Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats

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Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Shaking the Tree - Peter Gabriel.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released19 November 1990
Recorded1976–1990
GenreArt rock
Length77:05
LabelGeffen/Virgin
ProducerBob Ezrin, Steve Lillywhite, Peter Gabriel, Daniel Lanois
Peter Gabriel chronology
Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
(1989)
Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
(1990)
Us
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[3]

Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats is a compilation album by the English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It was released in 1990 as Gabriel's first career retrospective, including songs from his first solo album Peter Gabriel (I or Car) (1977), through Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (1989). It was remastered with most of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002.

Track selection[edit]

The tracks are creatively re-ordered, ignoring chronology. Some of the tracks were different from the album versions. New parts were recorded for several tracks in Gabriel's Real World Studios. Most songs are edited for time, either as radio, single, or video edit versions. "Shaking the Tree"—a track from Youssou N'Dour's 1989 album The Lion—is a 1990 version featuring new vocals from Gabriel. "I Have the Touch" is listed as a 1983 remix, although it is actually the 1985 remix which appeared on the "Sledgehammer" single. (The 1985 remix is similar to the 1983 remix, which appeared as the B-side of the "Walk Through the Fire" single, but is edited down to 3m 45s long, as here.)

"Here Comes the Flood" is a new recording from 1990. This version is a piano and voice arrangement, that is far simpler than the highly produced version on Peter Gabriel (1977). Its sparseness is closer to the version that Gabriel recorded with Robert Fripp on Fripp's Exposure (1979). In interviews, Gabriel has said that he preferred the 1979 version, and it was that version with Fripp that he chose to overdub in German as the flipside of the single "Biko" released before Ein deutsches Album (1980).

Although this album highlights songs from Peter Gabriel's earlier albums, tracks from Peter Gabriel (II, or Scratch) and the soundtrack to the film Birdy are not included. "In Your Eyes" is notably missing from the compilation. Say Anything..., in which it was played in a prominent scene, had been released the year before. Although this made "In Your Eyes" perhaps the most well known Peter Gabriel song aside from "Sledgehammer", it failed to crack the top 20 and was thus omitted from the album in favour of five of the other eight tracks from So—four other hits and album track "Mercy Street".

Track listing[edit]

NOTE: All tracks marked with * are not on the vinyl release of the album.

All tracks are written by Peter Gabriel, except "Shaking the Tree", co-written with Youssou N'Dour.

No.TitleOriginally fromLength
1."Solsbury Hill"Peter Gabriel 1 (Car), 19774:20
2."I Don't Remember" (Edited version)Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt), 19803:48
3."Sledgehammer" (Single edit)So, 19864:52
4."Family Snapshot"Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt), 19804:25
5."Mercy Street" (Edited version)So, 19864:43
6."Shaking the Tree" (Duet with Youssou N'Dour; 1990 remix)The Lion, 19896:24
7."Don't Give Up" (Duet with Kate Bush; Edited version)So, 19865:55
8."San Jacinto" (*)Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), 19826:40
9."Here Comes the Flood" (1990 re-recording)New recording – original version on Peter Gabriel 1 (Car), 19774:31
10."Red Rain" (*)So, 19865:35
11."Games Without Frontiers" (Edited version)Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt), 19803:57
12."Shock the Monkey" (Radio edit)Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), 19823:57
13."I Have the Touch" ('85 remix, mislabelled as 1983 remix) (*)Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), 19823:44
14."Big Time"So, 19864:26
15."Zaar" (Edited version) (*)Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, 19892:58
16."Biko" (Edited version)Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt), 19806:54
Total length:77:05

Personnel[edit]

"Solsbury Hill"
"I Don't Remember" (Edited version)
"Sledgehammer" (Single edit)
"Family Snapshot"
"Mercy Street" (Edited version)
"Shaking the Tree" (1990 remix)
  • George Acogny – Fairlight CMI percussion
  • Roger Bolton – Fairlight CMI percussion and sequencing
  • Simon Clark – organ, piano, keyboard bass, and synthesizer
  • Habib Faye – bass guitar, guitar
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals and re-recorded vocals
  • Manu Katche – drums
  • Youssou N'Dour – vocals
  • David Rhodes – acoustic and electric guitar
"Don't Give Up" (Edited version)
"San Jacinto"
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals, production
  • David Lord – production
"Here Comes the Flood" (1990 re-recording)
  • Peter Gabriel – piano, vocals, and production
"Red Rain"
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals, production
  • Daniel Lanois – production
"Games Without Frontiers" (Single edit)
"Shock the Monkey" (Radio edit)
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals, production
  • David Lord – production
"I Have the Touch" (1983 remix)
  • Peter Gabriel – keyboards, vocals, and production
  • David Lord – production
  • Simon Phillips – drums
  • James Guthrie – remix engineer
"Big Time
  • Peter Gabriel – vocals, production
  • Daniel Lanois – production
"Zaar" (Edited version)
  • Peter Gabriel – production
"Biko" (Edited version)
Additional
  • Alexander Knaust – styling and photography assistance
  • Robert Mapplethorpe – photography
  • Mouat Nomad, London – design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Sales certifications for Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[34] 2× Gold 277,800[33]
Germany (BVMI)[35] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[36] Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[13] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[16] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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