Friday, 15 October 2010

Free Download Friday #74: Washing Of The Water

I mentioned Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back project in a previous post (Band iPhone Apps #1: Peter Gabriel).

Washing of the Water
Originally uploaded by DavidDMuir
He is currently touring with a full orchestra to play the tracks from the Scratch My Back album on the New Blood Tour. However, since there weren't quite enough covers, he also re-worked some of his own songs in the "no guitars, no drums" format.

Amazon (apparently) made one of these re-worked tracks available briefly as a free download. However, if you missed it, don't panic because Mr Gabriel has made it available on his own site:
Download 'Washing Of The Water'
I wasn't sure what I'd make of this version as I didn't find it easy to get into some of the Scratch My Back tracks and I really like the original version of Washing Of The Water. I needn't have worried. With the full orchestra behind him it sounds huge but it is carried along by a simple arrangement of the melody picked out on the piano. Then swelling brass and the bass line on strings. Beautiful! And Gabriel's voice is better than ever.

Grief! The man is sixty. He formed Genesis in 1967, so has been a professional musician for about forty years... but is he slowing down? Is he resting on his laurels? Is he heading for retirement? Don't be silly! He is still pushing the boundaries.

{Apology: Another week and another Free Download Friday with no posts in between. Too much to do, too little time. (Or rather too little organisation and self-discipline!) I will try to do better.}

P.S. I hadn't realised that Friday was Blog Action Day 2010 until I read Geoff's post at Totally Free Music. It turns out that the theme for Blog Action Day this year is Water, so quite by accident, this was a very appropriate post. If you download this track, why not head over to the Blog Action Day site and sign the petition, get involved in fund raising or find out read about some of the other ways you can get involved.

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