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2013 reissue on 180g LP +Download-Scott Walker's first solo album of 1967 Scott reached the Top 3 in Great Britain and was the first in a string of very successful solo albums.=Scott Walker's success as a teen idol singer of Spectorish ballads with...
Release date: 25-03-2013 (Originally released in 1967)
2013 reissue on 180g LP +download-Scott Walker's first solo album Scott reached the Top 3 in Great Britain and was the first in a string of very successful solo albums.=Scott Walker's success as a teen idol singer of Spectorish ballads with the Walker Brothers in no way prepared listeners for the mordant, despairing lyrics of his solo debut. To compound the surprise, he does his best to imitate the vocal girth of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra on this mix of original tunes and covers, which also features sweeping, bloated orchestral arrangements. It was hardly rock, and pop of a most oddball sort, but it found a surprisingly large audience -- in Britain, anyway, where it reached the Top Three in 1967. Poke behind the velvet curtain of the languid MOR arrangements, and one finds a surprisingly literate existentialist at the helm of these proceedings. His lyrical nuances were probably lost on his audience of predominately teenage girls, though they've earned him a small cult audience that endures to this day. Besides presenting three of his own compositions, Walker covers tunes by Weill/Mann, Tim Hardin, and Andre & Dory Previn on this album, as well as three songs by his favorite writer, Jacques Brel. Highlights include his exquisitely anguished rendition of Brel's classic "Amsterdam" and his dramatic cover of the early-'60s Toni Fisher pop ballad "The Big Hurt."
A2. Montague Terrace (In Blue)
A4. The Lady Came From Baltimore
A5. When Joanna Loved Me
A6. My Death
B1. The Big Hurt
B2. Such A Small Love
B3. You're Gonna Hear From Me
B4. Through A Long And Sleepless Night
B5. Always Coming Back To You
No one could deny Scott Walker is an unpredictable artist. Once the lead singer for the Walker Brothers (famous for their string laden Sixties defining hits "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore") he released his first solo album Scott in 1967. Eschewing all Pop trends at the time, Walker stepped it up a notch, crooning with a nod to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and chansonnier Jacques Brel. A pretty bold move indeed, in a time when Pop music sounded psychedelic, bare and up-tempo.
His philosophical lyrics are accompanied by lavishly orchestrated tracks making Scott a wildly interesting listen. His approach paid off: the album reached the Top 3 in Great Britain and was the first in a string of very successful solo albums. One of the songs on this album ("The Lady Came from Baltimore") was written by Tim Hardin.
Scott Walker's seminal studio albums - Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 are individually released along with the highly sought after ‘Til The Band Comes In (known in Japan as Scott 5). These vinyl are taken from last year’s highly acclaimed boxed set – ‘The Collection 1967-1970’. Each album was remastered at Abbey Road studios from the original analogue tapes.
Scott Walker would leave the “pop” of the Walker Brothers to embark on an inventive, ground breaking solo career. Scott had begun to write his own songs when in the Walker Brothers but alone he could showcase his admiration of artists such as Michel Legrand and Ennio Morricone. Working with Wally Stott and John Franz, Walker would create lush sonic soundscapes which would acts as settings for his thought provoking lyrics. Specifically, Scott Walker is considered one of the foremost interpreters of the Jacques Brel catalogue. It is Scott’s mix of covers, Brel songs and his own compositions which make these five albums so mesmerising. Admired by fellow artists and an inspiration to bands today, Scott’s songs have been covered by artists such as David Bowie, Marc Almond and Saint Etienne.
Scott Walker remains one of music’s most enigmatic talents - an artist who does not compromise his artistic view. These five albums are highlights of those formative solo years.
Originally released: 1967
This release: 2014