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Album Review

This Collection of Scott Walker tunes from Universal International echoes similar compilations like It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70) and Boy Child 67-70. The selections rely heavily on the classic Scott 1 through Scott 4 LPs, with a smattering of singles like "Lights of Cincinnati" and "Rope and the Colt." Of the 18 tracks, four are Jacques Brel covers ("Jackie," "My Death," "Amsterdam," and "Mathilde," while the majority of the others are beloved Walker originals (sadly, neither "Boychild," "Plastic Palace People," "Thanks for Chicago Mr. James," or "Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)" made the cut). As far as samplers go, it's not half bad, but the first four solo albums remain the litmus test by which all Walker compilations inevitably fail to live up to.


Born: 09 January 1943 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure flop records in the late '50s and early '60s in the teen idol vein. He then hooked up with John Maus and Gary Leeds to form the Walker Brothers. They weren't named Walker, they weren't brothers, and they weren't English, but they nevertheless became a part of the British Invasion after moving to the U.K. in 1965. They enjoyed a couple of years of massive success there (and a couple of hits...
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