Win Tickets to see Peter Gabriel at the 02 London in March

Peter Gabriel is bringing the ‘Scratch My Back‘ experience to select venues early in 2010. The New Blood tour is Peter Gabriel, orchestra, no drums, no guitars and we have a pair of tickets to give away for Peter Gabriel’s O2 gig in London on Sunday 28th March.

The album has received stunning reviews and news from Real World regarding the rehearsals suggest the concerts are going to be equally breathtaking. Have a look at the official  tour diary and read about the preparations leading up to the first date of the tour in Paris.

If you can’t make it to London don’t forget that if you join Society of Sound you can get an exclusive 24-bit FLAC download of Scratch My Back which means you have a studio-quality version and can hear the album as it was intended to be heard.

Peter dispensed with his usual band for this stunning collection of cover versions leaving only his voice accompanied solely by orchestral instruments. The approach makes for some radical reinterpretations.

“After all,” protests the album’s arranger John Metcalfe, “what’s the point of covers that don’t make any effort. So many are just really the same song with a different singer.”

All you need to do is tell us here what your favourite cover version of all time is and we’ll pick a winner next week.

19 Comments

  • vanderwal says:

    I am a huge fan of covers and many Peter Gabriel songs have been favorites, but the reggae influenced cover of “In Your Eyes” by Mama Love Jump Seed is tops the genre bending takes on his songs.

    Once I stumbled upon the band Nouvelle Vague and their taking (mostly) 80s punk and new wave songs and genre bending them in to Brazilian bosa nova-esque covers they became an instant favorite.

    Lastly, the jazz combo The Bad Plus has done wonderful disharmonic infused covers of Rush’ “Tom Sawyer” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

  • Andy C says:

    Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” covered by This Mortal Coil.

    Heart-stopping, exquisite, overwhelming.

    Spotify link: http://open.spotify.com/track/4WOvx1gdPtmW1c4rXeo0iO

  • Sanit says:

    Radiohead’s Nobody Does It Better is great and how about Sinead O’Connor’s version of Nothing Compares 2 U.
    Last but not least, Tina Turner’s version of Whole Lotta Love. Seriously!

  • Marek says:

    King Crimson plays Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ on stage in 2003.
    I love also completely album cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ performed by Easy Star All Stars in reggae style (‘Dub Side of the Moon’). So cool!

  • Jeff Z says:

    There’s a group of musicians from Finland called the Lenningrad Cowboys. Long known for their tongue-in-cheek covers which always shows off their unique European-but-Friend of Russia political position of reality. Their last album entitiled “Zombie’s Paradise” is entirely made up of covers with these musical masters of arrangement acting as a lounge lizard band pushing heavy metal feel. It’s a great album but the standout cover is “Ring of Fire.” It comes from a wonderfully dark place of heavy metal drone dispair, but also combines the intended message of hope easily represented in the shining brass and back up siren chorus. Given the late master’s fondness of covers he and Rick Ruben recorded, Johnny Cash would have endorsed this interpretation. Highly recommended.

  • Jeff Newton says:

    I’ve never heard a better cover than Nirvana’s ‘Man Who Sold The World’. It’s not often a cover beats the original but even Bowie just can’t match this unpluggged classic.

  • Todd R says:

    My vote goes for Dave Matthews’ cover of Jimi’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ from their ‘Live From Folsom Field’ album. Dave Matthews is such a great live performer, that couple with a change up in the sound of the song keeps me jammin’ along any day, any time.

  • Vincenzo Esposito says:

    Bruce Springsteen’s cover of “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie is my favourite cover.

  • Jerry D says:

    I would suggest Jimi Hendrix’s version of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ is the best rendition of the Dylan song

  • Colin F says:

    A cover that’s impressive on a number of levels!

    I’d like to suggest Dave Gilmour’s cover of Syd Barretts 1970s song Terrapin from The Madcap Laughs album as an example of a great cover.

    Gilmours performance of Terrapin at the 2002 Meldown Concert works for me:-

    A sensitive rendering of a song composed by Barrett after Gilmour had replaced him in Pink Floyd in 1968, 34 years later in 2002 the song is full of poignancy.

    The inclusion of Terrapin in the set list suggests that Gilmour still felt he had a debt to pay.

    The recognition that royalties from playing the song and subsequent broadcasts and resulting DVD would provide further income to Gilmour’s old friend.

    I call that delivering the goods – the audience did too!

  • Jonathan says:

    Wild is the Wind (Bowie’s cover). Most versions heard now cover the Bowie version than the original.

  • Thomas says:

    Hello,

    in my opinion Jennifer Warnes Version of “Famous Blue Raincoat” is an all time high. Reduced to the max her great voice is supported by just the minimum numbers of instruments, all based on excellent recording quality. Produced in cooperation with LC himself this song shows how covers can expand the experience of the original song.

  • Cathrin Hartmann says:

    “UP”

    Kisses
    Cathrin

  • Robert Bowcock says:

    Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”

  • Francisco José Roldán Duque says:

    It would have to be Steve Hogarth`s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous blue raincoat”

  • Tomas says:

    Peter Gabriel – Heroes

  • Faye Pearson says:

    Eva Cassidy, Somewhere over the rainbow. Haunting.

  • Robert Phillis says:

    Hey Joe. Both the Jimi Hendrix and the Willy DeVille covers are excellent in completely different ways!

    And of course the Hallelujah covers by John Cale and Rufus Wainwright are haunting

  • Thomas says:

    And the winner is …. ? Just one day left for travelling to London … ;-)

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