By: Gary Graff
Peter Gabriel has set a September 23 release date for "And I'll Scratch Yours," the "song swap" project he began in 2010 with "Scratch My Back."
That album featured the former Genesis frontman's versions of other artist's songs; on "And I'll Scratch Yours" it's other artists -- many of whom Gabriel covered on "Scratch My Back" -- taking on Gabriel's songs, including Paul Simon singing "Biko," Randy Newman handling "Big Time," Lou Reed interpreting "Solsbury Hill," David Byrne performing "I Don't Remember" and Brian Eno taking on "Mother of Violence."
Younger artists such as Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Joseph Arthur, Elbow, Feist, Bon Iver and Stephin Merritt also contribute tracks to the set.
Gabriel tells us that getting the tracks together for this particular release was a time-consuming process:
"I think we've done well...All of the artists are busy with their own stuff and they certainly don't have to do this...I know you don't have to do an album any longer. You can do song by song. But I still like the album format."
He's acknowledged that a couple of artists he planned to be on the "Scratch" project bailed out, forcing him to find replacements.
Gabriel, who last toured in 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his "So" album, will play four U.K. shows during October, including a pair at London's 02 arena.
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