Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats

Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Greatest hits album by Peter Gabriel
Released 19 November 1990
Recorded 1976–1990
Genre Art rock, progressive rock, worldbeat, experimental rock
Length 77:05
Label Geffen/Virgin
Producer Bob Ezrin, Steve Lillywhite, Peter Gabriel, Daniel Lanois
Peter Gabriel chronology
Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
Shaking the Tree
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [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 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Charts 4
    • Chart positions 4.1
    • Certifications 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Track selection

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 sounds enough like the remix from 1985 that many reviewers have declared the remixes to be the same.

"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

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

All songs written and composed by Peter Gabriel, except "Shaking the Tree", co-written with Youssou N'Dour

No. Title Originally from Length
1. "Solsbury Hill"   Peter Gabriel 1 (Car), 1977 4:20
2. "I Don't Remember" (Edited version) Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt), 1980 3:48
3. "Sledgehammer" (Single edit) So, 1986 4:52
4. "Family Snapshot"   Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt) 4:25
5. "Mercy Street" (Edited version) So 4:43
6. "Shaking the Tree" (Duet with Youssou N'Dour; 1990 remix) The Lion, 1989 6:24
7. "Don't Give Up" (Edited version) So 5:55
8. "San Jacinto*"   Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), 1982 6:40
9. "Here Comes the Flood" (1990 re-recording) Originally from Peter Gabriel 1 (Car) 4:31
10. "Red Rain*"   So 5:35
11. "Games Without Frontiers" (Edited version) Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt) 3:57
12. "Shock the Monkey" (Radio edit) Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) 3:57
13. "I Have the Touch*" (1983 remix) Originally from Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) 3:44
14. "Big Time"   So 4:26
15. "Zaar*" (Edited version) Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, 1989 2:58
16. "Biko" (Edited version) Peter Gabriel 3 (Melt) 6:54
Total length:


"Solsbury Hill"
"I Don't Remember" (Edited version)
"Sledgehammer" (Single edit)
"Family Snapshot"
"Mercy Street" (Edited version)
"Shaking the Tree" (1990 remix)
  • George Acony – 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"
"Here Comes the Flood" (1990 re-recording)
"Red Rain"
"Games Without Frontiers" (Single edit)
"Shock the Monkey" (Radio edit)
"I Have the Touch" (1983 remix)
"Big Time
"Zaar" (Edited version)
"Biko" (Edited version)
  • Alexander Knaust – styling and photography assistance
  • Robert Mapplethorpe – photography
  • Mouat Nomad, London – design



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ " Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (ASP).  
  5. ^ " Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  6. ^ " Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  7. ^ "Album Search: Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  8. ^ " Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  9. ^ " Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree –" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats – Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (PHP).  
  12. ^ "allmusic (((Shaking the Tree > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Gabriel – 16 Golden Greats".  
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (in French).  
  15. ^ "Les Albums Or". (in French).  
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Peter Gabriel; 'Shaking the Tree')" (in German).  
  17. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree" (in Dutch).  
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Peter Gabriel; 'Snaking the Tree')". Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree".   Enter Shaking the Tree in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links

  • Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats at MusicBrainz
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