The latest offering from the internationally renowned and top-selling British Alternative Rock band, Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything was
recorded at the bandís facility at Blueprint Studios in the UK with additional sessions at PETER GABRIELís Real World Studios in Wiltshire.
As with their multi-platinum fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid and platinum follow-up Build a Rocket Boys, this highly anticipated new album was
produced by band member CRAIG POTTER.
1. This Blue World
3. Fly Boy Blue /Lunette
4. New York Morning
5. Hallelujah Morning (Real Life)
6. Honey Sun
7. My Sad Captains
8. Colour Fields
9. The Take Off and Landing of Everything
10. The Blanket of Night
"Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated
with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and Iíll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And Iíll Scratch
Yours. Although, at first, I hoped to have the companion record out at the same time, it became clear it would take a while longer pulling in the
second record with all the other artists. This will come later"".
Peter Gabriel in 2010
Itís three years later, but And I'll Scratch Yours is now ready for release.
Given the calibre and careers of the artists Gabriel selected to cover on the Scratch My Back album itís rather incredible that all but two of them are present on this new release. The two absentees being ably replaced by Feist and Joseph
Though the cover versions on Scratch were all arranged for an orchestra, no such parameters were placed on the song-swap, making And I'll Scratch Yours a fascinatingly diverse record.
The Boy in the Bubble
The Power of the Heart
My Body is a Cage
The Book of Love
I Think Itís Going to Rain Today
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
I Donít Remember- David Byrne
Come Talk to Me - Bon Iver
Blood of Eden - Regina Spektor
Not One of Us - Stephin Merritt
Shock the Monkey - Joseph Arthur
Big Time - Randy Newman
Games without Frontiers - Arcade Fire
Mercy Street - Elbow
Mother of Violence - Brian Eno
Donít Give Up - Feist feat. Timber Timbre
Solsbury Hill - Lou Reed
Biko - Paul Simon
"Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours." Peter Gabriel
Scratch My BackÖAnd I'll Scratch Yours is a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other's songs. The first half of this double album, titled Scratch My Back, was originally released in 2010. Gabriel covers work by seasoned superstars like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Lou Reed, but he also took on marvelous interpretations of work by younger acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Radiohead. In 2013, most of these artists returned the favour on ÖAnd I'll Scratch Yours.
The reciprocating artists opted for differing approaches to Peter's songs. A few chose to radically reinterpret the original material, in the process leaving it barely recognisable - Lou Reed's snarling "Solsbury Hill" or the frighteningly futuristic version of "Mother Of Violence" by Brian Eno, co-writer of David Bowie's "Heroes" covered by Gabriel on Scratch My Back. Other contributors include Arcade Fire ("Games Without Frontiers"), Elbow ("Mercy Street") and Regina Spektor ("Blood Of Eden").
1. Heroes (David Bowie)
2. The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)
3. Mirrorball (Elbow)
4. Flume (Bon Iver)
5. Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
6. The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)
7. My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)
8. The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
9. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)
10. Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
11. Philadelphia (Neil Young)
12. Street Spirit (Radiohead)
1. David Byrne - I Don't Remember
2. Bon Iver - Come Talk To Me
3. Regina Spektor - Blood Of Eden
4. Stephin Merritt - Not One Of Us
5. Joseph Arthur - Shock The Monkey
6. Randy Newman - Big Time
7. Arcade Fire - Games Without Frontiers
8. Elbow - Mercy Street
9. Brian Eno - Mother Of Violence
10. Feist - Timber Timbre - Don't Give Up
11. Lou Reed - Solsbury Hill
12. Paul Simon - Biko
Build a Rocket Boys! is the fifth studio album by the indie rock/alternative rock band Elbow, released on 4 March 2011 in the UK. Coinciding with the UK release, the album was available digitally in the United States on 8 March and released in the physical format on 12 April. It is the follow-up to the highly successful The Seldom Seen Kid, and like its predecessor, was self-produced by the band in Blueprint Studios, Manchester. The album was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize.
The first single, "Neat Little Rows", was released on 27 February 2011. The song received its first radio airplay on 13 January 2011. The video for the single was produced by The Soup Collective and filmed at Blueprint Studios where the album was recorded. It premiered on 31 January 2011.
Critics praised the album as arguably one of the best in Elbow's career and it garnered an impressive 83/100 rating on Metacritic scale.
1 The Birds
2 Lippy Kids
3 With Love
4 Neat Little Rows
5 Jesus is a Rochdale Girl
6 The Night Will Always Win
7 High Ideals
8 The River
9 Open Arms
10 The Birds (reprise)
11 Dear Friends
For long term Elbow watchers the announcement that Dead In The Boot is finally due for release on September 4th will be very good news indeed. It's the first release following Elbow's highly visible performance at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. Elbow also contributed the specially commissioned "First Steps" to the London games.
First talked about around the time of the release of the band's debut album Asleep in the Back, Dead In The Boot brings together B-sides and the odd non-album track from the band's thirteen year recording career.
The early years are represented by "None One" from the original Newborn EP released by Uglyman Records in 2000 and "Lucky With Disease" from 2001. The band's most recent work is showcased by "Buffalo Ghosts" the B-side to the limited edition 10" vinyl release of "Open Arms" last April.
In addition there are ten further tracks that demonstrate the depth of Elbow's songwriting, comprising heart wrenching ballads, loping steel guitar ornamented grooves ("The Long War Shuffle") and blues drenched howls ("McGreggor").
Mostly self-produced, recording B-sides throughout the years allowed the band to hone their studio skills which eventually led Elbow keyboard player Craig Potter to fully produce and mix the band's last two albums. It may be categorized as a B-sides album but Dead In The Boot stands shoulder to shoulder with every other Elbow album released.
1. Whisper Grass
2. Lucky With Disease
3. Lay Down Your Cross
4. The Long War Shuffle
5. Every Bit The Little Girl
6. Love Blown Down
7. None One
10. Buffalo Ghosts
11. Waving From Windows
13. Gentle As
The Seldom Seen Kid is a welcome return from the band, driven by a thunderous riff that reminds listeners of Elbow's love of the heavy as well as the delicate. Produced by keyboard player, Craig Potter, the album is the follow up to 2005's universally acclaimed Leaders Of The Free World. The lyrical core of The Seldom Seen Kid sees Guy Garvey address the key questions of life. The big themes of love and loss become the central focus of an album that sees Elbow, a band universally recognized for their musical ability and innovation, stretch their sonic template further than ever before.
The album debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart, the highest charting position of the band's career so far. The album has received nearly unanimous praise from media outlets, including the NME and Planet Sound, which both gave Elbow their fourth consecutive 9/10 album rating.
The album won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, an achievement which Guy Garvey declared to be "the best thing that's ever happened to us." The band were previously nominated for the award in 2001 with their debut album Asleep in the Back.
2. The Bones of You
4. Grounds for Divorce
5. An Audience with the Pope
6. Weather to Fly
7. The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
8. The Fix
9. Some Riot
10. One Day Like This
11. Friend of Ours