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For Gabriel fans who don’t own Scratch My Back, it’s an album of covers. More than that, it’s a cover album where Gabriel flexes his own talents by putting his own insightful signature on each of these creations by other songsmiths. My admitted favorite is his cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble”. I’ve heard this song countless times in my home, at parties, at Simon in the Park live (without Garfunkel – 90′s, sorry, I wasn’t alive back then) and Gabriel’s interpretation of this little piece of pure brilliance is so surprising in its sparse darkness. The song is blackened in a sense, as I always remember it having such an upbeat rhythm and melody. I can’t believe I’m going to admit it, but I prefer Gabriel’s version now! Well, not all the time: When I’m actually sitting down and honestly listening to music: Not hearing it fill the background of an already hectic life (for us all I know).
A magnificent surprise is his rendition of Elbow’s “Mirrorball”. It’s fitting however, given the musical similarities between the band and one of the grandmasters. I hear Gabriel is a huge influence on Guy Garvey; leader singer/songwriter for Elbow. I was psyched to hear the influences the other way around for the first time here. I can’t help but think of Peter Gabriel when I listen to Elbow: EspeciallyBuild a Rocket Boys. His take on “Philadelphia” just cements his keen awareness of the mystery of music. Sounds like dirty hippie rambling I know, but it’s moving me at the moment. I can’t help it.
Classic Records is, as many of you are aware, no more. Chad Kassem and the crew at QRPThemusic.com . You gotta give credit where it’s due: That’s a killer URL. If you can find a copy in good condition I can’t offer a higher recommendation. Well, perhaps that will be left to the 10″ UK import of James Blake’s “Limit to You Love”! And: I wrote about that album for Positive Feedbackbefore the hype in audiophile-land – so no bandwagons hitched over here, no worries.
Also: Check out QRP’s remaster/re-issue of Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis(scribing about that soon)
Don’t stop listening. Music can save you life.