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« Reply #15 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 05:38am »

R2 (Rock & Reel magazine's new moniker) didn't think much to PG's version of 'Boy In the Bubble' when he performed at WOMAD this year, but then they do have a 'folkier-than-thou' attitude.

David Jensen reported 'Scratch My Back' as being readied for next year on Planet Rock, just before playing 'In Your Eyes'.

Funnily enough, he also played Peter Frampton's version of 'I Believe When I Fall In Love...' earlier, so there must have been a number of John Cusack movies on at the Jensen residence!
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 04:28am »

I still think the Lou Reed song is freaking awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sGvzrVztyY

I wonder if it inspired the alleged acoustic/orchestral treatments by PG?
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 16th, 2009, 3:30pm »

It seems the album is going to be released next January 25th 2010 . rolleyes

( Notice the year is 2010 and not 2020 ..... rolleyes grin )
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 16th, 2009, 5:21pm »

totally looking forward to this album's release, the idea of PG doing covers works enough for me to fork over some $$$ for it.

However a thought or two -

As it was mentioned (on this site or another, I cannot remember) if all the songs aren't released together (PG covering the artists and the artists doing the PG songs), it does come across like PG fostering his own tribute album when the collection of PG covers is released.

When this was first announced I made the assumption (erronious, obviously) that the covers, both ways of the musical exchange project, would be released together.

Scratch My Back sounds like a bit of a strange title for the collection of other people's songs PG is covering. I always thought Scratch My Back title portion of this would be the disc of other artists who are covering PG songs.
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 17th, 2009, 01:12am »

ya seems like a two disc set would be the best way to do this. i might wait a bit and see if they dont try and pull some rerelease with both discs together in special packaging or some such gimmick.
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« Reply #20 on: Nov 17th, 2009, 11:00am »

TBH, I have no interest in a class act like PG doing cover versions. It is as bad as PC doing his Mowtown project. Shame that talent like this cannot continue with original material. Peter certainly appears to still have the talent to write another classic album and to me it smacks of lazyness from an artist whose output is closely aligning itself to the Blue Nile.

As for other artists doing PG songs, I am equally non-plussed as with some artists - and PG is one of them - you simply cannot beat the original version. So, no matter who sing what, it will not equal the first and best version. I could be wrong but I doubt it. Very few cover versions beat the original and I wonder if someone can come up with 10 later versions that beat the original - from any artist of course.
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« Reply #21 on: Nov 17th, 2009, 1:42pm »

i always thought yes put out some great covers that really put the songs in a Yes style.
Everything she does
I see you
Something's Coming (my personal favorite)
No opportunity necessary no experience needed
Everydays
America

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Hoedown
Toccatta
Fanfare for the Common Man
and of course Pictures at an Exhibition!

of course in most of those cases (pictures at an exhibition excepted) it is just one or two covers on an album of original material. I am not sure i would really love a whole album of covers from either band, but i wouldn't say no!
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 12:02pm »

The cover:

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« Reply #23 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 12:12pm »

on Nov 17th, 2009, 11:00am, NedFlanders wrote:
Very few cover versions beat the original and I wonder if someone can come up with 10 later versions that beat the original - from any artist of course.


How about Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, Ned?!! wink smiley
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« Reply #24 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 1:48pm »

on Nov 23rd, 2009, 12:12pm, Gabble Ratchet wrote:
How about Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, Ned?!! wink smiley


JH did it completely different and for me his version is a good example of the very few occasions where the cover is better than the original. In this instance I wholeheartedly agree.
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 1:53pm »

on Nov 23rd, 2009, 1:48pm, NedFlanders wrote:
JH did it completely different and for me his version is a good example of the very few occasions where the cover is better than the original. In this instance I wholeheartedly agree.


Why thank-you, Ned!! I think that's the key to having a successful cover, doing a totally different version. I just don't see the point of somebody trying to cover something and sound the same. It's never going to be as good.
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« Reply #26 on: Nov 24th, 2009, 11:56am »

There are some cases when I prefer a cover version, simply because I do not like the artist that did the original. Quite rare though.
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« Reply #27 on: Nov 30th, 2009, 5:06pm »

I take what people say about covers, but it's worth remembering that two of Phil's biggest hits were covers, of course, and they weren't so bad. I reckon his version of You Can't Hurry Love is as good as the original, actually, and his version of A Groovy Kind of Love is actually better than the original.

As for the new PG album, apparently, Peter wanted Bowie on the album but he's got Eno instead.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/nov/19/peter-gabriel-future-music

"The album features artists like Thom Yorke, Paul Simon and Arcade Fire," says Gabriel. "I wanted to do Heroes, but Bowie didn't want to sing on the album. So instead Brian Eno (who co-wrote the song) will be doing a cover of one of my songs for it."
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« Reply #28 on: Dec 31st, 2009, 09:11am »

Uncut have a review of it in their new issue (Feb. 2010). They find it bitty in places, and PG is quoted as saying of Elbow that they're like early Genesis in that their material is 'a bugger to sing'!

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« Reply #29 on: Jan 17th, 2010, 05:09am »

Does the sleeve artwork remind you of those prosthetic lips and chins Leigh Francis wore in Bo' Selecta?
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