mix)
“In Your Eyes” (Special Remix)
“Big Time” (Extended Version)
“Curtains”
“GA GA” (I Go Swimming Instrumental)
“Walk Through the Fire” (Single Mix)
“Biko” (Live)
“Digging in the Dirt” (Raw Stylus Mix)
“Digging in the Dirt” (Instrumental)
“Quiet Steam”
“Bashi-Bazouk”
“Games Without Frontiers” (Massive/DB Mix)
“Steam” (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix)
“Steam” (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Dub)
“Mercy Street” (William Orbit Mix)
“Blood of Eden” (Special Mix for Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World)
“Digging in the Dirt” (Rich E Mix)
“Kiss That Frog” (Mindblender Mix)
“Shaking the Tree” (Bottrill Remix)

1994-2016
“Summertime”
“Suzanne”
“I Have the Touch” (Robbie Robertson Mix)
“In the Sun”
“Shaking the Tree ’97” (Jungle Version)
“I Grieve” (City of Angels Version)
“The Tower That Ate People” (Red Planet Remix)
“Animal Nation”
“Signal to Noise” (Gangs of New York Version)
“More Than This” (The Polyphonic Spree Mix)
“More Than This” (Elbow Mix)
“My Head Sounds Like That” (Royksopp Remix)
“Sky Blue” (Martyn Bennet Remix)
“Growing Up” (Trent Reznor Remix)
“Growing Up” (Stabilizer Remix)
“Growing Up” (Tricky Instrumental Mix)
“Darkness” (Engelpost Remix)
“Curtains” (Broad Mix)*
“Father, Son” (Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell Mix)*
“Courage”
“Courage” (The Hexidecimal Mix)
“I’m Amazing”
“The Veil”

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